Review: Frankie Cosmos at the Swedish American Hall

Saturday April 16, 2016 was one of those not-rare nights when there were two great shows happening at two great venues that all end being sold out in San Francisco. I got the luck to see one of those great shows, and it will never be something I regret. When I got into Swedish American Hall I wasn't surprised at all by the the younger crowd, but I was surprised by how respectful they all were. I also was surprised by how much these kids idolize the musicians. I witnessed two freaking out quietly behind me as Gabby from Eskimeaux [...]

Frequent Collaboration and Endless Touring: A conversation with Gabrielle Smith of Eskimeaux

Eskimeaux. photo: Richard Gin Eskimeaux is the primary songwriting vehicle for Gabrielle Smith, a member of New York’s community of friends and collaborators The Epoch. Her music is reminiscent of firecrackers, drawing nostalgia for the store-bought party explosives I used to set off with my friends and family in the backyard on birthdays and New Year’s Eve. Smith draws upon a wide palette of colors in her songs, calling upon them to decorate observational storytelling that puts the emphasis on space over setting; the gaps in dialogue over the words themselves. She avoids Fourth-of-July-sized displays on record (although comes close [...]

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The Bay Abridged: Dec 15 – Jan 12

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. OVVN, Toner, OCD, Software at Sgraffito (Oak) Jan. 8 Caught an awesome bill of all local bands last friday at a rad new gallery space in Oakland. OCD play a poppy, modern mix of punk and indie and are all new to Oakland. I thought their set [...]

Playlist: Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith talks Bjork for the cold and Bowie for bedtime

Last week I wrote about what I consider one of the best triple-headers of a billing Bottom of the Hill has had this year. The most valuable player of a lineup holding heavy-hitters Colleen Green and Pity Sex is actually the most soft-spoken of the three; Eskimeaux is the songwriting/production project of Brooklyn’s Gabrielle Smith, one of the most warm, calming, and absolutely devastating voices to come within my musical radar since I first began to obsessively stick my face into speakers and record sleeves. Smith’s latest release, this summer’s O.K., is one of my favorite albums of 2015, a [...]

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Pity Sex, Colleen Green, and Eskimeaux: Behind one of the best Bottom of the Hill shows of 2015

On Saturday, December 19, Bottom of the Hill will be bringing an abundance of talent to their stage for what is the most stacked lineup I’ve seen at the venue all year: Michigan sad-rockers Pity Sex, LA garage-pop star Colleen Green, and Brooklyn bedroom-to-band singer-songwriter Eskimeaux. Any of the three artists could conceivably be the headliner, and they all truly deserve to be. Read below for a brief introduction to each of the musicians before getting yourself a ticket to what is sure to be a fantastic show. Pity Sex As playful, noncommittal, and somber as their name suggests, Pity [...]

Live This Month: December 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: December 2015 (Podcast #376) 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. In this month's podcast, we check out thirteen highlights from December's concert lineup, including touring artists Beach House, Eskimeaux, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and GospelbeacH. We also sample local tracks from a number of new and emerging bands, including Silver Shadows, Eight Belles, John Travoltage, Ancient Rites, and Perhapsy. And on a bittersweet note, we include a new one from the always-inventive producer Al Lover, [...]

Eskimeaux will make everything O.K.

Have you been searching for a new band to blanket you in your thriving loss of emotional control and make everything O.K. for 35 minutes? Well, Eskimeaux's album O.K. is here for you. The album is exactly 35 minutes long, but you'll probably end up listening to it on a repeat after the first listen. I have been trying to write this article about Gabrielle Smith's project, Eskimeaux, for almost a week now, but every time I sat down at my desk, prepared to write, and played the album, I ended up freezing. As in my body froze and lifted itself to [...]

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