Perfume Genius and Parenthetical Girls at Café Du Nord on Wednesday, March 21st

Is that rain so often falling from the Seattle sky, or is it tears? It seems that it's been sad times for Mike Hadreas, the man behind Perfume Genius who fortunately has a knack for channeling his pain into heartrending piano ballads rather than falling apart. The excellent new record, Put Your Back N 2 It, is only slightly less devastating than his 2010 debut, Learning, and that's probably only due to the lush orchestration of the sophomore effort that contrasts so starkly with the bleak arrangements of the first. Both feature the same lovelorn lyrics and fragile, haunting vocals [...]

East Bay producer pair starts new label/compilation series, West In Dust

Two East Bay producers, Dave Reep and Glenn Jackson, have started a new Oakland-based label focused on electronic music called West In Dust. Their debut compilation, West In Dust 2012, features an international collection of up-and-coming producers from both sides of the celebrity stratum: fame and obscurity. The fourteen tracks, whose genre has been pinned down to a clever "post-everything," can be streamed below. Following this free sampling, the label plans on dropping an EP of new material from Placeholder and a proper debut from Medla.

Sic Alps to release 7-inch of Tronics covers on April 24th

According to Drag City's press release, Sic Alps aren't diehard record collectors, but their old Tronics singles have earned a very special and permanent place by the stereo. So, one fateful night, the duo decided to record four of those beloved songs, leaving us with Pangea Globe, which is slated for release at the end of April. For those of you that don't know, Tronics are an obscure but awesome post-punk band from London that, between 1979 and 1984, released four singles, a cassette, an LP, and a flexi-disc. Originals are very hard to come by these days, and they [...]

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Thee Oh Sees added to Burger Boogaloo on Saturday, March 24th

Here’s a time for the objective case of thou: it's been announced that Thee Oh Sees, San Francisco’s favorite incendiary garage band fronted by the inimitable John Dwyer, will join White Mystery, Coathangers, Guantanamo Baywatch, and Cyclops on stage at Thee Parkside for the Burger Boogaloo on Saturday, March 24th. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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New Young Prisms video: “Floating in Blue”

If Kafka’s Metamorphosis had multiple characters morphing into other neon-colored people - rather than one man turning into a beetle - to the tune of San Francisco shoegaze, the result would be this Young Prisms video for “Floating in Blue.” The dreamy track is off their new record, In Between, which comes out March 27th on Kanine. It follows their debut full-length, Friends for Now, which was released in early 2011. Young Prisms - "Floating In Blue (Violens Remix)" The lo-fi quintet is currently in the middle of a month-long tour that culminates on March 31st in a show with [...]

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New Terry Malts video: “I Do”

Here’s the rollicking new video from SF post-punk outfit Terry Malts for “I Do,” a tune off of their awesome new record, Killing Time, which was released last week via Slumberland. Directed by local musician/videographer Kyle Camarillo, it features a scary taxidermied rodent-like creature, occasionally paper bag-headed band members, a single can of Hamm's, and a lot of really sexy guys guitars.

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Sparrows Gate, Little Wings, Magic Leaves, and Moonbow play at the Presidio Yacht Club tonight, 3/2/12

WVZ/WVZ/WVZ/WVZ (feat. Aubrey Trinnaman) by Magic Leaves You know what’s all the rage right now? Band names inspired by nature. You’ll nary see a lineup quite as bucolic as tonight's at the Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito, wherein a flock of small-winged sparrows will magically fly through a gate and then above leaf-heavy trees, towards that rare occurrence of a moonbow. Or maybe some bands will play some songs. The evening will begin with the mellower mountain folk of Sparrows Gate and Little Wings, then segue into the psych-rock of Magic Leaves and Moonbow. Tickets are $5 for members and [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Veronica Falls, Bleached, Brilliant Colors, Lilac @ Rickshaw Stop 2/24/12

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a band must be in want of great hair. Last Friday night at the Rickshaw Stop, which featured four sets of fuzzy guitars, was no exception. Unfortunately I missed Lilac’s set, but I did catch the band’s frontman, Will Ivy, who recently moved down to Los Angeles after six years in the Bay Area. But don’t weep: Half the band is still in San Francisco, so hopefully that means they’ll keep playing shows up here every once in a while. He also cut his signature hair since I [...]

Noise Pop 2012: The Soft Pack, Shannon and the Clams @ Cafe Du Nord 2/23/12

From the 60s surf rock of Surf Club and Fidlar to the gritty rockabilly of Shannon and the Clams to The Soft Pack’s mix of 70s punk and 80s garage, Cafe Du Nord functioned as a four-decade time machine on Thursday night. It was Shannon and the Clams that stole the show, though, amidst a sea of beach pop, all despite the fact that a (hopefully well-meaning) fan told Shannon Shaw two songs in that it all sounded bad. It didn’t. Quite the opposite, in fact. Musically, the band is ostensibly an homage to the 1950s -- evoking a sense [...]

Noise Pop 2012: The Fresh & Onlys, Disappears @ Bottom of the Hill 2/22/12

Halfway through their set, The Fresh & Onlys' frontman Tim Cohen said, "I'd like to dedicate this song to James Kim," referring to their sometime second percussionist (their first being Kyle Gibson), who they often borrow from Kelley Stoltz's band. And then he launched into "Be My Hooker." That was not the first song Cohen had dedicated to someone that night, nor would it be the last. It might, however, have been the only joke he made all evening. (I'm fairly certain, for example, he wasn't kidding when he asked at the end of the show if anyone had any [...]

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