The Bay Abridged: Aug 17 – 30

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. The Redlight District, Bobcat Rob Armenti at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall (Felton) Aug. 17. On Wednesday the 17th, Santa Cruz’s favorite psychedelic hard rock and roll quartet The Redlight District kicked off a 4-gig mini-tour in Felton at Don Quixote’s. The boys took the [...]

Review: Audacity, Hunters at The Hotel Utah Saloon

Audacity (Photo: Alyssa Pereira) The trek to the Hotel Utah Saloon is not an easy (or particularly safe) one. It’s deep inside SOMA and its foreboding location (and history) presupposes a gritty, raucous vibe. The stage room is tiny and has an antiquated loft, which patrons enter at their own risk. In other words, the Hotel Utah is made for garage punk. Immediately after rolling into the Saloon, I ran into Audacity's Matt Schmalfeld. The shaggy blonde-maned frontman is exceptionally polite and a bit reserved—a quality he abandons onstage with his Los Angeles-based band. As he heads past the bar [...]

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The Bananas, Audacity, Hunters, Caldecott to play Hotel Utah Friday

Audacity Sacramento punk vets The Bananas are uniting with Audacity, Brooklyn's Hunters, and Oakland's Caldecott at the City's infamously brash Hotel Utah Saloon. While it's obvious that this will be a raucous, high-energy show, new music from Audacity and Hunters (who recently signed to Mom + Pop) says the bands will be roaring extra loud to some new jams. Southern California-bred Audacity's new release, Butter Knife, which dropped October 29 via Suicide Squeeze, is consummate, amped up lo-fi garage rock—a scrappy, grime-lined collection of grungy riffs and clamoring vocals. Following that will be Hunters' eclectic live versions of thundering tracks from last [...]

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302)

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302) As discussed earlier today, we saw a ton of great bands at South by Southwest 2013. Here are fifteen SXSW discoveries from a number of genres. As you'll see, the first half of the mix (Side A, if you will) includes some of our favorite rock, punk and psych highlights from SXSW. The second half, by contrast, is all about electronic pop. We'd previously covered a few of these acts before, but we'll be watching all of them closely in the future. For more about these bands and all of [...]

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