Cursive’s Tim Kasher breathes an orchestral breath into his solo music at The Echo

Tim KasherBy Rochelle Shipman //

Tim Kasher //
The Echo – Los Angeles
May 3rd, 2017 //

Tim Kasher stopped by The Echo in LA last Wednesday during his tour behind No Resolution, the latest LP in a string of beautifully bummer solo releases about the realities of growing up and growing old.

The Cursive/Good Life frontman tapped a carefully constructed backing band to breathe an orchestral breath into some cuts from his extensive catalog, including some older songs that don’t normally get the spotlight.

He also announced the release of a feature film he wrote and directed that’s coming later this year, seemingly (fortunately/unfortunately) unrelated to his 2013 studio album Adult Film.

A Raincloud Is a Raincloud
Cold Love
No Fireworks
Lay Down Your Weapons
Break Me Open
Night and Day (The Good Life cover)
An Answer for Everything
Into the Fold (Cursive cover)
Bloody Murderer (Cursive cover)
The Prodigal Husband
No Secret

From the Hips (Cursive cover)
Truly Freaking Out

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Bakermat at Mezzanine 11/12 (THUR)

BakermatWritten by Nik Crossman //

Bakermat with Alex Adair //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
November 12th, 2015 //

While studying psychology at Utrecht University, Lodewijk Fluttert (better known by his stage name Bakermat) began moonlighting as a DJ in his spare time. Releasing his first two EPs in 2012, Fluttert quickly made a name for himself when he integrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech into his title track “One Day (Vandaag)”. The hit single charted in the Netherlands (his homeland), Belgium and France upon release, and the 24-year-old was later awarded a platinum record in Germany.

Meanwhile, Fluttert’s Uitzicht EP appeared in several iTunes charts after its release in 2013 on Soundplate Records. Now with his popularity continuing to quickly grow, Bakermat continues to develop his unique electronic amalgamation of gospel, soul, jazz and blues with his latest single “Teach Me” from 2014.

This Thursday, Bakermat and British DJ, producer and remixer Alex Adair invite you to join them in an exploratory evening 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 Thursday 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:

Fortunate Youth: October 13th (FRI) at Slim’s
Soulside: October 14th (SAT) at Slim’s
Blitzen Trapper: October 15th (SUN) at The Independent
Born Ruffians: October 15th (SUN) at Slim’s
Hunter Hunted: October 15th (SUN) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Alvvays: October 16th (MON) at The Independent
Bells Atlas: October 17th (TUE) at The New Parish
The Good Life: October 17th (TUE) at Great American Music Hall


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It’s good to hear Conor Oberst happy

Conor-Oberst-@-Fillmore_postPhotos by Mike Rosati // Written by Brooks Rocco //

Conor Oberst with Jonathan Wilson, The Good Life //
The Fillmore – San Francisco
October 4th, 2014 //

“Crank Gillian in my monitor. Guitar and vocals, all the way”, the frontman requested with an impish grin.

With hundreds of songs written and nearly two dozen records tucked under his belt, it would be easy to forgive Conor Oberst were he to appear burnt out from an already bountiful and robust career, a seemingly never-ending touring schedule and a notably difficult year. But during moments like the final All-Star ‘family’ jam at the end of Saturday’s inspiriting show at The Fillmore, punctuated by jubilant appearances by country legend Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and the fantastic Felice Brothers, the singer never seemed more alive.

Buoyed by a band comprised of long-term collaborators along with members of opening act Jonathan Wilson’s own touring ensemble, Oberst deftly led the audience on a scenic journey through some of his best work, both vintage and virginal. Opening with “Hundreds of Ways”, the lead single from his excellent and underrated new record Upside Down Mountain, he enraptured the audience from the beginning with his earnest crooning, smart melodies and a refreshing lack of artifice.

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Perhaps on a high from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (read our review here), which has immersed the city in an overflowing bubble bath of good vibes (Conor’s Family Band played on Friday), the crowd swayed along to Oberst’s occasionally guarded, but authentic and revealing verses. And indeed, as a well-seasoned artist, the show never seemed to drag or let up, from the sweetness of Bright Eyes’ “Bowl of Oranges” to the glorious highlights of “Desert Island Questionnaire”. This is a thoroughly enlivening rock ‘n’ roll band that knows exactly what it’s doing.

Jonathan Wilson for his part, also knows what he’s doing (having co-produced the aforementioned Upside Down Mountain), though at times seemed much more confident playing as a member of Conor’s band rather than fronting his own. Sporting a backwards ball cap and a scraggly, street-kid trench coat, Wilson with his band seemed less sure of his place in the folk-rock canon. As he experiments with his own style, he shines as a collaborator and producer of the excellent musicians he surrounds himself with, especially on this tour.

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All of which culminated in an exultory trio of encores filled with Hardly Strictly heroes. As Dave Rawlings slithered out masterful, melodious country twang over the John Prine tune “Pretty Good”, Conor could be seen soaking in deeply the sublime voice of Gillian Welch (which, indeed, the sound guy eventually cranked up loud enough) and his good fortune to be sharing the stage not only with legends, but with an audience that has grown along with him to the heights he now visibly enjoys. It’s good to hear Conor Oberst happy.

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