San Franciscans reflect on Michael Jackson

Scrapbook photos from DJ Bunnystyle Facebook screamed with puns immediately following the news of Michael Jackson's death -- "His heart just couldn't 'Beat It,'" "'Do You Remember the Time,' when he was alive" -- but people on the streets and in the bars Thursday night had many things to say about life and career of the King of Pop. It was a night to recollect our first memories of MJ and marvel at the creative peaks and absurd images that characterized his long career, with everything from the immortal Thriller video (and Bollywood and Phillipines' prison variations) to the disastrous [...]

A Rock Journalist Needs Your Help

The Red Devil Lounge is hosting a benefit show for Paul Williams, this Sunday June 28th. OK, I hear you. You’re asking, "Who is Paul Williams?" and "Why would I go to a benefit show?" Paul was the founder of Crawdaddy Magazine, and has likely seen more amazing shows, met more interesting people, and written 20 more books that any of us ever will. So again, you ask, "Why would I want to benefit a guy who seems to have picked the world of its tastiest fruit?" Well, Paul was in a terrible bike accident in 1995 that left him [...]

Grizzly Bear starts the week with two nights @ The Fillmore

Before they appeared on Letterman, before they opened for Radiohead, and before the New York Times called their sophomore album one of the best of 2006, Grizzly Bear was the 10th band featured by Vincent Moon for his Take Away Shows. The band’s stripped down performance of, “Shift,” a track off their first album, Horn of Plenty, is eerily beautiful, and minimalist in this arrangement, and not simply because of the tight quarters in which Moon’s DIY style required them to play. Three years and one album later, the Fillmore finds itself host to the band’s two-day stay, both with [...]

By |June 19, 2009|Tags: |

Giveaway: Trainwreck Riders release party and tour kick-off at Bottom of the Hill Friday

First you make a record and then you hit the road -- Trainwreck Riders is no stranger to this formula. On Friday June 19th, the group kicks off a summer-long national tour with a record release show at Bottom of the Hill (8pm, $12) in celebration of their latest album, The Perch (Alive Records). They'll be supported by The Botticellis and Gilded Rooks this week. Trainwreck Riders - Safety of A Black We are giving away a pair of tickets to this show! To enter, just send an e-mail to by Thursday at noon with your name [...]

Midweek shows: Shellac @ GAMH tomorrow, Thursday

There are several interesting things about Shellac which might sway folks out to one of their double whammy nights at the Great American, tomorrow and Thursday (8pm, $16), with Arcwelder. 1. You think Hard Rock is cool: Todd Trainer will drum you to dance, while Steve Albini pierces your eardrums only long enough for Bob Weston’s bass to give you heart palpitations. 2. Rare Roadshow: The band tours when it wants. There hasn’t been a new record in two years, but that’s not necessary to get the noise-rock trio to leave the Midwest. 3. Recording Engineer Heroes: Albini and Weston [...]

By |June 16, 2009|Tags: |

Local acts takeover @ BFD Saturday: Wallpaper, MC Lars + more

This weekend brings local music to the big stage, well...near the big stage. Live 105's annual BFD is this Saturday at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, with the "Soundcheck Local Band Stage" just for local acts to blow up the Bay: MC Lars may be a bit gimmicky, but he will definitely entertain you. Check out his video for “Guitar Hero Hero,” it’s an instant gut-buster. His songs are silly, catchy, and full of pop culture references. Remix masters, Wallpaper, comes complete with Vocoder originals like, “Txt Me Yr Love,” and twists on dance favs like Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.” [...]

Stitchcraft + Record Release = Hotel Utah Tonight

Can I call Stitchcraft harmonius? Yes. I think I will. Stitchcraft - "Dakota" (from Through The Hoolaboo) Former Floridians, Heather Normandale (vocals and guitar/mandolin) and Anna Perlmutter (vocals and violin) make a fine duo of tone and texture. On their sophomore album, Through The Hoolaboo, the two have brought on Ezra Lipp (drums), adding another layer to fill out their "dense soundscape," as Perlmutter describes the group. Expect to dance and sway tonight as the group works through a 40 minute set to immediately follow Hotel Utah's famous open mic. Tonight's release show will be for the Hotel [...]

By |May 11, 2009|Tags: |

Papercuts Bring it Back to the Bay

Friday night’s show at Café du Nord was a homecoming for local act Papercuts, the four-piece led by guitarist and vocalist, Jason Quever. “I can’t remember the last time we played at home,” remarked Quever. The night also welcomed the release of the band’s new album, You Can Have What You Want, a ten-song medley put out by San Francisco label Gnomonsong.  The set was a forty-five minute trip through the new album peppered with hits from the band’s previous albums Can’t Go Back and Mockingbird. To pigeonhole the group as psychedelic, pop, folk, or alt-country wouldn't be a fair [...]

Record Store Day Around Northern California

Words and interactive map by Mike Pistorio San Francisco The City has much to offer tomorrow by way of live performances. Head to Amoeba for DJs from 2pm-6pm and giveaways by the hour from 12pm-5pm. Streetlight Records on Market Street will host Anni Rossi -- think Andrew Bird's string melodies mingling with PJ Harvey's lyricism. Those looking for a little alt-country should head to the Music Store in West Portal, where Lonesome Shack plays from 2pm to 4pm. Don't forget to stop by the other shops in the city offering once a year discounts on your favorite vinyl. Berkeley Rasputin [...]

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