Live This Week: Amen Dunes headlines August Hall in support of ‘Freedom’

Amen Dunes (Damon McMahon) released his stellar, critically adored album, Freedom in early 2018. Anchored by his warbly, emotionally volatile but clear-headed delivery, the album finds McMahon navigating a rocky relationship with his father, examining the toils of his mother’s terminal illness, and forging a path to self-preservation. It’s an area he excels at by twisting the psychedelic folk-rock genre into something cerebral, almost as if the act of sticking around can provide a sense of self in the murky waters. This is music well-lived — projecting despair skyward and just out of view. It’s a voice of reckoning, one [...]

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Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Summer Music Festivals Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #363) That the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a rapid rise in the number of music festivals over the last decade isn't a distinctly local phenomenon, but there's something about the way the Bay does festival season that feels unique. In many cases, it's the use of beautiful public spaces, city and state parks that become part of the festival experience. Or maybe it's the way that our festivals invest more time and effort into making sure that the food and beverage offerings are compelling on their own. There's [...]

Amen Dunes headlines Rickshaw Stop tonight in support of ‘Love’ LP

Amen Dunes, the project of Damon McMahon, is touring in support of his latest Sacred Bones release, Love. Tonight, Amen Dunes will headline Rickshaw Stop with support from Axxa/Abraxas and San Francisco four-piece VANIISH. The Murder Dull Mind EP was Amen Dunes' first release on Sacred Bones in 2010, a set of recordings tracked in his Beijing apartment before McMahon had moved back to New York. Amen Dunes has since released more experimental material on McMahon's own Perfect Lives imprint, including The Ethio Covers 7-inch. Love features some of McMahon's most accomplished and accessible songwriting, with his latest collection taking [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Fever Charm, S. Carey, Vela Eyes, and more

Fever Charm To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Saturday, July 5 S. Carey, The Pines @ The Independent 9pm, $15, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, July 5 Kiwi Time, Vela Eyes, Fever Charm @ Slim's 9pm, $11, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Monday, July 7 Amen Dunes, Axxa/Abraxas, Vaniish @ Rickshaw [...]

Live This Month: July 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: July 2014 (Podcast #342) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Summer's here, which means that bands are hitting the road in droves and new albums are coming out fast and furious. That's great news for local music fans, but it also means that July is the sort of month where tough choices abound. On Saturday, July 5, for example, you could check out The Fresh & Onlys, whose House of Spirits shows the band continuing to [...]

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