Giveaway: Parquet Courts at The Independent

Brooklyn-based post-punk band, Parquet Courts, are headlining The Independent on May 27th. While it's commonly reported that their upcoming LP, Sunbathing Animal, will be the band's third release, it's in fact their fourth. After forming in 2010, the band released their debut album, American Specialties, a year later. Put out on cassette via Play Pinball Records, the debut seems forgotten. Instead, 2013's Light Up Gold took the spot in most people's mind of debut album. Confused? Read the band's blunt blog post on the matter. Light Up Gold was a steady blast of post-punk done right. An album to listen to [...]

Deap Vally playing Regency Ballroom

The howling rock n' roll babes of Deap Vally will be playing the Regency Ballroom on May 22. As part of 13-date tour, the duo will be playing three other dates in California. Deap Vally's affinity for Golden State tour dates can be attributed to the duo's Angeleno roots. The girls will be opening for British band Band of Skulls. Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy formed Deap Vally in 2011 and were quickly signed to Island Records. Sistrionix is their howling debut album that ranges in topic from walks of shame (or walks of pride, if you will) and the [...]

DIIV playing Great American Music Hall on Thursday

DIIV are set to take the stage at Great American Music Hall this Thursday, May 1. Having remained quiet since releasing the lo-fi, reverb-soaked Oshin in 2011, the band are rumored to be releasing new material sometime this year. "[We'll be] crawling out of our basements to play a whole bunch of new material but probably still wearing the same clothes as last tour. We've been working on filming visuals for projections and designing other stuff to do with visual element the live show which should be cool," from a post on DIIV's Facebook and Tumblr pages. Since the release [...]

By |April 28, 2014|Tags: |

Second Mac DeMarco Show added at Great American Music Hall

Everyone's favorite gap-toothed indie rock British-Canadian persona, Mac DeMarco, has added a second date at the Great American Music Hall on July 8. Unsurprisingly, DeMarco's July 9 show date sold out faster than you can say "Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV" (DeMarco's real name) or "gap-toothed indie rock British-Canadian persona". After releasing Rock and Roll Night Club and 2, both in 2012 on Captured Tracks, this year saw the release of Salad Days--and DeMarco's arrival as indie rock's newest, weirdest, wunderkind (see photo). Salad Days doesn't fall far from the tree that grew DeMarco's first two LPs. Lots more of [...]

By |April 22, 2014|Tags: |

Review: The War on Drugs at the Independent

Releasing arguably one of the best albums of 2014, Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs played the final of their two sold-out shows last night at The Independent. Having never seen them before, I was expecting the band's catalog of Americana-tinted Springsteen/Dylan-inspired songs to make for a more delicate show. What unfolded on stage was a satisfyingly LOUD delivery and commanding presence that pulsed throughout the venue. Songwriter, vocalist, and general talking head of the band, Adam Granduciel, brought power and punch along with the rest of the band. The setlist included gems from Wagonwheel Blues like "Arms [...]

Noise Pop 2014: Courtney Barnett playing sold out show at Rickshaw Stop

As the maddening goodness of Noise Pop 2014 rolls in, and shows sell out left and right, it's no surprise that tonight's Courtney Barnett show at Rickshaw Stop is sold out (you can still get in if you buy a badge). Barnett's sunny and carefree debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, has rapidly gained buzz over the past several months. The 20-something hails from Australia and has been touring the US, playing selective dates in February before playing shows at her home base with none other than Billy Bragg. Barnett's album is jammed with jangly guitar [...]

Review & Photos: Yuck 2.0 visits The Independent

Photos by Evan Henkel A band continuing without their original frontman is bold. It's gutsy and noteworthy, but something was just off on Wednesday night. I walked into The Independent with slight apprehension. I was about to see a band I had really loved upon discovering in 2011. Yuck's debut album was it three years ago--90's-inspired alt rock songs that burned slow and held an air of mystery, the self-titled release was a layered and labored-over project. Fast forward to 2013, when frontman Daniel Blumberg broke things off with the rest of the band. While Blumberg went on to tangle up [...]

By |January 31, 2014|Tags: , , |

Interview: Yuck's Max Bloom on becoming a frontman, recording 'Glow & Behold'

"Dress smart casual, but don't wear too much aftershave." Max Bloom, guitarist of Yuck is giving me wardrobe advice ahead of the band's show at The Independent this Wednesday. Bloom is, for lack of better terms, a somewhat-reluctant frontman. Heralded for releasing one of the albums of the year in 2011, Yuck made a name for themselves as the mysterious 90's drenched indie band that could. Formerly led by Daniel Bloomberg, Yuck spun songs like "Georgia" and "Get Away," drawing comparisons to Dinosaur Jr., Pavement and the like. After the success of 2011, the band stayed mum, until fans let [...]

By |January 28, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: UK's Drenge playing Bottom of the Hill this Friday

When a politician resigns, the last thing you expect is for them to give a recommendation for their favorite live band of the moment. That's what happened to UK grunge duo, Drenge. Stranger than fiction? Yes. But another boost for the brothers, who go by Rory and Eoin Loveless, for their raw debut album? Yes. The self-titled album was released in August 2013 and grabbing attention for its potent angst that only the rawness of brothers-that-grew-up-in-suburbia could produce. Drenge, which means "boys" in Danish, are currently touring the U.S. and banging out the apathy of their songs live. The two [...]

Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies) playing free solo show in SF

Fans of Kevin Morby, rejoice! Morby will be playing a FREE show at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on February 4th as part of Wood Shoppe's astoundingly FREE monthly shows. Rounding out the lineup is L.A.'s psych-popper Avid Dancer, Fine Points (side project of Sleepy Sun) and a DJ set by Zachary Carl-Os of Wood Shoppe. Did I mention it's free? As a Brooklynite, Morby started out playing bass for Woods and then formed The Babies, who I've always found more redeeming for the perfect musical partnership with Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls. And then, proving he's not one [...]

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