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SPORTS

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Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop

155 Fell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Popscene presents the San Francisco headlining debut of SPORTS! 8pm doors, 18+ Welcome at Rickshaw Stop.

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Purpose is at the cornerstone of Sports’ resonance and impressive second album Get A Good

Look. Childhood friends Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot have come to realize that life

can change at any second. Perspectives are reshaped, relationships rise or fall, and home is

anywhere you want it to be. For Sports, it's the intricacies of their lifelong friendship, the

victories and shortcomings of growing up, and the lessons learned along the way that have

influenced their worldview. Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, life for Cale and

Christian revolved around watching MTV and going to church. The pair first met in middle

school and formed an instant connection with both seeking to break out of the conformity of

their quaint small town upbringing. “We have been making and recording music under

different names since we were about 13,” they share. The genesis of Sports would come

almost a decade later. On choosing the name Sports, Cale and Christian show reverence to

their parents. “They’re big sports fans. It’s like we’re fulfilling some childhood dream of

being in the NBA.”

Musically, Sports inspires images of the youthful idyll of bygone times through dulcet melodies

and sun-drenched funk synths. Their elaborate, mind-expanding arrangements are warm and

enveloping, creating a world where David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and The Clash collide.

Sports first introduced themselves with their 2015 debut single “You Are The Right One,” a

concentrated slow drip of funk. Their debut project, Naked All The Time (2015) and its

follow-up, People Can’t Stop Chillin (2016) delivered additional critically-praised singles

including: “Panama,” “Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.” The

band returned in 2018 with their first full-length album, Everyone’s Invited, a vibrant offering

that received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and plays on KCRW’s Morning

Becomes Eclectic.

To date, Sports has garnered over 100 million streams, an impressive feat for a band who’s

stayed true to their independent roots and DIY ethos. After spending the last three years split

between Los Angeles, California and Norman, Oklahoma, Cale and Christian find themselves

back in their hometown, but with fresh perspective gained from distance and time.

It’s this perspective that’s apparent in their upcoming studio album Get A Good Look, which

they first teased in 2020 with the single “Tell You Something.” The experimental and

innovative track effortlessly blurs the lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelic

rock and marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the band. Unlike their previous

albums, Get A Good Look will be released in two parts. “We didn’t set out to release the

album in 2 parts, but with the pandemic, we had to be creative,” Cale shares. “It gives us the

chance to work on the music and the visuals at a more methodical pace.”

Get A Good Look Pt. 1 featured the critically-praised singles “Baby, Baby,” “Never Know,”

and “The Look.” The release charted in the Top-20 on both the NACC and Sub-modern radio

charts and picked up endorsements from Paper Magazine, KCRW, Lyrical Lemonade, DIY, NPR,

Rolling Stone, BBC Radio 1, and SiriusXM Alt Nation.


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San Francisco's long-running weekly indie party Popscene showcases new and emerging artists each week and our resident DJs Aaron Axelsen and Omar spin the very best of indie, britpop, post-punk, electronic, synthpop and more. Popscene is every Friday at Rickshaw Stop, though we'll occasionally throw parties at other fine Bay Area venues, too. So yeah, come out and dance and check out some amazing new bands and DJs @ Popscene 

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