Jan
27

THE ASTEROID NO 4

Rickshaw Stop

San Francisco, CA

Show: 8:00PM

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THE ASTEROID NO 4

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Chime School

8 pm

$12 

All Ages

The Asteroid No.4 is an American shoegaze, dream pop and psychedelic band based in Northern California. Originally forming in Philadelphia in the late 1990s, the A4 have remained an active studio and live act, considered to be stalwarts of modern “psych”genre. Known for their prolific discography of reverb-drenched recordings and liquid-projected live performances, the band is often categorized as “neo-psychedelic” or “shoegaze”. Happily accepting their often made comparisons to acts like Ride, Spacemen 3 or “Paisley Underground’s”, The Rain Parade; the band have evolved into a sound all their own. In late 2020, the Asteroid No.4 released their 10th full length LP, “Northern Songs” and are now slated to release their 11th full length, “Tones of the Sparrow” in the spring of 2022 on London label specializing in “nugaze” acts, Club AC30. https://theasteroidno4.com/

"There’s always good music in San Francisco, you just never hear about it till someone somewhere else finally pays attention. The Telephone Numbers and contemporaries live in the tiny spaces between row houses in the outer districts of San Francisco. You can hear them earnestly strumming through cheap practice amps choked with probably too much reverb and trying to craft ambitious sounds with no career ambitions and few resources. These bands were rarely invited to play the bigger venues in their own hometown when it mattered. They had their own intimate shows wherever they could beg for space, and that’s maybe more fun. Thomas Rubenstein is 100% from this subculture of record geeks and renters, haunting bedrooms studios and fog-damp garage practice spaces. He writes tragic love songs that pull from classic power-pop and 80s/90s indie. He does in fact have a Teenage Fanclub tattoo and is rarely not listening to Prefab Sprout or some other over-the-top heartbreaking pop on the way to earn his hourly wage. He recruited a whole host of pals to help him make The Ballad of Doug, which may or may not be a concept album about the rise and fall of the Gin Blossoms. The touches of violin, layers of guitar and soaring backing vocals make this seem bigger than just a DIY record, and it is. These tunes are worthy of some historic festival slot or hit parade appearance, but for now you can dream with the vinyl on your deck or the bandcamp blasting in your phone." --Glenn Donaldson. https://thetelephonenumbers.bandcamp.com/

Chime School is the project of San Francisco musician Andy Pastalaniec. Endlessly charmed by 80s indie and its 60s forbearers (and any record with a 12-string guitar), Andy cut his teeth as a drummer with SLR labelmate Odd Hope in their early group Pink Films; later with shoegazers Cruel Summer, and currently with indiepop outfit Seablite. But it wasn't until he was gifted a cassette 4-track portastudio "almost as a dare," that he came out from behind the kit to write and record his own material. Aptly named for its autodidact roots, Chime School pays homage to the formative jangle of The Byrds by way of early Primal Scream and The Springfields; the production and pop sensibility of the Biff Bang Pow and The Razorcuts; and the spirit of great singles labels like Creation, Postcard and Sarah. The debut Chime School LP from Slumberland Records is released on November 5, 2021. According to Slumberland: "It's challenging to take familiar musical forms and make them feel fresh and new, but Andy has tackled the task with aplomb on this assured debut. Featuring future classic singles like "It's True" and "Taking Time To Tell You" it's certain to catch the ears of indiepop fans, for sure, but will also be a balm for anyone in love with melodic, classic guitar pop." https://linktr.ee/chimeschool

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155 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

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THE ASTEROID NO 4

Telephone Numbers / Chime School