Photos: Los Angeles Azules at Stern Grove Festival

Los Angeles Azules (photo: Robert Alleyne) The Stern Grove Festival continued last weekend with it's series of fantastic live music, with the show on July 23, 2017 featuring Mexican music group Los Angeles Azules along with the dance company Ensamble Ballet Folkorico. Los Angeles Azules were joined on stage by Gil Cerezo and Ulises Lozano from Kinky, as well as Ximena Sriñana. Both did encores of the songs they performed. The lawn at the festival was packed as early as 10am and the crowd didn't stop dancing the entire set. Check out the gallery below of both performers by our own Robert Alleyne.

Photos: The Drums at the Fillmore

The Drums (photo: Robert Alleyne) Last Friday night saw a show at the Fillmore that can be described as pandemonium in the best way possible: New York rock band The Drums played all the hits while people ran on the stage to kiss, dance with, or hug lead singer Jonathan Pierce. They were joined by Stef Chura and Soccer Mommy. Check out the gallery below by Robert Alleyne of all bands from the night.

By |July 26, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Natalie Merchant at The Masonic

Natalie Merchant (photo: Jon Bauer) Natalie Merchant played a selection of pieces from her extensive 10 album solo work mixed with her hits from her 10,000 Maniacs days at the Masonic on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The first half of the set featured songs that were slow and a bit somber, while the second half was much more upbeat, where the band really loosened up. Merchant spoke about how she spent the day strolling and shopping in "cold" San Francisco, where she randomly bought a ceramic cat sculpture that she merrily gave to a late attendee and told him, "We waited for [...]

By |July 24, 2017|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Perfume Genius @ The Independent

Perfume Genius (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) “I woke up mad today,” Mike Hadreas, the artist also known as Perfume Genius, told the audience during his sold-out performance on Tuesday night at the Independent. Dressed in slacks, a thin white tank-top, half chaps, and black dress shoes, Hadreas danced with a billowing flow and did not actually seem to be upset about anything except the function of his right in-ear monitor, which he took to removing halfway through every song in frustration. Opening song “Otherside” began with a soft piano riff before bursting into a noise blast lit by bright yellow stage lights. [...]

By |July 21, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Dashboard Confessional at The Masonic

Dashboard Confessional (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) In case you missed it, emo legends Dashboard Confessional played at SF Masonic with The All-American Rejects on June 14. The night was full of nostalgic songs, sing alongs and of course heartfelt tear-jerkers from the band's extensive song catalog. Click through the photo slideshow for some concert highlights.

Review: Algiers bring protest music to Starline Social Club

The greatest protest music finds its power not through words but by trafficking in emotions — often a burst of energy that mirrors the struggle transpiring everyday outside the song. Algiers, a four-piece rock band from Atlanta, write protest music that speaks long and often. Scan the track listing of their newest LP, The Underside of Power, and it reads with the diction of the oppressed: panthers, power, martyrs, death, blood, plague. Algiers wedge as many words into their gloomy post-industrial blues as humanly possible, spitting more and more stories like seeds they hope will settle and grow. The shotgun [...]

By |July 19, 2017|Tags: |

Kacey Johansing and Meernaa celebrate new releases at Rickshaw

A few interconnected musicians are celebrating new releases tomorrow night at Rickshaw Stop, and you should get excited! Headlining the night is Kacey Johansing, who's releasing her first post-Yesway solo album The Hiding. The Hiding was largely recorded in spiritual cousins West Marin and Big Sur, and it feels like it. It's a highlight record for me this year and it should be purchased while you listen below. The Hiding by Kacey Johansing Meernaa has steadily been releasing one-off singles over the past few years, with a sound defined by Carly Bond's strong vocals, surprising rhythms, and Rob Shelton's synth [...]

Photos + Review: Now, Now take a bow

Now, Now (photo: Patric Carver) Sunday night at Rickshaw Stop was a night of ups and downs. From the moment they stepped on stage, DEM YUUT was a polarizing band. It was hard to gauge from the audience’s reaction to their set whether the majority of concert attendees enjoyed their set or not, because there practically was no reaction. “What did you think of the opening band?” I asked to a woman behind me after their last song. “Oh, I loved them,” she beamed. Shaking her cell phone in the air and miming working the touch screen she continued, “I looked them [...]

By |July 19, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Night School at Neck of the Woods

Night School (photo: Robert Alleyne) Saturday night saw multi-talented band Night School headline at Neck of the Woods, the band switching around on their instruments throughout the show. They were joined by Comfort, Night Talks and Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue. Our photographer Robert Alleyne was at the show and caught photos of all the bands that performed that night that you can check out below.

By |July 18, 2017|Tags: |
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