Archive for April 21st, 2011

April 21, 2011

Nice Guys Finish Last When They’re Headlining: John Vanderslice at The Croc

For the past 10+ years, John Vanderslice has become known to fans and his peers alike by three characteristics.

Most relevant for the purpose of this preview, he’s an accomplished musician whose tender vocals and experimental tendencies offer a unique take on intelligent indie rock.

Second, he’s a renowned producer who toils away at his all-analogue recording studio in San Fran that goes by the name of Tiny Telephone. Having produced the best albums from Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie, The Mountain Goats and our personal favorites, Beulah, among many others, Vanderslice has been at the helm for the upper echelon of indie musicians.

Finally, John Vanderslice has the reputation as being the nicest guy in indie rock. Our first interaction with Vanderslice was during Beulah’s farewell tour when his affability spread through the room like a warm breeze. Vanderslice is the rare artist who genuinely seems even more interested in those around him than in himself. We’d put Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws in roughly a similar category. We imagine Barsuk needs at least two gents to balance John Roderick. We kid, we kid. We’re Roderick fans as well.

Head to The Croc tonight to see JV for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

4/21 @ The Crocodile :: John Vanderslice :: Ivan & Alyosha :: 8 p.m. :: $12

April 21, 2011

Comedian/Actor Turned Rapper: Childish Gambino Tonight at Neumos

We’ll be the first to admit it: we love Donald Glover. From his role as Troy on Community to his stand up (which we were lucky to experience last year at Bumbershoot), we just think the guy is great. And in case you haven’t heard, Glover is in town with another one of his projects that we love: Childish Gambino.

It isn’t widely known that Glover is not only a talented actor and comedian, but he’s also a talented rapper as well. At first blush, his music isn’t anything you’d want your mother to hear you listening to. His songs are sprinkled with F-bombs and derogatory slang, which are things we don’t usually flock to here at SEA live MUSIC. But Chicago’s Gowhere surmises that these are “either shock value or comedic value,” which we think is spot on. All cursing and joking aside, Glover actually deals with some fairly intimate themes in his songs (especially in “Difference,” the first song off his album Culdesac). Plus he uses some great samples throughout.

Head to Neumos tonight to see Glover in action. And make sure you leave your mom at home.

4/21 Donald Glover and Childish Gambino @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: SOLD OUT :: All ages

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