Petit Biscuit marks his Bay Area debut with a sold-out dance party at Rickshaw Stop

Petit BiscuitBy Norm de Veyra //

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At the age of 17, French DJ and producer Mehdi Benjelloun has certainly been productive since arriving on the scene in 2015 with his first single “Alone”. Better known by his stage name Petit Biscuit, the baby-faced musician entertained a sold-out audience last Friday at Rickshaw Stop during his Bay Area debut for POPSCENE.

Chicago-based electronic band Shallou got the party started with a solid set. If you happened to miss Petit Biscuit this time around, make sure to catch him when he returns to SF in August for a show at The Warfield as he continues to tour in support of his 2016 self-titled LP.

Only 22 years old, Jamie Isaac makes his Bay Area debut at Rickshaw Stop

Jamie IsaacBy Kastania Victoria //

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In an intimate setting, London-based singer and producer Jamie Isaac made his Bay Area debut and didn’t disappoint by any means, showcasing his experimental beats and clever lyrics during a headlining show at Rickshaw Stop for POPSCENE.

Isaac’s set included his well-known cover of Alicia Keys’ “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” and songs from his lone studio album Couch Baby. Best known for his soulful R&B sound a la James Blake, he can be found singing and playing the piano during his live performances.

At only 22 years old though, it’s hard to believe that Isaac is already touring the states. His crisp voice is one reason why, as it’s definitely one to remember.

Milky Chance packs Rickshaw Stop for SF debut

Milky ChanceBy Justin Yee //

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October 23rd, 2014

Milky Chance made their SF debut this past Thursday to a sold-out crowd at the Rickshaw Stop. Though the German duo was booked as an opener to Chris Malinchak for POPSCENE’s weekly club night, it seemed apparent that the majority of people in attendance were not there for the headliner. In fact, as soon as Milky Chance hit the stage, they were welcomed with such a loud roar and applause that one would be convinced they were the main event.

Vocalist/guitarist Clemens Rehbein and DJ/drummer Philipp Dausch make up the band. Playing their mix of folk-, reggae- and electronica-influenced pop music, or “folktronica” as I’ve heard some people call it, they had the crowd bouncing to their beats and singing along to tracks from their recently released debut album Sadnecessary. In between songs, the two did not say much, as it seems like they are still learning English. However, based on their expressions and body language, the two looked surprised by how many fans were there and knew their songs.

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They closed with hit single “Stolen Dance”, which had the crowd going nuts — so much so, that they came out for an encore, something I’ve never seen an opening band do before. They finished off a top-notch set with “Down By the River” and walked around the stage giving high fives as they soaked in the cheers from the crowd.

The duo will be returning to SF on April 14th-15th to play The Regency Ballroom on their own headlining tour. So, if you missed them this time around, get your tickets now because those are sure to sell out.

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John Newman’s gospel essence impresses at Rickshaw Stop

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January 16, 2014

A mature crowd got to the 18 and up weekly club event Popscene early to secure their spot to see 23 year old, multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer John Newman January 16th.

And with good reason.

Every stop of the US tour in support of his debut album Tribute sold-out, including San Francisco. So, needless to say, after waiting over an hour, SF fans were ready for the show to begin.

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Focus swiftly shifted to John Newman as he appeared on stage moments after the band and two back up singers preluded the gracious title track, “Tribute”.

A powerful, gospel like essence swelled prominently as respectful cheers from the crowd gave way to an admirable vibe throughout the venue.

Belting out each soulful ballad track with an effervescent, angelic swagger, John Newman undeniably dominated throughout the performance while simultaneously letting his well-orchestrated band shine.
 
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While the set did include the smash single “Love Me Again”, which was introduced on an earlier EP, Newman noted himself it was all about Tribute. The young, talented artist thanked fans for making it happen.

As this leg of the Tribute tour continues on with sold-out shows across the States, John Newman’s popularity rightfully, continuously grows.

Another 13 shows were announced last week: starting March 27th at the 9:30 Club in DC all the way to The Doug Fur Lounge in Portland Oregon on April 18th!

Sound good? Get your tickets for John Newman at the Independent April 14 before they sell out, too.

St. Lucia treat POPSCENE patrons at Rickshaw Stop as full-length debut nears

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St. Lucia (aka Jean-Philip Grobler) and his live backing band commanded the weekly Thursday night Popscene stage at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco September 12. Playing to a sold-out crowd of rambunctious party people, the Brooklyn-based group kept the energy high with layered percussion and dance heavy anthems.

Jean-Philip Grobler’s vocals bellowed throughout venue, echoed by a crowd stacked high upon each other’s shoulders, coming close to swinging from the proverbial rafters. In order to even get a chance at some personal space to enjoy the show, one had to retreat to the upstairs loft, which was packed in itself. St. Lucia had the room buzzing, culminating in an off the charts dance party which easily could have filled a space double the size of the intimate venue.

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St. Lucia’s band dynamic and infectious charisma spilled over into the crowd from the opening notes of their set. The group predominantly playing songs off the 2012 self-titled EP, and many in the audience sang and danced along with every track. Limited on material to cover at this point, the band stretched nearly every 4 to 6 minute song into extended dance floor frenzies. Grobler and company kept the crowd involved and entertained every minute of their performance with creative improvisation and an eccentric stage show.

Hinting at the soon to be released album, When the Night, due out next month, St. Lucia treated the crowd to an awe-inspiring performance of “Elevate” towards the end of the set. This is first single released off of the full length slated to drop October 8th, and crowd members reacted enthusiastically to the new material — a few even screaming out within earshot, “I fucking love this song!”


Download “Elevate” here.

Rickshaw Stop has been a venue to catch talent on the rise within the independent music scene for a while now. Clever booking and the success of their many curated evenings, including their regular Thursday installment of Popscene, play a major role in exposing many new artists to passionate young auditory pleasure seekers in the Bay Area. St. Lucia has gained enough traction at this early stage of his career to sell out much larger capacities, and it’s nights like this that truly resonate amongst music fans. A shear testament to what undoubtedly will be a successful full length debut while providing fodder for subsequent live shows going forward, St. Lucia’s performance at Rickshaw Stop was a special moment for both the band and fans alike.

Smallpools bring summer anthems to Popscene, their first California show

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SF music fans were in for a treat at the Smallpools Popscene show August 8, as the Jersey foursome made their debut California performance. That could explain why Smallpools’ singer, Sean Scanlan, seemed a little nervous at the start of the show — and maybe it was the fact that the show was sold out and the group just started touring in July.
 
After a short-lived technical hiccup as they situated on stage in front of an eager, young and (always) trendy packed house at Rickshaw Stop, the band dove right into the set with “Mason Jar”, the second track off of their self titled EP.  Any nerves Smallpools may have had went away as the band’s laid-back coolness took over. The buoyant audience was already in the groove, dancing and having fun as Sean, Mike (guitar) and Joe (bass) continually connecting with SF fans.

Laughing about being stuck in Costa Rica when they created the “islandy” track “Over & Over”, the guys have a way of making you feel like you’ve been friends since way back when. Their bountiful, insightful banter about needing to get to work on their much needed (not to mention highly anticipated) LP resonated well with the excited crowd.  
 
Since the four tracks off their debut EP are their only released material, it made sense for Smallpools to cover a song or two to beef up their set list. The cheerful riff to the New Radicals’ hit “Get What You Give” was a great fit for the LA 4-piece indie-band’s mellow vibes. The song also served as the best build up for the song everyone was waiting to see live — this summer’s anthem, “Dreaming”.

Popscene burst with enthusiastic applause, breaking out into a full fledge dance party as Smallpools played their smash hit single — they definitely ended the night on a high note!


 

Youngblood Hawke’s shiny summertime songs headline Popscene

Youngblood-HawkePhotos by Marc Fong ~ Written by Mike Frash

The candy-coated pop group Youngblood Hawke from Los Angeles headlined Popscene at Rickshaw Stop May 23, bringing their super-shiny, summertime songs to San Francisco. They’ve gained significant traction this year with their radio-friendly anthem “We Come Running” from their debut album Wake Up, released in April. Their lead single is so catchy, it’s already by remixed by Tiësto, RAC, The Knocks & others. Listen to these remixes below.

Photos: Urban Cone at Popscene

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Urban Cone is an electronic dance-pop group from Stockholm, Sweden that counts Rasmus Flyckt, Magnus Folkö, Tim Formgren, Emil Gustafsson, Jacob William Sjöberg as its members.

They headlined the Popscene show at Rickshaw Stop on January 31, and Maggie Corwin was there to get some awesome snaps!

Ghost Beach headlines Popscene Thursday, February 7. Buy tickets.

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PHOTOS: The Knocks and Gemini Club @ Popscene

The Knocks headlined Popscene Thursday night at Rickshaw Stop

The Knocks headlined Popscene Thursday night at Rickshaw Stop

Live electronic awesomeness saturated Rickshaw Stop Thursday night in SF, as The Knocks and Gemini Club performed to a sold out crowd.

Take a look at this fresh eye-candy from Maggie Corwin.

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Gemini Club opened, but they should be headlining in no time...

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Blondfire at Rickshaw Stop’s weekly club night Popscene

BlondfirePhotos by Maggie Corwin

On Thursday November 29, 2012, LA based Blondfire headlined at The Rickshaw Stop’s weekly club night Popscene. Playing to an intimate crowd, brother-sister duo Bruce and Erica Driscoll kicked off the start of their North American tour in style.

Blondfire played songs off their recently released EP Where the Kids Are and their upcoming full-length album due out in January. Highlights of the set included “Waves,” “Hide and Seek” and iTunes Alternative chart topper “Where the Kids Are.”

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