Noise Pop 2010: Mark Kozelek, Laura Gibson, Paula Frazer, Fences

Photos by: Charlie Homo We got a little lost on the way to the gig last night due, in part, to losing our bearings among the thousands of people gathered on Market Street to watch floats of Tiger Woods and light things on fire. The melee unfortunately caused us to miss the opener. Having missed Fences we decamped to the parquet for SF’s Paula Frazer whose bewitching tunes rolled around the Great American as if tumbleweed in a spaghetti western starring Grace Slick. Her operatic falsetto is the cherry atop her earthy, Scotch-Irish but-wouldn’t-be-out-of-place-in-Texas vocal quality; Lucinda Williams peering through [...]

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert @ GAMH Friday

Sleepless nights make for tired days, and a life without Gram Parsons would be a life without alt-country as we know it. The Sleepless Nights series here in San Francisco was started eight years ago by Eric Shea as a tribute to the late great musician. "Sleepless Nights" is the title of Parsons' 1976 posthumous album of covers and unreleased Grievous Angel tracks, as Parsons died of a drug overdose in 1973 at the age of 26. In his heyday, Parsons managed to bridge the gap between country and rock and roll, paving the way for bands and artists like [...]

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