Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic

STRUNG TOGETHER: A Free Fall Series with

Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic

Upstairs Downstairs, Matt Baldwin, An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw, Host/DJ Neil Martinson

Mon, December 3, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

This is a Free Show

This event is 18 and over

Be sure to RSVP here: www.do415.com/StrungTogether

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Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic
Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic
"A bicycle crash in junior high left Sweeney with his jaw wired shut for six weeks, and in recovering, his sustenance was on an acoustic guitar. What was he chasing? Perhaps something in a progression that led to the acquisition of a Yamaha MT-50 4-track recorder, seclusion in empty piano rooms on the campus of UC Berkeley, emerging only to host cassette release parties in his co-op; the rabid touring and recording in some of (Vows, Montra); and the logging of enough sonic gold on tape to get a stretch of Highway 101 named after him. Yet there's many a sonic contribution still ahead...

In 2006 he conjured up a mix of mostly instrumental psychedelic pop musings entitled ‘Wet Dreams Dry Magic’, and has since assembled a cast of accomplished players around that moniker – including Brett Eastman (ex-Girls), Jerome Steegmans (ex-Sugar & Gold), and Ms. Rohini Moradi (ex-Plum). As a band, Wet Dreams Dry Magic delivers the spectrum of Sweeney's songs – which span from heart-on-sleeve folk to stream-of-subconscious confessionals to euphoric barn-burners drenched in soulful sweetness – into a magnet of ears who hear something familiar yet mysteriously new, as if plucked from an Earth-like planet just barely detectable on our Doppler.

With much road traveled and tape unraveled, Sweeney has recorded two albums in the past year – an eclectic collection of electric psych-soul gems cut in October 2011 at Media Blitz in Brooklyn with producer Robin MacMillan (Persephone’s Bees, Shalants), and a stripped-down folk-feel record this past spring at the house of Lucas Boilon (of Faultline Studios & Golden Gate Recording). Both are due for release in the coming year, poised to reach a new level of detection on the national radar." ~ Roy Raines
Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs
"Mission-based indie rock band Upstairs Downstairs juxtaposes dark, atmospheric lyrics with lush folk-pop melodies, crafting the perfect soundtrack for foggy, rainy days in the city. " —Local Frequency music blog on Sfweekly.com

Upstairs Downstairs was born in San Francisco in the spring of 2008. With a striking mix of thoughtful lyrics, folk-tinged melodies and a bit of feedback, the results fall somewhere on the spectrum between indie folk rock and shoegaze with a stop somewhere along the way for pop.
Matt Baldwin
Matt Baldwin
Matt Baldwin is an exceedingly talented acoustic guitarist with his haunting, intoxicating solo debut. He is the visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music, the ambitious fever dreamer, the serpent in the grass. He is featured on Tompkins Square's 2006 Berkeley Guitar LP. He covers Krautrock legends Neu! 'Weissensee' ,Metal Vikings, Judas Priest 'Winter', and he culls inspiration from Prog heroes,Yes, on the closing epic 'Rainbow'. His music comes on like a creeping moss, verdant but threatening, comforting yet unsettling. Matt Baldwin, raised in California's rustic Pacific Grove, educated in the alternative mecca of Berkeley, sits in the center of this quiet, swirling scene. Towering tall with long blonde locks, he conjures from his axe dark and mystical realms. He calls his music 'New Age', and he may not be joking.

In Matt's work, his role as interpreter is just as crucial as his role as originator. His bold 10-minute cover of Neu’s ‘Weissensee’ and his epic dobro-driven and feedback-overloaded version of Judas Priest’s ‘Winter’ from Paths of Ignition were game changers for a man that felt stifled by association with the solo-guitar purists. On Night in the Triangle, Matt once again expands on the visions of his forebears with daring treatments of songs by The Durutti Column and Conrad Schnitzler.

The visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music scene, Matt continues to make music that is at once verdant and threatening, comforting yet unsettling. To quote Cope once again, "this so-called folkie Matt Baldwin druid is nothing less than a one-man Heavy Metal Band!...Brothers’n’sisters, it’s fucking heroic. These Great Fists of Matt make Ben Chasny sound like Marge Proops in comparison."
An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw
An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw
The ballad of an aging hipster: he hangs up his Gibson Les Paul after a dozen years of rehearsing, recording and playing live shows with his bands, Petrol and the Aktion. Then, a baby grand piano comes his way and he begins to play every day. The result? An achingly melodic collection of piano-driven songs inspired by love, loss and dysfunction. Today, Michael Shaw is no longer karate kicking his way across stages. Anchored to a piano bench, singing his heart out, and embracing '70's style ballads, he has toned it down to convey a new level of intimacy. If we must make comparisons, the sound is one part Badfinger, one part Macca and two parts Jeff Lynne. Michael is also currently working on a 5 song ep, entitled Lemon, due out by the end of the year.
Host/DJ Neil Martinson
Host/DJ Neil Martinson
spins Psych, Soul, Glam, Bubblegum, Laserboogie and such like...
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/