Sonny Smith’s “100 Records” Project Debuts April 9th

Sonny and the Sunsets - "Too Young To Burn" When we interviewed Sonny and the Sunsets earlier this year, Sonny Smith explained repeatedly that he was a guy who had difficulty getting things done, a claim belied by his prolific musical career, including 2009's excellent Tomorrow is Alright and another Sunsets album that's on its way. As the interview was wrapping up, Kelley Stoltz suggested to us that we ask Sonny about the "100 Records" project he was working on. And so, he casually explained, he was in the process of completing a new art project called 100 Records, which [...]

In A Cloud release party tonight

Kelley Stoltz - "Pinecone" In A Cloud: New Sounds From San Francisco comes out today, and I hope you've ordered your copy already or intend to pick one up posthaste. As a reminder, the vinyl comp features previously unreleased tracks from over a dozen great Bay Area bands, at least four of whom will be performing at tonight's record release show at Amnesia (9pm, cost tba). On deck tonight: Kelley Stoltz, Tim Cohen (of The Fresh & Onlys), Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets), and Jon Bernson (of Exray's, formerly Ray's Vast Basement). Donovan Quinn (of The [...]

Last Sunday: Jeffrey Lewis and the Jackals, Sonny Smith and the Sunsets

One of the many highlights of Jeffrey Lewis and the Jackals' performance at the Hotel Utah last Sunday night was a song that examined the history of Communism's emergence in North Korea in a brisk and melodic fashion, which Lewis sang as he turned pages of an accompanying oversized comic book he'd drawn. With that fact in mind, you can decide whether to continue reading this review. My experience in championing the music and art of Jeffrey Lewis is that people make their minds up pretty quickly and decisively about his work, so if you are a fan of wordy [...]

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