DS Show Review & Gallery: The Murder City Devils, Soft Palms (Great American Music Hall, San Francisco – 8/5/23)

The Murder City Devils make a rare one-off appearance at the venerable San Francisco venue. The Great American Music Hall was built in 1907. It’s been a burlesque theater, jazz club, Moose Lodge, and in its current incarnation as one of San Francisco’s best music venues since 1973. When Seattle’s Murder City Devils booked a […]

The Murder City Devils make a rare one-off appearance at the venerable San Francisco venue. The Great American Music Hall was built in 1907. It’s been a burlesque theater, jazz club, Moose Lodge, and in its current incarnation as one of San Francisco’s best music venues since 1973. When Seattle’s Murder City Devils booked a one-off show with Southern California’s Soft Palms as opener, we had to be there with our camera.

Soft Palms are guitarist/singer Julia Kugel (The Coathangers) and her husband drummer Scott Montoya (formerly of The Growlers). Their sound is more indy pop and gentle rock, though we found them engaging and likable.

The Murder City Devils were formed in 1996 in Seattle during the Pacific Northwest’s garage rock revival. Breaking up in 2001, reforming in 2006, recently they’ve been appearing on rare occasions, with this one-off show to a sell-out crowd being their first since April.

Check out all our photos from the show below

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