Favorite Song Right Now: Astronauts, Etc. "I Know"

Graham LeBron
03 26, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was reading a show review of a friends' band, Go Dark, when they opened for Sister Crayon at the Rickshaw Stop. They are an amazing, high energy, electronic duo from Oakland. One of my favorite new acts around for sure, more on them soon. The other band on the bill that I had not heard of, Astronauts Etc, turned out to be awesome. I checked out their soundcloud and very soon was the proud owner of their Sadie EP on vinyl. It's got some great songs, like the title track. And, they're from Oakland too! I'm becoming more and more pleased as I discover excellent new music in my own backyard. It's kind of nice to know I can still be surprised about goings on in my hometown after 15 years. 

Just today, they posted a new track called I Know. It rules. The singer, Anthony Ferraro, might be a classically trained musician of some kind. He definitely plays in Toro Y Moi's touring band when not fronting his own exceptional group. Listen to that funky bassline and that silky FM gold voice -- an intriguing blend of 70s R&B song stylings with modern production sensibilities. It is smooth, and really what I am into spinning these days. Keep an eye out for this dude. Hopefully, I will run into him around town soon. Apparently, we have some mutual friends....

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