February 25, 2011
SF heroes Two Gallants have announced that they’ll be playing their first show since taking a break from the band over two years ago. While the group’s last show was at The Fillmore, this next one will be in the more intimate confines of Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Tickets go on sale online tomorrow, February 26th.
The show’s not just Adam Haworth Stephens and Tyson Vogel’s first show back as a duo — it carries some extra special significance for Stephens as well. In November, Adam was involved in a horrible van accident in Wyoming while returning home from tour, which caused him severe nerve damage, as well as a dislocated shoulder and a broken rib. Adam’s now returning to performing following intense physical therapy.
Below, a message from the band announcing their return.
September 7, 2010
Tonight (Tuesday) at the Rickshaw Stop, 9/7/10, some low-key music will help us nurse our sunburns and ease us back into reality after the Labor Day festivities. Ears of the Beholder and Aquarium Drunkard have paired up to present locals Devotionals (feature podcast)Â and Big Eagle as they open for Georgia’s Futurebirds.
The show starts at 8:00 pm and costs $12.
August 11, 2010
This week’s podcast profiles Devotionals, a San Francisco band combining the talents of Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants) and Anton Patzner (Judgement Day). If you’ve only seen Vogel behind a drum kit with the Gallants, you might be surprised to see him finger-picking through a series of mostly instrumental folk-rock compositions, aided by Anton’s violin and some guest contributors. The songs on Devotionals, out now on Alive Records, are restrained, measured works that unfold into spacious mini-epics. It is not uncommon to use the term “soundtrack music” to favorably describe instrumental songs; by channeling a well-considered balance of thought and emotion, Devotionals have made a fully realized record that works as both the soundtrack and the film itself.
We sat down with Tyson, Anton, and new band member Emily Ritz recently to discuss the origins of Devotionals and their debut album. We’ve also included four songs from Devotionals in the episode.
After their album release show last week, Devotionals don’t have any shows currently scheduled.
- Check out the band’s session for One Night Music.
August 5, 2010
Another live performance made possible by One Night Music was posted last week, featuring Devotionals, the project of one of Two Gallants (Tyson Vogel) and the Patzner brothers. Vogel has been living and playing music in the city for a long time, and this session captures a few moments of his recollection, not to mention was recorded with a perfect backdrop — the very San Francisco-feeling dwelling of Michael Musika. It goes without saying that this session holds an intimacy spot on to Devotional’s appeal, and the session notes from ONM’s Elia Vargas definitely agree:
That Saturday afternoon at Michael’s, there was a lot of bustle, a lot of movement, but the quiet rhythms – those wondering sounds you must strain to hear, like squinting at the sun through a rain-drop – suggested the world is just as small as it needs to be. Little fairies tiptoed on the keys of old typewriters. Devotionals commanded everyone’s attention.
July 29, 2010
Devotionals, the band led by Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants) and Anton Patzner (Judgment Day), celebrate the recent release of their self-titled album on Friday, August 6th at Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $10), with Kacey Johansing and, until yesterday, TBA. Well, good news, folks (unless you’re a fan of a band called TBA). That TBA is now Sean Hayes co-headlining the show. Get your tickets now.
July 28, 2010
Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast features music from eight Bay Area bands, including a bunch of tracks from recent and upcoming releases. Enjoy!
About this week’s bands:
Bats In The Belfry (“Summer of Your Dreams”) is an Oakland band led by Kellen Shipley. They’ll be at Grant & Green on August 5th, Rasputin Music in Berkeley on August 8th, and Rasputin SF on August 15th.
Devotionals (“Chest Like Expansive Wings”), featuring Anton Patzner (Judgment Day) and Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants), recently released their self-titled album on Alive Records. The band’s album release show is August 6th at Bottom of the Hill with Kacey Johansing.
Westwood & Willow (“Ghost Door”) is a local folk-rock duo comprised of brothers Kevin and Sean Sullivan. The band will be at The Grind in Redwood City on July 29th, and at Bottom of the Hill on August 19th.
July 16, 2010
When Devotionals, led by Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants) and Anton Patzner (Judgment Day), performed at Emily Jane White’s record release show a few months back, I was struck by how the band’s compositions channeled the players’ prodigious talents into a moving, transcendent energy. “Chest Like Expansive Wings” is from their self-titled album, out earlier this week on Alive Records, and it showcases Vogel’s fingerpicking and Patzner’s violin intertwining vibrantly.
May 27, 2010
Starting at 8:00 pm, Silian Rail, By Sunlight, Ash Reiter and Devotionals will play in celebration of a new 7″ release. The 7″, split by Silian Rail and By Sunlight, officially comes out this week on Side With Us Records. This show is free with RSVP.
Once midnight rolls around, it will be time for the YACHT after-party succeeding the band’s set at the Independent. The party will feature a DJ set by YACHT & The Straight Gaze and a live set by Jeffrey Jerusalem (both Portland acts). This party is also free with RSVP.