Ticket Giveaway: Mass Gothic at The Rickshaw Stop

A strong identity is essential to an artist’s recognition by listeners — it fosters narrative continuity from project to project, and gives each album a well-defined world view before [...]

By |February 10, 2016|0 Comments
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    SOFI TUKKER to play three shows at The Independent this week

SOFI TUKKER to play three shows at The Independent this week

NYC duo SOFI TUKKER have only released two singles, "Drinkee" and "Matadora," and they're already on tour opening for The Knocks, signed to Heavyroc Records, and have licensed "Drinkee" to [...]

By |February 9, 2016|0 Comments

Ticket Giveaway: Jessica Pratt at Swedish American Hall

It has become increasingly difficult to define “intimacy” in music — the word is so often used to describe any performance with a whispered sonic profile, self-pertaining lyrics, or a [...]

By |January 29, 2016|0 Comments

Childbirth, the musical animorph, are hitting up the Bay

I've spoken for my love of Tacocat, but have I spoken about my love for Pony Time and Chastity Belt? They're all important bands coming out of the Seattle [...]

By |January 26, 2016|0 Comments
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    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats rock the Fillmore for two nights

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats rock the Fillmore for two nights

Rock and soul powerhouse Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will be hitting San Francisco for a two night stay at the Fillmore January 27, and 28, brought to [...]

By |January 21, 2016|0 Comments
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    From Norway to LA: Lemaitre en route to recognition, Coachella

From Norway to LA: Lemaitre en route to recognition, Coachella

Lemaitre is a flash of fresh air in an increasingly claustrophobic world of electronic music. The duo consists of Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund, who met at a party [...]

By |January 21, 2016|0 Comments
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    Expired Milk and Fresh Fruit: A Bottlerock 2016 Lineup Analysis

Expired Milk and Fresh Fruit: A Bottlerock 2016 Lineup Analysis

Bottlerock Napa Valley announced their 2016 lineup yesterday, and it seems they continue to craft their identity on washed-up remnants of the mainstream and current eccentricities in the music [...]

By |January 12, 2016|1 Comment
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    Enter to win tickets to The Decemberists on New Year’s Eve

Enter to win tickets to The Decemberists on New Year’s Eve

The long-standing bookish indie rock nerds The Decemberists and local songwriter Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have joined forces to put together a great New Year's Eve [...]

By |December 22, 2015|Comments Off on Enter to win tickets to The Decemberists on New Year’s Eve
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    Playlist: Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith talks Bjork for the cold and Bowie for bedtime

Playlist: Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith talks Bjork for the cold and Bowie for bedtime

Last week I wrote about what I consider one of the best triple-headers of a billing Bottom of the Hill has had this year. The most valuable player of [...]

By |December 17, 2015|Comments Off on Playlist: Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith talks Bjork for the cold and Bowie for bedtime
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    HEALTH and Pictureplane bringing ‘Death Magic’ to The Independent

HEALTH and Pictureplane bringing ‘Death Magic’ to The Independent

Tonight The Independent will deliver just what the doctor ordered: a hefty dose of noisy synths, sensual vocals and left-field dance rock from longtime tour-mates HEALTH and Pictureplane. The [...]

By |December 11, 2015|Comments Off on HEALTH and Pictureplane bringing ‘Death Magic’ to The Independent
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    Pity Sex, Colleen Green, and Eskimeaux: Behind one of the best Bottom of the Hill shows of 2015

Pity Sex, Colleen Green, and Eskimeaux: Behind one of the best Bottom of the Hill shows of 2015

On Saturday, December 19, Bottom of the Hill will be bringing an abundance of talent to their stage for what is the most stacked lineup I’ve seen at the [...]

By |December 9, 2015|Comments Off on Pity Sex, Colleen Green, and Eskimeaux: Behind one of the best Bottom of the Hill shows of 2015
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    Ticket Giveaway: Alex Bleeker and The Freaks at The Independent

Ticket Giveaway: Alex Bleeker and The Freaks at The Independent

Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker seems like the most genuine and good-natured individual in indie rock. You could as easily imagine grabbing a beer with the man as you [...]

By |December 7, 2015|Comments Off on Ticket Giveaway: Alex Bleeker and The Freaks at The Independent
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