Nick Valensi of The Strokes brings his band CRX to Slim’s next month

Take a healthy dose of California sunshine, add a heap of adoration for The Cars, stir it up with the signature guitar sounds of The Strokes, sprinkle some Queens of the Stone Age on top, and you’ve got yourself the debut album from CRX. New Skin comes from the musical mind of New York City's Nick Valensi — guitarist for The Strokes. Produced by Josh Homme, the album bubbles with the kind of aggressive, staccato grooves and haunted harmonies you might expect from a QOTSA album. Nick serves as freshly-minted lead singer and songwriter with CRX and propels the sound [...]

By |November 18, 2016|Tags: |

Slow Club to play Social Hall SF tomorrow

Just as San Francisco begins its slow descent into the brisk months we kinda-sorta refer to as winter, this week the British duo Slow Club offer up a show that is sure to warm our post-election blues-ridden hearts. Earlier this year the band released their new album, One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore — a collection of breezy, lovelorn ear candy that bounces effortlessly between principles Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor. The team, who formed in Sheffield a decade ago, crossed the pond to work on their latest release with producer Matthew E. White at his Spacebomb Studios [...]

By |November 15, 2016|Tags: |

Cherry Glazerr come roaring back with ‘Apocalipstick,’ play Slim’s next year

Cherry Glazerr is gearing up for a colossal 2017 with a new album, label, and sound that leaves behind their slacker-styled indie rock in favor of giant drums, raucous guitars, and anthemic melodies. The band, which began in the LA bedroom of lead singer Clementine Creevy, will be releasing their new album Apocalipstick on January 20 via Secretly Canadian. Since announcing the release, the band has already unleashed two singles — the female solidarity hymn “Told You I’d Be With The Guys” and “Nurse Ratched.” The latter was delivered just in time for Halloween with a slasher-inspired video directed by [...]

By |November 10, 2016|Tags: |

Day Wave joins Harvest Records, releases new song

(photo: Pooneh Ghana) Oakland’s own shoegaze-infected surf rockers, Day Wave have signed with Harvest Records —the label owned by Capitol Music Group and home to TV On The Radio, Best Coast, Glass Animals, and Death Grips. The band, which is the project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jackson Philips, made their announcement this month alongside the release of a brand new track entitled “Wasting Time.” At Rickshaw Stop earlier this year, Jackson introduced the song as the hypnotic refrain and atmospheric soundscape instantly captivated the room. “Wasting Time” is also the kind of dreamy banger that could have easily found a [...]

By |November 9, 2016|Tags: |

Sunflower Bean cast their spell this Halloween at Rickshaw Stop

(photo: Rebekah Campbell) When Sunflower Bean comes rolling into town this Halloween, they’ll be doing it on the heels of a nearly year-long touring adventure. It’s been a whirlwind of musical momentum since the band released their debut long-player Human Ceremony on Fat Possum Records. Filled with beautiful melodies and intricate, swirling guitars, the Brooklyn-based trio bounds from metal-inspired hooks to hauntingly atmospheric psychedelia that, taken in its 11-song entirety, defines one of the year’s best indie pop records. Sunflower Bean emerged from the NYC scene after playing hundreds of opening gigs garnering the love and attention of local scenesters [...]

By |October 28, 2016|Tags: |

Giveaway: Here comes Wet Hot SF Summer

Shake off your candy corn hangover and get ready to send our Bay Area summer off in style with Sea Witch’s Wet Hot SF Summer party on November 5 at Neck of the Woods, starring a bevy of great San Francisco bands, including Cool Ghouls, The She’s, Flaural, Down and Outlaws, Big Big Love, and Vela Eyes. Be sure to check out Cool Ghouls performing songs from their stellar new Kelley Stoltz-produced album, Animal Races. And don’t miss The She’s — who are currently in the studio cooking up magic for their third record. Come early, stay late, and discover [...]

Cloud Nothings announce album, play Oakland next month

It’s been two years since Cloud Nothings released their pop-infused headbanger of a longplayer: Here and Nowhere Else. I fell hard for that record but came to it after discovering the band via their brilliant 2015 short-burst (clocking in at just 21:29) collaboration album with Wavves called No Life For Me. This week, after hinting at new music in recent interviews, the band announced a new album entitled Without Sound due on January 27 from Carpark Records. You can listen to their first single “Modern Act” right now. Produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) — [...]

By |October 14, 2016|Tags: |
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