Categories: Music

Three Must-See Acts This Week


6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley. $45;
As Tycho, Scott Hansen’s smooth and magical electronic vignettes have won over scores of listeners since the breakthrough release of 2011’s modern classic Dive. But what makes the San Francisco producer’s music compelling for so many is his natural sense of storytelling that connects his albums thematically, while still on a path that allows for ample sonic experimentation and progression. Tycho’s latest release, Weather, proves this as the album retains the woozy atmosphere found on previous releases, but does something unprecedented by bringing guest vocalist Saint Sinner front and center throughout the majority of the album. While previous Tycho releases would hear vocals mixed and scattered lightly in the background, Weather incorporates Saint Sinner’s ethereal vocals as a distinguished piece of the band, which makes Saint Sinner’s presence on the album feel organic and seamless. Highlight track “Japan” hears Sinner’s soft yet distinct vocals float through waves of reverberated guitars and spacey synths thanks to Hansen’s sharpest-sounding production yet. At its core, Weather is a wondrous and optimistic record that is a bold yet rewarding evolution from Tycho.

Psychedelic rock
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at Slim’s. $15;
Boasting a heavy and luscious sound that lives up to their eye-catching moniker, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, or simply PPC, have made their impression within Australia’s psychedelic underground since bursting onto the scene in 2015. With influences ranging from Black Sabbath to Grizzly Bear, the Perth five-piece released their debut album Highly Visceral, Pt. 1 in 2016 to widespread acclaim, highlighting the band’s talent for creating colorful and hazy soundscapes built around catchy riffs. The group would follow up the next year with Highly Visceral, Pt. 2, a thrash-heavy album that hears PPC deliver their dreamy spin on hard rock packed with deliciously sludgy-riffs that would make Josh Homme blush. This May saw the release of PPC’s third album, And Now for the Whatchamacallit, the group’s most refined album to date that still manages to showcase PPC’s sonic range. By merging sunny psychedelic pop with stoner metal, PPC’s third endeavor is fuzz-induced paradise that is easy for the listener to get lost in.

Drone metal
Sunn O)))
8 p.m., Monday, Sep. 9, at Fillmore. $29.50;
Hypnotic, brutal, and patient, drone-metal titans Sunn O))) have elevated themselves to near-mythological status over the course of their two-decade career, carving out a devoted fan base who obsess over the group’s sinister ambience. The Seattle “power ambient” group spent several year’s lingering in metal’s shadows before breaking through internationally with their 2005 masterpiece Black One, a darkly meditative experience that is both at times disturbing and cathartic, built around distorted guitar feedback and animalistic growls. 2009’s Monoliths & Dimensions marked another achievement for the group, a vaguely church-sounding work that is haunting yet spellbinding at once, and hears Sunn O))) master their craft of constructing brooding and captivating atmospheres that transport the listener into an otherworldly dimension. Sunn O))) returned in April with their eighth album, Life Metal, a sonic return to the group’s drone-driven sound that is the band’s brightest-sounding and most accessible record to date. Still, Sunn O))) have gained notoriety for their intense live shows where the group plays their trademark drones at unapologetically high levels that are challenging even for the most seasoned of concertgoers.

Tim Casagrande

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