The Concretes

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The Concretes

Birds & Batteries, Magic Bullets, Psychic Friend, featuring Will Schwartz (Imperial Teen) and Patty Schemel (drummer for Hole).

Fri, February 25, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Rickshaw Stop

San Francisco, CA

$13.00

Off Sale

This event is all ages

$13 adv/$15 door

The Concretes
The Concretes
Sweden is known for producing some dynamic music. The same country that gave us Refused (arguably the greatest hardcore band ever), Meshuggah and Opeth (dark metal), and The Cardigans (super pop) have bestowed upon the world The Concretes, an eight-piece pop act that in years prior was known for releasing a new album every year. After a three year hiatus from recording, the group decided that the next logical step would be what any band would do after such an extended break, record a disco album! And at a time when dance music is more dynamic than ever along the indie party line, The Concretes have put together a sugary-sweet and sonically lush album titled WYWH. This album would perfectly cater to rollerskating, disco-balling dance-aholics with an itch to get their groove on.

With two previous albums under their belts, The Concretes have shown their ability to evolve and shape-shift with each new offering. Having lost an original singer and all of their instruments while in New York City, the band opted to not give in to what could have easily made any band crumble and dissolve. Instead, the seven remaining members looked to Fleetwood Mac for inspiration, got back to the drawing board, and began creating again. They released their album Hey Trouble a few months later and have not looked back since. Encompassing multiple instruments, but using them like a doctor uses a scalpel, the group have found a way to make a huge yet minimal sound that will keep your feet tapping and leave your ears longing. A full United States tour is the next step, and we are glad that Noise Pop is one of their stops.

ANDREW POHL
Birds & Batteries
Birds & Batteries
Unique songwriting is hard to come by these days, but B&B deliver the goods: Sempert's simple yet surprising works, bolstered by adventurous arrangements and production.
Birds & Batteries are on a steady rise with consistently sold out shows in San Francisco, a new record, a Daytrotter session and more national touring ahead.
"Panorama" is the third full-length from Birds & Batteries and their finest work to date (Spune/ Velvet Blue Music). The new album is a rare mix of organic and electronic, pop and experimental and an effortless play of surprising elements.

Birds & Batteries' "Up To No Good" EP (2009, Eightmaps) showed singer / bandleader Mike Sempert exploring synth-funk and the influences of Bowie's "Scary Monsters" and P-funk. On "Panorama" (2010, Spune/Velvet Blue Music) his love for artists like Harry Nilsson, ELO, and David Byrne shines through, and he trades in a bit of the irony for empathy. Sempert might as well be a scientist in his next life, as he is able to blend his classic folk-ish voice with synth textures for down right futuristic results. When pressed for a simple summary, he's described the sound as "Art-rock meets Tom Petty." Basically it's not all that easy to define. Sempert is joined by Christopher Walsh (guitar), Jill Heinke (bass), and Brian Michelson (drums).

The new record conjures up blue skies and big views. It is heartfelt and bold and unlike anything in the current indie landscape. After playing festivals in the spring of 2010 - SXSW, Noise Pop, NX35 - Birds & Batteries toured nationally in the summer and are out again in late November and December.

“A bit like a high-concept mashup, this fusion of two of the slickest eras of pop production produces some polished results …" - Pitchfork

“Epic art pop" - Dazed Digital (Dazed and Confused)

“The genius of the group is you never can tell" - East Bay Express

“So gorgeous... it lulls you into magic." - Future Sounds
Magic Bullets
Magic Bullets
If you consider yourself a bit of an ‘80s throwback lover, then you are going to love Magic Bullets. Since 2004 this band has been conjuring up the spirits of Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, and early Depeche Mode, the whole time carrying the torch and bringing it into the new decade with an original spin. Their new 7" for the song "Laying Around" is now available through Mon Amie Records.

ANDREW POHL
Psychic Friend, featuring Will Schwartz (Imperial Teen) and Patty Schemel (drummer for Hole).
Psychic Friend, featuring Will Schwartz (Imperial Teen) and Patty Schemel (drummer for Hole).
Los Angeles has created a monster. They've found a way to blend Ben Folds and The Cars into a single entitiy. Psychic Friend, which features Pat Schemel (Hole), Bo Boddie, and Will Schwartz, will grace the stage at Noise Pop 2011 and show audiences how simple sugary pop is meant to be played. One listen to their song "Once A Servant" and you nearly conjure up images of smurfs hugging. Infectious and easy on the ears, Psychic Friend are sure to get your foot tapping.

ANDY POHL
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
http://rickshawstop.com