The Big One replaces Sea of Dreams, coming to Bill Graham this NYE with Flaming Lips, Geographer, Tycho and more

Last year saw Sea of Dreams, the decade-and-a half-old concert event that bills itself as one of the most elaborate New Year’s Eve spectacles in the county, change it’s location from The Concourse to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium — where acts ranging from Thievery Corporation to Emancipator to a DirtyBird Records showcase came to take part in the 2014/2015 rendition, entitled “Vibrant Sea.” The long-standing San Francisco experience, however, will be taking a hiatus for the year, and in its place Sea of Dreams partners HUSHconcerts and Another Planet Entertainment are launching a new event to take place at the [...]

Interview: Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss 'The Terror,' the evolution of their live show and much more

Photos by Paige K. Parsons The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and multi-instrumentalist/music arranger Steven Drozd won’t mince their words – their band’s new album, The Terror, is their darkest offering yet. “Dark” isn’t the right word for it, but they haven’t thought of an appropriate replacement yet, says Drozd, prior to the Lips’ set at BottleRock Napa Valley. The Lips have made alterations to their well-known stage show to fit the mood of the new album. Yet, at the same time, the gloom that hangs over the music is just one of many sides for the band. Yes, Coyne [...]

Interview: BottleRock aims to bring a major music festival to wine country

Longtime Napa residents and businessmen Bob Vogt and Gabe Meyers think that as important as Napa County has been for the Bay Area in terms of food and wine, entertainment is extremely lacking. Meyers, a 42-year-old sports media producer, and Vogt, a 63-year-old lawyer and commercial real estate developer – he’s one of the principal owners of Napa’s Uptown Theatre – believe the city and region should represent more than a good meal and spa day. “You can only have so many great meals and so much great wine before you’re like, ‘I have to work off this meal – [...]

Fuck You 2012

Has there been a shittier year than 2012? I can't think of one. Fuck you 2012! What a complete waste of time. Really we should strike it from the calendar. We could call it 2011b or something. With that said, here are a few redeeming qualities from the year that should not be named: 2012 did grant me my first chance to see a show at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Oh Big Sur, I love you. Oh Flaming Lips, thank you for bringing me back to Big Sur (and the show at Bimbo's in February was pretty [...]

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