Live This Week: Diet Cig set to open Rickshaw Stop’s 15th anniversary celebration

Signed to San Francisco’s Father/Daughter Records, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman write prickly sweet pop-punk primed for a tumultuous era as Diet Cig. Quickly carving a space for themselves in New York as a result of their infectious live shows, the duo released their debut record in 2017. Swear I’m Good at This is rickety, playful, and packed with catchy melodies and emotional honesty. Luciano has found herself in a precarious moment and she makes no qualms about addressing issues facing young women like her with exuberant energy and candor. Now, to jump-start 2019 with a bang, Diet Cig will [...]

By |January 9, 2019|Tags: |

Rickshaw Stop celebrates 15 years with a week of retro shows

What would we do without Rickshaw Stop? For , the hole-in-the-wall venue has played host to local up-and-comers, national acts on their last tour before the break big, and our very own anniversary in 2016. Rickshaw Stop will be hosting a series of shows in honor of their decade-and-a-half anniversary — some local, some national, but all acts that have made it the beloved venue it is today. Starting with Diet Cig and ending with Coast Modern, the week and weekend of January 9 will be a celebration of all things Rickshaw past and present. Show info and links to [...]

Diet Cig returns to the Bay Area for Valentine’s Day

New York City based pop-punk saviors Diet Cig will be sliding into the Bay Area for two Valentine's Day shows next week. On Wednesday, February 14, the group will be headlining a sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco before stopping at The Catalyst Atrium the next night in Santa Cruz. The band, usually operating as the duo of guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, has added two more musicians into the mix, including Karli Helm from SF band Pllush on keyboards. According to a recent interview with Westword, the band wanted to add the additional synth sounds and bass [...]

By |February 12, 2018|Tags: , |

Photos: Diet Cig jump around the Rickshaw Stop

Diet Cig (photo: Ian Young) Punk duo Diet Cig gave a rousing and energetic show at the Rickshaw Stop last night, May 2, 2017. Lead singer Alex Luciano jumped around all over the stage as drummer Noah Bowman provided the beat, the band not disappointing, a great band to see live. Photographer Ian Young has the terrific gallery below from the show that's worth a look.

By |May 4, 2017|Tags: |

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, May 1 – 4

Monday, May 1 Sumif @ Rickshaw Stop Go see the subject of one of our photographer Rob's portrait sessions in action. The Magnetic Fields @ The Fox If you didn't get out to see them last night, try again. City Mouse, Butanna @ The Golden Bull Spend your Monday night with some rock and roll bands at The Golden Bull. Tuesday, May 2 Sondre Lerche @ The Independent The ever-changing Norwegian songwriter will enchant the Indy. Tim Kasher, Allison Weiss @ The Chapel The Omaha legend is putting on a solo show. Diet Cig @ Rickshaw Stop We've been waiting [...]

Giveaway: Diet Cig bring their pop punk party to Rickshaw Stop Tuesday

“Don’t tell me to calm down. I know what I want, so please fuck off,” singer Alex Luciano sings on “Link In Bio,” the third track from her and drummer Noah Bowman’s stunning pop-punk debut long player — Diet Cig’s Swear I’m Good At This. The duo, which formed in New Paltz, New York, just last month released their first full-length album on Frenchkiss Records and bring their already renowned raucous party of a live show to Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night. On Swear I’m Good At This, 12 tracks of sugary-sweet pop bangers (that clocks in at under 30 minutes) [...]

By |May 1, 2017|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Diet Cig at Brick + Mortar Music Hall

Diet Cig (photo: Bailey Greenwood) The words "infectious" and "bubbly" get thrown around a lot to describe musicians, particularly of the female variety. While at initial glance, these would seem praiseworthy phrases, they’re often coded expressions for vacuous or inane behaviors, and they’re usually deployed by grumpy music writers (often of the male variety) who are skeptical of anything they view as outwardly earnest or emotionally un-ironic. So, let me be very clear: you’d have to be one grumpy dude not to revel in the infectious, bubbly energy of Diet Cig singer/guitarist Alex Luciano. Luciano is a five-foot ball of [...]

By |February 25, 2017|Tags: |

Diet Cig announce debut LP, share “Tummy Ache” ahead of Noise Pop gig

New York duo Diet Cig have released the first single from their recently announced debut LP. Following 2015's Over Easy EP and Sleep Talk/Dinner Date 7-inch (both out now on Father/Daughter Records), Swear I'm Good At This is due for release on April 7 via Frenchkiss Records. All 300 of the limited edition metallic gold vinyl records have sold out, but plenty of other versions, including the Lucky Star Blue vinyl 12-inch, are available for pre-order from Bandcamp. Listen to "Tummy Ache" below. Diet Cig's world tour officially kicks off on April 5 in New Haven, Connecticut and continues [...]

By |January 27, 2017|Tags: |

Interview: Doodling with Plush

Eva (there in spirit), Dylan, Sinclair, Karli Lately I've been having the problem where whenever I actually want to go to a show, there's too many bands I want to see everyone playing on that one night. Sometimes it gets to the point where I just don't go anywhere, because it's easier, but sometimes I have to make some hard choices. A couple weeks ago this was the problem with two bands signed to Father/Daughter Records, although the fact that PWR BTTM's show with Ra Ra Riot was technically sold out made it less of a problem. So I [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Savages, Diet Cig and more

Friday, April 15 Marc & the Casuals, Sean Hayes, Extra Classic @ The Chapel 9pm, $18, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, April 15 The Loyalists, Hex Horizontal, Rattletrap @ Hemlock Tavern 9pm, $8, 21+. Saturday, April 16 Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Yowler, Anna Mcclellan @ Swedish American Hall 8:30pm, $15, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. SOLD OUT Saturday, April 16 Diet Cig, Plush, Jay Som @ Bottom of the Hill 2 pairs available 9pm, $12, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, April 16 Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Obervey and the Broken Arrows @ The Fillmore Buy advance tickets [...]

By |April 13, 2016|Tags: , |
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