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Music: Festival

Communion San Francisco


Wednesday Dec 5, 2012 (8pm)


Brick and Mortar Music Hall



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The thing about Trixie Whitley is she really can sing. Tonight come out to be transfixed by her clear, powerful, piercing voice. Also in concert, Social Studies, who have a bit of Fleetwood Mac in their indie sound, and also are coming into their own in a special kind of way. This is a show with talent all around. You won't be disappointed by any one of the acts, and at Brick and Mortar Music Hall, you have the chance to see them up close and personal before they all get really big.

Joshua Wyatt, Flavorpill

Brick and Mortar Music Hall says…

 Trixie Whitley’s magnetic presence and stunning voice captivated audiences worldwide in 2010 and 2011 as she toured the world performing with Black Dub. During the Black Dub recording sessions, she also recorded her second EP, The Engine, featuring her own music, and began preparing to record her debut as a leader. In late 2011, she released Live at the Rockwood Music Hall, a 5 song EP of her solo performance recorded at Rockwood in New York City. She is currently finishing her first full-length record with musician/producer Thomas Bartlett (Antony & the Johnsons, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, the National, Grizzly Bear…) and engineer Pat Dilett (David Byrne, Lou Reed, Mary J. Blige…).

Social Studies has become a force to be reckoned with in concert, transfixing audiences at the CMJ Music Festival, SXSW, and Noise Pop, and bringing their unique energy and spirit to stages shared with TuneYards, Wye Oak, Lotus Plaza, Thee Oh Sees, Dodos, Ramona Falls and many more. Now, on their new album, the goal was to strip things down to the basics, straighten out some of the more jagged lines of their previous work, and put the focus more on texture and mood.

Hosannas create beatific, experimental pop music. Once a four-piece known as Church, brothers Brandon and Richard Laws were two LPs and two EPs deep before deciding to push the limits of the grandiose pop and chamber-folk music for which the band had become so beloved. Moving forward with the brothers Laws on guitars and vocals, and friend Grace Peters on synths and keys, the Portland, Oregon-based trio continue to take the band into new sonic directions.

Singer-songwriter/producer Johnny Hwin (former bassist of Blackbird Blackbird) and Brodie Jenkins explore the sonic intersection of acoustic timbres, electronic synths/samples and highly dance-able beats, arranged against an emotional backdrop inspired by love letters, the universal and intimate form of creative expression we all share.