Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Thunderheist, Tenderlions @ 103 Harriett, 1/23/09

January 24, 2009

Isis from Thunderheist to the doorman: “Hi, I’m the performer. Can you let me in?”

Doorman: “ID.”

Isis: “But I’m the performer.”

Doorman: “No.” Shakes head.

Isis: “Well I guess I’m not performing tonight!”

103 Harriett is really just the side entrance to the cavernous 1015 Folsom. Apparently the club was in need of some major rebranding. Now instead of entering on the slightly dangerous but usually busy Folsom side, I gotta walk down an alley in the dark.

After we were let in, leaving Thunderheist waiting outside, we queued up along a staircase- a line of what could best be described as SF’s finest tastemakers. Wearing various degrees of ugly chic, from a Cruella DeVille coat, to Party Monster man makeup, to an Indiana Jones hat, to the multi-hued Burner gypsy dolls. And then there was me, wearing the same latex tights as Isis. I win.

“slightly darkbeat dance music, peppered with some early ’90s hooks”

Tenderlions were hitting the stage when we walked in. Tenderlions is two guys hunched over laptops, bouncing in ’80s geek wear. Seriously, that striped tank top was ridic. They cranked out some good, slightly darkbeat dance music, peppered with some early ’90s hooks. Tank top was beating the drum sticks on his laptop/drum machine, and occasionally moved over to a small drum setup off to the side. Problem was, I couldn’t hear any of that. It didn’t seem like it added anything to the music, though I wanted it to. However, the beats got the kids dancing. The spacious dancefloor gave way to many inspired moves that one would not be able to pull off in the more traditional tiny SF venue. This other kid kept coming out on stage- a hype man that we dubbed Asian Garth- and he was hilarious. The set kept going and going- way too long for this opener in my opinion- they played for about an hour.

By then it was 12:15, slightly late for an act to come out that hasn’t even dropped their first record yet. But, there was still an impressive showing- the floor was mostly full of a captive audience. Isis, whose presence is Grace Jones-esque, gets on stage and tries to talk to the crowd but the DJ won’t cut the track. When she is finally able to speak, she talks about how it is snowing where they are from in Canada, and that she is so happy to be in SF where she can wear clothes like this. Then she expressed her excitement for Obama. She introduced the other half of Thunderheist, Grahm, and they got on with their set. They must have played every song from their upcoming album.



“It’s like two girls kissing- it’s kinda hot”

The first couple tracks could be deemed Electro R&B, showing off Isis’ pipes. The rest became Electro Hip Hop, booty shakers by nature. The crowd is eating it up, especially the front row who seem to be almost harassing her with their enthusiasm. She played them off well. The set was filled with a kind of subdued energy that fit well with the music- it’s seductive, or as Isis introduced one track: “It’s like two girls kissing- it’s kinda hot”. The set ended with ‘Jerk It’, where they let the crowd join them on stage.


Thunderheist crowd

Thunderheist fits nicely into a niche dance category close to The Bug, Santogold, M.I.A., and even Peaches. Not a bad place to be at all. Expect them to blow up in the next six months.

OVERALL: 7.75/10
Thunderheist performance: 8.25/10
Tenderlions performance: 6.5/10
venue (103 Harriett): 7/10
crowd/scene: 7/10
value ($10.00/ticket): 9/10
memorable: 7/10

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Horror Business: The Original Misfits, Iggy Pop, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Sublime, The Damned @ No Values, Pomona Fairgrounds, 6/8/24

“Too much horror businessDriving late at nightPsycho 78My bathroom is newYou, you don’t go in the bathroom with mePsycho 7812…

July 3, 2024

A New Level: Metallica, Pantera, and Mammoth VH @ SoFi Stadium Los Angeles, 8/25/23

“Now a new look in my eyes my spirit riseForget the pastPresent tense works and lastsGot shit on, pissed on,…

September 4, 2023

Gimme Danger: Iggy Pop & The Losers with Grace McKagan @ The Pearl Las Vegas, 4/29/23

“Gimme danger, little strangerAnd I feel with you at easeGimme danger, little strangerAnd I’ll feel your disease There’s nothing in…

May 29, 2023

Kill or Become: Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Immolation, Black Anvil at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay 11/25/22

“Living out the days and nights in absolute fearNever knowing when and where thethreat of the undead draws nearThoughts of…

December 3, 2022

Looks That Kill: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, & Joan Jett & The Blackhearts @ Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, 9/9/22

“Now, listen up She’s a razor sharp If she don’t get her way She’ll slice you apart Now she’s a…

September 19, 2022

A Dangerous Meeting: Mercyful Fate, High on Fire, Paradise Lost, Fugitive, Suicidal Tendencies, Bone Thugs -n- Harmony, Frozen Soul, Emperor, Mayhem, Carcass, and Wolves in the Throne Room @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Resort World, 8/19-21/22

“Oh, they should have knownNot to play with the powers of HellSome people have lost their waySome people have lost…

August 30, 2022

Among the Living: Anthrax 40th Anniversary Tour with Black Label Society @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, 7/28/22

“I’m the walking dudeI can see all the worldTwist your minds with fearI’m the man with the powerAmong the living,…

August 19, 2022

Mad World: Tears for Fears, Garbage @ Kia Forum in Los Angeles, 6/4/22

“And I find it kind of funny I find it kind of sad The dreams in which I’m dying Are…

June 12, 2022

She Sells Sanctuary: The Cult, Des Roc @ House of Blues Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay 5/8/22

“The sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive And the sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive, keeps me alive…

May 27, 2022

Rock You Like A Hurricane: Scorpions, Skid Row @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas 4/3/22

“It’s early morning, the sun comes out Last night was shaking and pretty loud My cat is purring, it scratches…

April 15, 2022