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Astronauts, etc. - James Riotto - Sama Dams Sunday June 22 20148:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM 21 AND OVER$12Astronauts, etc. www.facebook.com/astronautsetcsupermelodic pulp / arena popJames Riotto jamesriotto.bandcamp.com experimental indie rock Sama Dams www.facebook.com/samadamsmusicAvant-Indie, Experimental, Post-RockAstronauts, etc.-From Oakland, California.-Astronauts, etc. is the recording project of Oakland resident Anthony Ferraro, who began exploring pop music after arthritis diverted him from a career in classical piano. Following the release of the Supermelodic Pulp EP in the fall of 2012, the project expanded to include a supporting band featuring Scott Brown on bass, Derek Barber on guitar, and Aaron Gold on drums. Astronauts, etc. has since performed all over the Bay Area, and a second EP, Sadie, was released in early 2014. Anthony now splits his time between playing keyboards in Toro Y Moi and working on material for Astronauts, etc. James Riotto-From San Francisco, California.-James Riotto is a Bay Area producer, recording engineer, composer, and performer. He has worked with John Vanderslice, Sean Hayes, Mohsen Namjoo, The Mountain Goats, Marty Ehrlich, Geographer, Kacey Johansing, DRMS, and many others. He has toured the country in rock bands, arranged music for Magik*Magik*Orchestra, and recorded his own songs in several projects. Lately, he's been working full time as a house engineer at Tiny Telephone Studios in SF, and he has just released a new EP of his own songs called End of the World. Sama DamsSam Adams, Lisa Adams, and Chris Hermsen. -From Portland, Oregon. -"What a tangled web Sama Dams weaves, and what an enjoyable one to get caught in. The Portland group- named after their clarion-voiced frontman, with the space moved one letter over to avoid confusion with our former mayor... It's a challenging, mathy step forward for the local trio, embracing the technical intricacies of bands like Dirty Projectors and Slint and shrugging off the band's cozier, folkier sound of the past. It's also a phenomenally impressive piece of work, demonstrating a fearless exploratory spirit as opposed to trying to be willfully obscure. While I haven't yet found anything on No Vengeance that hits me on a gut level like their splendid 2011 EP Draw This Bitter Blood, I'm gonna keep listening- no matter what level of accessibility they're working on, Sama Dams is one of Portland's most interesting, and best, bands." -Ned Lannamnn, Portland Mercury
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