Longstanding SF metal band Animosity calls it quits

San Francisco metal/hardcore band Animosity has decided to throw in the towel after eight years together. The move was somewhat unsurprising; they've been stagnant for close to a year since their last tour, spawning rumors over the past few months regarding a break-up. Among the rash of new-age metal bands grasping media spotlight, Animosity kept a distinct style and stayed true to the local community, while becoming a force to be recognized internationally. Since the dissolution, the members have been making their own moves, creating new tunes with groups such as drummer Navene Koperweis' solo project Fleshrot, Navene and Tosin [...]

By |November 23, 2009|Tags: |

Local punk/hardcore benefit for the Phoenix Theater, Sat.

A benefit for Petaluma's downtown music hall and teen center the Phoenix Theater will be held tomorrow (5:30pm, $10-12), with all proceeds to fund the venue. The lineup includes bands of the Bay Area punk and hardcore variety: Sabertooth Zombie, Alcatraz, All Teeth, Duckhunt (a one-night reunion), Murder Practice (last show), Hear the Sirens, Litany for the Whale, At Our Heels, The Farley Overdose, Diamond Grip, Try, and Infinite War. A consistent icon in the backdrop of Petaluma's history, the Phoenix Theater has delivered countless nights of entertainment to the area. But providing entertainment is really just a piece of [...]

By |November 20, 2009|Tags: |

The Velvet Teen, The Ghost @ Thee Parkside 8/28

Photos by James Sanderson Last Friday night was hot. The inside of Thee Parkside was significantly hotter, with the exception of a fan above the doorway trying its best to keep everybody at a comfortable level. Things would soon be getting even hotter, as San Jose's For The Win opened the show with an energetic performance and San Francisco's Drowning With Out Anchors, featuring a new member in Dan of OLEHOLE/ex-Burial Year, blazed through songs from their latest album, You Can Never Go Home Again. The highlights of the night, however, were the reunion of The Ghost and the headlining [...]

American Steel, The New Trust, Nothing Cool @ BotH 8/7

American Steel blew the roof off Bottom of the Hill Friday night with the help of a nearly full house of friends and plenty of beer. Nothing Cool opened the show with their own brand of 90's pop-punk, scorching with fast-paced guitar licks and raunchy vocals. When the band wasn't cranking out the tunes, they were hard at work telling ball jokes. What followed was almost a complete contrast. The New Trust took the stage shortly after the end of the set, setting up quickly and eager to play. Their set presented a well-balanced mix of newer material with a [...]

American Steel, The New Trust, Nothing Cool @ BotH Friday

Oakland's infamous American Steel will be teaming up with Santa Rosa's The New Trust and San Francisco's own Nothing Cool this Friday night at the Bottom of The Hill for a night of pure, sweaty, rock-n-roll fun. The guys in Steel just released a new album in late July on Fat Wreck Chords entitled Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts. The new record is the highly anticipated follow-up album to 2007's Destroy Their Future, which had marked the end of the band's five-year hiatus. Below are two tracks from the new album: American Steel - "Safe and Sound" [...]

Yerba Buena’s upcoming season promises more hours, more musical art

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has released their schedule for the 09'-10' season with some new changes aimed to make the arts more accessible. For starters, the gallery hours have shifted to stay open later, recognizing the fact that a majority of it's patrons work or attend school during the day. They are also planning to offer more "free with gallery admission" events, including same-day gallery admission with all paid YBCA events. This year's schedule features a galaxy of human creation. PUSH PLAY>YBCA Summer Festival will kick off the season with  Wallworks, where artists (some include Makoto Aida, [...]

By |July 9, 2009|Tags: |

Show Review: Cursive @ GAMH on 6/27

Photos by Ashley Matheson It couldn't have been set up any better, the Great American Music Hall as the background to a night laden with blaring trumpet, ecstatic guitar chords, and harmoniously flailing vocals. For three hours I was given the privilege of experiencing firsthand, the power of Cursive, Mt. Saint Helens Vietnam Band, and unfortunately only the last bit of Box Elders' set. Mt. Saint Helens gave a tightly woven performance at a bargain price. Frontman Benjamin's bushy hair and guitar shredding gave the band the quality of madmen, jumping from quick poppy guitar licks to toned down ballads [...]

By |July 6, 2009|Tags: |

Cursive returns to SF with Mama, I’m Swollen

Cursive - "Mama, I'm Swollen" The boys of Cursive have made a comfortable name for themselves as a sophisticated and intelligent group of musicians and lyricists, a reputation that reaches its pinnacle on the group's newest album, Mama, I'm Swollen, released in March by Saddle Creek. The band will be playing at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday the 27th. Tim Kasher possesses a talent for storytelling, through which he offers an intimate attempt to make sense of life's bigger picture. The search for life's meaning undoubtedly influences all music and art, but Cursive seems to offer [...]

By |June 26, 2009|Tags: |

Starfucker, Atole, White Cloud tonight

Portland's Starfucker are playing at our very own Bottom of the Hill tonight, June 23rd, as part of the band's West Coast tour promoting their newest release on Badman Recording Co., Jupiter. Tour-mates Atole are based out of Portland as well, with SF/East Bay's White Cloud getting things moving at 9. A cut off of Starfucker's new record, "Medicine", was recently placed on Spin Magazine's list of "songs you must hear now." Jupiter can be purchased either through Badman or on iTunes. The show is 21+, and for more info click this way.

By |June 23, 2009|Tags: |

My First Earthquake: album release show Saturday @ Cafe Du Nord

The members of San Francisco's My First Earthquake come from very different backgrounds. Two members used to play in metal bands, one helped develop essential parts of the iPod, and the other used to play in a band with We Are Scientist's Keith Murray. With so much experience and diversity, it is only natural that the group have taken it upon themselves to release their own debut album, Downstairs. Their record release show goes down Saturday at Cafe du Nord (9:30, $10) with Blue Rabbit and B and Not B. My First Earthquake - "Cool in the Cool [...]

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