Review + Photos: Pond at Great American Music Hall

Pond (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) As the gritty yet beautifully synthesized notes of “Don’t Look Directly At The Sun Or You’ll Go Blind” echoed across the walls of the Great American Music Hall, you could spot hundreds of dancing, moshing, jumping bodies flailing to the beat of Pond’s music. Yellow lights flashed upon the stage, making each band member glow. It seemed as though the group's energy was as magnetic, pulling concert goers closer and closer to the stage like gravity. The main floor of the venue was so packed it was hard not to touch the person next to you. [...]

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Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Steel Cranes, Sam Flax, Pond, Pelican, Yung Lean)

Steel Cranes (Photo: Miakoda Collins) Jason: After hearing "Boat Song", the lead single off Steel Cranes' upcoming debut LP Ouroboros, I was hooked by their heavy as all get-out sound. Now, the Oakland duo (consisting of singer and guitarist Tracy Shapiro and drummer Amanda Schukle) is back with a second offering off that upcoming album, due out September 24 – the equally heavy "Moving On", which has an almost poppy chorus without sacrificing the band's snarling edge across Shapiro's story of a relationship gone bad. The track is accompanied by a gritty video filmed along the shores of [...]

Live This Month: April 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #276)

Live This Month: April 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #276) 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. In curating this podcast, we got the nagging feeling that April is a little slow on the local album release front. We're not sure why that is -- Festival fatigue? Buildup for a big summer? -- but it's likely only a momentary blip. A number of exciting new Bay Area records are coming soon, and we're especially psyched about [...]

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