Outside Lands 2014: Your Guide to SF’s Biggest Summer Musical Experience

Outside Lands 2014 show poster (DKNG Studios) It's that time of year again – the yearning masses will descend upon San Francisco this weekend for the City's now hallmark summer musical experience Outside Lands. Yep, the seventh edition of the gigantic gig in Golden Gate Park kicks off Friday at noon and, as you've undoubtedly learned by now, it will be headlined by none other than Kanye, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and The Killers. Headliners can be hit-or-miss, but the strength of Outside Lands (or any festival, for that matter) typically lies in the undercard. Sure, you may get [...]

Review & Photos: Arctic Monkeys, Mini Mansions @ Fox Theater, 9/26/13

Arctic Monkeys roared through a raucous set during their first of two sold-out nights at the Fox on Thursday. Being a big fan, I got to the venue shortly before doors opened and saw the sight of dozens of other big fans, mostly of the younger variety. Talk was high in line about the band’s latest album, AM, their fifth full-length that dropped earlier this month. AM made the highest chart debut in the U.S. of any Arctic Monkeys album, coming in at #6. While the usefulness of chart information is neither here nor there, it does speak to the [...]

Review, Photos & Video: The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys @ Oracle Arena, 5/4/12

How could a garage band – a duo, no less – rise from basement shows to stadiums? In the case of The Black Keys, who sold out Oracle Arena Friday, it’s the blues. For many of the young pop and rock-bred fans who bought tickets, the blues is not a very familiar concept. While the music of vocalist-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney is not innovative – even the similar White Stripes came first – many in the audience no doubt felt like they had discovered something new when they first heard The Black Keys. “There’s so many of [...]

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