The Bird and the Bee, Sonic Youth, Aaron Ross -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Thursday, July 19
The Bird and the Bee, 8 at the Independent. $18.
“An indie-pop duo from Los Angeles, The Bird and the Bee combines futuristic rhythms and beats with ethereal vocals and catchy hooks, producing an unusual and irresistible combination." -- NPR
Sonic Youth, 8 at Berkeley Community Theatre. $35.
“When Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation came out in 1988 it was welcomed as the band’s first true mix of avant-garde experimentalism and somewhat more conventional rock sounds. Since then it’s become a definitive record in the indie rock canon as well as an essential must-own for anyone who cares about where music has been and where it’s going (even the government likes it – Daydream Nation was chosen by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Recording Registry)." -- Rolling Stone
Aaron Ross, 9 at Bottom of the Hill. $8.
“Aptly described by its title, Aaron Ross’ solo effort Shapeshifter is more than a listening experience but a poetic endeavor that explores the scope of life. Each song tells a magnificently dynamic tale, complete with a lyrical imagery reminiscent of greats like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and sung with the heartfelt resolve that makes Ross’ voice one-of-a-kind. At first listen, it’s hard to believe the front man for California rockers Hella had a cache of folk-inspired and orchestral-touched song secreted in his soul but as each verse unlocks his impassioned reflection it is clear they’ve been burgeoning since long ago." -- Redefine