Live Review: Sky Ferreira at the Independent


Aidin Vaziri | The road to San Francisco wasn’t an easy one for Sky Ferreira. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter arrived on Sunday to play the first of three shows at the Independent, effectively closing the promotional run behind her debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” which came out last year after an eternity in record company limbo.

Ferreira may have spent most of the summer playing arenas around the world as one of the main support acts on Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” tour, but the experience was hardly a triumph.

She developed a stress ulcer from the demanding travel schedule and the headliner’s even more demanding fans; was charged with possession of ecstasy and resisting arrest during a traffic stop in rural New York; and watched the album, which features a topless photo of Ferreira standing in the shower on the cover, stall on the charts (current sales stand at 39,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

The three-night run at the Independent (which ends Tuesday) gives Ferreira the opportunity for a fresh start. On Monday, the club’s 21-and-over door policy introduced her to a new potential demographic — actual music fans.

“This is like the most adults I’ve ever sung for,” she marveled early on in the 90-minute set.

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