Live This Month: August 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: August 2014 (Podcast #343) 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. Any discussion of SF music in August has to begin with Outside Lands 2014. Tickets sold out in the blink of an eye, a well-deserved achievement considering the extremely packed lineup of everything from Kanye to (Mikal) Cronin. It's great to see Outside Lands continue to soar. Now when do we start talking about extending it to a second weekend? OSL is the biggest, but it [...]

Review & Photos: Liars, Cadence Weapon @ Great American Music Hall, 7/5/2012

On Thursday night, Los Angeles-based rockers Liars visited the Great American Music Hall to support their new album WIXIW, a menacing electronic record that embraces a sort of desperate beauty within its isolated synths, drawling vocals and minimalist drums. Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon opened the show, fresh off his performance before Japandroids' sold-out show at the Independent in May. Originally booked at The Fillmore and moved to the GAMH — perhaps due to low ticket sales — the crowd was slow to fill the venue. By the time Cadence Weapon went on at 8:46pm (30 minutes past their posted start [...]

Interview: Liars discuss the merits of recording in isolation, the lure of electronic music, and their favorite sports teams (spoiler: the 49ers make the list)

For an experimental rock group that initially found an audience as part of the New York dance punk scene in the early 2000s, Liars have come a long way. They've relocated from NYC to Berlin to Los Angeles and recorded five albums in the process. Each has been remarkably different from the last, the instrumentation bouncing from atmospheric church hall drone to stabbing guitar freakouts to heart-melting ballads (the song "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" was recently used during the climatic surgery scene in the film 50/50). Like Radiohead, Liars are the kind of band critics and fans [...]

By |July 3, 2012|Tags: |

Liars release new album 'WIXIW,' playing Fillmore on 7/5/12

Reinventing themselves once again, Los Angeles-based three-piece Liars newest LP WIXIW (pronounced "wish you") is now available from Mute Records. The album is a dark, electronic affair — clearly influenced by Radiohead's Kid A (the obvious reference point for a noise rock band turning to synthesizers) and reinforces the band's constant desire to push themselves out of their comfort zone. There's healthy debate but Liars fans are responding positively to the new sound. Setting aside questions about what qualifies as "new" when a rock band sets out to make an "electronic" record (considering that the most popular indie and radio [...]

By |June 13, 2012|Tags: |
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