An all-ages crowd gathered at the East Village’s Moniker Warehouse on Saturday night to watch local favorites Cuckoo Chaos play. The show was a benefit organized by the Chisomo Idea music blog to raise funds for the construction of a soccer academy in Chinsapo, Malawi. It’s hard to tell how much actual money the youthful attendees coughed up, but they were at least generous with their attention.
Local trio Lady Day served as openers, impressing the audience with their dark, smokey folk, imbuing songs like “Imaginary Boyfriend” with surprising depths of atmosphere and emotion. Cuckoo Chaos closed out the night with a set comprised entirely of new material. The songs — slated for inclusion on the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed Woman — contained the band’s usual sonic playfulness and dance-friendly grooves, but signaled that Cuckoo Chaos are currently headed into some exciting musical territory. Check out the photos from the show below.
Indie-rock veterans Nada Surf headlined San Diego’s Bring on the Bright Lights concert series on Saturday night at 4th & B in support of their seventh studio album, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy. Following opening acts Republic of Letters, Cuckoo Chaos, and The Soft Pack (all of San Diegan droning descent), Nada Surf graced the stage with the double whammy of humility and assuredness that often eludes indie performances. Continue reading…
On Friday, two local acts and one visiting band had the crowd at Soda Bar shaking to some fine fine music. First, San Diego’s Shapes of Future Frames unleashed their Bowie-inspired space oddities on the crowd. The trio is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut album, which should see release in the next few months.
Next, Santa Barbara’s fast-rising Gardens and Villa dazzled with their worldly, Local Natives-inspired rock. The synth-heavy set was a big hit with the audience, whose pleas for an encore were answered in the best way possible — with a rollicking cover of Gary Numan’s “Cars.”
Finally, local headliners Cuckoo Chaos took to the stage with their off-kilter rock. With the exception of the set-capping mainstay “Jam Song,” the five-piece stuck to their newer material. The freshly hatched songs are set for inclusion on the band’s full-length debut, Woman, out in July on Lefse Records.
Check out pictures of all three sets below. Continue reading…