Review & Photos: Arcade Fire brings full production to intimate crowd in Big Sur 10/5/10

It was a 2 1/2 hr drive down the coast to Big Sur. As I hugged the treacherous curves it was hard to keep my eyes on the road. [...]

By |October 8, 2010|Comments Off on Review & Photos: Arcade Fire brings full production to intimate crowd in Big Sur 10/5/10

Review: Eric McFadden Trio and the Vau de Viere Society

Photo by: Ryan Montgomery

It's a truth universally acknowledged that good burlesque is notoriously difficult to pull off. Well, it's maybe not universally acknowledged by people in mediocre burlesque troupes, [...]

By |October 5, 2010|2 Comments

Review: Shows 28 & 29 with Will Johnson in the living room

I shot this video in Texas in 2004. It was my last intimate encounter with Will Johnson and the first time I had heard "Nothin' But Godzilla." [...]

By |September 24, 2010|Comments Off on Review: Shows 28 & 29 with Will Johnson in the living room

Efterklang, Buke and Gass, Silian Rail, Bottom of the Hill 9/20/10

Silian Rail is an Oakland two-piece, playing instrumental post rock. A guitar surgically attached to a mound of pedals, and a stack of drums. Eric, the drummer, was able [...]

By |September 23, 2010|Comments Off on Efterklang, Buke and Gass, Silian Rail, Bottom of the Hill 9/20/10

Show Review: Sleep, Saviours @ Regency Ballroom 9/13

Photos by: Charlie Homo

The second show of a two-night run has a strange vibe. The excitement from the debut performance is gone, and you can see it on the [...]

By |September 17, 2010|4 Comments

Review: Sam Amidon + Chloe Makes Music @ Cafe du Nord 9/13

For the first time since I've been going to Cafe du Nord, it was silent during the sets. Since it was Monday, there wasn't a rowdy bar crowd and [...]

By |September 16, 2010|2 Comments

Review: 2 shows & 8 bands in 1 night: Kelley Stoltz, UV Race, Total Control, Young Offenders @ Hemlock Tavern; Trainwreck Riders, Pine Box Boys, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Virgil Shaw @ GAMH 8/27

(Note to the reader: This is an epic tale, long in the telling. If you doubt your mettle, please at least scroll down and check out the respective [...]

By |September 1, 2010|8 Comments

Review/Photos: Lazer Sword, Rainbow Arabia, Religious Girls, Sister Crayon @ The Rickshaw Stop 8/26

Sacramento quartet Sister Crayon, opened the show, led by singer Terra Lopez, who used vocal effects so well they functioned as another instrument. Sister Crayon play well crafted songs [...]

By |August 31, 2010|4 Comments

Review/Photos: Japonize Elephants, Zoyres, Killbossa @ The Rickshaw Stop 8/25

Oakland’s Killbossa is a 7-piece that plays beefed up Tropicália standards (60’s era Brazilian music with a political bent). The vocals are clean, the backbeat hard, and the guitar [...]

By |August 30, 2010|Comments Off on Review/Photos: Japonize Elephants, Zoyres, Killbossa @ The Rickshaw Stop 8/25

Woven Bones, Sandwitches, Splinters – Bottom of the Hill, 8/18

Don't you love it when the first band steals the show?

I mean, of course we don't totally love it - we'd prefer to be knocked out by everyone on [...]

By |August 24, 2010|2 Comments

Review & Photos: Tea with Joanna Newsom at the Fox Theater, 8/2/10

This week someone asked me to name the best show I had ever seen. What kind of question is that? It's like asking someone what your favorite [...]

By |August 4, 2010|Comments Off on Review & Photos: Tea with Joanna Newsom at the Fox Theater, 8/2/10

Review: J. Tillman, Little Wings, Phosphorescent @ Bottom of the Hill 7/28/10

On Wednesday, July 28th at Bottom of the Hill, J. Tillman sat alone onstage with his guitar and a cymbal (that went almost completely unused). The crowd was so [...]

By |August 2, 2010|Comments Off on Review: J. Tillman, Little Wings, Phosphorescent @ Bottom of the Hill 7/28/10
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