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

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