Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network / Earth Girl Helen Brown / The Umbrellas / Uni Boys

$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show

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Pretty But Wicked & Moroccan Lounge Present:

Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network

Earth Girl Helen Brown

The Umbrellas

Uni Boys

Ages 21+ / Doors Open 8pm

$10 Advance, $12 Day of Show

Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network

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Long considered to be the secret ingredient of Thee Oh Sees and OCS, Brigid Dawson’s harmonic coos and yelps with John Dwyer have provided an airy dynamicism to the wall of fury the rotatingly-renamed band typically churns. While no longer regularly playing live shows with the band (currently under the name Oh Sees), she pops up in one way or another on nearly every record since 2006’s The Cool Death of Island Raiders. Fourteen years later, the musician and visual artist is finally stepping out on her own.

Titled Ballet of Apes and released under the name Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network, Dawson’s debut solo album is a far cry from the adrenaline-filled turbulence of Thee Oh Sees. Slowed down to a near-glacial pace, Ballet of Apes unfolds at a smolderingly measured clip. Like watching honey leisurely drip out of the bottle and onto a piece of toast, a syrupy heaviness envelopes the record.

This is felt immediately on album opener “Is the Season for New Incarnations.” The haunting synth-led track is nearly six minutes of cloud-covered slow-burn. The sun peeks out just a smidge in second track “The Fool,” an eclectically retro, almost doo-wop, ballad about heartbreak and confusion in love. Had I stumbled upon the song without any context, I’d have a tough time placing what time period it came from.” – Jasmine Albertson, KEXP

Earth Girl Helen Brown

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The Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence Band (E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I.B.) is an inclusive, expansive, non-discriminatory communicative platform with a primary objective of directing and energy and capital toward organizations and causes committed to longevity, peace, popular intelligence, responsible fire management, earth science, life practice, good manners, music, and the arts.

We welcome collaboration. E.G.H.B.C.P.F.I. seeks data visualization, information architecture, translation, web coding, videography, choreography, media, design, players, producers, vocalists, dancers, engineers, organizers, lobbyists, philosophers, scientists, teachers, and space enthusiasts.

The band, related media artists and technicians includes: Heidi Alexander, Jamie Barron, Jamin Barton, Eric Bauer, Aylin Beyce, Emilee Booher, Ryan Browne, Tim Cohen, Grace Cooper, Dave Cousin, Brad Caulkins, Mikal Cronin, Bart Davenport, Brigid Dawson, John Dwyer, Chris Fallon, Lars Finberg, James Finch Jr., Davin Givhan, Dylan Hadley, Dustin Hamman, Kiran Harlow, Wilder Harlow, Graeme Gibson, Tahlia Harbour, Anna Hillburg, Douglas Hilsinger, Warren Huegel, Emmett Kelly, Nora Keys, Shannon Lay, Raven Mahon, Rusty Miller, Charlie Moonheart, Jack Name, Ethan Novikoff, Tim Presley, Ty Segall, Dave Sitek, Sean Smith, Sonny Smith, Kelley Stoltz, Enrique Tena, Alica Vanden Heuvel, Lida Vanden Heuvel and Mikey Young.

The Umbrellas

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The San Francisco bay area has long been an important outpost of the International Pop Underground, from the 90s heyday of The Aislers Set, #Poundsign# and The Fairways to the string of legendary popfests in the early 00s and more recently to a DIY pop resurgence with bands like The Mantles, Flowertown and The Reds, Pinks & Purples. Now we’re very happy to welcome into this rich pop tradition The Umbrellas, who, after one well-received tape/single, are sure to dazzle with their new self-titled debut album.

Classic indiepop influences are very much in evidence here, from The Byrds to Orange Juice, The Pastels, Comet Gain and Belle & Sebastian, along with a noticeable garage-pop/Paisley Underground flavor that is a hallmark of San Francisco’s best bands. The Umbrellas’ area DIY roots run deep, from previous bands to jobs at local record shops and venues to their warm, distinctive home-recorded sound. Brilliantly catchy lead-off single “She Buys Herself Flowers” introduces us to a band that’s both intimately conversant with indiepop history but also unburdened by it, a band with the song-crafting chops and spirit to take familiar elements and create for themselves a fresh new sound.

The album goes from strength to strength, studded with pop gems like “Near You,” “Lonely” and “Pictures.” They’re tunes that sound like classics from the first listen, and when taken all together give you the distinct impression of a group of friends who write and play for their own pleasure, with a sense of ease that’s readily apparent with every note. Songs like “Summer” and “City Song” are at once heavily evocative of SF but also universal, the work of a terrific young band who have struck on something as timeless and elemental as all great pop.

Uni Boys

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Sprouting from the middle-class suburban wasteland of Aliso Viejo, CA, the boys confused by the futility of their daily lives began to envelop their day-to-day routine with the study and discovery of new music — primarily Rock ‘n’ Roll. Forming at the age of 15, they battled with establishing a sound. When faced with this challenge, they decided to combine all their favorite aspects of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Now in their early 20’s, and teamed up with Curation Records, Uni Boys are set to follow up their two brilliant self-released digital LPs “Rock and Roll Music” & “Heavy Hearted” w/ UNIVERSITY BOYS a third full-length. Kicking off with the single “Long Time No See” b/w “Rock N Roll Dream” (non-LP B-side)  Continuing to celebrate the simplicity of a three-minute pop song, yet intrigued by the avant-garde side of rock ‘n’ roll, the boys blend their visions to the best of their ability.

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