Review + Photos: Live 105 Soundcheck Holiday Party

Panic is Perfect (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) In the midst of the holiday madness, Live 105's Soundcheck Holiday Party brought together a collection of some of the Bay Area's best indie-rock acts on Thursday, December 22, just days before Christmas. The night of music kicked off with Abbot Kinney, who had the crowd at The New Parish chanting to the chorus of "It's the middle of the night." A young but soulful band named The Blondies followed. Next, Panic Is Perfect played an impressively upbeat set whilst wearing warm festive holiday sweaters. The show came to a close with Oakland's own dreamy-synth duo Midi Matilda, who [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Midi Matlida, The Black Queen

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) 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 and notified via email. Thursday, December 22 Soundcheck Holiday Party with Midi Matilda, Panic is Perfect, Abbot Kinney @ The New Parish 7:30pm, $10.53, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Wednesday, December 28 The Black Queen, Telefon Tel Aviv, Vogel @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $15, all ages. Buy advance [...]

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 19 – Dec 22

This week catch live performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas with music provided by the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. Monday, December 19 Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker @ The Warfield Opening for this holiday heavy-hitter will be 20+ Musical Wunderkind violinist and cellist prodigies, young "pre-professionals," accompanying the principal ballerina in Saint-Saëns’ classic “Dying Swan.” Dimond Saints, Gladkill @ The New Parish Wormhole's sensory explosion show series of Burner-esque tendencies will be donating all proceeds towards victims of the Ghost Ship fire and their families. Tuesday, December 20 Nyre @ El Rio Our most recently featured local [...]

Midi Matilda return with “Tidal Wave”

Electronic pop duo Midi Matilda have returned after laying low for two years. Seemingly back in full force, an ominous photo with nothing more than "2/08" was seen on the band's Facebook page last week. Sure enough, Monday came with a new song, video, and accompanying first installment of a behind-the-scenes sort of series. Odds are you haven't seen Skyler Kilborn (vocals, guitar) and Logan Grimé (drums) since 2013, whether at Outside Lands or any location on a list of Bay Area festivals and venues, on tour with Shiny Toy Guns, or in your head when their debut EP was re-released [...]

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First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

Review & Photos: Midi Matilda, OONA, holychild @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/17/13

If the only time someone has seen San Francisco’s Midi Matilda was at last year’s Live 105 BFD, when the guitar and drums synth-pop duo struggled with gear malfunctions through the first half of a short set to a dwindling crowd, that person would have a very wrong estimation of what it was capable of. Friday night at Rickshaw Stop, Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grime fully entertained a sold-out house, introduced several new songs and paid tribute, once again, to former manager Steve Brodsky, who passed away too soon, recently, after a brief fight with cancer. “This show is because [...]

Review: Geographer, Midi Matilda, On An On @ The Fillmore, 1/31/13

"I remember when we couldn't even get a show in this town...and now we're at the FUCKING Fillmore," proclaimed Geographer frontman/guitarist/synth-master Michael Deni last Thursday night, during a banter-break between floating falsettos and pulsing synths. This set the scene for the evening: Geographer hasn't played in their San Francisco home turf since October '12, so Deni, cellist/electro-tech Nathan Blaz, and drummer Brian Ostreicher were more than ready for a sold-out 1,200-person family reunion. Geographer's had about a year to let the bubbly, airy electro-pop tunes on their latest release, Myth, settle a bit. The adoring crowd at The Fillmore was equally [...]

Midi Matilda releases video for new single featuring touchscreen guitar, moving flatbed truck

When we sat down with Midi Matildaa few weeks ago to talk about their music they teased an upcoming video shoot they were headed to Vacaville to film the next day. Instrumentalist/percussionist Logan Grime boasted about an open flatbed truck they'd be playing live music on while driving in motion through the back fields of Vacaville. I remember myself saying "That can't be safe". But fearless Midi Matilda was unphased by my concern. While I'm not a proponet of any band risking their lives or safety for the sake of their music, I have to say the video did turn [...]

Interview: Midi Matilda talks singles, influences, and playing BFD

Since the release of their first single, "Day Dreams", Midi Matilda has exploded onto San Francisco's local music scene. Topping Hype Machine's play lists, appearing on hundreds of blogs, making a regular rotation on Live 105's Sound Check and playing at BFD's local stage, it's clear that this duo has star power that will be tough for the rest of the world to ignore. Made up of two friends and Bay Area natives who met at Expression College in the East Bay while studying music production, Midi Matilda's Logan Grime and Skyler Kilborn are on a roll with no plans [...]

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