Craft Spells and The Bilinda Butchers sell-out The Chapel

The Bilinda Butchers (Photo: Nic Pope)

Justin Paul Vallesteros has a knack for creating woozy bedroom-pop that clenches deep in the pit of your stomach. Melding wistful incantations for the cerebral, Craft Spells recently […]

Photos: The 2014 Phono del Sol Music Festival!

Our 2014 Phono del Sol Music Festival brought thousands of people to Potrero del Sol Park last weekend for performances by ten great bands — including headliners Wye Oak […]

Celebrating old and new, Burger Boogaloo rocks Oakland

Since its inception in 2012, the Burger Boogaloo has worked to produce a festival that celebrates music both strange and weird; celebrated and forgotten; old and new. 
With careful orchestrating […]

By |July 8, 2014|2 Comments

Cloud Nothings and METZ play searing sets at Great American

Cloud Nothings (Photo: Gary Magill)

For pretty much the entirety of METZ and Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall, a young couple was making out in the front row, […]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: stealing souls at The Warfield

Photos by Daniel Kielman

If such a thing as the devil exists, then he is admittedly good at many things – initiating cataclysmic environmental disasters, sowing hatred and mistrust among […]

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    Deafheaven plays black metal symphony at SF’s Great American

Deafheaven plays black metal symphony at SF’s Great American

Deafheaven’s Sunbather was an excessive album in almost every way. The rosy-hued album cover and innocuous title hinted at the album’s resistance to a hard edge, instead giving way to […]

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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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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
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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
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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
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