Another Planet Entertainment and The Independent are committed to producing safe events. The City and County of San Francisco has mandated all patrons attending events at The Independent on or after 9/15 are required to show proof of full vaccination (must be 2 weeks past final dose). Masks are also required. For more information, visit our Health & Safetypage.
* Policy is subject to change
In response to health and safety concerns, TOPS at The Independent on February 14, 2021 is rescheduled to November 15, 2021. Please note this show was originally scheduled for May 1, 2020.
All tickets purchased for May 1, 2020 and February 14, 2021 will be honored at the new date in November 2021. Should you be unable to attend the new date, please return to the point of purchase no later than March 3, 2021 to request a refund.
Please check our website, theindependentsf.com, for updates on the status of this show. For any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at the show!
TOPS were formed in Montreal in 2011 when song-writing duo David Carriere and Jane Penny decided to join forces with drummer Riley Fleck. Since then they have become one of the most influential underground bands of the past decade, creating a space for sophisticated pop musicin the indie world.Within the vibrant community surrounding Arbutus Recordsat the time of their formation, TOPS forged a unique sound. The only traditional ‘band’ on the label’s roster, they’ve built a significant following of fans, a dedicated audience at their live shows and a musical connection thatcontinues to deepen as the years go by. With their newly minted label-Musique TOPS-theband is poised to release their best work to date.Their tendency to opt towards making straight-forward, stripped down and honest recordings lets their pop songwriting shine out in the open. With a heart firmly attached to their sleeves,their songcraft delves into the emotional intricacy of personal relationships, asking questions about power and desire. Riley Fleck’s measured drumming and David Carriere’s trademark guitar licks mesh with Marta Cikojevic’s lush keyboards. All these elements work in tandem and in service of Jane Penny’s unmistakable, wistful voice.The result of this mixture is a collection of three self-produced records and a handful of singles that cover a range of moods and a complex emotional realm while maintaining a groove and musicality. Soft rock infused pop hits flow easily, surrounded by their signature moody ballads.TOPS are celebrating the launch of their own record label, Musique TOPS, by sharing twounreleased songs, taken from the recording sessions of the band’s most recent LP, Sugar at theGate. The haunted 70’s folk elegance of “Echo of Dawn” is paired with the energetic “VIIMinutes”, a classic example of the band’s uptempo, breezy sound.
A prolific emotional songwriter, and avant garde live performer, Sean Nicholas Savage came out of the thriving Montreal underground scene with a multitude of releases throughout the last decade. The latest, 2020's Life Is Crazy, is a set of piano-led lyric heavy ballads, which takes a turn towards chamber or chanson music.
Extensive tours in Europe and around the world, along with strikingly raw and minimal live shows, have brought Savage a cult status and fan base. Sentimental, like a misty romantic drama that makes you long for a life you never lived and yet understand to your soul, Savageâ€™s repertoire is packed with beauty, wonder and hope.
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