Tonight in Music: Rootz Underground, And And And, TychoPosted by Jason mKey
Rootz Underground just released a new album entitled Gravity, which is currently available to stream for free in its entirety on the bands website. Even upon first listen it’s near impossible not to appreciate the message. The music is highly spiritual, political, and uplifting. For the uninitiated, Rootz Underground is a band that comes from the heart of Jamaica who remains heavily inspired by traditional roots reggae music. They’ve been working their craft for nearly a decade and have become one of the leading forces at the forefront of the roots reggae scene. Their on stage chemistry is infectious and their claim as ambassadors of positive energy is difficult to refute.
Every now and then a band seemingly comes out of nowhere and will blindside you with their level of originality and creativity. And And And are that band right now. The Portland six piece know how to create a beautiful ruckus. It’s one part skiffle mixed with another part campfire sing along. Part of the formula is their sweet lofi aesthetic. Their songs drip with rich melody, but sound as if they were recorded on a shoestring budget. It’s stunning how well it works. Their use of auxiliary percussion is also worth noting. Is that a washboard? Is that a tin can? Is that the sound of utensils banging on pots and pans? On record this band is quite amazing. Come stand front and center at the Comet tonight and bear witness.
Decibel Festival 2010 has outdone themselves with these showcases. In celebration of all things ambient, cerebral, and metaphysical, Decibel is putting on the OPTICAL series–ambient artists whose music and visuals have a symbiotic relationship, giving the audience an ultimately satisfying experience. San Francisco’s Tycho will be headlining OPTICAL 3 at The Triple Door, the swankiest, highest-brow venue in town. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, put on your evening wear–tonight your lush soundscapes and entrancing visuals are coming with a side of fragrant duck.
Tycho (also known as Scott Hansen) is known for his relaxing ambient-electronic that moves and swells, evolving into light intelligent dance music. He is known for occasionally accenting his rich beats with a field recording or a female vocal, but what carries his audience are in the details: the gradual builds, thick undercurrents, and all-around mesmerizing feeling that one gets by completely surrendering to the music. Tycho will be bringing a four-piece band with him which will no doubt add much depth to his meticulous sound. Whatever might be happening on stage, each and every audience member will certainly process the combination of sights and sounds differently. This is going to be an event that will leave everyone with a unique, unforgettable experience. – Nikki Benson