Review & Photos: LEX groove to the top at Brick & Mortar

LEX (photo: Robert Alleyne) I'll start out with some honesty: I had no idea what to expect from this Brick & Mortar show last Saturday. Five bands strong, my first thought was that the lineup's length seemed more like a SXSW or CMJ showcase rather than your typical Saturday night show. The only knowledge I had about the bands was that they were some of California's finest up-and-comers: headliners Vela Eyes, Survival Guide, and The Y Axes from our local Bay Area scene; and LEX and Shadow the Wild from Los Angeles. The hype injection made me nervous whether anyone would live up [...]

Restrictions on Brick & Mortar lifted for now, but issue far from resolved

Brick & Mortar Music Hall hasn't been around that long – just a couple years – but it has already established itself as a vital part of the Bay Area music scene. From epic Noise Pop shows and first ever Moon Block Party in the Bay Area to countless record release parties and just all-around stellar shows night after night, it seems like every other killer show that I have to be at is going down at the former jazz supper club under the highway on-ramp. So when news broke about the San Francisco Entertainment Commission placing restrictions on the [...]

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