Known for their breezy, buoyant sound -- think Joy Division on a perpetual spring break, -- Bay Area band Magic Bullets introspective lyricism and rollicking musicianship have singled out the orchestral pop band amidst the crowded nu-pop scene of San Francisco. Joining them will be local loves Slow Skate, who are revving up both for an extended West Coast tour as well as the release of their second full-length album, Past the Whole Parade, (due out this spring.) Also present will be former producer and member of The Turn Ons, Erik Blood, who has stepped out on his own to enchant audiences with breathless observations of love and beauty set atop well-crafted riffs and a (surprisingly dominant) lead guitar courtesy of Corey Gutch. Stencil, the duo consisting of singer/guitarist Jared Fiechtner and drummer Joseph Schultz round out the ticket with their contribution of obligatory mopey-ness, but the tunes they pout to are so catchy that you'll hardly notice.
Thu., Jan. 22, 9 p.m., 2009