Review + Photos: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus aka boygenius at the Fox Theater

boygenius (photo: William Wayland) Words by Elaine Blakely First as soloists and then together as boygenius, they performed at Fox Theater in Oakland on November 27 for an endearing three-and-a-half hour performance. Their supergroup, boygenius, formed out of friendships and the experience of touring together. Dacus and Bridgers have both opened for Julien Baker on prior tours. With similar careers and lives, the three artists intended to co-write three songs. This led to more songs, then an LP release, and now a tour. These artists’ performances are deeply personal. Julien Baker, the original headliner, signed to Matador Records for her second [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Perhapsy, Julien Baker and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) Want even more giveaways? Sign up for our newsletter for access to extra contests. To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the listed show and notified via email. Friday, November 23 Birds of Chicago, Daniel Rodriguez @ The Chapel 9pm, $18, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, November 24 [...]

By |November 21, 2018|Tags: , |

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are the women of boygenius who outsmarted them all

(Photo: Lera Pentelute) Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus booked a tour together before they formed the new indie rock band boygenius. It’s not the typical order of events, but that’s the genius of this trio. They are not bound by convention, nor do they hang on the word of “adult men” in the industry. These artists — all singers, songwriters, and guitarists under the age of 25 — were driven by their calling to make music together. Undeterred, they made it happen on their own terms. Each young woman has a fairly new and successful solo career, a [...]

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 11 – 14

What's happening this week? Well, there's this thing we've been talking about for a month now. Monday, December 11 Violence Creeps, Toyota, Nopes @ Hemlock Tavern Some of our favorite local punk and noise bands from recent years fill out this bill. Metz, Moaning @ The Independent Read more about the Sub Poppers' sound and influences at the link above. Cindy Wilson @ Cafe du Nord Bring your jukebox money. Grizzly Bear @ The Warfield After a long hiatus and rumors of a breakup, Grizzly Bear are back with two nights at the Warfield. Olivia O'Brien @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery [...]

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Noise Pop: Julien Baker at Great American Music Hall

Julien Baker (photo: Ian Young) Solo artist Julien Baker serenaded the Great American Music Hall on February 23, 2017 as part of the ever-eclectic 2017 Noise Pop Music Festival. Our photographer Ian Young was at the show to capture her intense hold on the room along with a portrait session with the singer that you can check out below.

By |February 24, 2017|Tags: |

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Feb 20 ― Feb 23

Diet Cig is set to play Brick & Mortar this Wednesday night. Monday, February 20 Cloud Nothings, Kid Trails @ The Independent Start your Noise Pop week off strong with extraordinarily loud garage punk band Cloud Nothings. Tuesday, February 21 Weyes Blood @ Swedish American Music Hall Weyes Blood: mournful instrumentation, vocals drenched in a blue hue, and a name derived from the Flannery O'Connor novel Wise Blood. Tino Drima, Spooky Mansion @ Bender's Bar and Grill TBB writer Hailey Simposon explains Tino Drima "is a six-piece super-group of sorts, featuring members of O (fka Black Cobra Vibers), French Cassettes, and [...]

You are what you love: Rob Goodman’s six favorite Bay Area shows in 2016

The Cure, May 2016 (photo: Rob Goodman) Year after year, I’m reminded that among all the chaos in the world — especially during this tempestuous time in the United States — there is one oasis of jubilation, one place to go to pause, to thrash, to meditate, or just...listen. Shows bring people together on a level you rarely feel in any other setting. There were times this year when I had hoped for a greater level of protest from the artists I admire most, but we’re only human, after all — processing the present the best we can. In retrospect, [...]

The Bay Abridged: Feb 17 – Mar 1

Gardens & Villa (photo: Jon Ching) 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 other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Sun Foot, Sally Timms, and Quasi at The Chapel (SF) Feb. 17. When Sun Foot began the evening I thought it might be a joke, but by the end of the night they were my new favorite band — DEVO [...]

Playlist: Julien Baker shares the songs of her past ahead of Noise Pop performance

Some songs impact me not because I identify with the emotions myself, but because I know that someone I care about does. The first time I heard Julien Baker’s “Something,” off of her 2015 debut Sprained Ankle, the depiction of sleepless desolation over the end of an unhealthy relationship, one that masked personal problems now uncomfortably revealed, gently wrecked me as it reminded me of how someone I loved had been devastated the same. “I know I mean nothing, nothing to you/But I thought I mean something, something, something/But I just said nothing, said nothing, said nothing,” Baker wails with [...]

By |February 19, 2016|Tags: , |

Live This Month: February 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: February 2016 (Podcast #380) 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. Noise Pop 2016 features prominently in this month's podcast, which shouldn't be a surprise given how many great bands partake every year in this annual highlight. Among other Noise Pop bands in the mix, check out new music from Seattle's The Cave Singers, a track from the acclaimed collaborative album by Kneebody and Daedelus, and recent tracks from DIIV and Julien Baker. Beyond Noise Pop, there [...]

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