May 23, 2012
If you’re looking for something darker and more mysterious than your typical electronic show — which today means massive major key melodies and beefy bass drops — than check out the long running Icee Hot party coming this Sunday to Public Works.
A mix of odd, experimental dance producers who don’t shy away from the skittering beats and off-tempo synths of famous IDM acts like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, this Sunday’s Icee Hot features headliner Lazer Sword celebrating the release of their new album, Memory, with support from Detroit’s DJ Stingray, Shawn Reynaldo, Ghosts on Tape and Rollie Fingers.
It’s $5 before 11pm and $10 thereafter.
August 31, 2010
Sacramento quartet Sister Crayon, opened the show, led by singer Terra Lopez, who used vocal effects so well they functioned as another instrument. Sister Crayon play well crafted songs that are passionately textural. Lopez is backed by a keyboardist who also knocks outs out very impressive beats live on an MPC, another keyboardist who also plays guitar, and a drummer.Â Sometimes the bass coming from the keys was so deep my vision literally was vibrating.
Sister Crayon is raising money to buy a van to tour in, so if you feel like opening your pockets to help a very talented band meet their masses you can donate at their Myspace page.
Oaklandâ€™s Religious Girls are a three piece: a keyboard player, a drummer, and a gent who does both, all shouting wordlessly together. They have an intensely primal sound, and a vicious playing style. These guys are a must-see.
A fellow concertgoer simply said to me â€œThese guys are loud. Like, really loud.â€ A great compliment. Hats off to the Rickshaw Stop, the light show looked like the bottom of an UFO spacecraft hired to provide lighting at a rave.