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The Von Bondies with Starlite Desperation

Detroit Rock City

Formerly known as the White Stripes' tour mates and punching bag, The Von Bondies are criss-crossing the country in support of their major label debut Pawn Shoppe Heart. Before lead singer Jason Stollsteimer's 2003 "hit" with Jack White (White Stripes) in a Detroit City nightclub dust up, the Bondies were kicking out slabs of rock and roll on the Midwest scene since 1999 . Lack of Communication, the aptly titled 2001 White produced album, put the band on the map and made them the darlings of modern garage rock.

Self described as, "a tight little family", by lead singer/guitarist Stollsteimer, the other members include: the scornfully sexy Marcie Bolen on guitar & backup vocals, the rock solid Carrie Smith on bass & vocals and the bashing Don Blum on drums.

Pawn Shoppe Heart, the polished Jerry Harrison (Talking Head's) produced sophomore effort, adds bits of Motown and glam to the previous raw, dirty blues sound of the first album. Recorded earlier this year, right here in the Bay Area, the twelve tracks of sharp, pounding guitar licks mix it up with a heavy dose of boy/girl harmonies.

As Stollsteimer tells it,Shoppe got its start when his wife broke off another engagement to marry him. Picking through Detroit's pawn shops for a ring he said he, " really depressed and thought, 'I don't want to buy one here, that's a bad start.' So I wrote the title track about that and what happened between her and her ex fiancÚ."

Checking set lists from recent shows, I expect to hear the chanting single "C'mon C'mon" which is currently making the airwaves; it's a song written on the fly as a B-side after the Shoppe officially wrapped as a recording. The hip shaking "Tell Me What You See" and the raw boned "No Regrets" are sure bets, too. A few old raves: "Lack of Communication" and "It Came From Japan" should round out a set of shimmy and shaking sounds from one of Detroit's finest bands.

One thing is for sure, the Von Bondies love to tour and feed off the energy of the crowd, which is never a problem in San Francisco. In fact, Jason is prone to please the fans on the spot. He wrote "Broken Man" on stage when German fans shouted for more after the bands set came to a close. It's Saturday night. Come on down and cheer! You may just witness the next rock anthem created before your ears.

Former SoCal residents, Detroit transplant Starlite Desperation open the night. The Starlite sound is described as "smog-psych". A combo of acid rock meets garage punk. They recently released Violate a Sundae, an EP on the Cold Sweat label.

(The Von Bondies will also perform on December 11th, opening for the Hives at the Warfield.)

Cafe du Nord
Saturday, November 13th
9 PM
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