Live Event Alert!! ‘Stop Making Sense’ with Andrew St. James

I've already told the story of how the first time I saw Stop Making Sense I leaned over to my dad in the theater halfway through and said "Dad, can we go? This is so boring." I've come to appreciate David Byrne and co. over time, and if you haven't yet you're really missing out on great live performances. As we slowly transition to live music, Fast Times is offering us the chance to at least view some from behind our windshields. Andrew St. James will open the night's proceedings with a live set, followed by music videos from local [...]

Fast Times! goes ahead online with Lalin, Healing Potpourri

Forgive us, but the last time we told you anything about Fast Times! was eight months ago. Since then, Andrew St. James and crew have been chugging along, simply transposing their concert series — which kicked off in late 2019 at the Chapel — online. And while we haven't had the time or staff to be able to highlight all of Fast Times!' excellent events recently, I thought I'd shout this one out because this lineup boasts a number of our faves: Sandy's, Healing Potpourri, Lalin, and of course Andrew St. James. This is their 2nd installment in a monthly [...]

Photos: Looking for live music? Andrew St. James is performing in the city

Andrew St. James (photo: Ian Young) It's been roughly 5,432,400 days since in-person live concerts were a thing (or at least it's felt like it) but Andrew St. James has been scratching that itch by driving around San Francisco and playing to intimate, socially-distanced crowds in various neighborhoods. Joined by guitarist Scott Padden, the pair delighted crowds at multiple stops last Saturday, including in front of the Balboa Theatre, along the Great Highway, and next to Buena Vista Park. For 15 minutes at a time, St. James and Padden helped bring a sense of normalcy, levity, and human connection to the [...]

By |June 16, 2020|Tags: |

Photos: Andrew St. James at the Chapel

Andrew St. James (photo: Ian Young) Santa came early this year in the form of local musician Andrew St. James, who christened the Chapel with his Fast Times! party, a raucous night of music featuring the best Bay Area bands. Check out a gallery of Andrew's performance below and make sure not to miss the next Fast Times! when it rolls into town in the near future.

By |December 26, 2019|Tags: |

Fast Times! at the Chapel: An Interview with Andrew St. James

My dad grew up in Oakland and is always telling me about rock shows in the '60s and '70s in San Francisco. At a lot of these intimate concerts, you’d see the bands grabbing a whiskey after the show, mingling with folks. Hittin’ on your chicks. It was a scene, man. And not that this is a major news flash, but it’s just not like that anymore. Even a few years ago it was a different feel at these smaller shows. But now bands are usually back in the green room, or don’t show up until they’re nearly on. There’s [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wendesday: OMNI, Fast Times at the Chapel and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) Looking for more giveaways? We've moved our hottest ticket giveaways over to Instagram, and are reserving a few more just for newsletter subscribers. Follow us on Instagram or sign up for the newsletter for more chances to win tickets to great shows. 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 in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the [...]

Live This Month: December 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: December 2018 (Podcast #436) 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. Local musicians are performing at wealth of great concerts in the Bay Area through the end of the year. Having recently released his latest album, SF singer-songwriter Andrew St. James will be appearing at a Camp Fire benefit show at the Great American Music Hall this month, one of a number of opportunities this month to hear some local music and support fire relief efforts. Speaking of [...]

Scenes come together in Andrew St. James and Geographer’s “Jaguar”

We love it when two scenes come together for the good of the Bay. Singer-songwriter wunderkind Andrew St. James has teamed up with local synth-pop legend Geographer for "Jaguar," a song about loneliness and loss that's fueled by some sparkling synths (if you're wondering how they met, a mutual producer brought them together). The track comes from a forthcoming split 7" from Tricycle Records, scheduled for release on July 20. Stay tuned for a record release show at the Fillmore on July 28. Geographer, Andrew St. James, Sure Sure The Fillmore July 28, 2018 9pm, $22.50

Noise Pop: Geographer cements its place as a treasured SF gem

A few weeks ago at a the Balanced Breakfast music conference, I heard Mike Deni, lead singer and visionary behind the band Geographer, recount a story from years past in which Deni ran up one of the city's highest peaks and stood looking at the epic views of San Francisco. Some day I'm gonna own this town, he recalled thinking. Well, that has day long since come. As he showed Thursday night at the Independent, headlining a sold-out Noise Pop show, Deni has secured Geographer's place as one of San Francisco's treasured musical gems. If you’re not familiar with the [...]

Andrew St. James makes party records for turbulent times

Words by Sarah Leighton At his record release party at the Swedish American Hall on June 16, Andrew St. James took the stage and exhibited undeniable magnetism and stage presence that could be compared to that of a younger, blonder, Bob Dylan. Like Dylan, St. James’ writing is filled with some deeply honest perspectives and great introspection that is well beyond his 21 years of age. His upbringing as an only child in San Francisco debating politics, consciousness, and art greatly informed the content of his work resulting in an album that celebrates reflections of the past in its truest [...]

By |August 11, 2017|Tags: |
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