What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, August 11 – 13

Attack of the Outside Lands night shows! Friday, August 11 Outside Lands @ Golden Gate Park Look, we need to at least acknowledge that this is happening. Elijah Ocean @ Hotel Utah Unwind from Outside Lands (or just getting around town during Outside Lands) with the dreamy tunes of Elijah Ocean. GZA @ Slim's Wu-Tang founder and chess nerd comes to Slim's. Sleigh Bells @ The Independent Click above for an excellent photo set of their last SF appearance. You're Alive: A Mortal Celebration featuring Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony and Midtown Social @ Great American Music Hall Produced [...]

Review + Photos: Sleigh Bells at Mezzanine

Sleigh Bells (photo: Ian Young) When Sleigh Bells announced that they were cancelling their Tuesday night show at The Independent due to singer Alexis Krauss’ ongoing bout with laryngitis, the news was a double disappointment. First, fans were deprived of seeing a hugely popular act in a small, cozy club, which is always a treat. And secondly, Krauss’ health problems meant that she wouldn’t be at full strength to belt out the tunes from Sleigh Bells’ latest album, Jessica Rabbit, a record that showcased the lead singer’s vocals acrobatics in a manner unheard of before from the group. In hindsight, the [...]

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Electro-punk duo Sleigh Bells announce November date at The Independent

Since they burst upon the scene in 2010 with their cheerleader-wields-machine gun aesthetic, Sleigh Bells’ songs have always been punctuated with an explosive, deafening wall of sound from guitarist Derek Miller and implacable swagger from vocalist Alexis Krauss. That formula, however, seems destined to change for their upcoming (and still-untitled) fourth album. In place of the immediate pacing and cacophony of noise, Sleigh Bells have returned with byzantine song structures and hushed atmospherics for the three singles they’ve released so far to promote the new record. https://open.spotify.com/track/5iXaFZUTQNxZ94RHh6ZeXl The latest track, “Hyper Dark,” set’s Miller’s guitars to the far background, allowing [...]

By |July 21, 2016|Tags: |

Review: The 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival

This year's Treasure Island Music Festival attracted a diverse crowd, most of which partied way too hard during the high-energy dance sets of Saturday to attend Sunday's more guitar-oriented lineup. Sunday was also much colder, with lines for coffee often stretching beyond lines for beer. Schools of glowing white jellyfish drifted through the festival grounds on handheld sticks, as music fans wandered back and forth between the two stages. Giraffage kicked things off at noon during Saturday's stretch of the festival after an introduction from Noise Pop/Salty Artist Management's Chad Heimann aka Chad Salty, performing sample-driven dance music for the [...]

What we love about Treasure Island's Sunday lineup: Haim, Real Estate, & more

Every year, Treasure Island Music Festival brings two days' worth of scenic music consumption to that island out in the Bay. The way the booking pans out, Saturday rounds up most of the electronic and dance-inducing performers of the weekend, leaving Sunday for indie rock enthusiasts. This year's lineup looks slightly different. Especially for those who enjoy electronic music, the second day lineup for this year's festival is experiencing a slight spillover of said genre artists -- including the relentlessly innovative Animal Collective, the aggressively pop-electro duo Sleigh Bells, and the current king of electronic pop, James Blake. Full disclosure: [...]

Oakland beatsmith Jel remixes Sleigh Bells

Check out this very cool remix by Jel — aka Oakland's Jeff Logan — of the Sleigh Bells' single "Comeback Kid," from their newest album Reign of Terror. The remix reduces the overblown guitar attack of the original song into a sort of hazy underbelly for Alexis Krauss' vocals. It kinda sounds like you're playing the song through crappy speakers (which you might be) while beats from your roommate's hip-hop records bleed through the walls. Jel is also opening for Sleigh Bells for the July segment of their tour. Full dates and the original video for "Comeback Kid" below. Jel [...]

By |May 16, 2012|Tags: , |

Noise Pop 2012: Thursday Preview

Date: Thursday, February 22nd Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 32 bands Already Sold-Out: Oh boy, several shows on Thursday have already reached their maximum. And frankly, we're not surprised. Here's the full list of sold out shows, in case you plan to try and beg, borrow, or steal your way in: The Bottom of the Hill local showcase featuring Thao and John Vanderslice as co-headliners, with Garrett Pierce and Bird By Snow opening, presented by SF Sketchfest. Budos Band with Allah-Las, Pickwick, and Big Tree at the Independent. Built to Spill with Sister Crayon at the Fillmore. Sleigh [...]

Noise Pop 20: Flaming Lips, Class Actress, Bob Mould, more great additions

The show calendar for Noise Pop 20 has fleshed out nicely. Recent additions include a pre-party with Class Actress at the Academy of Sciences, The Flaming Lips playing The Soft Bulletin at Bimbo's, two performances by Two Gallants at The Edinburgh Castle (!?), Bob Mould performing Sugar's Copper Blue at Bottom of the Hill, Mac McCaughan from Superchunk playing solo at the Swedish American Hall, and Sleigh Bells at the Regency. Class Actress - "Weekend" Born To Lose by Sleigh Bells Those are the headliners, but plenty of supporting names have been added to existing bills as well. Chief among [...]

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