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 [...]

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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: |

Photos: Headwaves at Hotel Utah

Headwaves (photo: Robert Alleyne) Bands from wealth of genres performed at the Hotel Utah on July 9, 2017, the headliners being Seattle band Headwaves. They were joined by New York singer Amy Jay and former Bay Area band Starover Blue. Check out the gallery below by Robert Alleyne from all the bands from the night's show.

By |July 17, 2017|Tags: |

Review + Photos: All Time Low at Fox Theater

All Time Low (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) All Time Low's Young Renegades Tour brought a mix of new talent, hometown heroes and of course a plethora of catchy indie tunes to the Fox Theater in Oakland on July 8th.  The line-up included The Wrecks, Waterparks and the Bay Area's own SWMRS. The tour follows All Time low's Fueled By Ramen debut and the release of their newest album, Last Young Renegade. The band played a variety of new songs such as "Dirty Laundry," the first single and "Drugs & Candy," a track the singer Alex Gaskarth told the crowd was one of his favorites [...]

Photos: Behind The Scenes with Frank Iero and Thrice at Concord Pavilion

  Frank Iero (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Welp, it happened, Deftones and Rise Against joined forces for a co-headline summer tour with Frank Iero and Thrice.  In the midst of festival season, this show offered four talented bands capable of headlining their own shows. We sent Estefany Gonzalez to snap photos of  Frank Iero and The Patience at The Chapel back in May, so of course, we sent her to catch up with Iero and Thrice to give you a little behind the scenes peak of one of the coolest summer tours. Click through our slideshow to check out the photos she snapped. [...]

Review + Photos: Baby Shakes at Hemlock Tavern

Baby Shakes (photo: Robert Alleyne) “Next up, a girl group with one guy, or a boy group with three girls?” proclaims announcer John Waters while introducing the next band to the Gone Shrimpin’ stage at Burger Boogaloo. It’s 3pm in Oakland, the sun is shining, and Mosswood Park is packed. Everyone is waiting for Baby Shakes, a four-piece power-pop/punk quartet based in New York. The set starts with "Do What You Want," and they seem to find their stride quickly. The music is quick and fun. Guitars soar, and the vocals work together in a gritty, yet melodic harmony. The heads [...]

By |July 7, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Fantastic Negrito and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at Stern Grove

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Robert Alleyne) The 80th annual Stern Grove Festival is in season and some Bay Area bands headlined it last weekend, July 2, 2017. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers along with Oakland's own Grammy-winning Fantastic Negrito played last weekend and much love was shown to both artists. Check out the gallery of both performers by our own Robert Alleyne below.

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