About Derek Nielsen

C.R.E.A.M. (Coffee rules everything around me.)

Anthony Anzaldo wants you to stop being boring

Small talk is weird. We all have this silently agreed upon conversational shorthand to pin our daily interactions on because even as adults, let's face it — we are [...]

Tsunami Bomb + the Phenomenauts invade the Phoenix Theater

Some might be tempted to call the show on Friday at the Phoenix Theater a ....blast from the past...

Get it? Because the recently-reunited Tsunami Bomb is headlining, with support [...]

By |April 17, 2018|Comments Off on Tsunami Bomb + the Phenomenauts invade the Phoenix Theater

Review + Photos: Brian Fallon at the Independent

Brian Fallon (photo: Derek Nielsen)

Brian Fallon's fans should know by now that the former Gaslight Anthem frontman likes to talk. A lot. I've only seen him perform outside of [...]

By |April 11, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Brian Fallon at the Independent

Video Premiere: Sloth & Turtle, “Toys”

Goldeneye 64: it's basically the millennial's version of chess.

Instrumental quartet Sloth & Turtle have tapped (literally) into some crazy musical terrain during the last few years. Seamlessly blending math-rock, [...]

By |March 23, 2018|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Sloth & Turtle, “Toys”

Photos+ Review: Ty Segall at Refuge Christian Fellowship

Ty Segall (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

Unless you were one of those kids, you probably hated going to church as much as I did. It was impossible for my over-stimulated brain to [...]

By |February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Photos+ Review: Ty Segall at Refuge Christian Fellowship

Photos + Review: LP at the Independent

LP (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

So LP (short for Laura Pergolizzi) is a badass, just to re-establish a well-known fact. It’s cool when you see an artist walk on stage with a confident [...]

By |February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Photos + Review: LP at the Independent

Video: Dead to Me, “Fear is the New Bliss”

The unpredictable and ever-evolving SF punk band Dead To Me are gearing up to release their long-awaited LP American Son of Cholo this year.

With original singer and guitarist Jack Dalrymple [...]

By |January 31, 2018|Comments Off on Video: Dead to Me, “Fear is the New Bliss”
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    Slow Bloom drop ‘Hex Hex Hex’ on a mad mad mad mad world

Slow Bloom drop ‘Hex Hex Hex’ on a mad mad mad mad world

Slow Bloom, from left to right: Jared Wallace, Timmy Lodhi, Jonny Andrew, Michael Weldon (photo: Eric Molyneaux)

It's 2018. And let's face it — things are weird. Every day it [...]

By |January 26, 2018|Comments Off on Slow Bloom drop ‘Hex Hex Hex’ on a mad mad mad mad world

Head north for Home Sick Fest 2018

Ceremony has a deep-rooted love for the North Bay Area. Well, most of it. The band's seminal LP Rohnert Park, named after their hometown, doesn't exactly resonate with fond [...]

By |January 11, 2018|Comments Off on Head north for Home Sick Fest 2018

Spiritual Cramp: “We’re Right Here.”

(photo: Garret Van Brunt)

Michael Bingham’s eyes drift restlessly, his attention half-focused on finding our waitress. This particular taqueria is generous with complimentary chips and salsa. The lead vocalist of [...]

By |December 21, 2017|Comments Off on Spiritual Cramp: “We’re Right Here.”
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    Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Joyce Manor (photos: Estefany Gonzalez)

Going out and partying the night before Thanksgiving has become a tradition in itself, making Wednesday night a satisfying bookend for Joyce Manor, Wavves, and Culture Abuse's [...]

By |November 29, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Propagandhi take ‘Victory Lap’ through Bay Area

It's pretty hard to be on the fence about Canadian punks Propagandhi. They have been staunchly unapologetic in delivering their anti-capitalist, antifa, vegan, and pro-equality ideals for the last [...]

By |November 13, 2017|Comments Off on Propagandhi take ‘Victory Lap’ through Bay Area
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