Interview: Minna Choi discusses the Magik*Magik Orchestra’s origins and the rewards of working with rock bands

Since its inception three years ago, The Magik*Magik Orchestra has become the Bay Area's go-to orchestral group for rock bands looking to transform their music through the addition of classical elements. I suspect that making those sorts of collaborations work isn't always easy, and Magik*Magik's success is surely due in no small part to the many talents of Artistic Director Minna Choi. In anticipation of Magik*Magik's upcoming performance at Herbst Theatre on June 17th, where the orchestra will also join John Vanderslice for a performance of White Wilderness in its entirety, I spoke with Choi via e-mail about the joys [...]

Recommended, 4/4-4/10: Papercuts, The Wrong Words, The Dodos, and more

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Papercuts return home with Fading Parade I've been listening to Fading Parade, the latest from Papercuts, like crazy lately, and every spin has me confused as to why this band isn't yet a bigger name. Jason Quever has constructed an album that's lush and layered, but rooted in great pop songs that thrive in the haze. Papercuts [...]

Video: The Dodos – “Black Night”

Here's a black-and-white clip from The Dodos, who will be performing at The Fillmore on April 7th (9pm, $18.50). If you're looking for more Dodos videos, a full performance they played for AOL at SXSW is archived here. Full tour dates after the jump. Upcoming US + European Tour Dates: 03-25 Winnipeg, MB - West End $ 03-26 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s $ 03-28 Calgary, AB - Republik $ 03-29 Edmonton, AB - Starlite $ 03-31 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw $ 04-01 Victoria, BC - Sugar $ 04-02 Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo $ 04-04 Seattle, WA - Neumo's $ [...]

By |March 25, 2011|Tags: |

Listen to The Dodos’ new album in its entirety

Before it comes out on March 15th, The Dodos' new album, No Color, is streaming in its entirety at Hype Machine. Take a listen! The Dodos – "Don't Stop" The Dodos - "Black Night" US and European tour dates after the jump. US + European 2011 Tour: 03-10 Reno, NV - Lincoln Lounge 03-11 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar 03-12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress 03-13 Phoenix, AZ - The Duce 03-14 Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse 21 03-16 Austin, TX – SXSW - Tiger Mountain and Noise Pop Present - Brooklyn vs. the Bay Day Party - Red [...]

By |March 3, 2011|Tags: |

The Dodos – “Black Night”

As previously reported, The Dodos' No Color is set for release on March 15th. Starting today (February 1st), fans may pre-order the album from the band's website, and as a reward, they will receive an immediate download of "Black Night." Pitchfork premiered "Black Night" today, and also caught the Dodos on Tunnelvision, featuring a recent live performance from the band in San Diego:

By |February 1, 2011|Tags: |

The Dodos announce ‘No Color’ tour, including hometown show at the Fillmore 4/7/11

As we've all heard by now, the new album from the Dodos comes out on March 15th via Frenchkiss, and the duo brought in Neko Case to sing on the album. That's really awesome. Starting February 1st, those who pre-order No Color on the Dodos' website will receive an immediate download of "Black Night," one of the songs from the new record. And starting March 10th, Meric and Logan will set out on a fairly long U.S. and European tour. This tour includes a stop at the Fillmore on April 7th. All tour dates and a special "making-of" No Color [...]

By |January 20, 2011|Tags: |

Repost: Meric Long of The Dodos confesses new album to be the most exciting in Pitchfork interview

It's hard to conceal the excitement when hearing it straight from The Dodos that their new fourth album is their most exciting yet. Going back to the producer of their first two records (John Askew) as well as the two-man lineup, Long explained that the Dodos' March 8, 2011 release on Frenchkiss combines all the last ones, and additionally: It doesn't sound quite as raw as Visiter, but it has the energy of that record. One of the things that we intended to do was to really just to make a record that was exciting, almost to the point where [...]

By |December 15, 2010|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Mister Heavenly, Pegi Young, The Dodos, Jonathan Richman

To enter any contest submit an email to with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Thursday, December 2nd Mister Heavenly featuring Nick Diamonds (Islands / Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man), and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse / The Shins) @ Cafe du Nord To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter! The show starts at 9pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+. [...]

Ticket Giveaway: The New Pornographers, The Dodos, Imaad Wasif @ Fox Theater, 7/18

This week we only have one show to bid on, but it's definitely a big one. Trickling down from the Northwest on their national tour, The New Pornographers, The Dodos and Imaad Wasif stop at Oakland's Fox Theater on Sunday, July 18 (7:30, $27.50). If you're interested in going, please email with the subject line "The New Pornographers Giveaway" and answer the following question: Which popular indie rock song would you like to see Bob Dylan cover, and why?" The two most entertaining answers received by the end of the day Thursday win a pair of tickets each. The [...]

The Dodos offer up free live album, play benefit show 6/5/10 @ the Indy

With an email address, a few keystrokes and a little bit of luck, you could be the recipient of both a new live album from the Dodos and tickets to one of the band's upcoming shows (such as the show at the Fox on July 18 with the New Pornographers). The Dodos are releasing Live from Akropolis, Prague (an hour-long live album with ten tracks) for free in exchange for an email address. By entering your email, you'll automatically be entered to win tickets: All we need is your email address. The power of the internet will sort your location [...]

By |June 4, 2010|Tags: |
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