Mac Demarco was the headliner last night at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco and I was fortunate enough to have bought tickets in advance for the sold out show.
The wacky gap toothed Canadian played a quick and breezy set and entertained the crowd with his endearing banter, as he talked about the crippling pressure of opening for a mega-band like Phoenix, only a few days earlier. It’s no surprise that some Phoenix concert go-ers didn’t respond too favorably to his opening set for them:
Oh, so the opener last night was called Mac DeMarco & desc by the Sun reviewer as a “Pitchfork darling”. Gross. Deserves TO BE pitchforked.
There was no such negativity at the San Francisco show, and I even spotted Christopher Owens (formerly of Girls fame) out and about in the crowd.
He played songs from both his albums, and did a good job of switching between slower ballads and some funkier tunes. At one point he stage dived into the crowd, was passed around, returned to the stage, and then sincerely thanked the crowd for indulging him.
About 30 minutes into his set, Mac announced they had two more songs to play, to which the audience let out a collective groan. He reassured everyone that they would have a “fun time”.
He launched into "She’s Really All I Need" before turning the song into an insane bipolar/ADHD jam medley that transitioned between the following songs: