Photos: San Francisco’s Sandy’s show FAST TIMES at the Chapel for new EP ‘Chime’

Sandy's (By: Paige K. Parsons) Over the weekend, a special evening (presented by Andrew St. James) at the Chapel under the title FAST TIMES took over the venue with a headlining performance by San Francisco's own Sandy's. It was in support of their latest EP Chime. They were supported by other locals, French Cassettes and Holy Spirit (now officially dubbed Fast Times - take note), a new side project from Cody Rhodes, the drummer of Geographer, Duncan Nielsen (DONCAT), and Andrew St. James. Check out the gallery of the night by our own Paige K. Parsons!

By |September 19, 2019|Tags: |

“Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’

And we have another one from the folks from Text Me camp: An LA excursion with the one-two punch combo of Ricky Lake and Sam Johnson. "Hotel Figueroa" arrives as a bit of a contrast to other singles off of the soon-to-come mixtape, Group Chat Vol. 2 — the track is breezy and brolic at the same time, an atypical hazy and low-key yin to the the collective's club-friendly rap yang. We haven't seen too much of Ricky since he caught our attention with the dark wooziness of his album, The Mother 966. But it seems like hanging out at [...]

OMCA celebrates 50th anniversary with a hella big birthday bash this Friday

Since the headline pretty much spells it out, we'll just give you the important stuff on OMCA's hella big birthday bash: It's Friday at OMCA. Free admission. Music. Food trucks. Drinks, games, birthday card making, custom fortune cookies, dance party, Destiny Arts Youth Performance, Kev Choice Ensemble and DJ D-Sharp. Galleries and exhibitions are open past the usual bedtime (a.k.a. 10pm) and to get you warmed up for it, OMCA has curated together a special Spotify playlist featuring Bay Area classics, like Tower of Power's "You're Still a Young Man", The Pointer Sisters's "He's So Shy" and other tunes from [...]

Review + Photos: The Well Known Strangers at the Sweetwater Music Hall

The Well Known Strangers (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy Bay Area country-soul band The Well Known Strangers started their journey with jam sessions between random musicians. Soon after it became a fun project for drummer Mick Hellman (yes, of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Hellman’s) and his daughter Olivia Hellman to showcase their songwriting and talents, as the family comes from a long legacy of musicians and songwriters, so it’s not surprising almost every Hellman has some sort of superb musical talent. Things grew from there, the songs started to pour forth and the band gathered some of the Bay [...]

Balanced BreakFEST grand slams into Amnesia

Calling all early birds — this weekend only at Amnesia in San Francisco, breakfast will be served all day. But don't expect a slice of cantaloupe and toast; instead, bring your appetite for live music — that's food for the soul. Balanced BreakFEST, an offshoot of meetup group Balanced Breakfast, is a 4-day music festival at Amnesia in San Francisco that begins this Thursday 9/19. The lineup features local Bay Area musicians alongside artists from Balanced Breakfast chapters from around the country. What began as a small gathering of San Francisco musicians over coffee and pastries has become a multi-city [...]

By |September 17, 2019|Tags: , |

Pop-Up Magazine makes a great ‘Escape’ to the Bay Area and beyond

What is Pop-Up Magazine? Well...for starters, it's not a magazine, not really anyway. But if you took the contents of a good magazine — narrative explorations on art, music, comedy, drawings, politics — and exploded them off of the paper and onto the stage, you might have some idea of what Pop-Up Magazine is all about. It's 'new media' in a nutshell, except you won't find it online, so you can only experience it in person. This particular iteration is "The Escape Issue," and there's a lot to unpack. For starters, there are partnerships with comedian Jordan Carlos (HBO’s Divorce; [...]

By |September 17, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: Jay Som + Boy Scouts at the Fillmore

Jay Som (photo: Norm deVeyra) The Bay Area's rock darling Melina Mae Duterte, better known by her stage name Jay Som, gave a hometown performance at the beloved Fillmore in support of her latest album, Anak Ko. Also performing that night were fellow Bay Area rock band Boy Scouts. It was a night of fantastic indie rock from some of the best in the business and all locally-grown, and our photographer Norm deVeyra has the gallery below to share from the night of both bands.

By |September 17, 2019|Tags: , |

Review + Photos: Madlib x Freddie Gibbs at 1015 Folsom

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs (photo: Joshua Huver) On Sunday, September 8, world-class beat-maker and hip-hop producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs hosted a sold out and sweaty night of bumping beats at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco. This marks the first return to the Bay Area in over a year for Madlib. The duo have been on the road performing in random corners around the country more than they have been touring proper, nonetheless supporting their second full length LP Bandana. The second in a planned trilogy, Bandana follows 2014's Piñata with the planned conclusion Montana merely a distant calendar point in the future. [...]

By |September 16, 2019|Tags: , |

Emily McLean collaborates with Rashaan Carter on somber new EP ‘Canons’

It's been two years since Emily McLean's venture into pop-minded, minimal R&B on her last EP Shades, made under the watchful eye of producer Mars Today. On Canons, her latest release out last Friday, McLean speaks her truth of vulnerability, of fear and morality over what the world around her represents and reflects. The project is an open-air diary of sparse, straightforward arrangements overseen by Rashaan Carter, a jazz bassist with credits on albums like Kindness's Something Like a War, Moses Sumney's Aronmanticism, and Takuya Kuroda's Zigzagger, designed for a meditative and solemn experience of soul and jazz. Canons EP [...]

By |September 16, 2019|Tags: , |

Review + Photos: Iron Maiden at Oracle Arena

Iron Maiden (photo: Joshua Huver) On Tuesday, September 10, the world infamous English heavy metal band Iron Maiden crawled through hellfire to shake the Oracle Arena through its core. Led by the trademark galloping of founding bassist and principal songwriter Steve Harris, Iron Maiden features a remarkably similar lineup to the band's heyday throughout the 1980s. The triple guitar threat of Dave Murray's inspired blues-rock legato sweeps, Adrian Smith's choice melodic chord voicing and the largely improvised hard rock lead of Janick Gers come together for a cacophony of sound. Drummer Nick McBrain is a monster on the drum kit. Relentless double-bass [...]

By |September 16, 2019|Tags: , |
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