Folk singer-songwriter Dan Blakeslee treks west to the Lost Church

(photo: Michael Winters) Once upon a time, when I first moved to California and still had a laminated license from Maine, a clerk at the Berkeley Bowl grocery store told me that if I was going to use a fake ID I should at least make it from a state that exists. Needless to say, Maine is a state, a beautiful one, and in addition to lobsters and blueberries, it also produces some great musicians including folk singer-songwriter Dan Blakeslee. He'll be in San Francisco next week presenting his newest release The Alley Walker. Combining the essence of early folk [...]

By |March 21, 2018|Tags: |

Premiere: Van Goat’s swing-punk “Willie the Weeper” electrifies

Van Goat is making a name for itself as one of San Francisco's funnest bands. Their newest release, "Willie the Weeper," a ska-styled swing-punk take on the classic tune, is an electrifying example not only of the band's energy but their tremendous musical talent. We're excited to premiere the song today as a taste of their forthcoming full-length, Follow Me Under, due out in the Fall. The tune itself was written at the turn of the last century and credited to Walter Melrose, Grant Rymal, and Marty Bloom, though it's surmised they pulled it out of the vaudeville scene. The [...]

By |March 19, 2018|Tags: |

Californicorns release new album at Great American Music Hall next week

Next Thursday, funk-rock band Californicorns headline Great American Music Hall to release their newest album, Warm Oakland Nights. Originally the in-house band of beloved local performance arts mecca PianoFight, this 10-piece band raises the temperature of every room they're in with "shredded gnar and sultry croon" as their tools. They'll play the new album in its entirety Friday night. While we wait for the new tunes, check out last summer's "TYCO" from the band: TYCO by Californicorns Ellisa Sun provides main support. Her music, oft compared to Amy Winehouse and Feist, combines elements of R&B, soul, and bossa nova. Check [...]

By |March 16, 2018|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Geographer cements its place as a treasured SF gem

A few weeks ago at a the Balanced Breakfast music conference, I heard Mike Deni, lead singer and visionary behind the band Geographer, recount a story from years past in which Deni ran up one of the city's highest peaks and stood looking at the epic views of San Francisco. Some day I'm gonna own this town, he recalled thinking. Well, that has day long since come. As he showed Thursday night at the Independent, headlining a sold-out Noise Pop show, Deni has secured Geographer's place as one of San Francisco's treasured musical gems. If you’re not familiar with the [...]

Marissa Kay, Jane Frank, Little Spiral get “Sparkly AF” at the Lost Church

Things are going to get sparkly on Saturday night at the Lost Church. San Francisco musicians Marissa Kay, Jane Frank, and Little Spiral are bringing their talents to the intimate venue nestled in the 16th Street / Mission neighborhood of the city. Marissa Kay is a rock singer-songwriter whose 2017 album Trans Is Love married strong production and powerful themes for an all around impressive debut. Jane Frank weaves the autobiographical with a 1950s style doo-wop folk-pop, making for endless ear-delights. Meanwhile, Little Spiral, aka Suzanne Yada, writes pop songs "at the intersection of technology and heart." Get your tickets [...]

Keys N Krates bring energetic live electronica to 1015 Folsom

Photo by Devon Little While a single person with their computer is certainly the most economically sensible way to tour these days, nothing beats the power and unpredictability of a live performance. Toronto based hip-hop/electronica trio Keys N Krates merge these two methods Saturday night at 1015 Folsom. Known for their dynamic live shows, these three dudes bring together disco beats, string samples, and meandering basslines. The result is electronica that is both danceable and sonically compelling. Definitely the right music for sipping a cosmo and cruising a Saturday night crowd. Keys N Krates are touring their newest release Cura, [...]

By |February 22, 2018|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Langhorne Slim’s gritty sweetness shines at Swedish American Hall

Langhorne Slim is an Americana dreamboat, a gritty tattooed maestro of musical sweetness. All alone on the Swedish American Hall stage Tuesday night, he conducted what felt like a ceremony, dedicated in all earnestness to love. “Love is alive,” he intoned in his opening monologue*, a conclusion arrived upon earlier in the day while “shvitzing” at the Kabuki spa in Japantown. Playing a host of tracks off his most recent release, last November’s Lost At Last Vol. 1, Slim offered a 14-song set plus four encore songs, leaving the crowd hungry for still more. Considering it’s only a three-month-old album, [...]

By |February 22, 2018|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Carla dal Forno veers between dreams

Carla dal Forno has made a musical life composing atmospheric post-punk songs that veer between extreme minimalism and dreamy nu-gaze. It’s exactly the soundtrack a San Franciscan might imagine for a walk in Berlin – where, incidentally, dal Forno was based for years. In 2016 dal Forno released — to critical acclaim — her debut solo record on the London-based Blackest Ever Black label. You Know What It’s Like is a mostly ambient, instrumental and electronic journey into an ambivalent zone. That is to say, its emotions are at once compelling and completely detached. Dal Forno herself invites us in, [...]

Noise Pop Festival shows loads of local love

The annual Noise Pop Festival is a highlight for any music lover in San Francisco. A solid week of shows and other events from local and national artists at venues all around the city. (And extending into Oakland this year!) We're covering different parts of the festival — from interviews, previews and reviews — and wanted to give special love to some of the local Bay Area artists on the roster. There are so many! Serious props to Noise Pop for representing the Bay so well! From opening acts with solo guitar to headlining hometown favorites — this is a [...]

By |February 14, 2018|Tags: |
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