Review & Photos: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Holy Shit! @ The Chapel, 5/21/2013

Forget what you've read about Ariel Pink's anxiety-filled live shows. Actually, don't. Because everything I've heard and read about his self-indulgent performances made last night that much more amazing. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti filled The Chapel with nothing but celestial vibes. He was, at moments, outrageous, sensual in his flamboyant mannerisms, child-like, theatrical and genuinely humbled. Before Ariel took the stage, Holy Shit! (pictured above) offered a dance party soundtrack of forgotten 1980s hooks and melodies that a good portion of the crowd was hesitant, at first, to get into. As the band went through songs like "Written All Over Your Face," [...]

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti comes to The Chapel, 5/21/13

Considering that lo-fi, analog psychedelic pop has burst open into such a sought-after genre, it’s a wonder there are not more artists as forward thinking as Ariel Pink. The eclectic, LA-based artist and his Haunted Graffiti just launched a U.S. tour, with a stop at The Chapel in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 21st. If you haven’t been to The Chapel yet, this is a good time to check it out - what better sounds to fill a vaulted-ceiling’d, church-themed venue than some neon weirdness? Last year’s Mature Themes isn’t exactly a brand new album, and though the show is [...]

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti announce new album, Bimbo's show with Dam-Funk

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti have announced a fall tour, shortly following the release of their new album Mature Themes. The band will be performing at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco on October 1st with Dâm-Funk and Bodyguard. Mature Themes is the full-length follow up to Ariel Pink’s 2010 breakthrough album Before Today. The LP will be released in the US on August 21st via 4AD. The band has released the first single from the album, a brilliant cover of Joe and Donnie Emerson's "Baby" featuring a vocal contribution from tourmate Dâm-Funk. In addition to Dâm-Funk, Bodyguard will be opening [...]

Review: R. Stevie Moore, Ariel Pink, Kelley Stoltz @ The Makeout Room 8/29/11

Monday's double-header showcasing R. Stevie Moore and Ariel Pink's recent musical affair also featured local kaleidoscopic pop wizard Kelley Stoltz for the second night of a two-part "secret" show. The Makeout Room was in rare form, as the crowd - large, yet manageable - packed themselves in and eagerly awaited what we all expected to be a very special experience. It was, indeed! [nggallery id=110829-ariel-pink] With his first tour ever and an upcoming documentary this year, R. Stevie Moore is finally getting the exposure and respect that he's earned. If it's not for his monumental library of bedroom-recorded works that [...]

Recommended, 8/22-8/28: Magic Trick/Magic Bullets, R. Stevie Moore/Ariel Pink, Mikal Cronin, The Soft Moon/Craft Spells

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Tim Cohen's Magic Trick releases album, Magic Bullets play final show Tim Cohen's other band, Magic Trick, releases its new album, The Glad Birth of Love, Tuesday on Empty Cellar Records, and the band celebrates its release on Wednesday night at the Rickshaw Stop (8pm, $8). The show is a packed one, and it also marks the [...]

Sade Sundays: That’s How I Remember It, Season Finale (Best of 2010).

Part One: Michael Tapscott 1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (DefJam) [wpaudio url="" text="Kanye West - 'Runaway'" dl="0"] The most controversial and real public figure almost caused a fist fight between Joshua and I at this year’s Thanksgiving. While Josh contended, correctly so, that Kanye’s public persona ruins his art, I contended, also correctly, that it heightens his palette and that the persona is in and of itself a fine work of art. We worked it out, but I was prepared to never speak to one of my best friends again for the cause. 2. Jerry Lewis [...]

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