French Kicks, Broken West, Here Here, The Dont’s at the Indie

Words by: Emily Logan Photos by: Reid Williams I love San Francisco. But I have a candid confession to make. Sometimes I get really mad at San Francisco audiences. Whether it's standing stolid before the dancy-est band that's ever come through town or talking as loud as possible while standing in the very front of the floor, I've seen them all. And maybe that's not characteristic of San Francisco per se, but it's frustrating. As the French Kicks played an incredible set at The Independent on Wednesday, the crowd gave them a meager couple of seconds of unenthusiastic clapping after [...]

Interview: French Kicks’ Nick Stumpf

It's a monumental challenge for a band to just play music because they love it. In an ideal world, they would make the music they want without pressure from record companies and the media, while at the same time benefiting from an organic growth of fans and a constant source of income. But in reality, the "starving musician" archetype pervades the music community, and some bands never emerge from that shadow. But every now and then, a band manages to escape some of the pains of the business and still maintain a good deal of success. And though they've worked [...]

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Noise Pop: Wednesday Night Preview!

Noise Pop's second evening steadies the pace with memorable solo performances at SF's Music Halls-- Stephen Malkmus at the Great American and John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) at the Swedish American  -- but there’s plenty of other great pickings. Sights and Sounds helps contribute to the longwinded philosophical debate of what it truly means to be an artist. Park Life gallery will display the fine art of those we know as musicians, namely Mark Mothersbaugh (Wes Anderson’s go-to composer, and of Devo), Bianca Casady (the Coco, her sister is the Rosie) and our neighborhood pal John Vanderslice, among others. A notable [...]

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