It’s hump day heaven this Wednesday when Australia’s super-dope Jagwar Ma play The Independent! It’s gonna be a straight-up dance fest, so lace up and come get down with us. Their live show is a joy and they’ve got Fascinator opening for them, so we’re in for a full night of getting freaky. Let’s do this!
Tea Leaf Green’s Thanksgiving Harvest Time Ball is next weekend and we’re giving away a pair of tickets so you don’t have to miss out on the weekend’s premier audio feast.
The hometown heroes will be headlining The Independent on Saturday, 11/30 and will be joined by The Royal Scam. They’re selling a few VIP packages that would make the perfect post-Thanksgiving splurge, so check those out. Let’s party!
Rogue Wave and Hey Marseilles recently dropped by The Independent for a truly wonderful show and Bailey Greenwood took the brilliant shots you see above. Magic.
On Saturday night after day one of Treasure Island Music Festival came to a close, The Independent hosted a banger of a party headlined by AraabMuzik. We captured the electronic hip-hop DJ in action, as well as openers Five Knives and GRiZ.
The M Machine
The M Machine
The crowd gets pumped during MiMOSA
Living in San Francisco has a lot of perks. However, this weekend proved to be one of the better moments of the summer. Outside Lands Music Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year for Bay Area locals. Yet, it was this year’s after parties that had people a-buzzing.
After two days of music and fog, it was time to make my way over to the MiMosa after-party at The Independent. Still riding the musical high, I was ready for a little dirty dub.
Upon entering the Indy, I was greeted with the sweet electro sounds of Bay Area natives The M Machine. Having just released their album “Metropolis”, the band have continued to reveal themselves across some of electronic music’s biggest stages. After summer gigs at EDC, Electric Zoo, and Global Dance Festival and opening slots for Empire of the Sun, Mike Snow, and Pretty Lights, The M Machine have have proven their worth.
The band’s sound is a mixture of contemporary bass music with synths and tempos derived from old-school arcade racing games, but they also have elements that can be traced back further, to classic concept albums like Pink Floyd’s The Wall. However, it was their rendition of several Radiohead classics that had the audience in full swing.
As soon as “Kid A” dropped, the place was going insane. I couldn’t help but ask myself “is this really going on right now?” But the night was young, and MiMosa had yet to deliver what would be one hell of a performance.
As soon as The M Machine came off, I need to take a breather. By this point, I’d been dancing for about 12 hours and was feeling like a tweeked-out rag doll. Just as I was about to battle my way through the crowd and head to VIP, I was jolted by one of the dirtiest beats. The time had come… MiMosa had started.
The next 45 minutes would prove to be one of the highlights of my weekend. MiMosa gave it everything. The set turned out to be much more intiment then the one he played at Outside Lands. If anything, the show was an orgy for my senses. The bass was earth-shaking, the lights were seizure-inducing (awesome), and the music never stopped.
Regardless, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter if you are on the wagon or off. There is something about his blend of electronica and dubstep that will just blow your mind when you see it live. Un. Fucking. Real.
All photos & review are by James Pawlish.
Sonny & The Sunsets, following up the release of last month’s new album Longtime Companion, played The Independent on July 21st with support from opening band Wet Illustrated.
Sonny Smith of Sonny & The Sunsets
We got the chance to catch up with the Crystal Fighters before their show last week at the Independent. Here are some great photos and answered questions!
Here are responses from Crystal Fighter’s Gilbert Vierich!
**Your music is a melting pot of cultural, musical and stylistic influences, what do you think ties all of these aspects together?
I think its probably intrigue and curiostiy that ties it all together. Myself, Sebastian and Graham, all have a love for different types of music and we all love making it.
**How has this past/current tour been treating you. Are you getting the reactions from American fans you are looking for?
Being able to finally tour the USA properly is amazing. Its a great place and has so many different music scenes and all the cities have their own feeling. People seem to be liking it, and its amazing that when we go to places that we have never been before, there are people there to come and listen. Its a real pleasure to be able to do this. Thanks everyone for coming out so far.
Beyond that we have been touring with friends (and band) Is Tropical, who have not only been killing it on the stage, but have made the whole tour hilarious. Its really great to share stuff like this friends.
**Have you ever been to San Francisco before, what is your favorite part of this city?
Yeah, last time we hit up SF was a few months ago off the back of SXSW. It was pretty awesome, we played at Mezzanine for a Kitsune Clube night with Computer Magic.
This time though we are at The Independent and its an own show, so really looking forward to the slightly different vibe this time round.
I guess we didn’t get much of a chance last time to check it out. It was all burgers and soundchecks.
**When watching live footage, you truly bring the music alive with your energy. Did you always know performance was going to be an important part of the music? How do you think your live shows enhance the music?
When we first started, playing to people that was the only thing it was about. We would play, write more, change the music for the next weekend, and then go to the next tiny gig. We did that for about a year, playing over 100 shows in london alone. Then once people started to get to know us more, they wanted things to listen to, so we decided to make an album. From there our live show has just developed and developed, and its really the being of our music. And when we do play we take the album versions on to a higher level, adding more elements and allowing the songs to breath heavily.
**What do you think the future holds for the Crystal Fighters? Can we look for any new and exciting influences in your songwriting?
Currently we are writing our second album. We still feel we have a lot to discover with combining old basque influences with modern music, and we have come across so many new styles of music since we wrote the first one, so we hope it will sound like a natural progression. Apart from that, hitting up some festivals in August and having an awesome summer. Hope you do too!!