Review + Photos: Jack Johnson, ALO ‘s second night at the Greek

Jack Johnson (photo: Joshua Huver) Despite having a reputation as one of the most laid-back musicians of the past fifteen years, Jack Johnson, the Hawaii-dwelling acoustic guitar wielding surf nut who can turn anything into a song, has also proven himself to be one of the hardest working. Across two days last week, Wednesday and Thursday, July 26 and 27, Johnson played a double-header at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley and demonstrated his abilities with set lists that featured nearly 30 songs on Wednesday and 33 on Thursday, including several guest appearances, covers, medleys, and stories in between. On Friday, things got started early with [...]

By |August 1, 2017|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Welcome to the church of Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee (photo: Kaiya Gordon) My history with Waxahatchee is one that's simple, but especially sentimental. It is an obsession brought to me by another friend putting a song from Waxahatchee’s debut American Weekend on a mix. This led me into full-blown love for both Katie and Allison Crutchfield, because the mix included songs from their early project P.S. Eliot, too. The devotion became real, and eventually I caught Waxahatchee live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ “Conor Oberst and Friends” Friday showcase in 2014. Since then, Waxahatchee’s music has become a home to me. A place where I know all the exits. On Friday, July [...]

Photos + Review: OMD shines at the Regency

OMD (photo: Patric Carver) Journalist George Mikes famously said, “An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.” Our neighbors in the North Atlantic are known for their love of a line. An hour and a half before Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark went on stage, you could feel the British influence over the evening at the Regency Ballroom, for the grand space was filled with so many people waiting in some sort of line. There were lines for merch, as well as at every one of the Regency’s many bars. There was even a group of die-hard [...]

By |July 31, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Mystery Science Theater 3000 at the Warfield

MST3K (photo: Jon Bauer) The beloved comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 brought its live show revival to the Warfield last night, Thursday, July 27, 2017. The show launched a successful Kickstarter that funded the revival of the series, which had previously been off the air for 15 years, to critical and fan acclaim. The live riffing was on full display, with newest host Jonah Ray and bots Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo making fun of a film live in the style of the show. Show creator/host Joel Hodgson was also there to thank the crowd for their devoted support [...]

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.

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