Friday night saw Aaron Axelsson’s Popscene close out another successful year with their annual Xmas Party. Sumif headlined the event, which helped cap a successful year for the San Francisco based electro-pop singer-songwriter.
Her single, “Lay Down,” reached number one on Hype Machine during the summer and she sold out Brick and Mortar Music Hall with her first show in San Francisco since releasing the new music. During her energetic set, Steph mentioned how she had previously jumped on the Rickshaw Stop stage and vowed to play on it one day.
The set was full cheer, as Sumif, joined on stage by Rahi Kumar, powered through many of the songs released during the year. She managed to slip some new music into the set which, on first listen, sounded a bit slower, a bit richer and a bit rounder in sound. If there was any doubt this was a Christmas party, beyond the Popscene tree glittering in the corner, she dropped a karaoke style rendition of Mariah Carey into the set to cement the show’s Christmas credentials.
Closing out with the aforementioned “Lay Down,” it was a fun gig, full of joy, and the perfect way to close out another year of Popscene.