A look inside the Mission's brand new Preservation Hall West, opening 10/4/2012

Midway through leading a spirited tour of the Mission's brand new Preservation Hall West at The Chapel, located at 777 Valencia St. and set to open October 4th, renovator/developer/overall man in charge Jack Knowles paused and glanced at the floor, short of words for the first time that day. His eyes then shifted up to the beautiful arched ceiling of the building's main room and simply said "I just...I believe in live music, and I believe in the Mission." Poignant words for a guy who is filled with entertaining one-liners and speaks quickly, but also the perfect anecdote from someone [...]

By |September 24, 2012|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway: Easy Star All Stars at Slim's this Friday 9/21/12

When it comes to the tribute album, a set of guidelines and standards of practice is non-existent. The entire concept is based on open interpretation of the original material. From top-flight musicians putting their stamp on previously-approved numbers to instrumental renditions of dozens of classic albums (if you don't know the Rockabye Baby! series, your life just got better) - chances are your favorite artist or album has a different take floating around out there. Enter Easy Star All Stars. When it comes to releasing their version of a tribute there's only one formula that works: pick a legendary album [...]

By |September 20, 2012|Tags: |

Black Cobra Vipers release debut EP

EP by Black Cobra Vipers Meet San Francisco's Black Cobra Vipers. A young rock trio comprised of guitarist/lead singer Gregory DiMartino, bassist Julian Borrego and drummer Rob Mills, their debut EP was released at the end of August 2012 and we're quite happy to have stumbled on it. Each of the six tracks feature the band's ability to play both earnest, no-BS rock and roll ("Draw Me An Arrow"), and slowed-down groovy numbers that take their time ("Fringe"). DiMartino's vocals are impressively unique while remaining accessible; a mix of rust and howl coated with a bit of swoon for good [...]

By |September 18, 2012|Tags: |

Stream the new Woods album 'Bend Beyond,' catch them on 10/17/12 at the brand new Preservation Hall

Woods may hail from Brooklyn but they know how to show the west coast considerable love. We're treated to the Woodsist Festival each year in Big Sur - their label-centric, multi-day showcase - and rarely do new tour dates drop without stops in and around the Bay Area. Hell, the second track off their forthcoming studio effort Bend Beyond is called "Cali in a Cup," and lays claim to album's the first official video. Bend Beyond (out September 18th, 2012) is the latest example of Woods' ability to not only produce new music at an astonishing pace, but their desire [...]

By |September 17, 2012|Tags: |

Tussle's "Yume No Mori" gets remixed by Einstuerzende Neubauten's Alexander Hacke

Back in July we shared the news that local groove machine Tussle would be releasing their fourth studio album, Tempest, on September 25th, 2012 via Smalltown Supersound. Produced and recorded in Glasgow, the album's international footprints continue, as Alexander Hacke - one-fifth of German experiemtal/industrial pioneering outfit Einstuerzende Neubauten - has remixed a track of Tempest titled "Yume No Mori." While we've yet to hear the original, this spooky version possesses a fun combination of groovy metallic beats alongside echoing, hard-hitting snares. According to Tempest's track list, "Yume No Mori" bats lead-off, so it will be interesting to hear the [...]

By |September 7, 2012|Tags: |

Gardens & Villa announce tour, remix Polica, and contribute to Fleetwood Mac tribute album

As the headline suggests, there's lots of Gardens & Villa news to share with you guys. Quickly entering "road warrior" status, the SoCal quintet recently announced a full September/October show schedule, including nine dates as direct support for rising Minneapolis stars Polica. To honor this team-up, Gardens remixed Polica's track "The Maker" which you can hear below. The finished piece nods to an 80's drum/keys theme while Channy Leaneagh's vocals remain relatively untouched, creating an overall sound that matches the Soundcloud player's "Thriller"-esque art quite well. Further exemplifying their developing respect among musical peers, the band was also asked to [...]

By |September 4, 2012|Tags: |

The Jealous Sound announce fall tour, play Bottom of The Hill on 9/14/12

Absent from the road since playing SXSW in April, Los Angeles rock quartet The Jealous Sound have announced a nice-sized, cross-country fall tour with Queens, NY's Daytrader beginning in mid-September. San Francisco gets the second stop, when both bands roll into town on September 14th at Bottom of The Hill. Local sextet Taxes will open. Back in January, The Jealous Sound released their second full length, A Gentle Reminder, marking their first new material in nearly four years (2008's Got Friends EP preceded it), while Daytrader's second album, Twelve Years, was released in May on Rise Records. Listen to a [...]

By |August 27, 2012|Tags: |

LCD Soundsystem's 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' screens tonight and Saturday (8/24-8/25/12) at The Roxie Theater

If you slept on the first wave of July theater showings for LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up And Play The Hits, or just want to relive it in all its glory, The Roxie has you covered this weekend. The documentary - which follows frontman James Murphy as he prepares for, performs, and immediately reflects on the band's final live appearance at Madison Square Garden in 2011 - will screen Friday and Saturday, August 24th and 25th, at 11pm each night. Tickets are just $10 ($6.50 for seniors) and you can grab tonight's here and Saturday's here. It's a very well done [...]

By |August 24, 2012|Tags: |

Azure Ray – "Red Balloon"

On September 4th, Omaha, NE duo Azure Ray will release their new six song EP As Above So Below, the first new material for members Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink together since 2010's Drawing Down The Moon. The album's initial single, "Scattered Like Leaves," debuted last month (listen via widget below), and we're now treated to a second offering with "Red Balloon." Streaming exclusively on NPR at the moment, "Red Balloon" is further proof of Taylor and Fink's intent to shelve their folk-pop sensibilities and explore a more tender electronic landscape. "We looked for inspiration from James Blake, Nicolas Jaar, [...]

By |August 15, 2012|Tags: |

Free Dr. Dog show on 8/25/12 @ Marina Green as part of America's Cup World Series week

Fresh off another crowd-pleasing performance at this year's Outside Lands, Philadelphia's Dr. Dog yesterday announced their next visit to San Francisco - a free show on August 25th at Marina Green, as part of the 2012 America's Cup World Series racing season. Consider this the first official "musical heads up" that the international sailing competition is quickly approaching our shores. The 2012-13 World Series season is broken down into four separate weeks of practice racing and official competition. San Francisco hosts the first two blocks, August 21st-26th and October 2nd-7th, with Marina Green turning into the official America's Cup Village. [...]

By |August 15, 2012|Tags: |
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