January 25, 2013
Get ready for a night of funky dance grooves from two stellar electronic musicians. XXYYXX and Teen Daze will be at DNA Lounge on Thursday, February 28th as part of the pair’s Winter Tour 2013. Noise Pop and DJ Dials will present the show, which features a live performance from XXYYXX and a DJ set from Teen Daze, who hail from Orlando and Vancouver, respectively.
XXYYXX is the stage name of 17-year-old producer Marcel Everett. Everett launched the project in June 2011, before releasing his eponymous debut last year. His bass-heavy, sample-based brand of bedroom pop is emotional and vivid, blending elements of different styles of pop music to synthesize full-bodied, often meditative dance floor jams. Listen to a couple XXYYXX tracks (“About You” and “Lonely Sometimes”) below via SoundCloud.
Teen Daze, the one-man electronic project of British Columbia’s Jamison, will get Thursday night’s all ages crowd dancing with one of his world class DJ sets. Late last year, Teen Daze released a new LP called The Inner Mansions on Lefse Records. You can order the record here. Listen to the Teen Daze remix of “Even Though”, a collaboration between XXYYXX and Giraffage.
XXYYXX, Teen Daze (DJ), DJ Dials
February 28, 2013
June 11, 2012
MacBook Pros and MIDI controllers were the weapons of choice at the Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday night, where fans of beat-laden electronic music gathered in droves to groove out to the sounds of Teen Daze, The One AM Radio, Giraffage, and Slow Magic. The all-ages show attracted a diverse crowd, including a 7-year-old birthday boy who’s mother had brought him to his first concert.
Although the crowd didn’t start to fill in until around 10pm, fans who arrived early were treated to the most exciting performance of the night. Slow Magic is a mysterious no-name, no-face, drum and samples project, who kicked off the evening with an impressive set of live drumming over electronic loops. Armed with a stand-up bass drum, a laptop, and a MIDI controller, Slow Magic performed his entire set wearing a handmade, rainbow-colored zebra mask. Communicating with the audience only through hand singles and body language, he moved his drum onto the floor to bang it out among the crowd for two separate tracks. It seemed like very few audience members even knew who he was, but they were certainly blown away by the spectacle.
San Francisco’s very own Giraffage, the glitched-out dream pop project of Charlie Yin, took the stage next. Charlie threw down a no-frills set of ethereal dance music using an Akai MPD32 MIDI controller hooked up to a MacBook Pro with a Bandcamp sticker slapped onto it. His use of sexy samples, impressive finger work, and well-timed breaks were more than enough to keep the crowd engaged. Although perhaps not a hundred percent of his glitches were intentional, they offered a dynamic and exciting bent to the Giraffage live experience.
June 4, 2012
Who’s up for a night of chillwave? This Wednesday 6/6/12 at the Rickshaw Stop, some of the genre’s most beloved acts will come together for a night of mellow beats, dream pop, electro synths, and well, chilling.
Headlining the night are electro pop pioneers Teen Daze, who are setting out on tour to launch their latest EP, “All of Us Together.” The record made its blockbuster debut streaming on Hype Machine last week and is loaded with the sounds that made the group famous – smooth, slow beats you can still dance to.
They’ll be joined by another chillwaver that Teen Daze loves to remix: Berkeley alum and Bay Area native Giraffage. More relaxed, dreamy sounds that could either put you to sleep or keep you up dancing all night, depending on your mood.
May 8, 2012
We recently checked out the title track from the new collaborative EP by San Francisco’s Giraffage and Florida’s XXYYXX, and now here’s Teen Daze’s take on “Even Though.” Giraffage will be performing Wednesday night at the latest Easy Bay Wednesday show in Oakland.
September 12, 2011
Every Monday, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.
Saturday: The 2011 Rock Make Street Festival!!
Obviously, our top pick this week is the 2011 Rock Make Street Festival (Facebook event), our fourth annual free, all ages, all day celebration of local arts, crafts, and music, taking place on Saturday, September 17th on Treat Avenue at 18th Street (12-7pm, Free, All Ages). The lineup of bands is crazy awesome, so be sure to come and see Tartufi, Battlehooch, Birds & Batteries, Bare Wires, Phantom Kicks, James and Evander, Cannons & Clouds, Sean Smith, ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted, Mist Giant, Vons De Qua and the SF Rock Project’s House Band.
Also, don’t miss our Rock Make pre-party at the Verdi Club on Wednesday night!
Teen Daze celebrates the release of A Silent Planet
Teen Daze‘s new A Silent Planet EP was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Out Of The Silent Planet. The album comes out on September 13th, the same day that the Vancouver electronic pop artist performs with locals Yalls and Speculator at Public Works (8pm, $6).
August 4, 2010
Every month, we dedicate the first week’s podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve got eleven great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in August, so head out and see some live music!
About the bands:
The Splinters (“Blood on my Hands”) celebrate the release of their new 7″ on Southpaw Records at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, August 18th. Woven Bones and The Sandwitches (who also have a new Southpaw 7″) also perform.
Grand Lake (“Spark”) celebrate the vinyl release of Blood Sea Dream on Hippies Are Dead Records this month. They’ll be performing at Cafe Du Nord on Tuesday, August 24th, with Its For Free Grace (Ted Nesseth of The Heavenly States), Sean Smith and The Present Moment, and DJs James and Evander.
Still Flyin’ (“Higher Than Five”) are playing at our 2010 Rock Make Street Festival on Sunday, August 22nd. They’re also performing at our NightLife show at the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday, August 19th.