local and I’m listening: Two Sheds, mp3s, tour dates, KZSU appearance


Two Sheds performing in Austin as a part of SxSW 2008

I loved their show at SxSW and I’ve been twice obsessed, so this post about the Sacremento/ San Francisco[1] band Two Sheds (myspace) shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

I’ve been listening to everything I’ve been able to get my hands on–which has been their album, Strange Ammunition and a split 7″ with the song “No Place”–and I’ve been really enjoying it. There are easy comparisons to be made on their sound, but let’s forgo those and try to get down to the nuts and bolts. Two Sheds do bluesy, folky rock music with some of appreciation of the slowness and spareness (and the tension created by those things) of slowcore all while being drenched in the deceptively simple melodies and gorgeous, breathy female vocals of Caitlin Gutenberger.

Almost two months after first hearing “It’s Hard” I’m still floored by it. It’s a slow, finger-picked tune with very simple percussion under it, but that’s all that’s needed to support the gorgeous, soulful vocals.

Two Sheds – It’s Hard (mp3)

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“Undertow” is a rocker in the slowcore school, and while the guitars and music follow the down sentiments of that sub-genre, the vocals here show something more like cautious jubilation, like they’re ready to burst out of the song.

Two Sheds – Undertow (mp3)

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Check out their myspace for more tunes and the Deli SF has another mp3 you can grab.

They have a few Bay Area dates coming up.

4/18 Elf Power, Flowers Forever, Two Sheds @ Bottom of the Hill, 10pm, $10, a/a
6/11 Two Sheds, Friday Mile, Geographer, and Marabelle Phoenix @ Annie’s Social Club, 8pm, $7, 21+

They’ll also be on KZSU from 9-10pm on May 21. I’ll be hosting this and I’m pretty excited about it. They also have plenty of Northern California and West Coast dates coming up. Their myspace page seems up to date on the tour info.

You can buy their album Strange Ammunition, out on Under a Cloud Records and/ or their Dame Satan split 7″ at Ghost Mansion Records.

Other local and I’m listening posts (newest-to-oldest):

I’m Adrian Bischoff and I approve of this band.

[1] They’re not extremely local but they’re so good that other local blogs have decided to claim them for our own.



7 Responses to “local and I’m listening: Two Sheds, mp3s, tour dates, KZSU appearance”

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