Dream Police drop new album Hypnotized before two Bay Area dates

Dream Police might be derived from the founding members of The Men, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi, but the side project sounds nothing like the overtly grungy Tomorrow's Hits and New Moon. However, there are still similarities. Born after five straight months of touring with The Men, Perro and Chiericozzi implemented a few different instrumental voices with their (at the time) haphazard jamming, including a drum machine and a Juno 106 synthesizer. It was all casual, but before long, they had some genuinely hard tracks. The result is rough-edged guitar work with electronic psychedelics, garnered into the fitting project title [...]

By |November 13, 2014|Tags: |

Sargent House tour brings TTNG, Mylets, and Emma Ruth Rundle to Thee Parkside next week

Sargent House has an eclectic roster. The Los Angeles label is responsible for the dark angel that is Chelsea Wolfe and black metal virtuosos Deafheaven, but the coterie of acts on Sargent House are far more broad than last year's breakouts would suggest. To showcase that, Sargent House is kicking off their own tour, featuring TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns), Mylets, and Emma Ruth Rundle. Oxford, England headliners TTNG released 13.0.0.0.0. last year on Sargent House, and have thus far made a name for themselves as easy pop connoisseurs. Rundle, by comparison, is a good contrast. Her intricate composures [...]

By |November 13, 2014|Tags: , , |

Whirr and Nothing release joint EP

Whirr (Art: Pascal Hauer) Whirr has a way of creating an atmosphere out of their music. It's a soundscape, dense and ambient, almost like an overwhelming dream. The San Francisco-born band is prolific too, releasing music composed by members who have had a hand in bands like Deafheaven and who moonlight in side projects like Death for Lovers and Camera Shy. However, it's probably their collaborating work with Nothing that seems the most flawlessly orchestrated. Following the bands' joint touring, it seems only natural that they'd release a joint EP—and that's how the split 12" was born. And it works well together, of course. [...]

By |November 10, 2014|Tags: , |

Walter TV releases single before show at Brick & Mortar

If you've seen Mac DeMarco play live recently, you've probably already caught a feel of Walter TV too. The band, after all, is comprised of DeMarco's touring band: Pierce McGarry, Joseph McMurray, and Simon Ankenman. Furthermore, if you've seen the touring band, you've also already got something of a notion as to how the group interacts on stage - like goofy, nerdy, PBR-drinking, quirky ragamuffins who've also got a great ability to play guitar. Since they dropped Appetite in 2012, Walter TV has been switching up their time between working with DeMarco and on their own stuff, but are finally [...]

By |October 15, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: Ex Hex’s Mary Timony talks ‘Rips’, growing up, and ’80s power pop

Ex Hex (Photo by Jonah Takagi) “Before Ex Hex started, I had never really thought about making a song that was under two minutes long,” Mary Timony remembers. Considering her sprawling history collaborating with musicians all over varying rock subgenres, that’s saying a lot. Since breaking out in bands like Helium, Autoclave, and Wild Flag (along with Sleater-Kinney alum Carrie Brownstein), the gutsy rock luminary has turned her focus to a grunge-lined power pop. That music necessitates a certain brevity. “For the songs that I wrote, I was thinking about the music that I loved when I was 12 years [...]

Review: The War on Drugs brings technicolor haze to the Fillmore

The poster souvenir from The War on Drugs' Sunday show at the Fillmore features a clean white feather quill and a contorted, technicolor ink blob. It's the sort of image that suggests that someone intended to write down an idea, story, lyrics, or even a resolution, but in the end, all that came from the pen was a misshapen form—ink spilled on the paper in an incoherent mess. But it's a beautiful, colorful mess. Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs' newest album released earlier this year, has that sort of quality to it. The tracks are cathartic and hazy, pushing [...]

By |October 7, 2014|Tags: |

Academy Award nominee Owen Pallett headlines Great American with Avi Buffalo and Foxes in Fiction this week

I don't really know, but I'd guess that the process of getting nominated for an Academy Award isn't easy, especially when you're simultaneously working on your own album and subsequent tour. Somehow Owen Pallett managed to do all that though, nabbing a nom for his work with Arcade Fire's Will Butler on Her's original score and releasing his newest In Conflict, which dropped via Domino in the spring of this year. He's bringing his immense talent to the Great American Music Hall in just a few days, where he'll headline with Avi Buffalo and Foxes in Fiction supporting It sounds like it will be [...]

Terry Malts releases “Don’t” from new EP, play Brick & Mortar

(Photo by Gina Clyne) In just a couple weeks, San Francisco punk trio Terry Malts will release their Insides EP via Slumberland, and they recently dropped the heavy "Don't" to give their fans a taste of what's to come on the new record. The trio is adept at not sacrificing a catchy hook in favor of its excessively raucous musings in emotional limbo—between anger and exhilaration, exhaustion and seclusion, and naturally, life and death—and their first new material in a year might be, by their own accord, their most "pop" record yet. However, "Don't" reiterates (resoundingly) that the group is not embracing bubble-gum [...]

By |September 10, 2014|Tags: |

Benjamin Booker to play two Bay Area dates next week

(Photo: Max Norton) "Violent Shiver" is an apt name to describe the sort of music Benjamin Booker makes—it's affecting, arresting, and even a bit combative. He came howling out of New Orleans, fresh to live music in every sense, and yet that didn't stop Jack White (yep, that Jack White) from recruiting him to open for him on his most recent tour. Only two years after his first show, he's signed a label deal, played Letterman, Conan, and Lollapalooza. And soon, he'll play a couple shows here in the Bay too. As a matter of fact, his self-titled debut album drops the same day [...]

By |August 15, 2014|Tags: |
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