Monday, January 28th 7:00PM
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 he found on the street, turning the tragedy that drove him from home into songs rich with emotion and lush melodies. After the additions of cellist Nathan Blaz (previously of St. Vincent) and drummer Brian Ostreicher, Geographer spent the next year crafting their sound into the driving, heart-pounding, synth-infused epics that have captivated audiences all over the West Coast (including SPIN magazine, who voted Geographer one of three Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now”). With the release of their long-awaited follow-up EP, “Animal Shapes” in March 2010 (Tricycle Records), Geographer is poised on the brink of becoming one of the most exciting newcomers in Indie music.
on an on
On An ON is a project – an approach to making music – the three members had been waiting for. The Chicago & Minneapolis-based musicians – Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing — that comprise the band had played music with one another in various capacities for the better part of a decade — most recently as members of indie-pop outfit Scattered Trees. With almost every member of that band living in a different state (MPLS, MYC & Chicago), the distance proved too much. One fateful, cloudy night, while the soon-to-be On An On were standing in line for a show in Austin, TX, a conversation took place that would shape their musical future. They would leave their other projects behind and the trio would emerge ready to create art that melted outside the lines. With an affinity for chaos and the unprocessed, and tired of the polished pop format void of risk, they were escorted into a new atmosphere of making music.