In January 2004, a little music venue threw open its doors on an unassuming stretch of Fell Street in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. Over the past 10 years, a slew of amazing bands have graced its stage, from rock icons like Jonathan Richman and the Undertones to now-huge indie acts like M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, and Tune-Yards, to cutting edge electronic artists like Toro y Moi, Matthew Dear, and Neon Indian.
On January 7-12, Rickshaw Stop celebrates 10 years of kicking ass by throwing a mini-festival, featuring musical acts that have graced the stage at some point in the club's decade of service.
Like the best artists, Mikal Cronin turns his inner turmoil into effervescent pop on MCII. "Shout It Out" splits the difference between the jingle-jangle guitars and pretty harmonies of The La’s and the caterwauling catharsis of Neutral Milk Hotel. "See It My Way" delivers Blur-like stomp, while "I'm Done Running From You" channels the roughshod uncertainty of Green Mind-era Dinosaur Jr.