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.
In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with his guitar and a synthesizer, turning that tragedy into the songs that would soon become the foundation for Geographer. With the additions of cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, Geographer spent the next year cutting their teeth in the Bay Area, winning over crowds with the heart-pounding epics that make up their debut record, ‘Innocent Ghosts’. After being selected one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now’ by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the band signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records, releasing a 7” single for the song ‘Kites’ in October 2009. ‘Animal Shapes’ follows up ‘Kites’, building on the synth-driven aesthetic of the single, while irting with darker, more esoteric underpinnings. The record merges Geographer’s aptitude for crafting beautiful, haunting melodies with textural sounds and polyrhythmic energy, marking an evolution of their distinct style. With the overwhelming response to the release of ‘Kites’ and ‘Animal Shapes’, punctuated by a dynamic and engaging live set, the band has already begun to make an indelible mark on the ears of music fans worldwide.
"Some of the best pop this city has to offer." --The Bay Bridged
"Layers of bubbling synths and winding guitars and cellos, and Mike Deni's haunting vocals ride above the electro-acoustic fracas wonderfully. Simply stunning." --KQED Mix Tape
"One of Three Undiscovered Bands You Need to Hear Now.” --SPIN