Let it never be said that there was nothing to do in San Francisco. Here are a few of the shows we’re keeping an eye on this weekend:
Friday night pick by Annie:
Eric + Erica at Viracocha
998 Valencia St. SF
Friday 9/5 doors at 8p, $8
w/ Michael Musika, BBQ Bungalow and Hod
Erica’s voice is otherworldly and shockingly beautiful. The first time I saw them perform in Ann Arbor, MI, my chin dropped to the ground. It was a little bit Joan Baez with hints of Ireland and Jenny Lewis, and the ability to resound epically even in whisper. Eric plays eight million instruments. (He’s played with Sean Hayes most notably, as well as a great collaboration with the enchanting Michael Musika who’s sharing the bill.) They are seriously great and also quirky, but comfortably so. The North Carolina duo are passing through SF (their former home) on a month long west coast tour. More dates here, including a return to SF in November at the Independent. Check out their new EP with the gorgeous “What a Fine Day” starting it off:
Saturday night pick by Victoria:
To know him is to love him. MUNDY is one of Irelands most beloved contemporary artists. His single “Galway Girl,” released in 2008, was the #1 most downloaded song in Ireland, ever. It was the most popular single in Ireland for two years. His humble beginnings were busking on the streets of Dublin until a chance meeting presented the opportunity to write a song for Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The song, “To You I Bestow”, and his album Jelly Legs, put out by Epic Records, rocketed the 19 year old to a promising career. Mundy has played every stage and festival in Ireland. Watch him, below, perform the iconic “July” live at Oxegen Music Festival. Enjoying Irish success, Mundy found it hard to break away from the gratitude and familiarity of Ireland and has literally never had to made an electronic press kit that would enable him to play to new lands that will love him. However, he is ready now.
Sunday night pick by Bob:
Barcelona at Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th Street, SF
Sunday 9/7, doors 7:30p $12 advance/$14 door
w/ The Young Wild & Midnight Cinema
Barcelona’s brand of electro pop is centered by the groups soulful, gripping vocals and features synth lines and kicks that obviously call back to the 80s. The lyrics and harmonies are front and center, very much like James Blake or SOHN. They also have some pretty delightful covers of songs like ‘Call Your Girlfriend” by Robin and “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman. Personally I really dig the song “Fall in Love” for its brooding, Miami Vice-esque feel.