Live Photos: Amy LaVere, Old Tiger, and Trap Gold at Bar Pink, September 9, 2011

MP3: Amy LaVere – “You Can’t Keep Me”
MP3s: Old Tiger – The Definitive Collection EP
Stream: Trap Gold – The Chooser EP

This year’s San Diego Music Thing kicked off on September 9 with a “happy hour” show at Bar Pink put on by SoundDiego, featuring hypnotic pysch-rockers Trap Gold. Following their set, the night’s official lineup began with Old Tiger (who coincidentally played last month’s SoundDiego Live event at Soda Bar). Old Tiger laid out a solid set of rootsy rock reminiscent of bands like Sebadoh, as well as Eric Clapton and Marvin Gaye.

And as good as those two sets were, the true star of the night was Memphis, Tennesee’s Amy LaVere, who astounded the crowd with her upright bass, innocent vocals, and not-so-innocent lyrics. The set was also one of the best-sounding ones we’ve ever heard at Bar Pink, thanks to the elaborate schematics LaVere provided to the studious soundman. The perfectionism paid off — LaVere’s set wasn’t just one of the highlights of the night, but of the entire festival; we’ve got pictures of all three sets below.

Photos – Amy LaVere at Bar Pink – September 9, 2011

Photos – Old Tiger at Bar Pink – September 9, 2011

Photos – Trap Gold at Bar Pink – September 9, 2011

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