Rock & Pop

Mark Eitzel/Expecting Rain

When: Mon., Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m. 2012

When it came time to publicize his latest album, Don’t Be a Stranger, singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel decided to make a series of videos in which his celebrity friends listen to songs and then give him their reactions. Though the album is a great collection of moody, meticulously recorded songs, most of the feedback he receives from his friends is unfavorable and only adds to his insecurities. “I thought I could shoot a music video, and I could be in a dramatic environment,” he says. “For me, that would be a mountaintop or swimming pool or a bar where bad choices are always made. I could do that and sing the song intently to the camera and try to give head through the camera and what. That doesn’t work. I liked this idea and said, ‘Fuck the music video.’” A “military brat” who moved around a lot and ended up playing punk rock in England in the late ’70s, Eitzel ended up in San Francisco shortly after he returned to the states to attend Ohiot State University. In San Francisco, he formed American Music Club, an alt-rock outfit with a shoegazer streak. “That was like 1981 and even though punk was long dead in America, hardcore was huge here,” he recalls. “I hated fuckin’ hardcore. I found it to be racist and homophobic and just kind of evil. English punk was so embracing of everything, and this seemed like stupid fashion. I decided to do folk shit and put together American Music Club with a stand-up bass player and a keyboard player. We did pretty good. We were great.” Eiztel’s solo career has been just as critically acclaimed, and his new album features evocative vocals and wry lyrics. For this show,he’lll be accompanied by a pianist. (Jeff Niesel)

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