Once & Future Band release new single, headline Independent tomorrow night

small>(photo: Japhy Riddle) Coming back to they Bay Area from their East Coast arena tour with Tool, Once & Future Band have a new video for their second single — "Rolando" — off of their debut self-titled album "Once & Future Band"(Castle Face Records). The band will be celebrating the release tomorrow night at the Independent. A nostalgic '80s nod, the video for "Rolando," directed by visual artist Andy Puls, was created using '80s standard definition video hardware and no computers. Material for the video, according tothe band, was generated using video feedback and footage of Joel Robinow singing along. The [...]

By |August 25, 2017|Tags: |

Matthew Logan Vasquez brings ‘Solicitor Returns’ to Sweetwater Music Hall (giveaway!)

The first time I ever encountered Matthew Logan Vasquez (or also known as MLV for short) was in the living room of a friend's home in Southern California. He had agreed to play a special set for her birthday (these were in the early days of Delta Spirit, the band that put MLV's notable and unforgettable voice on a larger, more popular level) and we all sat around while he played some of his favorite tunes — both ones that he had written and songs he loved. Since then, I've remained a steadfast fan of Delta Spirit, MLV, and all [...]

By |November 10, 2016|Tags: |

Thank you for attending the 2016 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival!

Chairlift (photo: Jon Bauer) What a beautiful way to continue the summer! We had so much fun at the sixth annual Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, which saw thousands of people come to Potrero del Sol Park for a full day of music, food, and fun in the sun. Phono del Sol would not have been possible without a huge team of people, and we are very, very appreciative of everyone who helped make this festival such a wonderful success. Without further ado: Thank you to all nine bands for great performances and to all ten food trucks for your supplying everyone with the food to keep everyone [...]

By |July 11, 2016|Tags: |

Phono del Sol 2016: Mr Little Jeans talks Myspace, misconceptions of Los Angeles, and DJ sets

Mr Little Jeans had to have been the silliest, yet most eye-catching, name that I've seen in a while. Reading it out-loud still makes me giggle actually. But after finding it the name was after a character in Wes Anderson's Rushmore, it all made a little more sense. Monica Birkenes (pka Mr Little Jeans) is originally from Norway, has only released one album — titled Pocketknife — in 2014, and has lived in more countries than I've visited, yet she's caused a flurry of attention around her music. From a notable cover of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" (below) to her original music that is haunting [...]

Phono del Sol 2016 is almost here: Here’s some important information for festival attendees

The 2016 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival is approaching quickly, so here's a recap of all of the important information that festival attendees need to know before July 9th. If you haven't already, get your tickets right now! Bring a Reusable Water Bottle A city ordinance prohibits us from selling bottled water at the festival. Please bring an empty reusable water bottle to use at our water filling station inside Potrero del Sol Park. Please empty your reusable bottle before arriving or you will be required to empty it at the festival gates. If you don't have a reusable bottle, compostable [...]

By |July 7, 2016|Tags: |

Enter to win a pair of Producer’s Experience tickets for 2016 Phono del Sol!

We're at the final stretch to Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival! Since we're only three days away, we're celebrating the 6th year of the festival by giving away a pair of Producer's Experience tickets! Producer's Experience tickets give you the following perks: Complimentary beer and wine 20% off of all cocktails in the bar VIP bar lines VIP bathrooms Side stage viewing at the Potrero stage Phono del Sol coozie ... all this at a normal price of $250! This years Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival features the likes of Chairlift, Alvvays, Born Ruffians, Mr Little Jeans, Adam Vida (fka [...]

By |July 6, 2016|Tags: |

Announcing the 2016 Phono del Sol set times!

Phono del Sol is this weekend! How time flies, right? We're super excited, and we hope you are excited as well. Saturday, July 9th at Potrero del Sol Park will be an amazing mix of bands, food, drinks, vendors, and more! Here is the official schedule for Phono del Sol 2016! Take a look and get excited. 12:00-2:00pm: Happy Hour (discount beer and cocktails) 1:00pm: Dick Stusso (Potrero Stage) 1:35pm: Hot Flash Heat Wave (Mission Stage) 2:10pm: The She's (Potrero Stage) 2:45pm: The Seshen (Mission Stage) 3:20pm: Adam Vida (Potrero Stage) 4:00pm: Mr Little Jeans (Mission Stage) 4:40pm: Born Ruffians (Potrero Stage) 5:20pm: Alvvays (Mission Stage) 6:10pm: Chairlift (Potrero Stage) 2016 Phono del Sol Music & Food [...]

By |July 5, 2016|Tags: |

Get ready to grub: Announcing our food trucks for 2016 Phono del Sol!

Every year we bring together a number of bands, both local and nationally touring, to come together in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district to perform at Potrero del Sol park for Phono del Sol. However, the event isn't just about our music acts. We also have a number of great food trucks who line San Bruno and keep the festival fed with all of their tasty food. You better come hungry! This year, we'll have Bacon Bacon, Curry Up Now, Doc's Classic, El Sur, Dum Indian Soul Food, Frozen Khusterd, Sajj Street Eats, Mozzeria Pizzeria, Kokio Republic and Whisk [...]

By |June 28, 2016|Tags: |

Enter to win a pair of VIP tickets to Phono del Sol 2016

We're just over two weeks away from this year's Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival and we're celebrating by giving a pair of VIP tickets away! VIP tickets give you the following (pretty amazing) perks: 20% off of all cocktails and wine in the bar VIP bar lines VIP bathrooms Phono del Sol coozie ... all this at a normal price of $85! With a line-up featuring the likes of Chairlift, Alvvays, Born Ruffians, Mr Little Jeans and Bay Area locals Adam Vida, The Seshen, The She's, Hot Flash Heat Wave, and Dick Stusso set to perform. We'll also have local food trucks and vendors to turn a day of [...]

By |June 23, 2016|Tags: |

Hot Flash Heat Wave set to dazzle at free 25th Street Recording show this Friday!

We're continuing our pre-Phono del Sol festivities this weekend with the last of our pre-parties. This Friday, we bring An Intimate Show with Hot Flash Heat Wave, the San Francisco-based group whose modern-indie sound infuses with the sunny vibes of nostalgic beach-pop. Their debut LP, Neapolitan, has garnered the attention of Noisey, Paste, Consequence of Sound and beyond. Most importantly, the band functions as a family (noting that they live together, cook together, party together, etc., in multiple interview) which provides an element to their sound that is noticeable and addicting. They performed recently at our 10th Anniversary Party at Rickshaw Stop and have hit numerous [...]

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