Great Grandpa Headlines This Weeks Must-See Acts

Great Grandpa on Thursday at Rickshaw Stop, Loco Dice on Saturday at Halcyon, Baby Rose on Monday at The New Parish.

Indie rock

Great Grandpa

7 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Rickshaw Stop. $15; rickshawstop.com

In the short time since the release of their grungy 2017 debut Plastic Cough, Great Grandpa have already evolved into a more complex and nuanced musical project, as their impeccable 2019 sophomore album Four of Arrows is driven by the raw emotion behind lead singer Alex Menne’s voice. Formed in 2014, the Seattle-quintet’s earlier, noisier sound is heavily inspired by their hometown’s musical heritage, blending grunge with more noticeable pop melodies which made the band a hit amongst Seattle’s DIY scene. The group would perfect their grunge-pop hybrid sound with their 2017 debut Plastic Cough, a warmly satisfying dose of indie pop that combines the emotional candor from The Cranberries with sludgy, J Mascis-like riffs. After the release of Plastic Cough, members and spouses Carrie and Pat Goodwin moved from Seattle to Milwaukee, leaving the fate of the group in temporary limbo. However, the group stuck together and recorded ideas for new material, developing a more mature and diverse sound that incorporates elements of folk and jangle pop that is found on their newest album, Four of Arrows. 

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Dance 

Loco Dice

10 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at Halcyon. $20; halcyon-sf.com

A long-standing champion amongst the international house and techno circuit, Loco Dice’s hip-hop-tinged approach to dance music has made the esteemed producer and DJ a dominant force within the industry. Born and raised in Düsseldorf, Loco Dice grew up listening to soul and funk along with Middle Eastern and North African music through his Tunisian heritage, all of which the producer would incorporate elements of into his later compositions. The artist would spend the late ’90s and 2000s playing top nightclubs throughout Europe, bolstering his connection to hip-hop by touring with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, which in turn allowed Dice to share his singular flavor of house to a truly worldwide audience. With iconic residencies in Ibiza and the success of his label Desolat under his belt, Dice has established himself as a heavyweight within the international dance community, as his 2018 album Love Letters reasserts the producer’s mastery of throbbing, tech-driven house. 

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Soul/R&B

Baby Rose

7:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, at The New Parish (Oakland.) $17; thenewparish.com

A powerful and heartfelt voice that stands out in the current R&B landscape, Baby Rose’s mesmerizing vocal prowess is reminiscent of Nina Simone, matching the legendary artist’s range while incorporating singular thematic flourishes that add emotional depth behind her confessional lyricism. Born Rose Wilson in Washington, D.C., the North Carolina-raised vocalist grew up inspired by her parents love for hip-hop and funk, and soon wowed audiences by performing in talent shows while in high school. After graduating high school, Rose would eventually settle in Atlanta, where she would self-release her debut mixtape From Dusk ’Til Dawn in 2017 to glowing reception, receiving co-signs from Kehlani and J. Cole, the latter of whom would have Rose appear on his Dreamville label’s 2019 compilation record Revenge of the Dreamers III on standout track “Self Love.” Last August saw the release of Rose’s debut album, To Myself, a boldly hypnotic opening statement of a record that underscores the stirring vigor that radiates through Rose’s sultry voice. 

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