Cullen Omori, former frontman for Smith Westerns, making most of second chance

Cullen Omori - Photo by Alexa Lopez Editors Note: Cullen Omori's show at the Independent on April 5th has been cancelled. ***** Left For Dead. That ominous three-word phase is the opening salvo of Cullen Omori’s “Synthetic Romance,” an otherwise sweeping and rich up-tempo pop number from the his debut solo album, New Misery. Omori’s macabre initial statement may seem a little dramatic, particularly for a boyish-looking troubadour who is just 25 years old, but the one-time frontman of the Smith Westerns is already a grizzled veteran of the music business, and after seeing his former band dissipate under a [...]

Videos: The National, Nine Inch Nails, Surfer Blood, Bhi Bhiman, Smith Westerns at Outside Lands 2013

The National, Bhi Bhiman, Nine Inch Nails, Surfer Blood, and Smith Westerns were among the many bands that performed at Outside Lands 2013 over the weekend. Here are clips from all five acts' performances, shot by Roman Gokhman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJc6izKul6Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvo5cgaF28o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vobSdr6AyCg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHnoidCJJL4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVOaecPmewo

Live This Month: August 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #311)

Live This Month: August 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #311) 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. You can't talk about Bay Area concerts in August without acknowledging the biggest of them all, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which returns to Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. The festival is sold out, and with good reason: the lineup offers everything from Paul McCartney and Nine Inch Nails to King Tuff and local bands like [...]

Live This Month: February 2011 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #242)

Live This Month: February 2011 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. February can only mean one thing in Bay Area indie music: the annual and much celebrated Noise Pop Festival, now in its nineteenth year. There's so much good Noise Pop stuff that we'll be devoting a separate podcast to it in a few weeks. Before the fest, too, there are plenty of great shows to occupy your time, including Beach House, The Radio Dept. and MINKS on tour, and locals [...]

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