Sponsored: Rocktober takes over at the Independent

As we mentioned on social media recently, we call this month "Rocktober" around here. And there are few places in San Francisco where that's exemplified better than The Independent. With their standard varied lineup for the best in a wide swath of genres, October at the Indy has a few major highlights. October 12: The Dodos Beloved locals The Dodos have returned and are mere days from releasing their much anticipated (but is anything they do even moderately anticipated?) seventh studio album, Certainity Waves. They'll be kicking off a national tour at home that night. Don't miss it — you [...]

By |October 10, 2018|Tags: |

Remembering Ben Russo

Two nights ago, our former contributor and fixture of the local music community Ben Russo passed away. As a BFF.fm host/music director and an all-around fan, Ben was a common sight at shows and among friends in the Bay Area. As a staff writer, Ben wrote a handful of posts for us in 2015, all of them bursting with wit and warmth. Rest easy, Ben. The Bay Abridged: July 6 - 19 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: The Bay Bridged Top 5 Picks Crooks on Tape (Brainiac, Enon, Vertical Scratchers) Play Hotel Utah The Residents documentary makes local debut at SFIFF ‘The [...]

By |October 10, 2018|Tags: |

What Alex Cameron doesn’t say is his secret weapon

Words by Mitchell Duran Sydney, Australia's Alex Cameron holds himself like someone flirting with a cultural edge. Be it on stage at one of his shows or watching one of his unique brand of music videos, one isn’t sure what to make of Cameron with his tight 505s and swiveling hips; his long, slicked-back, shoulder-length blonde hair flowing down a worn loose-fitting white tank top; his voice digging deep into a confident vibrato. It questions itself as it wavers, hesitates, and dips into a falsetto one second, switching into a late-Elvis swagger a second later. His look and sound seem [...]

By |October 9, 2018|Tags: |

Playlist: Get ready for the 2018 Treasure Island Music Festival!

The 2018 Treasure Island Music Festival is this weekend! The festival is always a great time, and with two dozen amazing artists on deck, we're really excited to check out all of the sights and sounds at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. To get ready for this weekend, we've created this awesome Spotify playlist full of great music from 2018 Treasure Island performers. As you'll hear in the mix, both days of the festival will offer a wealth of exciting performances. Plus, with no overlapping set times, you can see every minute of every artist! Single-day and two day tickets [...]

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

Download: Live This Month: October 2018 (Podcast #433) 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. After a month off, Live This Month is back with a mix full of tunes that will make you want to see some concerts! This month's mix is bookended by post-punk, with the lean and atmospheric EXEK starting things off, and Wax Chattels' raw and noisy sounds wrapping the episode up. In between, we've got a wealth of new music, including recent and new-to-us songs from locals [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Oct 5 – 7

Friday, October 5 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass @ Golden Gate Park Today through Sunday, catch acts like Emmylou Harris, Hurray for the Riff Raff (the "Bluegrass" part), Deer Tick, Ani DiFranco (the "Hardly Strictly" part), and more in Golden Gate Park. Younger Lovers @ Thee Parkside If folk's not your thing, take refuge in Thee Parkside for Bay Area punk staple Younger Lovers. Saturday, October 6 Conor Oberst @ The Fillmore All hope is not lost for Oberst fans, you'll just have to pay to see him. Waxahatchee @ The Chapel Critics and fans alike adore Waxahachee. Alkaline Trio, together PANGEA, [...]

Review + Photos: Freestone Peaches at Great American Music Hall

Freestone Peaches (photo: Kate Haley) Words by Kate Haley I missed being part of the world-record show for the number of attendees at the Watkins Glenn jam in 1973, as I was born a few years too late. Luckily, there was a 45th anniversary celebration at the Great American Music Hall last Thursday that satisfied the fans that were there in '73, as well as those new to the party. Bay Area musical powerhouses from the Freestone Peaches, with Matt Hartle, Sunshine Garcia Becker, and Henry Kaiser came together to play a tribute show that truly did this historic event justice. [...]

Giveaway: Conor Oberst plays indoors at the Fillmore

You might have heard recently that, for the first time in a number of years, '00s indie star Conor Oberst is not — we repeat, NOT — playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year. But fear not! You won't have to go through 2018 without your annual Oberst fix. On the very same weekend of this year's festival, Oberst is playing the revered Fillmore for show with his longtime band the Mystic Valley Band behind him, as part of their tour of the West. For those who were too young or too old to absorb new music in the early aughts: [...]

By |October 3, 2018|Tags: |

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 28 – 30

Friday, September 28 Hollie Cook @ The New Parish Sex Pistols progeny Hollie Cook brings her distinct brand of "tropical pop" to Oakland. Neighbor Lady, Tino Drima, Doncat @ Cafe du Nord Two of our favorite locals supprt Athens' lo-fi melodic rock project Neighbor Lady. Jessica Hopper + Carvell Wallace @ Green Apple Books on the Park Tonight, living female rock critic Jessica Hopper will be joined by Oakland writer Carvell Wallace for a talk on her new memoir, Night Moves. Parquet Courts @ The Ritz Miss them at the Fillmore last night? There's still time to catch a ride [...]

Photos: toe at the Great American Music Hall

toe (photo: William Wayland) Words by William Wayland Tokyo-based math rock/post-rock band toe played San Francisco last week on only their third North American tour in their 18-year history. The band is touring to support their newest release, Our Latest Number, selling out Great American Music Hall and other venues in the process. Despite having listened to all of their albums on repeat for a week leading up to the show, I was still awed by the band’s musical complexity and precision. They’re like doctors of sound, with each instrument both blending together and staying completely distinct. What you don’t get [...]

By |September 27, 2018|Tags: |
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