• Eleanor Friedberger at Brick & Mortar, by Jon Bauer
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    Noise Pop 2015: Photos of Eleanor Friedberger, Doe Eye, Icewater, Dude York at Brick & Mortar

Noise Pop 2015: Photos of Eleanor Friedberger, Doe Eye, Icewater, Dude York at Brick & Mortar

Thanks to photographer Jon Bauer for these photos of Thursday's Noise Pop show, featuring Eleanor Friedberger, Doe Eye, Icewater, Dude York at Brick & Mortar.

By |February 28, 2015|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2015: Photos of Eleanor Friedberger, Doe Eye, Icewater, Dude York at Brick & Mortar
  • Giraffage at The Independent, by Joey Pangilinan
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    Noise Pop 2015: Giraffage offers carefree evening at The Independent

Noise Pop 2015: Giraffage offers carefree evening at The Independent

Photos by Joey Pangilinan

When covering a show, I stick to a routine. I open a new Note on my iPhone and jot down set lists, ideas about the crowd, the [...]

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    Noise Pop 2015: The Church play a sold-out show at the Chapel

Noise Pop 2015: The Church play a sold-out show at the Chapel

Steve Kilbey

In high school, Bill had a record player that would start over after finishing a side. Ultimately this led to many a night of listening such that the [...]

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  • Craft Spells at Great American Music Hall, by John Margaretten
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    Noise Pop 2015: Craft Spells’ woozy dream-pop at Great American Music Hall

Noise Pop 2015: Craft Spells’ woozy dream-pop at Great American Music Hall

(Photo Credit: John Margaretten)

In order to write Craft Spells’ last album, Nausea, Justin Vallesteros had to leave San Francisco. The congested city became too much for him, and he returned to where [...]

By |February 27, 2015|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2015: Craft Spells’ woozy dream-pop at Great American Music Hall
  • Jessica Pratt at The Chapel, by Jon Ching
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    Noise Pop 2015: Jessica Pratt, Kevin Morby charm at The Chapel

Noise Pop 2015: Jessica Pratt, Kevin Morby charm at The Chapel

At this point, "otherworldly" is probably an overused adjective to describe a singer's voice, but I'll be damned if it doesn't nail Jessica Pratt's uniquely captivating way with a [...]

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  • Black Ryder at Richshaw, by Jon Ching
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    Noise Pop 2015: The Black Ryder, masters of the hard/soft dichotomy

Noise Pop 2015: The Black Ryder, masters of the hard/soft dichotomy

Photos by Jon Ching

Last night at Rickshaw Stop, The Black Ryder proved themselves to be masters of the hard/soft dichotomy. In celebration of their new LP, The Door Behind the [...]

By |February 26, 2015|1 Comment
  • 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 [...]

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  • Pentatonix, Photo: Roman Gokhman
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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