Review + Photos: Sigur Rós at the Fox Theater

Sigur Rós (photo: Jon Bauer) Sigur Rós are consistently billed as a post-rock band — but while listening to them in a contemporary context, their music reminds me less of the 2000’s soaring arrangements, and more of this era’s experimental manipulations of sound through production. They are a rock band, yes, but Sigur Rós’ approach to emotional articulation is electronic. Prioritizing sound construction over literal meaning, their music pulls listeners emotionally without relying on context. At the Fox Theater in Oakland on Sunday night, Sigur Rós’ expansive sound was matched with soaring lights and patterned projections. The theater itself seemed [...]

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What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, April 7 – 9

Feel that Icelandic chill at The Fox this weekend. Friday, March 7 Regina Spektor @ The Greek Theatre The pianist and singer that made her fame in the mid-aughts will enchant the Greek. La Gente @ Elbo Room Cumbia, hip-hop, reggaie, and salsa sounds all come together to celebrate the city's diversity and promote its place as a sanctuary city. Lumerians, Peaking Lights, Potions @ The Chapel Sounds spooky, is spooky. Everyone Is Dirty, Dooms Virginia @ The Uptown A great lineup of local favorites, including the recently-renamed Dooms Virginia (FKA Annie Girl and the Flight). Saturday, March 8 The [...]

You are what you love: Rob Goodman’s six favorite Bay Area shows in 2016

The Cure, May 2016 (photo: Rob Goodman) Year after year, I’m reminded that among all the chaos in the world — especially during this tempestuous time in the United States — there is one oasis of jubilation, one place to go to pause, to thrash, to meditate, or just...listen. Shows bring people together on a level you rarely feel in any other setting. There were times this year when I had hoped for a greater level of protest from the artists I admire most, but we’re only human, after all — processing the present the best we can. In retrospect, [...]

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016 lineup announced

Pay attention, party people: The Treasure Island Music Festival lineup has landed. Featuring performances from Neon Indian, Car Seat Headrest, Kamaiyah, Sigur Ros, and many, many more, this years's roster is outpaces most of the festival's lineups in recent history. With varied artists spanning several genres but all sharing a common theme of being emerging and long-respected talents — this year's Treasure Island is set to be a stunner. Now in its 10th year, Treasure Island has grown into one of the most attractive festivals in the Bay Area and beyond. This will be its last year on the island [...]

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