Black Mountain plays ‘Destroyer’ at the Independent

Photo courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR Black Mountain just released the music video for “Licensed to Drive” and it’s one of the most pleasing music videos I’ve seen in a while. The rockers get swooped into a video game and play on a car cruising through the desert, ride a bat and I won’t give much away but punk rock is alive and well. For anyone who knows the Canadian band, they’re a killer mix of punk meets hair metal meets mesmerizing. They’ve just released their latest album, Destroyer (Jagjaguwar) and are playing this Sunday at the Independent. New members [...]

Review + Photos: Neko Case at the Fox Theater

Neko Case (photo: Jon Bauer) Neko Case returned to the Fox Theater in Oakland last week on Monday, December 3. Despite Case's display of self-deprecating humor and anxiety over growing old, her stage presence, voice, and songwriting remained a timeless thrill. Even on a school night. Over the weekend, Neko and her band wrapped an extensive North American and European tour that bounced her all over. Beginning in July and ending in San Diego on December 8, she only had the month of October off, and not even completely. Monday's show in Oakland was her first return to the Fox since [...]

By |December 17, 2018|Tags: , , |

Photos: Destroyer at the Fillmore

Destroyer (photo: Aaron Rubin) Dan Bejar's always engaging and great band Destroyer swept through the Fillmore last Thursday, January 11, 2018. In support of their latest album ken, it was a night of his distinct voice and wordplay on display along with support from Mega Bog. Check out the gallery below by our own Aaron Rubin.

By |January 16, 2018|Tags: |

Destroyer returning to the Fillmore with support from Mega Bog

Destroyer is touring North America in support of the Canadian glam rock project's latest album, ken (out now on Merge Records). Destroyer will perform in San Francisco at the Fillmore on Thursday, January 11 with support from Mega Bog. The new album finds songwriter Dan Bejar taking a more personal approach to his creative processes, writing the album by himself rather than collaborating with his band. More synth rock than baroque pop, ken finds Bejar incorporating more electronic and synthesized elements into his songs without sacrificing an ounce of his signature style. While the saxophone and trumpet aren't featured as [...]

By |January 9, 2018|Tags: |

Review: Destroyer waxes nostalgic at The Fillmore

Destroyer (Photos by Daniel Kielman) From about 2005 to 2010, a group of critically acclaimed, sad, and nostalgic Canadians ruled indie rock with a cold sense of beauty and unique instrumentation. The Fillmore's original bill for Saturday night, which included the howling, literary songs of Vancouver's Frog Eyes (who had to cancel their set due to visa issues) and the idiosyncratic stylings of Dan Bejar's Destroyer, could function as a suitable tribute to the era. Even without Frog Eyes, the downcast eyes and poetic ramblings of Dan Bejar led the evening to be a look backwards — the ornate and [...]

By |September 21, 2015|Tags: , |

Win tickets to see Destroyer on Monday night!

Dan Bejar will be performing a solo set at The Independent on Monday night as part of what's being billed as the last chance to catch Destroyer live before 2015. Destroyer is also releasing a new EP, Five Spanish Songs, later this month. About the EP, Bejar explained: It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque. I’ve been [...]

By |October 31, 2013|Tags: |

Live This Fall: a special audio guide through SF Bay Area concerts this fall (Podcast #313) Download: Live This Fall: a special audio guide through SF Bay Area concerts this fall (Podcast #312) This special bonus episode of our podcast surveys some of the many noteworthy concerts taking place in San Francisco this fall. It's produced in conjunction with KQED Arts' upcoming Fall Arts Guide, which will offer a complete preview of upcoming highlights from the Bay Area arts world. In this episode, Ben, Christian, and Jason offer some individual picks for must-see shows in the months ahead, alongside songs from the artists discussed. Along the way, we chat about the undeniable appeal of Thee [...]

Interview: Destroyer's Dan Bejar talks Miles Davis, dropping rock music, and being compared to yacht rock

In addition to being a prolific songwriter who has produced nine Destroyer records over the past 16 years, a brilliantly poetic lyricist hailed by critics and indie kids the world over, and a crazily accomplished musician who also used to be in The New Pornographers, Dan Bejar seems like a pretty nice guy. At least, he was really nice to me when I wrapped up my interview with him — a good 40 minutes that covered territory from his literary influences to how he decided which songs to use for Destroyer versus for New Pornographers to his excitement about playing [...]

By |June 5, 2012|Tags: , |

Mixtape: If Presidents Liked Indie Rock (Podcast #273)

Mixtape: If Presidents Liked Indie Rock (Podcast #273) Despite their various political differences, if there's one thing that we know all U.S. presidents have shared, it's that they have horrible taste in music. Seriously, most candidates pick cheesy, corny songs for their campaigns, and it's not like anything gets better after they get elected. Even President Obama, who ran on a platform of hope and change, recently released a Spotify playlist with a lot of duds (Ricky Martin? Two songs by Sugarland? James Taylor? A 15-year-old No Doubt deep cut?) crowding out a handful of decent songs. It's not that [...]

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