Review + Photos: Blitzen Trapper treat The Catalyst to intimate, playful show

Blitzen Trapper (photo: Joshua Huver) On Tuesday, October 25, the Pacific Northwest's psychedelic Americana band Blitzen Trapper headlined The Atrium, the front room of Santa Cruz's downtown live music venue The Catalyst. The energy of the building was high — The Pixies played in the back room and finished shortly after Blitzen Trapper started. But the Pixies' crowd, for the most part, did not filter over: Blitzen Trapper had a packed room on their own accord. Blitzen Trapper is a unique band, especially in that while they might do reasonably well in larger clubs, they choose smaller rooms more often than [...]

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Blitzen Trapper looking back on impressive catalog with show at The Independent

In 2008, Portland freak-folk group Blitzen Trapper released Furr, a pastiche of psych, Americana, roots, and lo-fi tunes that garnered the band widespread critical acclaim. The highlight of that album, released on venerable indie label Sub Pop, was the title track, the best song ever written about turning into a werewolf (don’t even think about arguing with me, Warren Zevon fans.) Furr proved to the high water mark for the group, as the succeeding years saw indie rock tastes pivot more toward pop and R&B-inflected sounds, leaving bands like Blitzen Trapper on the margins. The group’s last release for Sub [...]

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Giveaway: Blitzen Trapper at the Regency Ballroom

The recent release of VII was the seventh time that Blitzen Trapper has released a full-length album. If that's not enough to highlight the band's creativity and perseverance, we can also make note of the fact that the band's 2003 self-titled debut was given the reissue treatment back in April, and the band's own Marty Marquis released an all-synthesizer version of Ty Segall's Goodbye Bread. Blitzen Trapper will be at the Regency Ballroom this Tuesday! Lucky for you, we have a pair of tickets to give away. To enter for a chance to win tickets to Blitzen Trapper at the [...]

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Live This Month: June 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #307)

Live This Month: June 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #307) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. A whole slew of great Bay Area bands are celebrating the release of new albums this month, and we've included songs from a number of them in this episode. As we say in the show, The Mantles have long been one of our favorite local bands, and early cuts from Long Enough To Leave indicate it's another winner from [...]

This week at Amoeba Records SF: free sets by Zola Jesus, Blitzen Trapper, Girls

The schedule of free live shows at Amoeba SF this week is impressive. Tonight at 6:00 pm, Zola Jesus will be playing in support of their new album, Conatus, which is streaming in full via the Guardian. The band's video for "Vessel" is also out now, via the New York Times. Zola Jesus will be playing the Independent on November 1st. Tomorrow (Thursday 10/6), Blitzen Trapper will also be playing at 6:00 pm, in support of American Goldwing, the band's third Sub Pop release. The band will also be at Petaluma's Mystic Theater on October 7th. And lastly, Girls will [...]

Fleet Foxes soon-to-be Bay Area residents?

Photos by: Charlie Homo Tuesday night at the Fillmore, Fleet Foxes leadman Robin Pecknold constantly insinuated the band's interest in moving to what he called "the place he thinks of when it comes to a West Coast sound," yes, our own beloved city. The first of three shows they're playing in the Bay (including this past Wednesday night with Vetiver at the Palace of Fine Arts and next Tuesday at Oakland's Fox Theatre again with Blitzen Trapper), Fleet Foxes were warmly received. And actually, the Foxes played astoundingly great if not better than their highly acclaimed previous performance in these [...]

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