Review: Little Simz starts a party in Oakland

Photo courtesy of the artist Words by Mark Spero Last Tuesday, March 21, people packed the New Parish in Oakland for a lineup of local acts and international stars. The intimate venue was filled with die hard fans and friends of performers, making for a high energy mid week concert. The first group was Stoney Creation, a singer from Oakland, whose ethereal vocals and spiritual tone are reminiscent of Erykah Badu and the new Childish Gambino album. She wore a green spandex suit, and for some of the songs was joined by two dancers in similar suits. Stoney Creation has played shows [...]

By |March 23, 2017|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Thao Nguyen plays solo career retrospective at the Chapel

Thao Nguyen (photo: Ian Young) Words by Mark Spero At The Chapel on Wednesday March 15, Thao Nguyen, of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, told the crowd she had embarked on a solo tour, a “career retrospective” that “nobody had asked for,” but she wanted to play some songs “by [herself], about [herself].”  This was met with raucous applause from the sold out crowd.  Thao has called San Francisco home for the past eleven years, and leaving her band behind for this show made for an intimate yet truly rock and roll experience for the hometown crowd. The night [...]

By |March 17, 2017|Tags: , |

Photos: Chasms and Pure Bathing Culture at the Chapel

Chasms (photo: Kristin Cofer) Recently located to southern California, Chasms performed at The Chapel last Friday evening, March 10, 2017. It was a touching performance as one of the members of the band, Sky Madden, had lost her brother in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire late last year. They were joined by Pure Bathing Culture and our photographer Kristin Cofer has this gallery to share from the night.

Review: A devoted crowd joins The Japanese House at the Chapel

Words by Mark Spero On Wednesday, March 8, The Chapel had another sold out show, fans packing into the intimidate hall to see The Japanese House and Blaise Moore.  This is only the second time The Japanese House has played in San Francisco, and the first time for Blaise Moore.  Neither of them have a full album out, but their tour has been selling out across the country. New, Toronto-based artist Blaise Moore opened the show, performing songs off her first EP Laurence.  Her music video for the song “Friends” went viral earlier this year, leading her to quickly sign [...]

Noise Pop: Japanese Breakfast at the Rickshaw Stop

Words by Annie Bacon Last night at Rickshaw Stop, Noise Pop curated a powerhouse night of music. Headliner Japanese Breakfast brought out a damn good-looking crowd who showered attention and affection on all the bands. All in all, it was a night that invigorated my belief that there is an explosion of incredible new music happening right now, and that women are leading that charge. Dante Elephante is a charming band. They can also rock, but it was charm that pulled me in as the supporting band warmed up crowd at Rickshaw Stop last night. There’s something inherently likable about [...]

By |February 27, 2017|Tags: |

Noise Pop: The Rural Alberta Advantage sell out Bottom of the Hill

The Rural Alberta Advantage (photo: Patric Carver) Bottom of the Hill hosted a sold-out show headlined by Toronto rock band The Rural Alberta Advantage. They were joined by Field Medic, Cave Clove, and Travis Hayes. Check out the gallery below by our Patric Carver who was there to capture a wide variety of the energies from all the bands on the bill that night.

Photos: King Woman celebrate new record release at Starline Social Club

King Woman (photo: Kristin Cofer) Bay area doom-rockers King Woman celebrated the release of their latest album Created in the Image of Suffering last Friday at the Starline Social Club in Oakland on February 17, 2017. It was an inspiring performance where lead singer Kristina Esfandiari performed in the audience multiple times and gave everyone a memorable night to enjoy. Our photographer Kristin Cofer has these photos of the band celebrating and rocking the crowd.

By |February 21, 2017|Tags: |
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