High enough to carry us over: A review of CHVRCHES at the Fox Theater

CHVRCHES (photo: Sara Uduwela) Lauren Mayberry is constantly at risk of having her music drowned out by the uproar over her opinions. She's a vocal critic of the way women are treated in the music industry, yet attracts incoherent derision as a woman in the music industry for doing so. She's constantly having to defend well-informed beliefs while watching them elicit perfunctory thinkpieces aligning themselves to or against her without really understanding that she isn’t saying anything that should be controversial. All she wants is for her success to be acknowledged rather than explained — her efforts to be validated to the [...]

By |April 21, 2016|Tags: |

Photos: CHVRCHES, Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer and more at NSSN 2015

Foals (photo: Brittany O'Brien) Veterans and rising rock bands gathered last Friday, December 11, 2015, to perform at Oracle Arena as part of Live 105's annual Christmas festival Not So Silent Night.  The set times were tight with a rotating page, meaning that more bands than ever in the show's history could take to the stage in one night of music.  Bands included Bastille, CHVRCHES, Death Cab For Cutie, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups, Weezer and X Ambassadors.  Below you can find a very packed and magnificent gallery by our own Brittany O'Brien from all of the bands. [...]

Chvrches return to SF for first show since cancelled Outside Lands performance

It was one of the most disappointing moments of Bay Area music in 2014. Chvrches (pronounced Churches), an electronic pop trio out of Glasgow, Scotland, were scheduled to perform on the final day of the Outside Lands Music Festival, when, abruptly, word came that the group was marooned in customs on the north side of the Canadian border, and would thus be canceling their performance. (Strangely, another power-pop group with an affinity for misplaced V’s—Alvvays — experienced the same thing at this year’s Outside Lands.) Fortunately for Bay Area music fans, Chvrches are set to return to the Bay Area [...]

By |October 13, 2015|Tags: |

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 [...]

Outside Lands Interview: Glasgow’s Chvrches hurtling over growing pains

Perhaps it’s superstition, but Iain Cook says that his band, Glasgow’s Chvrches, will have a tough decision to make once the trio heads back to the studio to record a follow-up to the critically and commercially acclaimed The Bones of What You Believe. It was always the plan for Cook (guitar, bass, synths), Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, synths) and Martin Doherty (more synths) to return to the basement studio where they created magic the first time around in 2012. Cook has worked at the same studio for seven years, and it has become a home of sorts. Another musician who [...]

Live This Month: May 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #305)

Live This Month: May 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #305) 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. Few recent artists have transitioned from lo-fi to hi-fi better than Kurt Vile, whose latest album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, is another winner from the Philly-based musician, full of long, languid songs that feel spacious but not aimless. A sense of space also guides Clinic's psych-pop offering Free Reign; in fact, the group just released an alternate collection, [...]

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