ASUC branch SUPERB has provided the UC Berkeley campus with sublime and free entertainment since 1964. Their concert lineups bring together both up-and-coming and well-established artists from near and far away, indie-rock to rap. The Daily Californian is excited to be the first to announce SUPERB’s Spring 2013 Lineup.
Pangea + Shannon & the Clams
5 p.m. on March 1 at BAM/PFA
This is not a protest: It’s a warning, an incitement, an inducement, a kick in the pants even. To do what? To stake out a spot at the Berkeley Art Museum for This is Not a Protest, a night of arts, crafts and some seriously rocking tunes. SoCal duo The Littlest Viking’s instrumental prog/punk is the appetizer preceding a meat-heavy meal. Oakland’s very own Meat Market will bring the debauchery (or debutchery?) with riffs Meat Market describes as “family-friendly.” (This is assuming your family’s a garage rock band living in a West Oakland warehouse, of course). Finally, San Francisco darlings Shannon and the Clams, a surfpunk outfit led by buxom, brassy Shannon Shaw, will rumble and roll alongside LA-based Pangea, the hard-partying ensemble of perennially drunk dudes. Four bands for the price of free? No protests here.
— Natalie Reyes
5:30 p.m. on March 4
PAPA was a breakout hit at last year’s Outside Lands music festival, and there could not have been a more appropriate city for them to electrify. The band is led by vocalist and percussionist Darren Weiss, previously the drummer for San Francisco’s critically-acclaimed band, Girls, which broke up last year. Though their EP, A Good Woman is Hard to Find, is packed with high-flying, energized anthems propelled by catchy guitar riffs, the lyrics are thematically reminiscent of Weiss’s former band. Every song delves into the fragility of modern romance and what makes the endeavor (despite its fragility) worth it. Their performance precedes the highly-anticipated release of their full-length album and gigs opening for Matt & Kim. The band’s proclivity for entertaining shines in songs like “I Am the Lion King” or “Let’s Make You Pregnant” and although the audience is unlikely to leave pregnant, they are sure to be treated to some gratifying aural sex.
— Ephraim Lee
White Fence + King Tuff
5 p.m. on March 21
It’s hard to go wrong with two of the California’s most popular garage-rockers, King Tuff and White Fence. If you haven’t been captured by their psychedelic-pop inspired tracks, King Tuff’s credentials say it all: they are signed to Sub Pop and Burger Records, their 2008 debut album Now Dead is already considered collectible and their self-titled 2012 EP topped the CMJ charts at number 2. King Tuff is the brainchild of Vermont native Kyle Thomas, who, after releasing Now Dead in 2008, began touring with best friend and artist Hunx and His Punx. Fellow California punk rocker, Tom Presley, will be joining the line-up with his solo project White Fence. Collaborating with artists like Ty Segall, Presley has built a name for himself as one of the busiest artists in California, releasing six albums, two EPs and two compilations in the past three years. White Fence and King Tuff’s lo-fi, fuzzy, bedroom recorded tracks are reminiscent of 60’s garage rock and capture everything awesome about today’s growing and changing punk-scene.
— Samuel Avishay
Mister Lies + XXYYXX
TBA on April 12
In many ways, XXYYXX’s Marcel Everett is one of the most unlikely producers to emerge onto the scene last year. Producing, mixing and releasing tracks from his bedroom in Orlando, Florida, 17-year-old Everett is, as he admitted in a 2012 interview with PlayGround Magazine, “just a brat with a laptop and a Midi controller.” Brat or not, Everett, signed to Relief in Abstract Records, is quickly gaining international levels of recognition for his ability to take the best of EDM and pop music and create a new and experimental sound. Joined by fellow bedroom producer, songwriter and instrumentalist, 19-year-old Chicago-based Nick Zanca, AKA Mister Lies, the April 12 Mister Lies and XXYYXX show will be a tour de force of what it means to be very young and supremely talented.
— Samuel Avishay
TBA on April 25
Brooklyn rap duo The Underachievers are the latest to emerge from New York’s rising independent hip-hop scene. Loosely affiliated with fellow Brooklyn acts Flatbush Zombies and Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era crew, the duo, made up of rappers Issa Dash and AK, balance the 90s nostalgia rap aesthetic of their contemporaries with a melodic, rapid-fire delivery that mostly deals with psychedelic drugs and spirituality. Their songwriting exhibits an extensive appetite for knowledge about the world around them, and this meshes well with the dark, minimal production they tend to choose. The music video for their song “Herb Shuttles” has earned over 1.5 million YouTube views, and the group recently signed a deal with Los Angeles record label Brainfeeder, which was founded by Flying Lotus. Their debut mixtape Indigoismcontinues the duo’s LSD and “third eye” references and positions them as one of rap’s most interesting new acts.
— Rahul Pandya
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