Fri Sep 14 2018

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

$12 ADV / $15 DOS

Ages 18+

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Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.

Royal Canoe, Begonia, Dagmar

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  • Royal Canoe

    Royal Canoe

    Pop

    Royal Canoe’s music has taken them a lot of places: around to world to play over 400 shows from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga and to Atlanta to work with Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter). Their records have received critical acclaim: a nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos, Best Independent Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards and love from music press and devoted fans the world over.

    After all this noise, Royal Canoe settled back into what they know best - throwing everything out the window and building new sounds from the ground up. This time they set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies - less between them and the listener. An exercise in following the seed of inspiration to its end point before deconstructing and rebuilding. Songs emerged from a miraged-out place where the absurdity of modern life had become hallucinatory - and almost indistinguishable from some dystopian fiction. Royal Canoe will take these new songs on the road this fall with their musical sister and frequent collaborator Begonia opening the shows. Keep your ears open for a taste of that new music very soon…

  • Begonia

    Begonia

    Music

    On one end of the spectrum there are varieties of the Begonia which can be a dark, grievous, rough around the edges. And on the other end, a petite, elegant flower. In between, the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, forming an array of varieties that each borrow from the delicate and the unseemly. It is in this same vein that Begonia (Alexa Dirks) finds herself, trying to find a balance.

    Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine, Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. Joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), the collection of songs that forms Begonia’s Lady In Mind lets the extremes of Dirks’ past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover, incorporating themes which are confident in and of themselves, and yet sometimes caught in the middle.

    Guided along by 90s synth waves over top of a warm rhythm section, title track “Lady In Mind” questions what it means to be woman. Raised on a healthy dose of religion, the rhapsodic church organs and gospel clap alongs of Dirks’ formative years are blended with staccatic, static beats on “Juniper”. Both songs of love and loss the Motown tinged “I Don’t Wanna (Love U)” brings her soaring register to the forefront while the indecisive ballad “Hot Dog Stand” questions whether or not it’s fine to be alone. Closing track “Out Of My Head” returns to a celestial swell to support a blue-collar rebel yell.

    Having spent much of the last ten years on tour, the tracks on Lady In Mind were penned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg. The layering of acoustic instruments with modern synths, and the duality found in both her songwriting and the name Begonia are very much informed by the way in which Dirks finds herself in everyday life - a young, virile woman who, sometimes to her own chagrin, prefers a grandmother’s aesthetic of fake flower and doilies. Compounded by Dirks’ musical upbringing of 90s R&B, 70s folk, and Fiona Apple each taking up equal space in her discman, this leaves her trying to bridge the gap between old and new, between fire and lace. Entangled in the middle of it all, we find Begonia, the place and sound where Dirks is most comfortable, and yet still questioning how it is she ended up there.

  • Dagmar

    Dagmar

    Music

    Dagmar is an indie classical, harmony driven female duo recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from their prairie homeland of Iowa. A new music project with history, Gemma Cohen (vocals, bass) and Miranda Mallard (vocals, keyboard, guitar) are Dagmar's core. They have attained sister status after having sung together for over 8 years in the trio Rock Paper Scissors, and now in Dagmar since 2014.

    Gemma and Miranda create original music while rocking their curly manes and singing from the depths of their souls. Harmonies continue to be a staple for this duo along with influences ranging from Phillip Glass to the Fleet Foxes. Dagmar's sound is raw, challenging, a vulnerable vocal driven exposition of Medieval harmonies and uncrumpled diaries.

Royal Canoe, Begonia, Dagmar

Fri Sep 14 2018 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall San Francisco CA
Royal Canoe, Begonia, Dagmar
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$12 ADV / $15 DOS Ages 18+

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.