Review + Photos: Ride at the Regency Ballroom

Ride (photo: Patric Carver) Ride came back to San Francisco to play a packed show at the Regency Ballroom. Opening act Spirit of the Beehive had a bright and beautiful sound that, much like the film they're named for, contained some darker substance upon examination. All of their songs sounded pretty, but there was an overall feeling of longing ever-present in the hum-like vocals and straining guitars. They were a great warm-up act for the dream-pop rockers Ride. Ride has a lot of things going for them, but stamina is definitely what first comes to mind when I think of them. You don't [...]

By |October 17, 2019|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Ride at the Fillmore

RIDE (photo: Patric Carver) “Well, after this we’re touring with Phoenix,” said Lo Moon frontman Matt Lowell. “Then we’re headed to Europe, with London Grammar.” Our conversation is interrupted by a woman rapping on Lowell’s shoulder. “You were great!” she shouts. “Totally great!” I concur. Lowell, a transplant from New York living in Los Angeles, came to the West in search of others that shared his passion for music. “New York...New York is dried up. I needed to leave.” Lo Moon’s sound is a shiny little nugget of smooth, powerful sound that seemingly fell straight to the Fillmore stage from 1987. [...]

By |October 2, 2017|Tags: |

Legendary shoegaze band Ride reunite to play The Warfield

Ride  will be in between playing the first and second weekends of Coachella when they headline The Warfield this Monday, April 13th. Earlier this year, shoegaze fans had their hearts skip a beat with the news of a Ride reunion tour. Formed in Oxford, England, Ride's blend of melodic noise led the quiet charge of the shoegaze music scene in the 90s. Their first album, Nowhere, is hailed as one of the defining albums of the shoegaze movement - much to the one-time denial of guitarist Andy Bell, who has shrugged off the label of "shoegaze" in the past. Label [...]

By |April 8, 2015|Tags: |

Live This Month: April 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: April 2015 (Podcast #360) 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. It sure is a great time to be a fan of classic dream-pop and shoegazer music, with the recently-reunited Ride hitting the US this month for their first US shows in 20 years. By contrast, Warren Defever, leader of longtime 4AD act His Name is Alive, has kept that band actively releasing records since its inception, but the experimental group's 25th anniversary tour across the United [...]

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