Review & Photos: EMA, Mas Ysa, Safeword at The Independent

(Photos by Daniel Kielman)

Wednesday night marked the end of EMA's West Coast tour with Mas Ysa, as the two acts performed their final sets before going their separate ways. [...]

By |July 3, 2014|Comments Off on Review & Photos: EMA, Mas Ysa, Safeword at The Independent
  • Sharon Van Etten @ The Independent 6/30/14 - Photo by Nicole L. Browner
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    Sharon Van Etten: powerful, charming, and funny at The Independent

Sharon Van Etten: powerful, charming, and funny at The Independent

Seeing an artist play the same venue three times over their career doesn't necessarily mean that they haven't grown a wider audience. Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten is too [...]

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    Magic Trick, The Cairo Gang among highlights at Huichica Music Festival

Magic Trick, The Cairo Gang among highlights at Huichica Music Festival

It's a tough life at the Huichica Music Festival, listening to bands all day and drinking cold Gewürztraminer.  With little shade, some attendees were found curled up on blankets motionless.  But [...]

By |June 16, 2014|Comments Off on Magic Trick, The Cairo Gang among highlights at Huichica Music Festival

Review: Mount Eerie at The Chapel 6/12/14

Photos: Gary Magill

Mount Eerie performed at The Chapel last night, with Phil Elverum using his awkward wit to book a comedian as his supporting act. Between the distorted guitar [...]

By |June 13, 2014|Comments Off on Review: Mount Eerie at The Chapel 6/12/14
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    Don’t Stop Now: Guided by Voices celebrates 20 years of ‘Bee Thousand’ at the Regency

Don’t Stop Now: Guided by Voices celebrates 20 years of ‘Bee Thousand’ at the Regency

MBL don't surf.  But if catching a wave is anything like catching a band in its prime, I have been blessed with Guided by Voices.  They are the only [...]

By |June 12, 2014|Comments Off on Don’t Stop Now: Guided by Voices celebrates 20 years of ‘Bee Thousand’ at the Regency
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    Jungle and Beat Connection play for full house at The Independent

Jungle and Beat Connection play for full house at The Independent

Saturday night brought jungle fever to The Independent, with Jungle and Beat Connection performing for a packed house. Seattle's Beat Connection seemed very excited to open for Jungle on [...]

By |June 11, 2014|Comments Off on Jungle and Beat Connection play for full house at The Independent

The hits kept coming: Buzzcocks shine at Slim’s

Steve Diggle

Music snobs talk of 'Best Of' records with disdain.  There is something to it.  But at this point, if you don't have some Buzzcocks in your collection, you are [...]

By |June 9, 2014|3 Comments
  • tUnE-yArDs at The Fillmore (Photo by Daniel Kielman)
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    tUnE-yArDs & Sylvan Esso play first of two sold-out Fillmore shows

tUnE-yArDs & Sylvan Esso play first of two sold-out Fillmore shows

(Photos by Daniel Kielman)

The eyes were everywhere Friday at The Fillmore. The stage was decorated with four basic-looking cutouts of them, and the whole backdrop was situated like Andy Warhol [...]

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    Eagulls’ live show at Bottom of the Hill is part punk, part art

Eagulls’ live show at Bottom of the Hill is part punk, part art

There’s something to be said about a band that can drive out a woman drinking a glass of white wine after only a couple songs at their show. She [...]

By |June 3, 2014|Comments Off on Eagulls’ live show at Bottom of the Hill is part punk, part art
  • OutKast @ BottleRock 2014 - Photo by Daniel Kielman
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    In a rebuilding year, BottleRock 2014 heads in the right direction

In a rebuilding year, BottleRock 2014 heads in the right direction

Photos by Daniel Kielman; text by Roman Gokhman and Daniel Kielman

There were fewer acts and the names did not shine as brightly as last year. Fewer food venders took [...]

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    Review & Photos: Charm, humor come easy for ‘Sugar Man’s’ Rodriguez

Review & Photos: Charm, humor come easy for ‘Sugar Man’s’ Rodriguez

We all know the story. Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a Detroit-born folk musician, releases two little-known albums in the 1970s. Without his knowledge, he becomes a star in South Africa — [...]

By |May 30, 2014|Comments Off on Review & Photos: Charm, humor come easy for ‘Sugar Man’s’ Rodriguez

Perfect Pussy shines on a shared bill with Potty Mouth

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After being forced to cancel their previous engagement at Rickshaw Stop, Perfect Pussy graced San Francisco with a delayed return last night, co-headlining a U.S. tour [...]

By |May 27, 2014|Comments Off on Perfect Pussy shines on a shared bill with Potty Mouth