The Bay Abridged: Oct 14 — Oct 20
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 Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. The Black Lips, Ariel Pink at Bimbos (SF) Oct. 14 It was a night of firsts for this fresh piece of music reviewing meat. Never, never in my 26 years have I witnessed a lougie hawked on stage, let alone into the blaring lights and caught again [...]
Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit 2015 Lineup Announced
The yearly Bridge School Benefit Concert—booked and produced by Neil Young as a fundraiser for the special needs school founded by himself and now ex-wife Pegi Young—could be the only acoustic music festival in existence, and even if that's not true, it's still probably the best. This year's festivities will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Oct 25-26. Previous years headliners include Guns 'N Roses, Thom Yorke, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Billy Corgan, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, and more. Although looking at the above list, not a single one of the 9 notable bands I just listed are led by women. Bridge [...]
Sade Sundays: To The Ends of Bear Gulch Road and Back, Year 0.
Part One: Joshua Rampage This thing could write itself; last weekend Mike and I went to find Neil Youngâ€™s house. It was a little too easy to track down the latitude and longitude coordinates of his compound, but with no GPS device weâ€™d have to do it like gentlemen. Using a crumpled Google map I assumed the role of navigator as Mike steered us into the dark blue beyond of the Santa Cruz mountains. Rounding the steep switchbacks and overgrown hillsides of the Land That Time Forgot, it occurred to me that this might be the last and only place [...]
Neil Young’s self-made Archives out June 2
Maybe you've heard of local musician Neil Young -- he's been living in the area for some years, now. June 2 marks the release of Neil Young Archives Volume I, which embarks on a journey starting from Winnipeg 1963 with The Squires up until a little after the sessions of 1972's Harvest. Check out a demo of the Archives here. Bay Areans have a special tie to the catalog of Neil Young, much of which was inspired by the landscapes of the Woodside hills, where Young resides and records in many locations on his property. He's even produced the collection [...]