What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 12 – Dec 15
The biggest benefit show for last weekend's Oakland fire tragedy will be at the Fox Theatre this Wednesday. Monday, December 12 Julia Lewis, Brogan Bentley @ Thee Parkside Free show, $1 Anchor Steam beers, and Calebrate hosting? Yes, please. Pylon Reenactment Society, Cruel Summer, Mall Walk @ The Independent An Athens, Georgia local favorite, Pylon disbanded after guitarist Randy Bewley died in 2000. Instead of replacing him, Pylon Reenactment Society was born with members from Casper & the Cookies, The Glands, and pianist Damon Denton to pay tribute. Gladys Knight with the San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall The "Empress [...]
Review & Photos: Stereo Total, Giggle Party and Super Adventure Club, Rickshaw Stop, 5/1/13
Stereo Total formed more than 20 years ago. They sing in French and German. They mix Casiotone pop, disco and garage rock as if it were completely natural to do so. They played "Pixelize Me" from the new album Cactus versus Brezel, but also oldies like "Miau Miau" from the 1995 self-titled LP. The set closed with an excellent spin on Sid Vicious's "My Way" sung in French. The encores ended with "Everyone in the Discotheque (I Hate)" and everyone on stage singing in the rain. Giggle Party also has a thing for cats. They transplanted here from Dallas a [...]
Giggle Party covers the Pixies' "Debaser", playing free show at Brick and Mortar tonight!
We first covered Giggle Party last month, giving you the scoop on the SF-via-Dallas outfit's latest EP, This City Smells Like Piss. Although I'd argue that only certain neighborhoods in our fair city smell like urine (hey nothing's perfect, right?), that's beside the point – Giggle Party brings an infectious brand of "spazzy punk/pop" that is a notable addition to the Bay Area scene, and they keep pumping out quality releases, one after the other. Now, the band is back with a ridiculously awesome (and undeniably danceable) cover of the Pixies' "Debaser", the opening track off the legendary indie act's [...]
Giggle Party releases EP 'This City Smells Like Piss', headlining Bottom of the Hill 1/20/13
San Francisco's Giggle Party, who moved to the Bay from Dallas just over a year ago, recently released a three-song EP entitled This City Smells like Piss ahead of a headlining gig at Bottom of the Hill January 20th. The band likes to think of themselves as a strong live band, but their studio work is a lot of fun, too. All five members of the band sing (and sing loudly), with huge choruses and chants everywhere. Singer and bassist Jason Reichtel tells me that while their previous albums were primarily synth-driven, their time in San Francisco has led to [...]