Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony

Video premiere: Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony's "I Need Your Help"

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Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony, aka one of the highly funky and highly promising Bay Area bands in this year's On the Rise issue — aka the only band that's ever issued the descriptors "Adventure Rock™" or "Mary Poppins meets Weezer" or "Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition" or "Danny Elfman making out with Indiana Jones while they play Dungeons & Dragons" when asked to define their sound for a news publication — just brought us this new video for their tune "I Need Your Help," off last June's 7-inch (c/w "Like a Metaphor For Sex"). Read more »

On the Rise: Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony

"Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition"

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Surefire way to stand out in the musical landscape right now: Have an obviously playful, self-aware, lyrical sense of humor about your music, and also be exceedingly good musicians, songwriters and entertaining live performers -- i.e., take it seriously without taking it too seriously. It's not easy to do, but man, do Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony make it look fun.Read more »

Localized Appreesh: Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony

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Localized Appreesh is our weekly thank-you column to the musicians that make the Bay. To be considered, contact emilysavage@sfbg.com.

Behind every San Francisco band is the shadow of the past – decades of sweeping musical scenes that came before it, haunting the Victorian venues, ghosts with ink stamped on their hands. With Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony, that tap-tap-tapping is a bit more literal. Read more »