Sera Cahoone

Sera Cahoone

Parson Red Heads, TV Mike and the Scarecrows

Tue, November 13, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$9.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

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Sera Cahoone
Sera Cahoone
Her first stage performance came in a suburban Denver bar, where, at the tender age of 12, she played drums behind a bunch of bluesmen on open mic night. She first picked up the sticks in junior high band class, after bumrushing the kit to show the percussion students how to play. And her earliest instrument was saxophone, though she busted her own reeds to keep from practicing.

Unorthodox beginnings surely, but Cahoone has often plotted an unorthodox route on the way to Only As the Day Is Long, her quiet, country-noirish second album and Sub Pop debut, out March 18.

That path has also included a notable tenure as drummer for rock outfit and Sub Pop labelmates, Band of Horses (she plays on their acclaimed 2006 album, Everything All The Time), as well as a stint for the late indie band Carissa's Weird.

But in 2006, Cahoone decided to step out from the cymbals and snare and focus on singing, songwriting, and guitar playing, skills she'd been honing for nearly 15 years on her own.

"You can't really write songs on the drums," says Cahoone, who's lived in Seattle for the past decade. "I needed to find something to get my creativity out."

The fruit of her newfound dedication was Sera Cahoone (2006), her self-released first album of thoughtful country songs that was lauded by indie-rock tastemaker KEXP-FM in Seattle along with NPR.
Parson Red Heads
Parson Red Heads
Since moving to Los Angeles from Oregon in the summer of 2005, The Parson Red Heads have worked themselves up to be one of the east side's most prominent live acts with a trio of residencies at Silver Lake Lounge, The Echo and Spaceland. In 2007, their debut full length, King Giraffe found its way on to the airwaves of KCRW where the band performed on the legendary "Morning Becomes Eclectic" as well as other prominent college stations (CMJ Top 200 for 9 weeks). Last year's Owl & Timber EP helped the band get out of California, helping them secure tours with the likes of Blitzen Trapper, Earlimart and Everest behind that release's buzz. Not letting momentum stop, the band is happy to announce their first release on vinyl with the 7" Orangufang.

Centralized around the songwriting of Evan Way (vocals, guitar), The Parson Red Heads are rounded out by his wife Brette Marie Way (drums, vocals), Sam Fowles (guitar, vocals), Aaron Ballard (guitar, vocals) and Andy Creighton (bass, vocals). Orangufang was recorded at Red Rockets Glare (Broken West, Ferraby Lionheart) in Los Angeles and was produced and engineered by sometime Parson, Raymond Richards. The 7" will feature the songs "Raymond" (named after Richards) and recent live favorite "You Can Leave It" as well as a download card so you can get those two tracks and bonus song "Knew A Young Girl" onto your iPod.

"Raymond" and "You Can Leave It" features the bright guitars and layered vocal harmonies that the group is so known for, while "Knew A Young Girl" takes them back to the more acoustic based work they did on 2006's Field Mouse Carnival EP. Special guests include Richards on Pedal Steel and former bass player David Swensen with bass on "You Can Leave It" and trombone on "Raymond". With a tour of California already in place for May, Orangufang will be sure to tide over their fans as the band works on their next full length record.
TV Mike and the Scarecrows
TV Mike and the Scarecrows
TV Mike and the Scarecrows are outsiders with insight. With one foot in the same Bay Area bayou that the Fogerty brothers once walked and the other foot in, well, the same Bay Are bayou that birthed The Dead, these mostly-Hoosier transplants have been known to make a stir from Mendocino to the San Joaquin to every honky-tonk and hipster bar in between. With Swagger to spare they steer a course between Beachwood Sparks' cosmic-country and the more trad. bluegrass leanings of The Avett Brothers, both with whom they have shared stages. Spittin Cursive is the product of their kitchen gatherings and freewheelin' travels on the California gold dust circuit. The name is cleverly suggestive of the band's chemistry: wild and civil, at once crude and sophisticated, both of the body and of the mind. TV Mike, who cut his songwriting teeth on several solo national tours and as front man to The Pious Companion, further proves his wit with playful lyrical twists like this from "Beetle Bailey Burner": "Beetle Bailey burner, mustache machete, why do all your riches turn to confetti/ With your high rope walker, tight rope tower, why's that brine got to be so sour?" De Delarosa adds soulful vocal support to The Scarecrows while Emery Barter and Charlie Knote on bass and drums respectively, keep these rad news bears in rhythm. Toby Oler , banjo, and Matt Lundquist, guitar, color both inside and outside the lines, rounding out this high-spirited clan of the canned beer. TV Mike and the Scarecrows like it fast and loose. They like to clap and dance and hope to burn a barn or two each time out, no matter what elected official might be in earshot. Their songs paint simple stories of hearts and pines in the incandescent light of another Saturday night. Nate Baker
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/