Sugar & Gold are taking a couple of weeks off before they head north to Canada to play the Winnipeg Jazz fest and the Calgary Sled Island Festivals, but they are keeping busy with another video release.
Specifically, they have just released the video for Sneek Freq, off of their new album Get Wet! A total throwback vid, complete with all kinds of 80s tropes and graphics, this clip reminds us of early 80s trips to relatives’ houses in the suburbs who had cable and afternoons spent in the basement glued to MTV. Good times.
Sugar & Gold are wrapping up their spring tour with a couple more shows on the road: to wit, they hit Tucson and the legendary Club Congress tonight (Thurs, 6/10), and an early show at San Diego’s also legendary Che Cafe for an all-ages show Friday night (6/11).
For an idea of what the shows have been like, check this shot to the right, from the Houston Free Press/Summerfest last weekend. I guess it’s officially summer!
But now it’s time for S&G to bring it all home, back to the Yay Area for an off the hinges dance party at The Uptown in downtown Oakland. This Saturday, June 12th, join Sugar & Gold with friends Sir Lord Von Raven, Planet Booty, and DJ Hotthobo for an all night jam, and a proper welcome home for the band.
But it looks like we’re not the only ones excited about their upcoming album…..a couple of tracks have leaked to one of our fave music sites, RCRD.LBL. This, in turn, led to bloggers at NME.com picking up the story. Ain’t the internet great?!?
So what are you waiting for? Get an early listen to the WUWH tracks Holler Boys and Time Bandit on RCRD.LBL HERE.
Social Studies and Sugar & Gold may be on tour, but San Francisco fret not. Saturday night at the venerable Hemlock Tavern, AF artists Bart Davenport and Winfred E. Eye join forces for a night of serious songwriter chops.
Both bands are boasting new members; Bart is welcoming new vibraphonist Mark Clifford into the fold, and old fans are in for a treat, BD songs seem to be made for the vibes, and he has been running through his back catalog of late, pulling out old favorites and re-working them for new arrangements. Not to be missed.
Meanwhile, Winfred E. Eye has added a new bassist, bringing their guitar total to 3. More power. We Is Shore Dedicated open the show, it will be a good one. For venue info and ticketing, click here.
Wow. We caught an amazing show Thursday night, as Social Studies pretty much killed it, opening for Tune-Yards at the Rickshaw Stop, part of this year’s SF Popfest. This band just gets better and better, and their new guitarist Tom has definitely bumped the chemistry level up to ‘imminent explosion’.
They are mid-way through a string of tour dates, and are headed east to Chicago, their first show on this leg is tonight, at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City. Mormons, Mile-High types, and Mid-westerners, you’ve been warned! More photos from Thursday night’s show and tour dates below. Excelsior!
all photos by Jill Karjian
Social Studies Tour Dates
May 29 Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, UT
May 30 The Hi-Dive | Denver, CO
May 31 The Replay Lounge | Lawrence, KS
June 1 Floating Laboratories | St. Louis, MO
June 2 Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, IA
June 3 Subterranean | Chicago, IL
Sugar & Gold head out on the second half of their spring tour this Sunday, through the Rockies, Texas, and the Southwest. Full Itinerary Below.
Meanwhile, the band took some of their downtime over the last couple of weeks to create a new video for website The New Gay. It’s an excellent acoustic take on Salty Seraphim from their new album, Get Wet! Kind of like a Meddle-era Pink Floyd take on the song, TNG remarks that “this is what a gay acid trip is like”. Watch and learn, kids.
5/31 Salt Lake City | The Urban Lounge
6/1 Denver, CO | The High Dive
6/2 Kansas City, MO | Record Bar
6/3 Norman, OK | Opolis
6/4 Denton, TX | Dan’s Silverleaf
6/5 Houston, TX | Free Press Fest
6/6 Austin, TX | The Mohawk
6/8 Albequerque, NM | The Launch Pad
6/9 Phoenix, AZ | The Rhythm Room
6/10 Tucson, AZ | Club Congress
6/11 San Diego, AZ | Che Cafe
6/29 Winnipeg, CAN | Winnipeg Jazz Fest
7/1-3 Calgary, CAN | Sled Island Fest
Hey Bay Area peoples! Catch a couple of Antenna Farm bands playing this week as part of the SF Popfest!
Thursday night, Antenna Farm’s newest act, Social Studies, return to SF after a couple of weeks of west coast touring, to support the excellent tUnE-yArDs. The great Eux Autres are also on the bill, it should be a great night. For more info, click here.
Then, on Saturday night, Still Flyin’ opens for a reunion of the All Girl Summer Fun Band. Still Flyin’ has been burning up the UK and just played the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival; they have a couple of new singles that are great, and this is going to be a killer show. More info here.
Both shows are at the wonderful Rickshaw Stop in SF, and both may well sell out, advance tickets strongly advised!
Hey Friends, take advantage of some hot sale pricing from our main physical distributor this week!
That’s right, all AF titles are 25% off through the Nail/Allegro site this week. Now’s your chance to stock up on some of those back catalog titles as well as all your necessary new music in One Fell Swoop!
San Francisco’s Social Studies take a break from prepping for the release of their debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart (out in late July on Antenna Farm) to play some west coast and midwest shows starting this weekend.
Notable stops include the Silverlake Jubilee Festival in Los Angeles, The Subterranean in Chicago, and Porterpalooza on the UCSC campus, but the show we’re most excited about over here at the AF Headquarters is the Sunday show in Fresno, and it’s not just because they’re playing with buzz band Rademacher. No, it’s because they’re playing Audie’s Olympic, which we last saw in Pee-Wee’s Big adventure, playing the part of the nasty biker bar! Sweet!
But wherever you are, when Social Studies rolls through your town, cancel your plans and catch them where you can. They put on a great show, and this is a record we are really excited about.
Yes, the first leg of Sugar & Gold’s spring tour wraps up tonight in Lexington, KY at Buster’s, and we’d like to congratulate the winners of the You Ain’t No Picasso ticket giveaway for the show.
For those of you who weren’t on their route this time around, never worry, the band will be coming to your town sooner rather than later! In the meantime, check out Prefix Mag for some choice shots from their Knitting Factory show in Brooklyn last week.