Review + Photos: Circles Around The Sun at Cornerstone

Circles Around The Sun (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy The language of music is profound and universal. It speaks to our souls on a level that, for the most part, we don’t fully understand. We know when we go to hear music we love we will somehow be transformed by the music as it comes through the speakers. I know that to be true, because as I stood in front of the stage at the recent Circles Around The Sun show at Cornerstone in Berkeley, the music hit my heart and pierced my internal being. I felt my body [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Nov 23 – 25

Friday, November 23 Jorja Smith @ The Warfield Bolstered by an appearance on the Black Panther soundtrack (but already well on her way in R&B and vocalist circles), British singer Jorja Smith continues her rise at the Warfield. Zion I @ The Independent Back from a break after a tumultuous 2015, Zion I is back with a new full-length and this headlining Independent date. Saturday, November 24 Nef the Pharaoh @ Brick + Mortar By the way, did you know he has a ranch? Record Swap with Tony Molina (DJ set) @ Golden Bull If his new record is any [...]

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Review + Photos: BAND-MAID at the Chapel

BAND-MAID (photo: William Wayland) Words by William Wayland What can I tell you about BAND-MAID? They are a heavy metal rock and roll group from Tokyo. They have fans all over the world who have created dozens of pages devoted to their music on Facebook. They made a stop at the Chapel on Saturday in the midst of their World Domination tour. Fans began lining up at 8am to see these rockers up close. The first person in line saw them the night before in Los Angeles (he said the San Francisco show was much better, by the way). He was not [...]

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What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Nov 16 – 18

Elizabeth Moen (pictured), French Cassettes, M. Lockwood Porter, and more. Friday, November 16 Emily Kinney @ Cafe du Nord Ever wonder why Emily Kinney sang so often on The Walking Dead? It's because she actually is a singer, and she's coming to Cafe du Nord. The Y Axes, Fritz Montana, The Band Ice Cream @ The Indepdendent 100% local, 1,000% rock and roll. French Cassettes @ The Chapel French Cassettes are back after a brief hiatus and playing shows again. Listen to their new track "City Kitty" above. Saturday, November 17 Elizabeth Moen @ Neck of the Woods The itinerant [...]

Review + Photos: Ace Of Cups at the Mill Valley Community Center

The Ace of Cups (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy It was 1966, the psychedelic era was just about in full swing, and rock and roll was becoming the voice of a generation of misfits and freaks. At that point in time, the music industry was a man’s world and it was rare to find women in the rock scene with the exceptions of a few female-fronted male bands.  But then the all-female rock group the Ace Of Cups came on the scene with a hellion-fire to bring their feminine angle into '60s music culture. They played gigs with some [...]

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Review + Photos: Tyler Childers at the Fillmore

Tyler Childers (photo: William Wayland) Words by William Wayland Tyler Childers released his breakthrough album, Purgatory, in August 2017. Even before I had listened all the way through I had tickets to see him a week later at Hotel Utah. Playing before a capacity crowd of 90 people, I predicted that someday the 60,000 people across town at Outside Lands would wish they had been at Hotel Utah that night with me. So it was interesting to see Mr. Childers play the Fillmore a year later, before a sold out audience more than 10 times the size. The 2017 crowd was quiet, [...]

By |November 14, 2018|Tags: |

She + Him throw the coolest holiday party at the Masonic

Remember that moment in the mid-2000s when you — probably in class just before winter break, or dragged to the movies with your younger relatives over the holidays — saw Elf and were like, "Whoa, Zooey Deschanel can sing!"? She's getting back in the elfin spirit with a short string of Christmas shows in her musical project, She & Him. Deschanel, best known as an actor in indie films like 500 Days of Summer and sassy sitcom New Girl, has been the "She" in She & Him for over a decade now. The "Him" is noted Portland musician M. Ward, [...]

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What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Nov 9 – 11

Friday, November 9 Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia @ The UC Theatre 2017's Tiny Desk Contest winners and fellow New Orleanian, bounce queen Big Freedia, join forces for the ultimate party. Claire George @ Cafe du Nord Though she's moved away, Claire George comes back to the Bay to debut her new album Bodies of Water. Katie Kuffel, Molly Bolton, Socorra @ Neck of the Woods If you haven't yet heard San Jose's Socorra, Neck of the Woods on Friday is a good place to start. Saturday, November 10 Film School, Club Night @ Cafe du Nord The Bay [...]

Review + Photos: California Kind at Old Princeton Landing

California Kind (photo: Kate Haley) Words by Kate Haley California just got a hell of a lot kinder. If you have been in the jam band scene, you’ll know the California Kind artists, as they hail from other truly amazing bands. They’ve got John Molo (Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Phil Lesh and Friends, John Fogerty), Barry Sless (Phil Lesh and Friends, David Nelson Band, Moonalice), Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh and Friends), and Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Rod Stewart), and singer/songwriter Katie Skene working on this incredible collaboration. Of course with combo of talent, spirit, and [...]

By |November 8, 2018|Tags: |

Live This Month: November 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: November 2018 (Podcast #435) 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. November's concert lineup includes big record release shows for the great local bands The Total Bettys and Perhapsy, and you can sample new music from both acts in this episode. Speaking of records, Same Girls will be performing at the Bay Area Record Fest this month, which offers a chance to learn more about local record labels amidst performances by half a dozen excellent Bay Area bands. [...]

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