SF Critic Raves about DWNTWN

“Good Vibes & Dreamy Beats.


Last friday night, up-and-coming LA-based DWNTWN brought its dreamy synth pop beats to San Francisco’s Richmond district. The dance floor practically vibrated with energy as they brought some of their Southern California vibes to the notoriously foggy Richmond District.

The band started as the duo of Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda but now tours as a four piece band with the addition of Chris Sanchez and Dan Vanchieri. Leffler provides airy vocals and a larger than life stage presence that is grounded by Cepeda’s harmonies and biting electronic hooks.


The group got a bit of a turbo boost into the music scene after being tapped not once by twice by Kitsuné AMERICA, the French tastemakers. I first heard “See my Eyes” on a Kitsuné playlist and really liked the mix of danceable pop beats with haunting lyrics.

Neck of the Woods is an a venue that is somewhat surprising as it seems small from the outside but opens into a larger all wood venue at the top, a perfect place to catch an act like DWNTWN because it feels so intimate.