Once and Future Band bring new album to The Chapel next week

Sit back, relax, and let "Tell Me Those Are Tears of Joy," the new single from Once & Future Band, put you into a fuzzed-out psychedelic trance. The Oakland-based band is poised to release their self-titled debut with Castle Face Records on January 27. The night before, they'll take the stage to celebrate at The Chapel with a stellar opening lineup featuring Kelley Stoltz, Dirty Ghosts, and DJ Frankie (Frankie Koeller from Papercuts). Sure, Once & Future Band has a distinctly '70s vibe, but this isn't purely a nostalgia play — Joel Robinow, Raj Ojha, and Eli Eckert seem so [...]

The Independent’s Allen Scott on his favorite SF haunt, Nopalito

The Independent's Allen Scott (Illustration: Rob Goodman) Over the past few years, Divisadero Street in San Francisco’s Alamo Square neighborhood has been a hotbed of amazing new restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. Glance down the street and you’ll spot a bevy of A+ locales, including the newly opened Horsefeather, Ragazza, Vinyl, 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Rare Device, The Mill, and Fly Bar. And just down the road, you’ll spot the marquee for a club that has been home to some of the most epic shows San Francisco has seen since 2004: The Independent. Behind the scenes at The Independent is [...]

Star-studded ‘Soundtracks Live’ returns for SF Sketchfest

Soundtracks Live at Sketchfest 2017(photo: Rob Goodman) Back in 2003, New York City-based musician Amy Miles had an idea: get her very funny group of friends together — including Amy Poehler, David Wain, A.D. Miles, and Chelsea Peretti — to act out some of the greatest 1980s movies ever made and do it with a full band on stage performing the soundtrack. “It started with me, sitting in my car with the Pretty in Pink soundtrack playing and just thinking how amazing it would be to see the movie with live actors and have a really cool band playing along [...]

Listen now: Zach Rogue and Courtney Jaye team up for new single, album in 2017

There's a haunting sweetness to "Forces of Decay," the first song from Rogue + Jaye, a new collaboration between Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue and country crooner, Courtney Jaye. The two initially met during a songwriting session in December 2013, but quickly found an easygoing harmony as a creative duo. The results will be heard when their full-length record Pent Up is released in 2017. Over her decade-long career, Courtney Jaye has spent time leaping across the musical map, moving between country, pop, and Americana. Her last album, 2013’s Love and Forgiveness was produced by Mike Wrucke (renowned for his work [...]

By |December 26, 2016|Tags: , |

You are what you love: Rob Goodman’s six favorite Bay Area shows in 2016

The Cure, May 2016 (photo: Rob Goodman) Year after year, I’m reminded that among all the chaos in the world — especially during this tempestuous time in the United States — there is one oasis of jubilation, one place to go to pause, to thrash, to meditate, or just...listen. Shows bring people together on a level you rarely feel in any other setting. There were times this year when I had hoped for a greater level of protest from the artists I admire most, but we’re only human, after all — processing the present the best we can. In retrospect, [...]

David Bazan’s ‘Dark Sacred Night’ in San Francisco

David Bazan (photo: Rob Goodman) “I am finding the shows cathartic and have really been leaning into that...and I’m having a good time doing it.” David Bazan, the former songwriter and frontman for Pedro the Lion, told me this before his “Christmas Miracle” show this week at Swedish American Hall. Bazan explained why the set, which is in support of his stunning new Christmas album, Dark Sacred Night, is at times crushingly sullen: “The show is heavy because I am playing half of the Christmas album, and there is this longing on that record for justice and for peace, and there [...]

By |December 16, 2016|Tags: |

Julia Jacklin announces spring tour with new album in tow

(photo: Scarlett Mckee) The disarmingly sweet and melancholy beauty that is Julia Jacklin's debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win, will be coming to life this spring as she sets a course across North America. The album, available now on Polyvinyl Records, is filled with mournful lullabies that spin tales of everyday love and loss. Opener "Pool Party" swoons with country longing, while hearkening back to early Beth Orton and Fiona Apple. The band bounds about, delivering an ethereal rockabilly foot-stomper with "Coming of Age" and later closing out the record with the dreamlike title track "Don't Let The Kids [...]

Lee Bob & The Truth share Standing Rock album, play Elbo Room

Lee Bob & The Truth are returning to San Francisco this week, taking the stage at Elbo Room on Thursday just before embarking on a new recording adventure for their third album. New music has been on Lee Bob's mind as of late. In November the group released an original song for Solidarity with Standing Rock, a ten-track compilation dedicated to the water protectors at Standing Rock. The album, which is available for free on Bandcamp, features a range of independent artists who are working in support of Standing Rock. Lee Bob had just returned from a visit, taking supplies [...]

By |December 13, 2016|Tags: |

Mahgeetah and friends celebrate with holiday concert for a cause

What better way to spend a Saturday night than seeing live music and supporting women's healthcare? On Saturday, December 17 Mahgeetah bring their mighty, foot-stompin' brand of rock and roll to Brick and Mortar. The show will include special (but yet-to-be-announced) guests, plus Be Calm Honcho, belly-dancing from Little Egypt, and room-shaking sounds from DJ Fela Kutchii. This holiday celebration and fundraiser will benefit Planned Parenthood. As their name suggests, Mahgeetah worships at the amplified altar of My Morning Jacket, having named their band for the brilliant jam from It Still Moves. But don't mistake their appreciation for Jim James [...]

By |December 12, 2016|Tags: |

Owl Paws unleash new single “Animal Brain”

San Francisco's Owl Paws has announced a new EP entitled Smoke Rings & Diamonds. The first single from the Sean Paulson-recorded album is "Animal Brain." Captured at Different Fur Studios and mastered by Will Yipp, the track drips with melancholy as lead singer Derek Schultz yearns for a blunt treatment to numb his senses and return him to some notion of emotional equilibrium. The chorus snarls as he sings: "Take my animal brain and blow it out...medicate these wounds...'til I write it down." At the heart of the tune is the idea of self-medication for art's sake. And in this [...]

By |December 9, 2016|Tags: |
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