Sugar & Gold
Last February, Sugar & Gold played the best show of the year that practically no one attended. The San Francisco band brought its funky, sexy, slithery brand of retro-cool disco music to RecordBar, inspiring the 20 people in the bar to exchange collective where the hell did these guys come from? looks. Singer and guitarist Philipp Minnig looked the part of a young, cross-dressing Bruce Springsteen who fell in love with Hall & Oates instead of Bob Dylan. Though Sugar & Gold is often lumped in the same category of such indie-dance acts as Of Montreal, Out Hud, !!! and Gravy Train, the group is closer to Scissor Sisters in that it takes its disco love seriously and rarely bats a self-aware eyelash. Which is not to say it doesn’t occasionally sound like the Ghostbusters soundtrack.