Review: At The Chapel, Xiu Xiu challenges and rewards

I think most people do not give Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu enough credit for his sense of humor. During Sunday night’s show at The Chapel, Stewart threw a cover of ZZ Top’s "Sharp Dressed Man" smack into the middle of his set, turning the song’s absurd swagger inwards with typical Xiu Xiu self-reflexivity. Just take a second to look at the Xiu Xiu press photos: Jamie Stewart is a well-dressed man. The best essay I’ve read about Xiu Xiu came out in 2009, and was written by William Bowers, a Pitchfork contributor at the time, who wrote a column [...]

By |March 23, 2017|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Japandroids at the Fillmore

Japandroids (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) A little over thirty minutes into their sold out show at The Fillmore, Vancouver-based rock duo Japandroids paused their energetic set to reminiscence with the audience. “This song goes out to the Hemlock—does that place still exists?” Lead singer and guitarist Brian King asked and the crowd cheered, confirming that the Hemlock hasn’t yet fallen prey to gentrification. “Awesome, this song is called 'Younger Us' and it goes out to anyone at our early shows at the Hemlock.” Almost all of Japandroids' discography traffics in simplistic, twenty-something, nostalgia, which makes “Younger Us” about as perfect of a [...]

By |March 16, 2017|Tags: |

Premiere: Never Young and Gay Henry partner for “New Villain” video

We're excited to premiere up-and-coming local noise rock group Never Young's latest video for their song "New Villain" from their NY Singles EP. For the video, the band teamed up with Gay Henry, aka Guy Henry Mueller — a drag artist from Guerneville who recently relocated to Minnesota. As Nik of Never Young told me, the premise for the video came out of a few phone calls: He lives in Minnesota now so we just bounced around ideas over the phone and he came back with this. He does performance art under the name Gay Henry; lip sync'd drag performances [...]

By |February 4, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Jan 20 – Feb 2

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Howe Gelb & Sylvie Simmons at The Chapel (SF) Jan. 24 SF treasure Sylvie Simmons played a beautiful Donovan tune "Catch the Wind" and a slew of brand new songs including a tear jerker called "Nothing". Howe joined her for the last few songs in full Curious [...]

Giveaway: The Bay Bridged 10th Anniversary Party ft. The Stone Foxes and more!

Next Saturday we will be officially celebrating our 10th Birthday with a huge bash at The Rickshaw Stop and we're giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky winner! Like old school rock 'n roll? The Stone Foxes are headlining. A fan of up-and-coming rock? Annie Girl & The Flight are on just before The Stone Foxes, fresh off tour opening for Against Me! last summer. How about one of San Francisco's most talented songwriters and a veteran of the scene? Say hello to John Vanderslice. Dancing? Show up on time and watch Hot Flash Heat Wave groove on [...]

The Bay Abridged: Jan 13 – Jan 19

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Anchors Up at The Octopus Literary Salon (Oak) Jan. 16 Jake Hansen is about to put Antioch, CA on the map. He has quite a collection of songs, but sadly you have not heard them yet. His set was a perfect example of what guitar and voice [...]

The Bay Abridged: Dec 15 – Jan 12

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. OVVN, Toner, OCD, Software at Sgraffito (Oak) Jan. 8 Caught an awesome bill of all local bands last friday at a rad new gallery space in Oakland. OCD play a poppy, modern mix of punk and indie and are all new to Oakland. I thought their set [...]

Last chance to win great prizes: “See the best music in 2016” Grand Prize, VIP tickets to Phono del Sol, vinyl from Moon Glyph, Rickshaw Stop supertickets, and more!

Fair warning: Don't miss your chance to win awesome prizes before the fundraiser ends! Donate this week (before the fundraiser ends 12/31 at midnight) and you will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of 2016 Phono del Sol VIP tickets, a vinyl grab bag from Moon Glyph, 1 pair of good-for-any-show supertickets to Rickshaw Stop, two tickets to Dan Deacon at the Fillmore, two tickets to Dr. Dog at the Fox, or a pair of free tickets to Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the Fillmore. Don't forget either that every donation is also entered [...]

Our last week of fundraiser prizes (12/28 – 12/31): “See the best music in 2016” Grand Prize, VIP tickets to Phono del Sol, vinyl from Moon Glyph, Rickshaw Stop supertickets, and more!

This is it: Our last week of the fundraiser! And that means we're giving away arguably the best stuff yet and all you have to do is donate to be automatically entered! Donate this week (before the fundraiser ends 12/31 at midnight) and you will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of 2016 Phono del Sol VIP tickets, a vinyl grab bag from Moon Glyph, 1 pair of good-for-any-show supertickets to Rickshaw Stop, two tickets to Dan Deacon at the Fillmore, two tickets to Dr. Dog at the Fox, or a pair of [...]

Don’t miss out on this week’s prizes (12/21 – 12/27): Treasure Island VIP tickets, Phono del Sol VIP tickets, Primus on NYE, and more!

There are officially only two weeks left for our Year End Fundraiser! Hurry up and donate this week (12/21 - 12/27) and you will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of 2016 Treasure Island VIP tickets, 2016 Phono del Sol VIP tickets, two tickets to Primus' New Year's Eve show at the Fox Theater, a pair of good-for-any-show super tickets to The Chapel, tickets to see Rancid at the Warfield, and a RondoMotion — the world’s first wireless motion sensor for headphones. Attach it for a 360° audio experience from local SF company [...]

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