Noise Pop 2019: Teenage Fanclub’s untainted exuberance

Teenage Fanclub don’t have anything to prove. With 30 years of grit, the Scottish band has spent their career releasing consistently stellar power pop that recalls Big Star and the psychedelia of the British Invasion. Emerging from the C86 scene after the breakthrough success of 1991’s Bandwagonesque (which recently saw a reinterpretation from Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard), the group has had a bit of an understated impact commercially. Still, their unadulterated sound has drawn a steady fan base of fellow musicians and critics alike. Opening the 26th year of Noise Pop at the Fillmore, Teenage Fanclub showcased exactly [...]

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Review + Photos: Teenage Fanclub with Britta Phillips at Great American Music Hall

Teenage Fanclub (photo: Patric Carver) Britta Phillips brought a quelling familiarity onto the stage, as if we were all regulars a bar where she headlined frequently. Because of this, the space between performer and audience seemed to evaporate, leaving listeners in this suspended state of readiness. Phillips, joined on stage by Luna bandmate Dean Wareham took full advantage of this with an eight-song set that was passionate and provocative without being punchy. Her disarming vocals were reminiscent of Carly Simon, if Carly Simon had been educated by the wonders of synth pop before embarking on her singing career. Phillips' voice [...]

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Live This Month: March 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2017 (Podcast #402) 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. This month's concert picks include buzzed-about emerging artists like Vagabon and Lisa Prank (both on stellar SF label Father/Daughter Records), as well as opportunities to check out rock veterans like Teenage Fanclub and James Chance & The Contortions, who both released new albums last year. The mix is also chock-full of great local bands, including excellent tunes from Fake Your Own Death, Emotional, Gary With A [...]

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