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

Review & Photos: Caroliner, Gumball Rimpoche, Tony Dryer, Coagulator, pantyKhrist at Cafe Du Nord – 3/16/11

The music collective known as Caroliner has been intermittently active in the Bay Area for three decades. Shrouded in ever-changing pseudonyms and elaborate disguises, they profess to be the [...]

By |March 18, 2011|4 Comments

Review & Photos: Rainbow Arabia, Spoek Mathambo @ Mighty 3/8/11

Mighty, Potrero’s hidden gem, is fast becoming one of my favorite venues in town (at least as far as those who regularly feature artists with tectonic rattling beats are [...]

By |March 11, 2011|Comments Off on Review & Photos: Rainbow Arabia, Spoek Mathambo @ Mighty 3/8/11

Noise Pop Review: Ben Gibbard and Zach Rogue redefine ‘solo’ at Great American Music Hall

Like many previous renditions of the festival, Noise Pop 2011 was a cavern of over-stimulus: several shows per night stacked bottom to top with bands, myriad of concert attendees [...]

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Noise Pop Review: The Fresh & Onlys, The Growlers, The Pleasure Kills, The Wrong Words 2/27/11

Noise Pop ended on Sunday, and the afternoon show at Bottom of the Hill carried with it a nostalgia for attending all ages matinees there when I was under [...]

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Noise Pop Review: No Age, Grass Widow, Rank/Xerox, Crazy Band 2/26/11

About halfway through the second band at the Rickshaw the other night, I was beginning to realize that the night's lineup was designed as a "punk rock" bill more [...]

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Noise Pop Review: Kimya Dawson, Aesop Rock 2/25/11

Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock know how to throw a party. Equal parts one-off take-home stage decorations, interpretive cross-dressing dance performance, turntablism, animal costumes and just a dash of [...]

By |March 1, 2011|2 Comments

Noise Pop Review: Kid Koala, DJ Swayzee, Jel, J House

Friday night's Noise Pop show at Mighty was a pleasant mix of those who don’t get out to dance at the club that often and those who do. This [...]

By |February 28, 2011|Comments Off on Noise Pop Review: Kid Koala, DJ Swayzee, Jel, J House

Noise Pop Review: The Concretes, Birds & Batteries, Magic Bullets, Psychic Friend

On a night when a meteorologist's conspiracy hoodwinked all of us into thinking it would snow in our temperate little town, the Rickshaw played host to Sweden's The Concretes, [...]

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Noise Pop Review: Tamaryn, The Black Ryder, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols

Each club has its own personality. Some are prompt and efficient. Others take it easy late into the night. Some have out of the box light [...]

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Noise Pop Review: Battlehooch, Nobunny, The Exray’s and The Downer Party

Blame the weatherman. Even though people kept going to Bottom of the Hill's rear courtyard and disappointingly peering up into the cloudless, snow-free sky hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime show, [...]

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Noise Pop: Ted Leo, A B & The Sea, Kevin Seconds

I always get a little nervous at the prospect of seeing a favorite artist play without the comfort of a backing band. On some level, I think, a [...]

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