The T-Fly crew was catching too many shows this past weekend to keep up with. So here is two reviews in one! Both at The Independent in San Francisco, a hometown favorite. Get into it! (One of these sneaky devils even snagged the setlist!)
Beirut by Acacia Newlon, Sales Coordinator
After one sold out show at the 2800 capacity Fox Theatre in Oakland, a “few” of us, about 500 to be exact, were privileged enough to see Beirut play a 2nd night at the Independent on Sunday night. With red and white lights strung from the ceiling, I felt like I’d been invited to someone’s backyard party. Such a small touch made the evening 100x more intimate. Laetitia Sadier, former singer of Stereolab, opened the show. Promptly at 9:30pm, Beirut, all smiles, played a 23 song setlist drawn from the breadth of their catalog. Starting the set with Scenic World from their first record, Gulag Orkestar, Zach Condon and company trumpeted and tuba’d on a journey around the globe, taking the audience to Eastern Europe, France, Brazil, Mexico, and to Santa Fe, Condon’s hometown. His intellectual and foreign fascinations, imagination, and orchestrations are hints of an old, seasoned, worldly soul, and it’s easy to forget that Condon’s warbly, emotive tenor is the voice of a 25 year old. Highlights included Nantes, The Gulag Orkestar, Postcards from Italy, Santa Fe (my favorite track from their new release, The Rip Tide), and The Penalty, with Condon solo on ukulele.
Weedeater and more by Rurik Schtaklef, Customer Support Rep Extraodinaire
Metal shows are hard to come by at The Independent, which is why I had to catch the Weedeater show! Opening was Canadian doom outfit, Bison B.C, as well as local favorites, Saviours. I arrived a little late, and missed half of Bison’s set, but what I did see was awesome. Impenetrable guitars, amplified to the hilt, complemented the singer’s blistering vocals. I had to buy earplugs one this one for sure. Saviours have been around here for a long time, and are unmatched when it comes to showmanship. These guys kept it strong throughout the whole set, warming us up for some intense stoner metal. The lead singer Austin Barber concluded the performance yelling, ‘thanks a f*ckload!’ No, thank you Saviours for melting our faces off.* After a short break, “Dixie” Dave Collins stormed out with his trusty Jim Beam bottle and opened with ‘God Luck and Good Speed’, immediately getting the crowd riled up. I was transfixed for the rest of the night, sometimes cracking up at the wild behavior of Dixie. Flipping off the crowd and spitting everywhere, Weedeater displayed some of that characteristic southern charm. Yeah, I bought a shirt, and who wouldn’t after that kind of show, thanks a f*ckload Independent, you rule!
*Editors note: I know Austin. And this is also characteristic of something he would say if, for example, you were his mom and you gave him a nice birthday gift. Dude is rad. Another popular Austin phrase: “Everything I do is killer.” Yessssss.