Spirit in the Room are at Bar Sinister on Saturday
Andrew Bird is at Amoeba Music on Monday
While Dave Grohl was playing at the Oscars ceremony in front of Hollywood’s crème de la crème, ex-Hole Patty Schemel was playing with her band Upset, inside a smelly dirty little club close to Skid Row
Their youthful pop exuberance put a smile on everybody’s face, and they dedicated their songs to all the dads in the audience — it was after all father’s day. They had a beachy-surfy explosive sound with tender moments going all doo-wop on you, and once again they were super retro, but they did it with a real freshness, turning punk fury into real sweetness.
At Amoeba, she sang her hook-filled tunes with a soft and dreamy voice, strongly contrasting with a loud and almost sludgy punk guitar, and she could be a sort of Best Coast with a harsher side, or a female-version of Weezer with simpler songs.