Song Premiere: Dreamdate – “Pyramids”; new album out now, release show 3/31/11

Dreamdate - "Pyramids" We've long loved SF's Dreamdate, a trio with a knack for a winning jangle that's equal parts garage and indie pop. Melody Walk is the band's new third album, which was recorded by Greg Ashley, and is out now on Tic Tac Totally. Throughout the record, it's easy to be sucked in by the great vocal melodies and harmonies, and a sense of immediacy abounds on tracks like "Pyramids," posted above. Dreamdate headlines their record release show on Thursday, March 31st at The Knockout (9pm, $6), with The Touch-Me-Nots, Elvis Christ and DJ Full Moon Fever (Hitforce).

By |March 29, 2011|Tags: |

Recommended, 3/28-4/3: Hunx and his Punx, Salem/The Soft Moon, Lady Lazarus and more

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Hunx and his Punx celebrate Too Young To Be In Love Hunx and his Punx are throwing a record release show on Saturday night to celebrate the band's new album, Too Young To Be In Love. The group's first studio album, Too Young was recorded in New York by Ivan Julian of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, [...]

Taking stock of South by Southwest 2011: Highlights, photos, and an attempt to make sense of things

When, last Saturday afternoon, Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein remarked mid-set, "This is our seventh of eight shows at South by Southwest," it was difficult not to hear some sense of relief in her voice. There is an inherently numbing effect to the South by Southwest experience; at some point, I think, both the body and mind, additionally encumbered by the baggage of Tex-Mex and beer, begin to reject new musical experiences. This year's South by was, we have been told, the biggest festival yet. For those of us rooted in indie culture, however, bigger doesn't always mean better, and there [...]

Video: The Dodos – “Black Night”

Here's a black-and-white clip from The Dodos, who will be performing at The Fillmore on April 7th (9pm, $18.50). If you're looking for more Dodos videos, a full performance they played for AOL at SXSW is archived here. Full tour dates after the jump. Upcoming US + European Tour Dates: 03-25 Winnipeg, MB - West End $ 03-26 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s $ 03-28 Calgary, AB - Republik $ 03-29 Edmonton, AB - Starlite $ 03-31 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw $ 04-01 Victoria, BC - Sugar $ 04-02 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo $ 04-04 Seattle, WA - Neumo's $ [...]

By |March 25, 2011|Tags: |

Tonight: Bob Mould DJs at Distortion+

After moving to SF in 2009, Bob Mould, rock legend/DJ/remixer/author (whose autobiography See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody comes out June 15), reached out to Chris Xefos, producer/engineer/musician/writer, about starting a bimonthly DJ night. That party is Distortion+, which features the duo spinning "the sounds of loud guitars coupled with melodic songs: indie rock/pop, punk, post-punk, psych, shoegaze…all presented in a relaxed atmosphere so folks can get their (music) geek on while hanging out and socializing with friends in a unique setting." If that sounds good to you, the latest Distortion+ party is tonight, March 25th, [...]

Check out Mission Mission’s SXSW coverage

Allan over at Mission Mission covered South by Southwest in an astonishing level of detail, and I recommend you head over to his site for a large collection of photos, videos and impressions from last week's shows. For example, he flagged the above video of Off! which is pretty great. As Allan notes, the Keith Morris-led punk supergroup is going to be playing at -- where else? -- 924 Gilman on April 22nd (8pm, $10), with Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Culture Kids, and Zero Progress. Nice.

Disposable Film Fest highlights the year’s best shorts; Pomplamoose hosts workshop on making music videos

Disposable Film Festival 2011 - Official Trailer from Disposable Film Festival on Vimeo. Now in its fourth year, the Disposable Film Festival takes place this week, celebrating films made on what might be thought of traditionally as "lesser" cameras like mobile phones and webcams. Opening night is on March 24th at The Castro Theatre (8pm, $12), where the year's best disposable shorts are going to be screened, including music videos from The Limousines, Fergus & Geronimo, The Notwist and others. Events continue all weekend, and indie music fans might be especially interested in a concert/workshop with Pomplamoose, whose YouTube chart-topping [...]

The Alps: new album ‘Easy Action’ coming soon on Mexican Summer

The Alps - "For Isabel" Easy Action is the new album from SF's The Alps, out March 29th on Mexican Summer. The noisier parts of "For Isabel" feel more abrasive than Le Voyage, the band's previous record, but the song also maintains the group's talents for genre-mixing and lush soundscapes. Below, revisit Le Voyage, streaming in full courtesy of Type Records. Also, one note about the image above: the LP comes packaged in a "fold-out pyramid sleeve" that looks pretty awesome. Vinyl nerds, has this sort of 3D foldout been done before, or is this a first? The Alps - [...]

By |March 21, 2011|Tags: |
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