The Bad Signs, Pinbokeh, Underwoman and the Believers

The Bad Signs

Pinbokeh

Underwoman and the Believers

Fri, May 5, 2017

9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

The Bad Signs
The Bad Signs
Like the soundtrack to a cult film that doesn’t exist, The Bad Signs are three acclaimed artists’ ode to all that is cool.

DIG IT.

Brainchild of guitarist Nat Rufus, The Bad Signs are a seedy tribute to the fringe culture of 1960’s America - the beatniks, the beehives, the bikers, the whole scene. After ten years touring with twin brother and songwriting partner Rob Rufus in the punk rock band Blacklist Royals (Universal Music Group), inspiration struck as Rob took time off the road to edit his memoir, Die Young With Me (Simon & Schuster).

“I got the idea from this old black and white photograph,” says Nat. “It was from ’67, just two teenagers on a motorcycle, but I wanted to start a band that sounded the way that photo looked, you know? Like vintage rebel youth.” The twins enlisted alt-country mainstay Samantha Harlow on lead vocals, roundly praised by Rolling Stone, CMT, and America Songwriter - her haunting performances brought something unique and critical to the group. “She has a fragility to her voice that creates a sense of captivated unease… it’s like the sound of another time.”

So put on your shades, zip up your leather, and let your love light shine - because square is nowhere, and this is it.

The Bad Signs’ new EP, Black Magic Moments, was named an “official release” of Record Store Day 2017 - these exclusive 12” vinyls are backmasked with subliminal messages that conjure spirits when the album is spun backward. Rob’s book, now a bestseller, recently won a 2017 National ALA Award and will out in paperback this spring.
Pinbokeh
Pinbokeh
To save you from grabbing the nearest dictionary, “pinbokeh” is a variation of a Japanese term used in photography to mean blurred out. The band Pinbokeh explores a similar aesthetic in terms of sound, along with musical influences that span from minimalism of the 20th Century, new jazz, experimentalism, and all that is good about folk. Pinbokeh is made up of Nathan Chamberlain (who enjoys coffee), Josiah Branaman (who enjoys whisky), and Paul Sakai (who enjoys moderately chilled water). The trio started playing together in late 2016 out of a sanctuary in an antiqued church in Oakland, CA where they performed their first open rehearsal show in February 2017. Pinbokeh is currently writing and performing material while in the midst of recording their first demo recordings.
Underwoman and the Believers
Underwoman and the Believers
Underwoman and the Believers is dark, sparse musical melancholia about mermaids, love, and escaping glass boxes, by writer/keyboardist/vocalist Carolyn Chen. Named after the anti-hero of the novel Notes from Underground, the music is influenced by film scores, classical music, and indie, hip-hop, and electronic music, and has been described as haunting and like "melancholy merry-go-rounds in autumn."

In addition to performing in the Bay Area, Underwoman and the Believers has also performed in Los Angeles (and along the CA coast), New York, Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), and the Baltimore/Potomac area in other wonderful and unique venues including the The Whisky A Go Go (Hollywood), Hard Rock Cafe (SF), The Middle East (Cambridge, MA), Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY), and An Die Musik (Baltimore, MD), as well as Taiwanese American Cultural Festivals and private home concerts. A formal release of songs is forthcoming.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/