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LIVE REVIEW: Califone at The Casbah

Experimental rock band turns down the volume

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Courtesy Melissa Gibbons
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A small but dedicated group of fans gathered at the Casbah on Monday August 15th for a show featuring Chicago band Califone and local openers Little White Teeth. The last time Califone played in San Diego was a 2008 tour stop at 4th & B when they were opening for Iron & Wine, and even much longer since their last headlining show.  Califone released their latest full-length album All My Friends are Funeral Singers on Dead Oceans Records in 2009.

Little White Teeth, a San Diego slowcore band which features husband and wife duo Phil Beaumont and Yuko Sugiyama, Dmitri Dziensuwski, and Matt Resovich (both of Black Heart Procession) played a subdued set of songs from their self-titled album. The Nothingful Band, helmed by local musician Sasha Syeed, played a mix of originals and covers in the Atari Lounge between the two main stage sets.

Califone took the stage a little past 11 p.m. and played a solid hour worth of material that included songs from their latest album as well as their extensive back catalog. Califone front man Tim Rutili, started the set by saying that the band was going to try and play extra quietly for the night - and he wasn’t lying. The Casbah speakers were turned way down, and given that Califone play acoustic experimental folk music, this caused the people attending the show to crowd closer to the stage in order to hear the music more clearly. Even the normally raucous Casbah crowd-conversations quieted down or moved to the patio area out of respect for the band. 

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  • Rating: 2 of 5