Giveaway: Jonathan Richman at the Chapel

First time I saw Jonathan Richman was at Burger Boogaloo in Oakland in 2015. The first thing he did was make sure that he didn't have to stand on stage, because he has never wants to be put on a pedestal. It was packed, but he tried his hardest to make everyone feel safe and included, and I feel like that is his legacy. A musical legend that actually cares about his fans and the people he surrounds himself with. He's also freaking talented, and is a legend because of his music alone. The Modern Lovers was created because of his [...]

The Bay Abridged: May 11 – 24

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Quiles & Cloud at The Fillmore (SF) May 13. Over the last six months, the Bay Area’s bluegrass favorite Hot Buttered Rum have released a series of six-song EPs recorded around a specific theme. Celebrating old influences, new collaborations and late night spirits, [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Jonathan Richman, The Blank Tapes

To enter any contest, email with the name of the band and date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, December 12th Jonathan Richman @ Great American Music Hall 8pm, $16, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, December 13th X & The Blasters @ The Fillmore 9pm. $35, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, December 13th La Gente, La Misa Negra @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $10, all ages. Buy [...]

Review: Jonathan Richman @ Make-Out Room, 8/15/13

For the last night of his four-night residency at the Make-Out Room, Jonathan Richman wasted no time perfecting THE SOUND. He asked politely and waited patiently for the giant fan to be turned off. It might mean heat stroke, even death, but he wanted THE SOUND to be perfect...and so it was. It was super fucking hot in the Make-Out Room, but when JoJo played a reconfigured version of "Old World," no one was complaining. He strummed those chords better than I've ever heard those chords strummed (at least since the song's birth on the seminal The Modern Lovers LP [...]

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Recommended, 7/12-17: Phono del Sol, Gardens & Villa, Sean Hayes, Jonathan Richman

Here are early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Phono del Sol is this Saturday! As we discussed yesterday, we are extremely excited to be producing the first ever Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival in Potrero del Sol Park this Saturday. Doors open at noon for this FREE, all ages, all day event, which features Aesop Rock, Mirah, Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, and Appetite. With food trucks, [...]

Live This Month: July 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #252)

Live This Month: July 2011 (Podcast #252) 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. As summer touring heats up, a bunch of buzz bands are coming through town this month, and the arriving Iceage, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Cold Showers have all received strong praise for their debuts. Meanwhile, several locals, including Release the Sunbird, Form & Fate, and Painted Palms, all have new records they're supporting with SF shows. Last, but not least, we're gearing up for our free Phono Del [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Mister Heavenly, Pegi Young, The Dodos, Jonathan Richman

To enter any contest submit an email to with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Thursday, December 2nd Mister Heavenly featuring Nick Diamonds (Islands / Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man), and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse / The Shins) @ Cafe du Nord To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter! The show starts at 9pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+. [...]

Jonathan Richman residency at the Swedish, July 21st-23rd

Jonathan Richman is no stranger to residencies at intimate San Francisco venues. This week, the Swedish American Music Hall will host Richman from July 21st to July 23rd, with Olof Arnalds opening all three shows (8:00 pm, $15, all ages). Jonathan Richman - "Time Has Gone By So Fast" Richman's prolific catalog - with releases from both the Modern Lovers and his own solo efforts - will serve as the platform for three solid nights of entertainment. Iceland's Olof Arnalds will be performing in support of her upcoming new album, Innundir skinni, which is currently streaming via One Little Indian.

Jonathan Richman: upcoming Make-Out Room residency

Indie elder statesman Jonathan Richman returns to the Make-Out Room next week for a four night residency from the 20th through the 23rd (all shows 8pm, $15). Jonathan and drummer Tommy Larkins recently produced singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt's upcoming album, Skitter On Take-Off, out October 6th. Richman and Larkins are expected to return to the studio soon to record the follow-up to 2008's Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Jonathan Richman - "Time Has Gone By So Fast" (from Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild) In the meantime, Richman picked a collection of [...]

By |September 17, 2009|Tags: |
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