Two good shows at the San Francisco Bath House this week

Photographer Credit: Sarah Hunter.
Photographer Credit: Sarah Hunter

On Thursday I’ll be departing Wellington for a few days to visit Melbourne, watch Lianne La Havas sing, and catch up with some friends. While I’m really looking forward to this, if I was in Wellington this week, there are a few shows I’d definitely be trying to reach. So, in the spirit of hopefully reminding you about something you want to see (or maybe even hipping you to a gig you want to attend), I thought I’d give you a rundown on a couple of things happening this week that jump out at me. That way maybe I can vicariously live through a few of you next week when I’m back in the capital city.

Thursday 24th Jan: Dirty Projectors, San Francisco Bath House, $55+bf presale tickets.

New York based Art Rock six piece Dirty Projectors are a divisive act. Inspiring everything from glowing praise in review to hyper critical, highly loaded think pieces, they’re one of those bands that be the outcome good or bad, really get people thinking and feeling. Over the last decade they’ve released six albums and a handful of EPs, along the way carving out a highly complex soundworld heavy on ornately sculpted multi-part vocal arrangements and complex mathematical melodies and grooves with heart. And while again, these are good things and a bad thing depending on on the frame you view them through, live in concert, Dirty Projectors guitar and voice lead compositions offer a mind melting experience. Your mind just might not get melted in the manner you expect. It’s all interesting stuff, and that says a lot really. As an added bonus, local boy wonder Grayson Gilmour will be opening up.

Saturday 26th Jan: Lawrence Arabia, San Francisco Bath House, $25+bf presales

Blessed with a wonderful approach to vocal melody, sublime and salient lyricism (he may be one of our best writers in the country) and a rich approach to arrangement, Auckland singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Arabia is a true New Zealand talent. Having spent recent months touring his new album The Sparrow through America and Europe, Saturday will mark his first concert in Wellington since his resplendent show at The Opera House last year. And yes, he will be performing with the same band he was working with at that special show, which means you’ll once again be treated to hearing his music expansively fleshed out by a string quartet. With Terror Of The Deep on support, Saturday is shaping up to be a memorable night of rich, evocative song.

Sidenote: Having just completed recording their fifth studio album, local indie rock stalwarts The Phoenix Foundation are also playing two shows this weekend at Puppies. However, both of those shows are sadly (well happily for The Phoenix Foundation) sold out. So, head to one of the above shows instead if a ticket is what you lack.

Martyn.

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