Review & Photos: Small Black, Snowmine at the Rickshaw

Photos by Paige K. Parsons When Brooklyn’s Small Black released their debut EP in 2009, it was the golden age of chillwave - a genre phrase that I can no longer utter without cringing at myself. But at the time it was fresh and completely appropriate. The Small Black EP was everything a good chillwave record should be: guitar-based synth pop that’s low-fi almost to a fault. The Washed Out collaboration that came out the following year was just as stellar. So when I walked into Small Black’s headlining, sold-out show at Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday night, I had high [...]

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Small Black to release new EP, play Rickshaw Stop next week

Small Black is adept at swiveling delicate, electronic streams of tonal ethereality. However, since 2013's EP Limits of Desire, the quartet spent a significant amount of time building their aesthetic toward a more approachable live sound. Thus, the Real People EP was born. The new EP, dropping April 1 via Jagjaguwar, was recorded in part featuring Brooklyn's own Frankie Rose and garnered inspiration from a mix of places, including a felony-imbibing teen from Washington, a song by The Blue Nile, and a curious sample of a resort singer from an album found at a thrift store in Spokane. In addition, the band is [...]

Live This Month: March 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #330) 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. With South by Southwest luring over one thousand bands to Austin later this month, it's touring season in indie music. While that means plenty of locals are already on the road, it also means some exciting opportunities to see buzzed-about out-of-town acts without taking a flight to Texas. Those acts include UK producer Forest Swords, touring around SXSW [...]

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