Rock & Pop

Setting Sun

When: Thu., July 10, 8 p.m. 2008

Setting Sun is the nom de musique of singer-songwriter Gary Levitt and his partner-in-crime cellist/violinist/singer Erica Quitzow, whose recently released Children of the Wild belies its title with soft, almost whispered vocals and songs of despondent melancholia that paint the world in shades of deepest blue. A feeling of loss and longing permeates the music; even songs that may sound happy on the surface are shot through with dark splinters and devastating insights. It's not the kind of music you'd expect to hear in a nightclub, but Levitt's low-key charisma creates a mood that's hard to ignore. Setting Sun plays Thursday, July 10, at the Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St., San Francisco). 8 p.m., $10.

j. poet

Price: $10

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