• Best Coast at Bottom of the Hill, Photo by Martin Lacey
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    Noise Pop 2015: Best Coast plays intimate set with The She’s, Night School

Noise Pop 2015: Best Coast plays intimate set with The She’s, Night School

Photos by Martin Lacey

California natives Best Coast aren’t known for subtlety. The lyrics, the songwriting, and the guitar tone – they all revolve around a simplified, overly sunny version [...]

By |February 26, 2015|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2015: Best Coast plays intimate set with The She’s, Night School
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    Fresh off Grammy win, Pentatonix kick off tour in Oakland, look ahead

Fresh off Grammy win, Pentatonix kick off tour in Oakland, look ahead

Winning a reality television competition doesn’t guarantee career success. Just ask the majority of celebrated American Idol victors. It’s even more incredible for success to a group of five [...]

By |February 26, 2015|3 Comments

Noise Pop 2015: Screaming Females at the Hemlock

As I watched Screaming Females casually blow the minds of the 100 or so fans gathered in the very hot, very smelly, and very dark back room of the Hemlock [...]

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Review: Father John Misty at Sonoma Veterans Hall

Father John Misty keeps ending up on the floor.

For the most part, he’s ambling around the stage, leaning on the mic stand and coolly looking down at his feet [...]

By |January 19, 2015|1 Comment

Ryan Adams gets clean at the Masonic

(Photos by Daniel Kielman)

Ryan Adams wants you to listen to Suicide.

In the first of very few tangents to the audience at the Masonic tonight, he’s extolling the virtues of [...]

By |December 15, 2014|1 Comment
  • Death from Above 1979 at the Independent, by Jon Ching
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    Review & Photos: Death from Above 1979 pick up where they left off

Review & Photos: Death from Above 1979 pick up where they left off

Touring with their first album in ten years, Death From Above 1979 brought the same raw, manic, punk-rock energy that initially earned the Canadian duo the cult status they [...]

By |November 18, 2014|2 Comments

Photos: Blonde Redhead, Dot Hacker at The Regency Ballroom

(Photo: Daniel Kielman)

Blonde Redhead came through the Regency Ballroom last night in support of their ninth studio album Barragán, out September 2 on Kobalt, and our Daniel Kielman was [...]

By |November 12, 2014|1 Comment
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    Review & Photos: Deafheaven & WOVE play Converse Rubber Tracks Live set at The Chapel

Review & Photos: Deafheaven & WOVE play Converse Rubber Tracks Live set at The Chapel

Deafheaven (Photo: Zack Frederick)

The line to get into Deafheaven and WOVE’s Converse Rubber Tracks Live gig at The Chapel on Wednesday night stretched down the block. The buzz in [...]

By |November 6, 2014|Comments Off on Review & Photos: Deafheaven & WOVE play Converse Rubber Tracks Live set at The Chapel
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    The Only Band That Matters: Fat White Family at Rickshaw Stop

The Only Band That Matters: Fat White Family at Rickshaw Stop

Fat White Family

London's Fat White Family are the only band that matters. Born in 2011, Fat White Babies really, the six-piece has already won the contest. They [...]

By |November 4, 2014|Comments Off on The Only Band That Matters: Fat White Family at Rickshaw Stop

Total Trash 2014: The World’s Best Budget Music Fest

Total Trash 2014 came to its filthy climax at Leo's on Halloween and proved once again why it is the world's best budget music festival. Night one was all [...]

By |November 3, 2014|Comments Off on Total Trash 2014: The World’s Best Budget Music Fest
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    Giants party! with King Tuff and La Sera at Great American Music Hall

Giants party! with King Tuff and La Sera at Great American Music Hall

Wednesday night, the Giants took the World Series as we crossed the Bay Bridge, and all was quiet. We passed AT&T Park, nothing... Driving up 9th street, that [...]

By |October 31, 2014|1 Comment
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    Review & Photos: Allo Darlin’, Hot Toddies, The Tropics deliver pop perfection

Review & Photos: Allo Darlin’, Hot Toddies, The Tropics deliver pop perfection

The Rickshaw Stop delivered a perfect pop trifecta on Friday night. The UK/Aussie outfit Allo Darlin' ruled the Rickshaw. They started the set with a song from [...]

By |October 27, 2014|2 Comments