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About this show
Communion San Francisco wraps up an amazing year of shows with a very special night of performances from: Trixie Whitley, Social Studies, Hosannas, Johnny Hwin x Brodie Jenkins!
About the music:
Trixie Whitley’s magnetic presence and stunning voice captivated audiences worldwide in 2010 and 2011 as she toured the world performing with Black Dub. During the Black Dub recording sessions, she also recorded her second EP, The Engine, featuring her own music, and began preparing to record her debut as a leader. In late 2011, she released Live at the Rockwood Music Hall, a 5 song EP of her solo performance recorded at Rockwood in New York City. She is currently finishing her first full-length record with musician/producer Thomas Bartlett (Antony & the Johnsons, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, the National, Grizzly Bear…) and engineer Pat Dilett (David Byrne, Lou Reed, Mary J. Blige…).
Social Studies has become a force to be reckoned with in concert, transfixing audiences at the CMJ Music Festival, SXSW, and Noise Pop, and bringing their unique energy and spirit to stages shared with TuneYards, Wye Oak, Lotus Plaza, Thee Oh Sees, Dodos, Ramona Falls and many more. The band – led by Natalia Rogovin (vocals, keys) and Michael Jirkovsky (drums), who were joined in 2009 by bassist Jesse Hudson and guitarist Tom Smith and this year by second guitarist Ben McClintock – has already won a loyal fan base thanks to their arch take on modernist pop as heard on 2010 release Wind Up Wooden Heart.
Now, on their new album, the goal was to strip things down to the basics, straighten out some of the more jagged lines of their previous work, and put the focus more on texture and mood. “Before, we were rebellious. We fucked with things just because we wanted to push limits and boundaries,” says Rogovin. “Developer is a more adult record. We tried to explore sounds and draw out parts to write more moving and focused songs.”
Hosannas create beatific, experimental pop music. Once a four-piece known as Church, brothers Brandon and Richard Laws were two LPs and two EPs deep before deciding to push the limits of the grandiose pop and chamber-folk music for which the band had become so beloved. Moving forward with the brothers Laws on guitars and vocals, and friend Grace Peters on synths and keys, the Portland, Oregon-based trio continue to take the band into new sonic directions. If their latest EP, Thug Life Nicole (self-released, 2011) is any indication of where they are headed, expect striking vocal harmonies, unique instrumentation, and orchestral layering to play heavy into their electro-pop explorations.
Johnny Hwin x Brodie Jenkins
Singer-songwriter/producer Johnny Hwin (former bassist of Blackbird Blackbird) and Brodie Jenkins explore the sonic intersection of acoustic timbres, electronic synths/samples and highly dance-able beats, arranged against an emotional backdrop inspired by love letters, the universal and intimate form of creative expression we all share.
Doors: 7:30pm - Show 8:00pm
Tickets: $8 in advance/$10 at the door
Ticket Link: http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/event/184143/