A bunch of great shows tonight: Times New Viking/Spencey Dude, Michael Yonkers/The Sandwitches, Aesop Rock/Kimya Dawson
June 14, 2011
Written by Ben Van Houten
On a busy week like this one, it can be (and was) difficult to whittle down our list of preferred shows to just four for Recommended. For instance, in addition to all of that other great stuff this week that we mentioned yesterday, there are no fewer than three great shows tonight, Tuesday, June 14th.
As Kevin from Positive Destruction flagged yesterday in the comments, the new Times New Viking album is something special. The band’s first record on Merge, it’s plenty fuzzy but with some real strong skewed-pop bursting through. King Tuff and Spencey Dude and the Doodles (who don’t play enough!!) support at the Rickshaw Stop (8pm, $12).
Michael Yonkers released his first album in 1968, but the outsider rock pioneer has never played San Francisco until tonight’s show at Amnesia (9pm, $10). A Dusted article covering Yonkers’ acclaimed now-reissued recordings, as well as the tragic accident that has left him with a lifetime of pain, described him as someone “who might have been one of the great psych rock figures of the late 1960s and 1970s, [and] became the cultiest of cult obsessions.” The Sandwitches and Bronze support tonight.
So I was a bit skeptical of Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson‘s collaboration before I heard a song, but upon listening to “Miami Advice,” it made perfect sense (and sounded really exciting). After a highly successful Noise Pop show, the duo is at The Independent tonight, with Aesop’s Hail Mary Mallon compatriots Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz joining them.
Kimya Dawson – “Miami Advice” (featuring Aesop Rock and the Olympia Free Choir)