Live This Month: February 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #270)

Live This Month: February 2012 (Podcast #270) 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. The twentieth installment of the Noise Pop Music Festival takes over a wide variety of local venues later this month -- and we'll be covering many of those shows -- but there are also plenty of pre-NP events worth checking out. Locally, two bands are seeing the release of records for which it feels like we've been waiting forever: the debut LP from ultra-catchy punks Terry Malts, and [...]

Review: Ladybug Transistor, Red Pony Clock, Sea Lions @ The Hemlock 9/8/11

Last Thursday at the Hemlock, Elephant Sixers the Ladybug Transistor made magic and even helped to reunite some long lost family members. Oxnard’s finest, Sea Lions, and San Diego’s experimental tropicalists Red Pony Clock realized that evening some of their members were, in fact, cousins. “The Mexicans of indie rock,” Gabe Saucedo of RPC joked, “it’s just us and them.” [nggallery id=110908-ladybug] Sea Lions opened and performed their jangly and melodic pop, fronted by guitarist and singer Adrain Pillado and his baritone ballads. The band is touring extensively this fall to lead up to their November full-length release on Slumberland [...]

Video: Sea Lions – “My Girl”

SoCal indie pop band Sea Lions were terrific at Popfest, and they're back Thursday night at the Hemlock Tavern with The Ladybug Transistor (9pm, $10). Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask comes out on 11/8 on Slumberland Records.

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SF Popfest 2011: Slumberland Records showcase @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/28/11

Saturday night's Slumberland Records showcase at the Rickshaw Stop was a mini-festival within SF Popfest 2011, like a set of Russian nesting dolls, or like something that's a smaller thing within a similar but larger thing other than a set of Russian nesting dolls. Promising ten bands in eight hours, the show offered prospective attendees a sampling of one of indie's most vital labels, but I'll confess to harboring a little bit of fear about the undertaking too. With a genre like indie pop, which often, and not altogether unfairly, gets derided as a little samey, one could imagine a [...]

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