SF Popfest 2011: Slumberland Records showcase @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/28/11

Saturday night's Slumberland Records showcase at the Rickshaw Stop was a mini-festival within SF Popfest 2011, like a set of Russian nesting dolls, or like something that's a smaller [...]

By |June 2, 2011|Comments Off on SF Popfest 2011: Slumberland Records showcase @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/28/11

Photos & Review: Doing Dylan @ Ashkenaz, 5/26/11

Country Joe McDonald

Bob turned 70 last Tuesday. Maybe San Francisco didn't notice, but over at Ashkenaz the room was at capacity by 9pm. Dozens of local artists paid respects [...]

By |June 1, 2011|6 Comments

SF Popfest 2011: Dominant Legs, Aberdeen, Motifs, Sweater Girls @ Cafe Du Nord, 5/26/11

SF Popfest's modest yet powerful sense of community rang true during Thursday's festivities, when Dominant Legs were joined by Aberdeen, the Motifs, and Sweater Girls at Cafe du Nord.

If you [...]

By |May 31, 2011|Comments Off on SF Popfest 2011: Dominant Legs, Aberdeen, Motifs, Sweater Girls @ Cafe Du Nord, 5/26/11

SF Popfest 2011: The Black Ryder, Blackbird Blackbird, White Arrows, Wolf Feet @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/25/11

SF Popfest kicked off last Wednesday with a diverse night of winning acts. After Wolf Feet started the evening with a set of sunglasses-equipped party rock (including a [...]

By |May 31, 2011|Comments Off on SF Popfest 2011: The Black Ryder, Blackbird Blackbird, White Arrows, Wolf Feet @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/25/11

Photos & Review: Joan as Police Woman @ Cafe Du Nord, 5/25/11

Last week, we, reporters of local artists primarily, were sent down the always challenging steps of the Cafe Du Nord to cover Brooklyn's Fiery Furnaces. Why? Because it was [...]

Photos & Review: HEY LADIES! Agent Ribbons, Hot Toddies, Bam!Bam! @ The Uptown, 5/18/11

"Free shows are the best shows!" announced Natalie Ribbons, mastermind behind Agent Ribbons who headlined an all girl showcase at the Uptown last Wednesday. Amen to that. Originally from [...]

By |May 20, 2011|4 Comments

Photos & Review: The Fiery Furnaces @ Cafe Du Nord, 5/18/11

Lost At Sea - The Fiery Furnaces by reversefrasier

Ask a random person on the street about Brooklyn sibling band The Fiery Furnaces, and you will be [...]

Photos/Review: Thao & Mirah, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Led to Sea @ The New Parish, 5/3/11

Photos by: Moses Namkung

A decidedly female audience flocked to Oakland's The New Parish for a decidedly female led night of reverie: a nice breather from a music world that [...]

By |May 6, 2011|2 Comments

Photos/Review: Battles @ Bottom of the Hill 5/3/11

The first thing about seeing Battles in concert is that their records don’t even remotely hint at the savage power and sheer volume of their live show. Mirrored, their [...]

Review & Photos: The Residents @ Bimbos, 4/16/11

Shrouded in mystery, The Residents may have come to SF in 1972 from Shreveport Louisiana. The story goes that they met in high school and headed west in 1966. [...]

By |April 19, 2011|Comments Off on Review & Photos: The Residents @ Bimbos, 4/16/11

Review: Will Sprott (of The Mumlers) @ Starry Plough, 4/7/11

This is thee Will Sprott of San Jose's The Mumlers. Solo, but with many special guests including back-up vocals, cabasa (that African percussion thingy with loops of steel ball [...]

By |April 12, 2011|Comments Off on Review: Will Sprott (of The Mumlers) @ Starry Plough, 4/7/11

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 [...]

By |March 28, 2011|Comments Off on Taking stock of South by Southwest 2011: Highlights, photos, and an attempt to make sense of things