Mahgeetah and Incan Abraham make a trek to far off places

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Photos by Pedro Paredes // Written by Kevin Quandt //

Incan Abraham, Mahgeetah with Jordan Klassen //
Neck of the Woods — San Francisco
June 3rd, 2014 //

“I never come to the Richmond,” Mahgeetah’s enigmatic frontman Ryan Fisher jokingly quipped to the crowd. A fair observation, but the comment shined a brighter light onto those who made the pilgrimage to the ‘nether regions’ of San Francisco. Along with Canadian folk-rockers, Jordan Klassen, and LA popsters, Incan Abraham, it was Mahgeetah who left the biggest impression on a decent sized, midweek crowd at the still new-to-many venue that goes by Neck of the Woods.

Klassen and cohorts delivered an energetic set of high-country indie-pop, with a male/female vocal delivery that felt both genuine and original. It was Mahgeetah who took the stage next, the stage’s King-of-Limbs backdrop created a unique setting for this quartet to re-take the stage after a few months in the studio. Expect an impressive EP to drop this year – a follow-up to 2012’s full-length release, Heavy Baby.

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On this night, the dedicated crowd was treated to a smattering of old and new. “Creature of Habit” was passionately belted out by guitarist JJ Mellon, a standout on the their LP that has become a treat on stage. Longtime favorite tune, “Long Shot”, was another highlight as the slow build from Fisher and band burst with energy and groove comparable to White Denim. The rhythm section, featuring Tim Tyson on bass and Alex Swain on percussion, has always been a strong suit for this San Francisco act, and tonight showed no exception. All hail Mahgeetah as they continue to be an important piece in the local music scene.

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Incan Abraham closed out an increasingly fogged-in Clement Street evening Tuesday night. Having played a show with Mahgeetah down in their home turf, it was time for Incan to bring their patented LA-tinged pop to the City. One characteristic that stood out quickly was the melodic harmonizing taking place between the respective singing. Also, an added element of rhythm lended a more-dance oriented feel to their set compared to the previous acts.

Incan do represent a solid piece in the ever increasing Los Angeles/Silver Lake indie sound – in the vein of acts like Local Natives and Voxhaul Broadcast. All in all, they got the dwindling crowd moving on a tricky night, in a place that might as well been across a bridge or a tunnel.

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Incan Abraham, Mahgeetah with Jordan Klassen //
Neck of the Woods — San Francisco
Tuesday, June 3rd //

Hey, no plans on Tuesday night? Well, Showbams has a recommendation(and tickets) to see a double bill of exciting California indie-rock bands, holding court in the Richmond District at Neck of the Woods. San Francisco’s own Mahgeetah are playing alongside Los Angeles upstarts, Incan Abraham; a reunion for this pairing, but in the Bay Area instead of down south.

Mahgeetah have been diligently working on a fresh batch of tunes, many which are likely to be debuted on this evening. Tracks off of their stellar 2012 release, Heavy Baby, are sure to be represented, as well. Their take on modernized, 21st Century blues-rock is both powerful and engaging as Ryan Fisher’s strong vocals cut through to the core. Incan Abraham are hitting the road in support of their latest release, Tolerance, a slice of soaring tunes borrowing influence from a smattering of today’s great acts, while not compromising their artistic integrity.

Jordan Klassen rounds out the bill for the evening; one which is sure to break you from your mid-week drudgery, so make the pilgrimage to the Neck of the Woods. -Kevin Quandt

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FEADZ with Phantoms, Richie Panic
Neck of the Woods – San Francisco
January 16, 2014

French DJ, Producer and Songwriter FEADZ otherwise known as Fabien Pianta, has been heating up dance floors for well over a decade. Collaborating with fellow electronic mastermind and current Ed Banger label mate Mr. Oizo, FEADZ broke onto the scene in 99’ with his debut album Analog Worms Attack. Shortly after a co-headlining world tour, the multi-faceted Pianta joined German electro label BPitch, released his first solo record and began working as a producer and collaborating with fellow industry heavyweights. Most notably his work with seminal vocalist Uffie garnished the attention of the owner and founder of Ed Banger Records, Busy P. His production credit on the 2005 breakout track, “Pop The Glock,” led to his signing by the French Electro magnate and major label release of three EP’s and a full length album, dropping later this month. Coming out January 20th, Instant Alpha showcases FEADZ unique blend of hip-hop and chiptune electronica. Stamped with Ed Banger’s stylistic markers of vocal compression and low end sampling, the album highlights FEADZ roots in freestyle, house and unique perspective as an innovator on the turntables.

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Chateau Marmont’s French synths light up Richmond District

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As funky, synthed-out disco poured onto an increasingly desolate Clement Street, passers-by could only stop and gaze quizzically up to the second floor of the newest venue in the City, Neck of the Woods. Should we go in to check it out? What is this catchy cacophony blasting through the Inner Richmond? Well, those brave enough to venture into this rarely-visited part of town were rewarded with masterful playing and serious grooves. Chateau Marmont put on a blistering live show that featured both their tremendous original songs and some improvised dance jams that got the sparse crowd moving.

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Ronald Kaufman, who performs under the name Kauf, is a name you are likely to see more of as 2013 comes to a close. This one-man show captivated the fans who could be described as “in the know”, as Kauf’s superb production coupled with live vocals generated something totally genuine. Tracks like “Relocate”, off his latest EP release titled As Much Again, displayed the artist’s knack for building loops while tastefully manipulating his delicate vocals. With a handful of dates opening for Cut Copy on Kauf’s upcoming schedule, it’s a very good likelihood that more exposure is sure to gain the attention this solo act deserves.

A few more bodies trickled in to see these underrated Frenchmen tackle a set heavy with new tunes from their newest release, The Maze. For an act that hasn’t been touring much in the past year, Chateau Marmont came out firing on all cylinders. Synthesizers, modulators and keyboards flanked the sides of the stage as the rhythm section held court in the middle, a setup that lent very well to their ‘jam’ style dance sections sandwiched between tracks. Banner songs like “Wind Blows” display a preternatural understanding of electrified pop-music, similar to the sound that aided to Miike Snow’s success years ago. For all intensive reasons, Chateau Marmont are on their way up the ladder to larger audiences, and the group showed their potential to receive international radio air-play.

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One aspect that was difficult to overlook, while the band was deep in groove, was both the use of non-traditional synth frequencies while simultaneously using said instruments to create leads that were akin to that of a lead guitar. This combination made it seem as though this act could very easily be a crossover act, enjoyed by fans of live-tronica jambands like Lotus, Particle or the New Deal. Expect to see a fair amount of stage time from these guys as they ramp things up behind the new release, so catch ‘em while they are still relatively unknown.

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An exciting night of French synth-pop is approaching this Thursday at the Richmond’s newest venue, Neck of the Woods. Chateau Marmont isn’t a new band, but they certainly have been garnering serious attention in past years with high profile remixes of artists such as Royksopp, La Roux and Peter, Bjorn & John, as well as producing their own stellar releases. Invisible Eye is the latest EP from this trio, an incredibly catchy soundscape built on spacey themes and brilliant use of the vocoder. Their debut full-length album is slated for an early 2014 release and is sure to catapult this act to larger stages and more fans in no time. Do yourself a favor and catch Chateau Marmont in an intimate setting before it’s too late.


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