SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums at the Clift

Giant Step blogger, Rehes, AKA Seher Sikandar, steps into the San Francisco Clift to catch Fitz And The Tantrums plus DJ Smash with her camera and her pen.

Where in the hail have I been?  I know, I know.  It’s been way too extra much long.  Practicing the intricacies of hermitism can be an exhausting task.

Re-assimilating into society at a swanky Giant Step show was just the fix.  What?  And it’s a super live band from the west coast?  There with bells on.

The most recent installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions by Giant Step took place at the stylish Clift hotel in my beloved San Francisco. You walk into a dimly lit mod lobby with comfy earth tones and cosmopolitan visitors that certainly aren’t from anywhere around town.  I mean, I was feelin a little classy in my black hipster jeans and hoodie.  Shiiieeeett.

There was even this humongous ornate chair that was about eight feet tall.  It’d fit at least six point five models – or me and my homegirl.  Dazzling.

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SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums + DJ Smash – Tonight

Tonight, if you are out and about in San Francisco make your way down to the Velvet Room at Clift for a very special performance by soulsters Fitz and The Tantrums, with DJ Smash on the 1s and 2s. Entrance is free with your RSVP and there will be SVEDKA Vodka specials all night long. Doors open at 8pm and you must be 21+ with a valid ID.

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Nikki & Rich San Francisco Debut – June 25

Nikki & Rich on 6/25 from 6-8pm at Harlot

On Friday June 25th, Giant Step presents a very special Nikki & Rich showcase at Harlot as they make their San Francisco debut. If you don’t know who this duo is yet, this is your chance to find out live and in person. Specialty cocktails will be provided by SVEDKA Vodka, and San Francisco’s own DJs Phleck and Gordo Cabeza will be on the 1 and 2s so come early and bring a friend.

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N.E.R.D. Photos from Their Show in San Francisco

Photos by Seher Sikandar

The N.E.R.D. show in San Francisco was packed, and Pharrell assured the crowd that the elusive Chad Hugo was inside the venue, somewhere. They played songs from their first three albums, plus a couple new tracks — can’t wait for that upcoming 4th album!

Classic Pharrell:

An Interview With Giant Step’s SummerStage Artist Little Dragon

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Interview and photos by Seher Sikandar

Little Dragon is a Gothenburg, Sweden based band that has been one of music lovers’ best kept secrets of the last couple years.  With swinging electro-synth tracks and soulful yet at times haunting vocals of lead Yukimi Nagano, Little Dragon’s sounds have put many in a blissful trance, including myself. The band consists of Håkan Wirenstrand on keys, Fredrik Källgren Wallin on bass, and Erik Bodin on drums.  Yukimi is known to get down on a little percussion as well.

Between the concept of their debut music video for “Twice” extended into a short film that showed at Cannes, a soundtrack feature on Grey’s Anatomy, and a recent tour with TV on the Radio this spring, Little Dragon is coming to spray its dragon breath in an ear near you.

I was lucky enough to sit down with the fun and quirky bunch where we got to talk about tourettes, the recording process, and fruit.  High school crushes and drugs, too.  You know how we do.


I read that you all went to high school together – that’s awesome.  What was life like in those days?  What would you guys talk about and dream about?

YN: I think we admired each other already as musicians.  Kinda like, I thought you [gestures to Eric] were a really good drummer -

EB:  [to Yukimi] And I thought you were really cute. [Yukimi laughs] But really, she was the only one of the girls – and boys – who was singing that sort of got a spell on you right away.  She had the magic already, back then. [sings "I got a spell on you"] But I remember the first time we all started playing, we were fourteen or something and Yukimi came with a red gothic outfit with this amazing deep voice.

So in high school you all were already kinda jamming out and stuff.

EB: Yeah, we formed a little band in high school.

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