Photos: Federale at Bottom of the Hill

Federale (photo: Ria Burman) Federale headlined Friday night's rocking show at the Bottom of the Hill with sweet support from Midnight Sons and Chris Guthridge. With a Spaghetti-Western soundtrack vibe mixed with psych rock flowing through, Federale took the night, majestic and mad, into the early hours of the morning. Check out Federale's album, All the Colours of the Dark, and get your Eastwood eyebrow on.

By |August 16, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Hans Zimmer at the Greek Theatre

ps (photo: Ria Burman) Hans Zimmer rocked the Greek Theatre last Wednesday night performing an abundance of powerful movie scores and sharing snippets of over 30 years worth of work. Playing piano with a colossal band surrounding him and enriched with a mighty orchestra and killer choir, composer Hans Zimmer took the crowd on an electric, delicate, rollicking ride through the extensions of his mind.

By |August 14, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Violent Femmes and Echo and the Bunnymen at the Mountain Winery

Violent Femmes (photo: Ria Burman) Ava Mendoza supported Echo and the Bunnymen and the Violent Femmes Sunday night at the Mountain Winery with some sweet-obscure strum and shreds. Echo and the Bunnymen played songs from their new album, while mixing in classics between cheeky banter, before the Violent Femmes blew the doors off with astounding musical versatility and fresh-flowing energy. Exploding onto the stage, the Femmes played a classic pretty early on, which got the crowd to their feet in a mammoth wave of happy. After which, nothing really settled down, Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads was invited to come [...]

Photos: Spindrift at Great American Music Hall

Spindrift (photo: Ria Burman) The ever-awesome, spaghetti-Western, psychedelic rock mix that is Spindrift headlined the 12th year of Music Box Presents at the Great American Music Hall last week. With support from the Bomb and Bay Area's own Cellar Doors and Caravan 222, sweet, trippy visuals from Molly and White Light Prism and great obscure DJ picks from Clay Andrews of the Spiral Electric, the night was set for rock and roll revelry.

By |June 28, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Black Lips at Great American Music Hall

Black Lips (photo: Ria Burman) Black Lips rocked and rolled through the Great American Music Hall Tuesday night opening their two-week West Coast tour by exploding onto the stage with support from Timmy's Organism. Before the show, the band headed to their friend's vintage clothes store, Vacation for a little photo shoot before getting hot and sweaty on stage, bringing the crowd-surfing mosh pit of an audience to rapture with high-octane musical energy.

By |June 21, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Jesse Colin Young at Yoshi’s

Jesse Colin Young (photo: Ria Burman) Jesse Colin Young performed a stellar, sold-out show at Yoshi's Friday night, bringing down the house with his versatile vocal range, dynamic Boston-based band and his sweet, smooth style. Political messages and romantic stories held much of the lyrical focus entwined with a contagious rhythm and blues folk-rocking vibration, which rippled through the jazz bar and into the crowd. Check out “Ridgetop” and “T~Bone Shuffle” from the 1973 album Songs for Juli, “Four in the Morning” from the 1964 album The Soul of a City Boy and “Walkin' off the Blues” from the 1976 [...]

By |June 14, 2017|Tags: |

Review + Photos: The Donkeys at Hemlock Tavern

The Donkeys (photo: Ria Burman) The Donkeys surf-psych-rock and chilled at Hemlock Tavern on Tuesday night with support from Outer Embassy. Offering an abundance of requests to the audience, the band played a lengthy set full of crowd-pleasing well-knowns, while also delivering new tunes to the mix. Ending their set with an unusually excellent crowd participation component, a drum piece was handed into the audience, sticks were passed, and a drum circle of excellent proportions emerged, interconnecting with the band's performance. At which point, the energy in the room surged, creating a most positive vibe and an unforgettable night. If [...]

By |June 12, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: David Lindley at Yoshi’s

David Lindley (photo: Ria Burman) David Lindley's finger-picking country-folk-rock hit Yoshi's Tuesday night complete with a grand dose of dry humor and amusing lyrics, which kept the crowd in titters throughout the night. Displaying a smooth, humble mastery of a variety of stringed instruments, Lindley packed his set full of top-notch music.

By |June 1, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Rodriguez at the Warfield

Rodriguez (photo: Ria Burman) Rodriguez brought his rocking tunes to The Warfield last week, supported by Arum Rae. At 74, Rodriguez sat perched on a stool, strummed great original songs and threw in a few classic covers for good measure. With a contagious, wide smile surfacing through the set, Rodiguez brought banter to the enthusiastic crowd in between good-old-fashioned, rootsy, blues-rock. If you've yet to hear Rodriguez, check out “Sugarman” from the 1970 album Cold Fact, “Sandrevan Lullaby - Lifestyles” and “Climb Up On My Music” from the 1971 album Coming From Reality and “Can't Get Away” and “Street Boy” from the [...]

By |June 1, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams at SFJAZZ

Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams (photo: Ria Burman) Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams country-folked SFJAZZ on Thursday night, taking turns to sing and support with humdinger harmonies, sweet storytelling, and bright banter. Williams' foot-tapping, bluesy tunes and down-to-earth demeanor, Harris' captivating, voice complemented by finger-picking folk, and Cash's engaging, poetic, lyrical storytelling all made for a dynamic, thrilling trio. Add top-notch, spellbinding support with piano and guitar mastery accompaniment from John Leventhal, and the night rocked like folk.

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