Review + Photos: Sound Summit serves up summer jams

Sound Summit (photo: William Wayland) We showed our double vaccination cards and climbed aboard the shuttles that would wind their way from Mill Valley above the morning fog to the amphitheater overlooking the bay. The Cushing Memorial Amphitheater was built using rough-hewn boulders by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1933. It doesn’t have the polish of a venue like the Shoreline Amphitheater, but that’s the beauty of it.  Steps are uneven and trees can block your view. It’s rustic. Here, the backdrop is Tiburon, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and San Francisco. I don’t know if there’s a better place in the Bay Area to [...]

By |September 22, 2021|Tags: |

Photos: Sylvan Esso at the Greek Theatre

Sylvan Esso (photo: Jon Bauer) Last Thursday saw a sold-out show at Berkley's historic Greek Theatre with a stacked lineup. The headliners were duo Sylvan Esso performing in support of last year's album Free Love, and they were joined by Local Natives and Samia, whose debut album The Baby also came out last year. Our photographer Jon Bauer was at this special night and captured all performers from this eclectic evening of beautiful live music. Check out the photos below.

By |September 13, 2021|Tags: |

Photos: Small Black at the Independent

Small Black (photo: Vanessa Solis) Brooklyn electronica and chillwave band Small Black brought their sound to the Independent last week in support of their latest album, Cheap Dreams. They were also joined by Philadelphia electronic band Korine. Our photographer Vanessa Solis was there to capture both bands from the night as shows make their return to the Bay Area. Check them out below.

By |August 30, 2021|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Scruff of the Neck USA Showcase at Rickshaw Stop

MAYYA (photo: William Wayland) Bands are allowed to come out and play again, and I hope we never forget this new appreciation for live music that everyone is feeling. After over a year of bands trying some form of livestreaming from their bedroom, Scruff of the Neck, an upstart music company out of Manchester, UK, put on their first-ever ticketed show in the United States and one of the first live shows this year at Rickshaw Stop on Friday, July 16th. They tapped into an eclectic mix of Bay Area bands and musicians, including MAYYA, Kevin Pesto, Uncle Chris, and [...]

By |July 28, 2021|Tags: , |

Photos: The Seshen + Mahawam at the Independent

The Seshen (photo: Ben Einstein) Another weekend brings another bundle of great shows back to the Bay Area. The Seshen celebrated their first indoor concert in since the pandemic hit at The Independent on Saturday, sharing the stage with Mahawam and King Isis. We captured the kinetic energy of the night, snapping photos during both Mahawam and the Seshen's dynamic performances.

Photos: Fantastic Negrito at the Frost Amphitheater

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Jon Bauer) Live music continues to make its return to the Bay Area, and what better way to celebrate it than with the Bay Area's own Fantastic Negrito at the gorgeous Frost Amphitheater? Our photographer Jon Bauer was at the show last Thursday and captured the gallery below of the evening of live music, capturing Xavier Dphrepaulezz in all his glory.

By |July 13, 2021|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Madame Gandhi and Perfume Genius at Stern Grove

Perfume Genius (photo: Patric Carver) I have a new hobby I want to tell you all about. It's being earnest with my late-stage pandemic emotions. Look, I get it. We're all supposed to be cool. We're supposed to rise above the banal chit-chat and repetitious conversations. We're totally hip. Except, now that we've been living like teenagers grounded by the wrath of infectious disease for over a year, I simply cannot contain my joy that it is getting safer and safer for people to gather together. I'm going to remark how crazy it is to see people in person — [...]

Photos: Jazz Mafia’s “Birth of the Cool” at the New Parish

Jazz Mafia's “Birth of the Cool” (photo: Jon Bauer) In celebration of Miles Davis' birthday (May 26, 1926), Jazz Mafia performed their own versions of selections from Birth Of The Cool at the New Parish in Oakland. It was the first live show since the pandemic began at the New Parish. The performers were: Adam Theis (Trombone and Bass Guitar) Henry Hung (Trumpet) Joe Cohen (Alto Sax) Tommy Occhiuto (Bari Sax) Colin Hogan (Keyboards) Henry Plumb (Drums)

By |June 2, 2021|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Jazz Mafia’s “Future Standard” at the Pod Patio

Jazz Mafia's “Future Standard” (photo: Jon Bauer) Jazz Mafia’s “Future Standard” explores the world of current pop music through the lens of the jazz musician. This tradition of reshaping popular songs goes back as far as the roots of jazz: A popular song gets reimagined by musicians outside of the pop genre (in this case, incorporating improvisation), which then gets recorded, sampled, and incorporated into the next generation of pop music...and a cycle is born. Thus the music of Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish & Little Dragon (etc.,) are the standards of the future. Tune in (for free) to Jazz Mafia Tuesdays [...]

By |April 8, 2021|Tags: |
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