SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to The Detroiter: Block Party at Heron Arts 7/30 (SAT)

Matthew Dear


Matthew Dear

Written by Brett Ruffenach //

The Detroiter: Block Party feat. Matthew Dear, Shigeto, Lusine, Christopher Willits //
Heron Arts – San Francisco
July 30th, 2016 //

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is just a little over a week away if you can believe it, (see our 10 favorite features of the festival here), but to hold you over until next weekend’s festivities at Golden Gate Park, Heron Arts has assembled an impressive lineup of artists for “The Detroiter” summer block party this Saturday.

Located in SOMA on Heron St., the gallery will open its doors and put on a showcase of more than 50 artists from around the globe, curated and brought to SF by Detroit-based Inner State Gallery. Joining the swaths of visual artists will be members of the Detroit-based record label Ghostly International, including electronic music producers Matthew Dear (who founded the label), Shigeto, Lusine and Christopher Willits.

Dear is a musician and artist that cannot be bound to a single genre. With a range of styles, the Texas native has worn a number of hats, from avant-garde electronic producer to house DJ to rock bandleader. He has made a name for himself through his work released under his own name as well as through various side projects like Audion, False and Jabberjaw. The release of Dear’s debut LP Leave Luck to Heaven in 2003 immediately caught the attention of dance and experimental artists alike, most notably receiving praise for his hit single “Dog Days”.

Over the last decade, Dear has continued to expand on his production style, incorporating African-influenced rhythms with elements of ambient noise and pop. This progression has culminated in the form of his most recent album, 2012’s Beams, a bold, unrestrained dance party that brings his vocals and songwriting to a centered, more personal level that are best demonstrated through the gothic vocals and foot-stomping rhythm of “Her Fantasy”. Dear’s prolific career as a producer, songwriter, visual-arts designer and record label executive has established him as a leader in the next generation of Detroit-based electronic music.

Shigeto


Shigeto

Shigeto is a project that would surprise you to learn it’s actually managed by only one person: Zachary Shigeto Saginaw. With a musical style that features hip-hop beats among a dizzying number of ambient sounds and manipulated samples, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native has found a unique place in today’s beat-driven music scene by incorporating his formal training in jazz drumming into his intricately woven sets.

Saginaw gained considerable popularity stemming from his 2013 album No Better Time Than Now, that featured unpredictable, poly-rhythmic tracks like “Detroit Pt. 1” and “Ringleader”. Now, after the release of his 2015 LP Intermission, Shigeto has really hit his stride, expanding the rhythmic possibilities of his style, using the framework of dance music as a petri dish to integrate in his own unique jazz and funk influences. As a producer and as a live performer, Shigeto brings a style to the electronic music scene that is set apart from the rest.

Joining Dear and Shigeto this Saturday afternoon and evening at Heron Arts will be Lusine, an experimental electronic music producer from Texas who now resides in Seattle, and SF-based musician Christopher Willits, who frequently collaborates with Tycho composer/bandleader Scott Hansen. Tickets are available for $35, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.

The Detroiter - Block Party


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Moving Units: July 27th (WED) @ The Independent
Black Milk: July 28th (THUR) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Pam the Funkstress: July 29th (FRI) @ Slim’s
Club Cheval: July 30th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Classixx (DJ set) at Mezzanine 5/28 (SAT)

ClassixxWritten by Nik Crossman //

Classixx with Satin Jackets, California Casual //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
May 28th, 2016 //

With their influences ranging from old-school R&B to Paul Simon, the DJ duo made up of Kyle Blake and Michael David got their stage name Classixx from a shared appreciation for classic compilations of different music.

These childhood friends from Los Angeles separated after high school when Blake pursued his own music career touring as a bassist while David attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In 2005, Blake left his band and David dropped out of school to begin making music together under the moniker Classixx and quickly became a prominent part of LA’s modern electronic movement.

With their blend of disco, funk, house and indie rock, Classixx were a welcomed change from the high-tuned electro sounds that were dominating the EDM scene at the time. Their remixes quickly gained praise from Pitchfork, who wrote how the duo gave Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” a “gorgeously pillowy synth-disco framework,” while the Los Angeles Times called their work “pure disco cotton candy.”

This Saturday, two more electronic music duos — Satin Jackets and California Casual — will set the stage in SF before Classixx share an exceptionally smooth evening of funk, new wave and disco tunes with the audience at Mezzanine. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Refused: May 26th (THUR) @ The Fillmore
Big Black Delta: May 26th (THUR) @ Great American Music Hall
Son Little: May 26th (THUR) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Particle: May 26th (THUR) @ The Chapel
Loudpvck: May 27th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Travis Hayes: May 27th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
Moving Units: May 28th (SAT) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Ginuwine: May 29th (SUN) @ Mezzanine


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Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Lord Huron or PHOX

Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Lord Huron & PHOXWritten by Molly Kish //

Celebrating a decade as a premiere “boutique music and events curator”, (((folkYeah!))) is presenting a concert series that highlights several of the largest names on the 2015 festival circuit at some of Northern California’s most idyllic venues.

Over the past 10 years, the (((folkYeah!))) brand has become synonymous with several once-in-a-lifetime performances, stunning locations and unique concert experiences reciprocally exchanged between the artists and their intimate crowds. With their decade milestone upon them, these Bay Area tastemakers made sure to properly ring in their double digits with back-to-back performances from Lord Huron, PHOX, Mac DeMarco and Panda Bear.

All proceeds from the series benefit The Big Sur Educational Council “to create a vibrant community that stewards the land and mentors its youth to be leaders.”

Win a pair of free tickets to one of our Shows of the Week by entering your name and email below.




Lord Huron: April 14th (TUE) @ Cocoanut Grove Ballroom (Santa Cruz, CA) // BUY TICKETS

Contest ends Tuesday, April 14th at 3 p.m.




PHOX: April 14th (TUE) @ Great American Music Hall (San Francisco) // BUY TICKETS

Contest ends Tuesday, April 14th at 3 p.m.




Mac DeMarco: April 15th (WED) @ Loma Vista Gardens (Big Sur, CA) // BUY TICKETS

Contest ends Wednesday, April 15th at 3 p.m.




Panda Bear: April 15th (WED) @ Cocoanut Grove Ballroom (Santa Cruz, CA) // BUY TICKETS

Contest ends Wednesday, April 15th at 3 p.m.


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JOY: April 14th (TUE) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Tuatara: April 16th (THUR) at Slim’s
Moving Units: April 16th (THUR) at The Chapel
Fantastic Negrito: April 17th (FRI) at The New Parish
MOM DJs: April 17th (FRI) at The Independent
Dangermaker: April 18th (SAT) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Agent Orange: April 18th (SAT) at Leo’s Music Club
Tourist: April 19th (SUN) at The Independent


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Moving Units celebrate rise of dance-punk in their hometown

Moving UnitsBy Josh Herwitt //

Moving Units (10th anniversary show for Dangerous Dreams) //
El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles
December 5th, 2014 //

As the days count down to 2015, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the early 2000s marked a seminal time in the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll. But for fans of dance-punk, a subgenre that fuses punk rock, new wave and disco all into one cohesive sound, there may have been no bigger year than 2004.

A year after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs broke into the scene with their first full-length record, the Grammy-nominated Fever to Tell, dance-punk exploded into mainstream pop culture as young, emerging bands like !!!, Liars and Death from Above 1979 all released albums to predominantly positive reviews.

Yet, that same year, there was another dance-punk outfit — a much-lesser-known one by way of Los Angeles — that was also leaving an imprint on the dance-rock landscape.

Moving Units, a four-piece fronted by lead singer and guitarist Blake Miller, would end up playing a key role in the post-millennium renaissance of dance-punk thanks to their 2004 debut Dangerous Dreams.

Moving Units

The album, which embodies the dance-punk spirit as well as any studio recording to this day, would eventually find its way into more traditional media, including a television spot in 2007 for the deodorant brand Secret. But for those who were already fans of Moving Units, TV commercials weren’t necessary to justify the respect and admiration they had for Dangerous Dreams.

So, when the band announced that it would be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Dangerous Dreams by performing the album in its entirety, there were plenty of Angelinos who knew where they would be on the evening of December 5.

At the El Rey Theatre, Moving Units did exactly what they said they would, playing the 12-track LP from start to finish, as Miller let it all hang out, leaning into the microphone to deliver his lyrics with passion and force. The songs may have been more than a decade old, but you would have never known by how tight the band sounded.

For their encore, Miller and his three sidekicks — bassist Mike Delgado, lead guitarist Boz Bosgieter and drummer Danny Deleon — dipped even deeper into their catalog, going back to the start of it all by playing three songs from Moving Units’ self-titled EP. It was a nice surprise to see, considering the group dropped its third full-length Neurotic Exotic just a little more than a year ago.

Because these days, in this go-go-go world we find ourselves living in, it’s OK for a band to celebrate the past once in a while.

Setlist:
Emancipation, Between Us & Them, Available, Going for Adds, Unpersuaded, Anyone, Scars, Submission, Birds of Prey, Bricks & Mortar, Killer/Lover, Turn Away

Encore:
X and Y, I Am, Melodrama

Moving Units get intimate at DNA Lounge

Moving-UnitsPhotos by Eldon Christenson // Written by Molly Kish //

Moving Units //
DNA Lounge – San Francisco
September 12th, 2013 //

Kicking off their much-anticipated 2013 tour on Thursday, Moving Units dominated the upstairs loft at the DNA Lounge with an exclusive audience of die-hard locals.

Walking into a venue usually filled with 800-plus audiences, it took a minute to wrap your head around the scene. Entering through a lengthy staircase into a space originally used as the late-night lounge for the main-room festivities, the crowd’s level of intensity created an eager anticipation for the night’s main act. Filling the micro-venue with enough fog to smoke out a space twice the size, excitement filled the air. After all, this was the kick-off performance of Moving Units’ first tour and album in six years, leaving no room for mediocrity in a city known to galvanize the wider live music scene.

After a few sound check teases of familiar pulsating bass lines, drum rattles and tweaks of synthesizer knobs, Moving Units took the stage. The current lineup — consisting of Mike Delgado, Pat Heany and the ever-controversial frontman Blake Miller — started the evening off by playing tracks off their album Neurotic Exotic. Released less than 24 hours before the band’s physical set time that evening, the show served as both a triumphant return to the Bay Area music scene and a listening party for everyone in attendance. The band’s new tracks were embraced by a crowd riding high off of the surreal experience, which later evolved into a full-force dance party.

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Between the gregarious couples making out mid-floor and ladies literally pawing at the band, falling over the front of the ground-level stage, the show morphed into an off-the-charts loft party with one of the most notoriously salacious house bands around. The band’s blinding light displays, seductive stage presence and instigating crowd banter kept the energy at an all-time high.

Hitting hard late in the set with hits from Dangerous Dreams and Hexes for Exes, Moving Units inspired the sweat-soaked crowd to dance themselves into a frenzy, belting every last lyric while bouncing off each other and Miller, who decided to join in the audience’s reverie.

Nearly running through their entire catalog of quintessential dance-punk hits, the show came to an abrupt end soon thereafter, leaving the crowd salivating for more. Uncertain as to why the cords got pulled so quickly, the band exited the stage to house music, yet they remained on the dance floor drinking and talking with fans well into the closing hours.

Moving Units continue their West Coast tour throughout the remainder of the month in support of Neurotic Exotic. Be sure to pick up their brand-new album and check them out at a venue near you.