San Francisco’s Cellar Doors got off to a quick start after an impromptu invitation to open for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in San Diego—it was their second show ever.

Hometown: San Francisco

Born Date: January 2010

Sounds Like: A true rock ‘n’ roll outfit born into the slums of digital downloads and Facebook feeds. They’re bringing the smoke and strobes and psychedelic reverie to this current scene from one that’s lived underground from the 60s until today. Laced with pounding bass and rhythm and reverberating guitars, this trio’s unique sound is sure to pull any modern listener from their laptop and back to the live show. (by Jewel King)

Fun Fact: “Most English-speaking people…will admit that cellar door is ‘beautiful,’ especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful. Well then, in Welsh for me cellar doors are extraordinarily frequent, and moving to the higher dimension, the words in which there is pleasure in the contemplation of the association of form and sense are abundant.”

Most Memorable Show: We had recently moved to the city, living together in a house in the outer Mission. Went to catch Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Great American Music Hall, our drummer Mik had been friends with the band and management for a few years. After the show, we were approached by their tour manager, and he said to us “so the tour is comin’ to a close in a few days and we are looking for an opening act in San Diego at the House of Blues. Can you guys do the show?” To make a long story short, we set up a makeshift rehearsal space in one our bedrooms, using practice amps for vocals, and worked out a 30 minute set. We got in the van, with equipment piled all over us, and drove down and did show. It was a cool time; it was our second show ever.

When not making music, find them at: Wouldn’t you like to know.

Listen to Cellar Doors and six other finalists on The Lineup voting page.