Noise Pop 2010: !!!, Maus Haus, Sugar & Gold, My First Earthquake @ The Mezzanine

!!!, Maus Haus, Sugar & Gold and My First Earthquake all brought their A-game to the Mezzanine last Saturday night. My First Earthquake, a local electro-pop quartet, opened up the night with their snappy humorous ditties. "Sack Lunch" - about a pervy teacher (Rebecca's words, not mine) - and "Hot Girlfriend" were the standouts of the night. Lead singer Rebecca Bortman is a born show-woman, ribbing her band mates and chatting up the audience before prompting us to rock the fuck out. "Cool in the Cool Way" (which has an accompanying video about Mission hipsters), with its Nintendo-inspired synth riffs, [...]

Noise Pop 2010: Wallpaper., The Limousines, Butterfly Bones @ Slim’s

Butterfly Bones - "xoxo" Due to a boppingly unmissable Noise Pop Happy Hour at Benders and a wicked long line at (sold-out!) Slim's, I unfortunately missed Battlehooch's set at the Wallpaper./Limousines co-headlined show Friday night, but Butterfly Bones wasted no time in cheering me up. The electro-pop-rock quartet have definitely been coming up in the San Francisco scene. According to some cursory research and the look on the guys' faces, they'd never played a venue the size of Slim's before. Still, the band didn't have any trouble filling the stage with their glee, the venue with their buds [...]

Tempo No Tempo celebrate the release of Waking Heat, Rickshaw Stop, 11/5

Tempo No Tempo - "Kilometer" [media id=22 width=400] With opening sets by Man/Miracle and Maus Haus, and Tempo No Tempo closing out the night, the Rickshaw Stop presented an excellent cross-section of the Bay Area's envelope-pushing indie rock scene last Thursday night. Man/Miracle are running on the recent release of their first full length, The Shape of Things. The album seems to be a study of tension: guitar riffs linger just between aggressive and complacent, and songs start with plenty of structure and moderate tempos only to build speed and rattle themselves loose. Their set was no different. Over their [...]

Wallpaper. at Rickshaw Stop tonight

If you haven't heard of the genius R&B-funk "duo" that is Wallpaper., you might be living under a rock. Eric Frederic has been all up in every local music fan's face for about a week, having been featured on the front cover of the SF Weekly, rocking the Berkeley Amoeba and appearing on our illustrious Bay Bridged podcast. Wallpaper. - "I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted" Help Wallpaper. celebrate the release of their first full length - Doodoo Face - at the Rickshaw Stop tonight (9pm, $10-$15, 18+.)! Hot Tub and 40 Love will be joining.

By |September 26, 2009|Tags: |

Bands for Books: a benefit show for Potrero library

It's a generally accepted principle that band members are cool. And if generally accepted pop-culture principles are to be taken seriously, we must also admit that people in libraries are generally considered uncool. Birdmonster - "Yuma" This weekend at Bottom of the Hill, the cool and un-cool will join forces to raise cash for the Potrero Hill Public Library which is currently closed for renovations. Cool band members of the mythical beasts of folk rock, Birdmonster and surf pop rocksters, A B and the Sea will be playing an afternoon benefit show on Saturday at 1:30pm. [...]

By |September 21, 2009|Tags: , |

The Lovemakers: new album out now on iTunes, play The Independent Friday

When I heard about The Lovemakers' second full-length album, its title, and the band's turbulent history of personal and record label relationships, the opening monologue of High Fidelity immediately jumped into my head.   I expected "thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss." I was way off base.  Despite the fact that the Lovemakers are no longer ahem, love-making, they're still churning out tunes as high-energy and fist-pump inducing as ever.  Sure, Let's Be Friends does feature the occasionally unhappy topic - the decision to become the ever-dreaded 'just friends' - and it opens with [...]

By |September 9, 2009|Tags: |

My First Earthquake at Thee Parkside

My First Earthquake - "Cool in the Cool Way" This weekend, hear some decidedly un-grunge tunes at a venue full of divey appeal. Synth popsters My First Earthquake will be playing tracks from their party-perfect album, Downstairs, at Thee Parkside on Saturday.  The band is steadily gaining attention for their catchy tunes and spot-on social observations, and this dryly witty video doesn't hurt either.  My First Earthquake will be joined by catchy indie-pop-rock trio Ex-Boyfriends and Vitamin Party, who will be rounding out the night with a punky, booze-fueled set.  9pm, $7, 21+.

By |August 21, 2009|

Butterfly Bones release Pretty Feelings EP

For those eager to break out the jelly sandals, side ponytails and neon of yore, the perfect opportunity has presented itself: jamming to SF's Butterfly Bones will bring you back to the Cyndi Laupers and the Bananaramas of your youth. Performing at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow to celebrate the release of their Pretty Feelings EP, the band can be expected to lay down some extra-synthy jams over spare, uncomplicated bass and drums.  Many tracks feature simple sing-along lyrics, making for awesome late-summer road trip tunes.  Butterfly Bones - "XOXO" The rest of the line-up is decidedly un-pop, [...]

By |August 18, 2009|Tags: |

Burn My Eyes IV this Saturday

Readers who are into poster art and anything free: make no Saturday afternoon plans. A collection of local poster artists will be showing their work at Bottom of the Hill.  For free. Many of the designs lean toward the macabre. Among the work presented will be David D'Andrea's finely detailed and animal-centric posters for groups like Queens of the Stone Age and Chrome, and John Howard, whose work for the Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, Sleepy Sun and Kelley Stoltz brings complementary color schemes to the indie crowd in a very surreal way. Also showing wares: Paul Imagine, Alan Hynes, [...]

By |August 14, 2009|Tags: |
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