Geographer – “I want it all, I want it all, right now right now”: The Rickshaw Stop in SF (Jan 20, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

“I want to write music that is so good, it reaches as many human beings as possible, which is quite a feat when you think about how different people are. There’s a magic in that and I want to create that. I selfishly want to be the harbinger of that magic.”Mike Deni of Geographer   Luckily, I have felt that magic.  🙂

Having recently returned from a trip to Asia and India, Mike Deni told the crowd the was was “so happy to be back” and playing music for us (first show of 2017). He said that POPSCENE night at the Rickshaw Stop was one of the first ever places he played – fast forward 10 years and he is now back where it all began. Mike gave a special shout-out to Aaron Axelson for curating Popscene (the “coolest place to be on a Friday night) and giving him a platform to bring his music out into the world. My 8th time seeing Geographer and I can confidently say that they are STILL my favorite SF band. We were SO LUCKY to hear them test drive their FIRST NEW TRACK of 2017 (‘Read my mind‘) and new, recently released track called ‘I Want It All.’ SO FREAKING GOOD! Mike said he’s been working hard on the new album but has been slow to release tracks because he wants them to be really good. CAN’T WAIT! In honor of ‘Animal Shapes‘ finally becoming available on vinyl after high demand, Geographer treated us to a full live performance of this epic EP, start to finish (the last and first songs being my favorites). And EVEN MORE OF A TREAT was when Mike decided to get down and dirty with the crowd, dancing alongside us (especially during ‘I’m Ready‘). I was basically DEAD when he swing his guitar right up in my face. THESE ARE THE MOMENTS WILL LIVE FOR!!

ALSO, as if I couldn’t be more of Geographer fan, I find out that Mike decided to cover Sia‘s ‘Chandelier‘ in honor of International Women’s Day. “Here’s to a time where we no longer need a special day in the year to remember how important more than half the population of the planet is.”Mike Deni

*Check out full videos from the night on my YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/eandreoz

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Night Riots – “They will try but they will never break who you are. There is us, we are one, as the whole world falls apart”: The UC Theatre in Berkeley (May 6, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

I knew after first discovering Night Riots at the Rickshaw Stop‘s Popscene presents back in October that it was only a matter of time before they would be rioting the stage with big acts. I recall mentioning this to their guitarist Matt (who would be playing an ‘I’m on Fire‘ cover with Andrew McMahon last night). Fast forward a few months and they be on tour with both Atlas Genius and Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness. They also recently played alongside two other bands who I love, Wild Cub and Unknown Mortal Orchestra . With a sound (especially lead vocals) reminiscent of The Killers and siiiick drum trick skits reminiscent of Nothing More, I was pretty freaking blown away. Their hit song ‘Contagious’ is, you guessed it- CONTAGIOUS, and their highly energetic, enthusiastic stage presence (Matt playing guitar behind his back and Travis jumping on top of the drum set) follows suit. Check them out at The Fillmore tonight! @blncdbrkfst @onestowatch @thebaybridged #nightriots #uctheatreberkeley #andrewmcmahoninthewilderness #musicforthemasses #bandontherise

 

*Check out full videos from the night on my YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/eandreoz

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