Openers: Hit the Show Early For Butterfly Bones
"Openers" is a new All Shook Down column where research the best opening bands in San Francisco each week and tell you why it's worth showing up early to catch them. Our ambition is to uncover music that you aren't familiar with and would otherwise probably eat a burrito through. And though our ears are ever-pointed underground, if someone above-the-radar is playing first and has our music-loving heart in glee, we may have no choice but to tell you. Opening bands who think they're worthy should send kind pleas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five smackaroos don't get you much in this city, but it will get you into Cafe Du Nord on Wednesday night for what may be the best deal around. Those 500 pieces of copper-colored crap metal will allow you to bask in the sounds of clever locals My First Earthquake, sure, and even hear sonic freak-outs from Portland's Jaguar Love, but we think you'll really enjoy getting to the club early and vibrating your haunches to the kitschy, catchy electro-pop of Butterfly Bones.
These four local Madonna lovers have grooves so tight they could be gay, but they throw down the nerd-player routine (they seriously have a song called "ur hott") with such natural uncoolness that you know they've gotta be straight. And while Butterfly Bones aren't exactly painting with new colors here --we've all heard a cute lazer synth melody over a drum machine -- they ply their brand of dance pop with such dorky swagger and straight (ahem) faces that we may have no choice but to get down and demonstrate our poor moves. A burrito's worth of bills to feel like that? Worth it.
with My First Earthquake and Jaguar Love
Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Cafe Du Nord