Best of 2019: Jon Bauer’s favorite show photos from 2019

Beats Antique (photo: Jon Bauer) Editor's note:Jon Bauer is one of our favorite photographers and we have been lucky to have him photograph for us for many years now. Every year his shots never cease to impress us as he photographs a wide variety of shows, from live music to experimental performance art to comedy, and we love all the shots of his that we get to share. 2019 was no exception, and we look forward to another year of many great photos to come from Jon. For now, please enjoy what he has selected as his favorite show photos [...]

SXSW Day Three: Heating up with Japanese Breakfast, Charly Bliss, De La Soul

Charly Bliss (photo: Ian Young) Photos and additional reporting by Ian Young and Norm deVeyra Ian's Highlights Japanese Breakfast at Fader Fort: Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast, has a busy SX this year with five showcases over three days. Her first at Fader Fort was a short but mighty set that included a cover of The Cranberries' "Dreams." In fact, her show was so nice I'll see it twice, since her second showcase is this afternoon. Fader Fort: Speaking of Fader Fort, this festival-in-a-festival boasted free entry, free booze, free CBD vape pens, and free good vibes. Plus this adorable [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 28 – 30

Friday, September 28 Hollie Cook @ The New Parish Sex Pistols progeny Hollie Cook brings her distinct brand of "tropical pop" to Oakland. Neighbor Lady, Tino Drima, Doncat @ Cafe du Nord Two of our favorite locals supprt Athens' lo-fi melodic rock project Neighbor Lady. Jessica Hopper + Carvell Wallace @ Green Apple Books on the Park Tonight, living female rock critic Jessica Hopper will be joined by Oakland writer Carvell Wallace for a talk on her new memoir, Night Moves. Parquet Courts @ The Ritz Miss them at the Fillmore last night? There's still time to catch a ride [...]

Review + Photos: Belle & Sebastian charm the East Bay

Belle & Sebastian (photo: Joshua Huver) On Monday night, June 25, an unusually energetic crowd of indie rock fans flocked to the Fox Theater in Oakland for Belle & Sebastian, the unquestioned Scottish royalty of emotionally-laden pop songs. The show marked the band's third Bay Area performance within one year, and the first in the East Bay in three years. “Oakland, East Bay. It’s very nice to be here, very refreshing. I look across to that dark and cloudy, misty land called San Francisco and wonder what idiot lives there.” lead vocalist Stuart Murdoch mused. “It’s like there’s a mystical [...]

Japanese Breakfast to stir up the Bay with two performances

Japanese Breakfast (photo: Ian Young) After a critically acclaimed debut with Psychopomp, Japanese Breakfast is bringing their nuanced and reflective sophomore album, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, back to the Bay. With a date at the Fox on June 25 followed by a gig at Terrapin Crossroads on June 26, Japanese Breakfast will perform to a growing Bay Area fanbase. Touring with bands like Half Waif, Mothers and Ought, Japanese Breakfast is quickly rising in the ranks of experimental folk pop players. Having written her first album after the death of her mother, bandleader Michelle Zauner uses her newest album [...]

Photos: Japanese Breakfast at Swedish American Hall

Japanese Breakfast (photo: Ian Young) Philly rocker Japanese Breakfast played to a very happy crowd at Swedish American Hall last Thursday, September 21, 2017. Michelle Zauner and her band were joined by Mannequin Pussy and The Spirit of the Beehive. Our photographer Ian Young a was in attendance to capture the great gallery below of all the bands from the night.

By |September 26, 2017|Tags: |

Giveaway: Japanese Breakfast at Swedish American Hall

To have a chance to see Japanese Breakfast live is to have a chance to be beamed up into space, to have the stars envelop you, and to be one if with the world's intergalactic beings. To feel otherworldly in a positive way — not in a "nobody understands me" way but a "for a moment, everything makes sense and everyone understands me" way. It's also a chance to see the person who helped bring to the world two interstellar creations: The amazing new video game, starring not only all of Japanese Breakfast but also Bay Area local Jay Som: [...]

By |September 20, 2017|Tags: |

Japanese Breakfast releases new music video, announces fall tour with Bay stops

Michelle Zauner, better known as the mastermind behind Japanese Breakfast, recently accompanied a fall tour announcement with the release of a new music video for "Road Head." The song comes from Japanese Breakfast's new album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, released on July 14. "Road Head" is the fifth music video that Zauner has collaborated on with Adam Kolodny. The pair drew on Twin Peaks and Fallen Angels, focusing on staging and on an exaggerated color palette. The song opens with a shimmering guitar and elegant vocal harmonies reminiscent of an orchestra of harps. The video's protagonist lives alone with her demon, a [...]

By |August 3, 2017|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Japanese Breakfast at the Rickshaw Stop

Words by Annie Bacon Last night at Rickshaw Stop, Noise Pop curated a powerhouse night of music. Headliner Japanese Breakfast brought out a damn good-looking crowd who showered attention and affection on all the bands. All in all, it was a night that invigorated my belief that there is an explosion of incredible new music happening right now, and that women are leading that charge. Dante Elephante is a charming band. They can also rock, but it was charm that pulled me in as the supporting band warmed up crowd at Rickshaw Stop last night. There’s something inherently likable about [...]

By |February 27, 2017|Tags: |
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