Within the past year, locals The Secret Secretaries have gone from “What’s so secret about ‘em?” to “punk-styled ‘lit rock’… musically virtuosic… pure poetry” (Charles Kruger). Remain at Cafe du Nord after the group’s set tonight for the Quiet Lightning Reading Series, and you’ll have yourself a seriously cerebral night out.
Self-released debut album Birthmarked garnered The Secret Secretaries comparisons to NYC art rock, garage rock, and power pop. Following that is Quiet Lightning, a monthly, submission-based reading series. Apparently the submitters submit anything they want — diary entries, rants and raves, slam poetry, short stories. The chosen ones are read in a specific order designed to evoke a mix tape aesthetic. These submissions also end up in sPARKLE & bLINK, a book that will be sold at the show and online.
So there’s a lot going on in one place tonight, and it’s totally worth the measly amount of money they’re asking.The Secret Secretaries and Quiet Lightning Reading Series at Cafe du Nord
2170 Market St. at Sanchez [The Castro]
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
$3 before 7:30pm, $8 after a
Photo courtesy of Katrina Genna