Rock & Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Bells Atlas

When: Wed., March 13, 9 p.m. 2013

Experimental, electronic bands are a dime — no, a penny — a dozen these days, which makes it all the easier to handpick the truly talented ones. Seven-piece Bay Area electropop outfit The Seshen stands out due to the prowess of its two vocalists, Lalin St. Juste and Akasha Orr, who evoke the velvet-soft yet slightly husky crooning of R&B high demigoddess Erykah Badu. Their soulful, echo-y vocals meld smoothly with the unearthly chillwave textures concocted by The Seshen's producer and bassist Aki Ehara, who masterminded the band's self-titled debut. Joining the band at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Wednesday, Mar. 18, is fellow East Bay rising star Bells Atlas, which bridges the gap between indie rock, Afro-pop, and jazz, creating a uniquely warm and entrancing sound. 9 p.m., free.

Lenika Cruz

Price: free

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