Mission District venue The Lab is intentionally blank. With no signage out front, no decorations on the white walls and no stage in the main room, the unadorned space funnels all attention to the performance inside. This August, a large crowd stood before five musicians looking like marooned Franciscan monks in brown cloaks embellished with forest greenery. Two of them struck hammered dulcimers. The foremost vocalist played a harmonium. The drummer faced the back wall. Known as Botanist, this hooded ensemble conjured extreme tempos, its vocalist violently gesticulating with his spare hand, commanding a rapt... More >>>