The Independent is something of a legendary venue here in San Francisco. While it might not have the history of a spot like The Fillmore, it's been nonetheless responsible for kickstarting the careers of some of today's most well-known Bay Area indie groups. What a perfect location, then, to host last week's album release show for Oakland-based experimental pop artist Lila Rose. Her sophomore LP, WE.ANIMALS., has propelled her into the ranks of northern California's finest.
Lila was accompanied by openers Mariee Sioux and Lynx, hailing from the East Bay and Portland, Oregon, respectively. It was a diverse billing, featuring everything from wispy folk to dark electronica, but all three acts put on seamless performances that seemed destined to share a stage despite their wide range of genres. Lila Rose proved to be as adept a performer as we'd hoped, stealing the show with the help of Squid Inc quartet, an innovative 3D-mapping projection display, and her trademark explosive energy.
I brought along my camera to snap a few photos and, hopefully, convince you all to never miss a show at the Indy again.