|April 16, 2020|
Super City (Baltimore, MD)
Melodic and guitar driven, Super City is known for their hooky pop sound that blends heavy rock elements and danceability, all with coordinated band choreography that results in killer live performances. This Baltimore band expertly crafts guitar and synth earworms that thrive on the creative tension between bombastic rock and roll and stylized movements. Their structures and melodies leave no room for a dull track. At times soothing and inviting, at times posturing and timeless, Dan Ryan and Greg Wellham vocally guide this pop band into a new, heavy and beguiling territory that is both memorable and brash. Super City is Dan Ryan (lead vocals, guitar) Greg Wellham, (lead vocals guitar), Brian Brunsman (bass, vocals), Jon Birkholz (guitar, keys, vocals), and Ian Viera (drums & vocals). Super City has played with a variety of national acts, including Tokyo Police Club, Bombino, Rubblebucket, White Denim, Your Smith, Yelle, Baum, Durand Jones and the Indications, Vetiver, The Oh Hellos, and Cuddle Magic, as well as appeared at Artscape, Light City and other notable festivals. They are very active in the Baltimore scene, and their song “Artificial Sin” was one of 89.7 WTMD’s top played songs of 2016. Further, they are known for their active tour schedule, with several cross country tours under their belt. Released in 2018, Super City’s full-length Sanctuary has solidified the band’s approach, combining the raw, heavy rock of Queens of the Stone Age with the danceability of Prince. Sanctuary was awarded Album of the Year by 89.7 WTMD, and continues to make waves with the lead-off video for the title track.
Golden Curls (St. Louis, MO)
Pop music through a glass bottle.
Emerging wide-eyed from a twisted fairytale, Golden Curls bends traditional pop music into warbley new forms—aka “woozy pop.” Songwriter and producer Sarah Downen crafts her sound between innocence and darkness by pairing bells and pitch-bent flutes with heavily distorted synths and other-worldly samples. Her lyrics, ranging from the deeply personal to narrative interpretations of Swedish fairytales, are delivered softly, as if sharing a dark secret. Bandmates Stephen Favazza (guitar) and Philip Zahnd (drums) complete the sound with swirling textures and anchored beats, hypnotizing you to forget your introspective hang-ups and dance.
“Golden Curls constructs gossamer-like ambiance that slips in and out of lucid consciousness. Glockenspiels, an organ and Downen’s palpable exhalations give Golden Curls a glitter-coated sheen that shimmers within its diaphanous textures. Here, everything feels warm, almost sun-soaked, in the disorienting effect of Golden Curls’ balmy reverb. Like the gauzy slow burn of summer, Golden Curls’ Warm Fiction EP unwinds as percussion and waning analog synthesizers caramelize under Downen’s vocals.”
-Blair Stiles (Riverfront Times)
730pm – doors
8pm – show