Three Must-See Acts This Week

Breakbot on Saturday at Mezzanine, The Dodos on Friday at the Independent, and decker. on Thursday at the Lost Church.

Nu-disco

Breakbot

9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mezzanine. $25; mezzaninesf.com

Since taking over the dance world in 2010 with his funky and irresistible disco-tinged hit “Baby I’m Yours,” Breakbot has maintained a steady cult following with a consistent output of reliably groovy house that oozes with that unmistakable French touch. Born Thibaut Berlan, Breakbot’s experience with computers goes beyond simple music production, as he graduated college with a degree in computer graphics, briefly entering the animation industry before pursuing his musical endeavor as Breakbot. The producer’s funk-heavy and phaser-soaked renditions of house music soon found a home on Busy P’s Ed Banger Records, releasing his debut album By Your Side in 2012. Initially performing solo DJ sets, Breakbot has since expanded his shows to include more live elements, adding frequent collaborator Irfane to the group in 2015, prior to the release of his sophomore album Still Water, which perfects the disco-meets-funk rendition of house explored in By Your Side. Just in time for the end of our summer, Breakbot has recently released Another You, a four-track EP packed with sunny sing-along hooks and expectedly feel-good funk. 

DECKER. Photo by PJ Szabo

Singer-songwriter

decker.

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at The Lost Church. $15; thelostchurch.com

With a common-man spirit similar to a young Bruce Springsteen, singer-songwriter Brandon Decker has evolved from his indie-folk roots, expanding his artistry through psychedelic soundscapes and an increasingly wise lyricism. Decker’s 2009 debut solo album Long Days is a heartfelt collection of tender acoustic-folk that establishes Decker as a highly-gifted songwriter from the beginning. The boundlessly talented musician would challenge himself on consecutive releases, adding new instrumentation and experimenting with different styles while maturing his songwriting ethic, exploring themes of birth, loss, and perseverance. Reflecting on his career Decker has explained that, “For the last 10 years, I’ve pushed hard, but I realized that there’s more reward in letting go, in being open to where songs and life’s currents naturally lead you.” Calling the beautiful desert landscape of Sedona, Ariz., his home, Decker has aptly referred to his new album Born to Wake Up as “psychedelic desert folk,” inspired by the red mountains that surround him. It makes for a fitting soundtrack the next time you find yourself on a road trip through the desert.

 

The Dodos. Photo by Andy De Santis

Indie rock

The Dodos

9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at The Independent. $20; theindependentsf.com

More than a decade into their career, The Dodos faced a challenge beyond just refreshing their sound. Rather, the drummer-guitarist duo threw out any expectations or preconceptions of what The Dodos name meant to them or to anyone else. They returned to the mindset they’d had when starting out together, after their initial meeting in San Francisco, when the possibilities for such an unlikely music project seemed endless. Prior to coming together, guitarist Meric Long and percussionist Logan Kroeber’s backgrounds include a history in progressive metal bands (Long) and the study of West African Ewe drumming (Kroeber). The odd pair’s respective talents resulted in a now-iconic sound that marries Long’s melodic guitar with Kroeber’s complex rhythmic drumming, which The Dodos perfected on their 2008 breakthrough sophomore album Visiter. Upon revisiting Visiter before its 10-year anniversary earlier this year, Long noticed something that inspired the direction of their new album, Certainty Waves, which the band plans to release this Friday. Long explains via press release, “It completely surprised me how much electric guitar is on that record,” downplaying the classic narrative that The Dodos have always been 50-percent acoustic guitar and 50-percent drums. “Forum,” the lead single off Certainty Waves, recaptures the magic and rawness of their earlier albums, while offering glimpses of audible experimentation that pushes the duo out of their normal creative-comfort zone for exciting results.

 

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