Broods Deliver Moody Nocturnal Set in San Francisco

Words by Brandon Diaz | Photos by Ashleigh Reddy

Supporting the release of their self-titled EP, the fresh-faced duo Broods brought the cool kids out for a swaying beats and retro looks. In their second appearance in San Francisco in as many months, the New Zealand Duo played to an intimate sold out crowd at The Independent.

The night began with an eyebrow-arching performance by L.A. songstress (and all around badass) Meg Myers. Wearing a loose fitting black blouse and dangerously cut black chonies, Myers swam through anguish and seduction as she churned out tunes, alternating between guitar and bass with cuts off her new EP, Make a Shadow.

With a legitimate backing band to support (including an electric cellist), it was hard to avoid the collective hypnosis of Myers’ set which included the weighty track, “Heart Heart Head,” where Myers dramatically queried “How do I get off on the weekend?” The young crowd followed intently as she sang with poise, bracing for combustion, earning her a rush to the merch table following the set.

Broods – appearing to be barely passed prom – hit the stage shortly after 10PM accompanied by a young drummer with a cool pompadour hair-do, immediately morphing the soundscape into a moody labyrinth with the ambient “Never Gonna Change.”

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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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