9/29: Folsom St. Fair After-Party w/ Icky Blossoms, Return to Mono, Metal Mother, + Sit Kitty Sit @ DNA Lounge
I feel lucky to have been able to see Elle Mary twice while she was in town, and I'm hopeful she'll come back to grace us with her talent again before long.
This performance was a bit different than the one at The Lost Church - with backing from Tony Corten (Clamhawk Manor, Erin Brazill & the Brazillionaires) on drums and Johnny Tripod (Erin Brazill & the Brazillionaires) on cigar box guitar.
The added rhythm section really boosted Elle Mary's sound to a whole new level, providing a rich background for her powerful vocals and lending an edge to songs that came off more delicate when performed acoustically.
If you're fortunate enough to live in England, you may get a chance to see this talented woman perform live much sooner than those of us here in the states, and if you do have that chance, I highly recommend you take it.
ERIN BRAZILL AND THE BRAZILLIONAIRES
Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires are a quirky ensemble playing sexy, jazzy, retro-flavored songs with a healthy dose of black humor. The band's use of unusual instruments adds a fun, theatrical element, and vocalist/guitarist Erin Brazill plays with a unique flair that is a joy to watch, all while charming the audience with her amazing voice.
The Brazillionaires are talented, seasoned performers who put on a show that is nothing short of dazzling to watch. If you like to dance, especially with a partner, you can't do much better than this for a fun night.
Check out the Brazillionaires on Facebook, and keep your eyes open for upcoming dates... you won't be sorry!
This show was part of Amnesia's "Rajeev's Big Night Out" event (which happens on the last Friday of each month) and featured stand-up comics before the bands performed, which made for an interesting mix of entertainment.
Two Clamhawk Manor shows in a row might seem to be a bit on the side of excess, but hey - this is rock n' roll, and that's how these guys roll.
The crowd was obviously having a good time, dancing and laughing at Roger Oddcock's signature between-song banter.
At one point, things became so intense that the very clouds were shaken down from the heavens... well, at least the cardboard set decorations hanging above the stage, that is.
The Clamhawk boys ripped through a slightly shorter set than the previous show - fully plugged in and turned up past 11 this time - and in my opinion this was one of the best CM performances I've seen.
If you missed out on this one, don't worry - keep an eye on this blog to find out about upcoming dates, and like Clamhawk Manor on Facebook for even more reliable and timely info.
If you've never been to The Lost Church, you are missing out on a truly unique experience.
I've been fortunate enough to attend several events there over the past year (including my first-ever Clamhawk Manor performance), and it is unlike any other venue I've been to, the the point that I would hesitate to call it a "venue" at all; The Lost Church really feels more like a secret shared among friends.
Elle Mary consists of Elin Rossiter on vocals and guitar, and though she does have a band ("The Bad Men"), they did not make the trip from England to San Francisco with her. That's not to say Elle Mary needs any additional support - her voice alone is enough to fill the room.
Rossiter performed a brief but enchanting set of mostly original songs with a couple covers as well (Little Wings and Sharon Van Etten). To say that she has the voice of an angel would not only be trite, but it doesn't come close to the truth.
Elle Mary's haunting, beautiful songs held the audience captive and lingered on in the mind long after she had left the stage, and I feel fortunate indeed to have been at her first State-side performance.
The boys of Clamhawk Manor began their set with an extended intro to "Sexistential", which continued until frontman Roger Oddcock made his way down to the stage from some previous "engagement" - first stopping in the crowd for a little banter and a kiss from a pretty lady in the audience, of course.
If you're worried about how well Clamhawk Manor's signature raunchy rock translates to acoustic, fret not - they are just as punchy and sharp as they are when turned up to 11, and the intimate setting really provides that feeling of... well, intimacy.
Clearly enjoying themselves, the band strummed their way through a solid set of Clamhawk classics and some newer material as well. By the end of the night - which included an encore - the crowd was well-satisfied, though I've no doubt that the boys could have carried on all night long.
If you have the chance to see Clamhawk Manor perform in The Lost Church, I highly recommend it - you won't regret it the morning after.
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