FFS: A Friggin’ Fun Show

FFS (Photos by Brittany O'Brien) From swaying and atmospheric to face-melting electric rockabilly distortion by way of teeth, The Intelligence managed to put just the right amount of pep in eager FFS fans' steps at their Oakland debut at the Fox Theater last Thursday. They may have looked like your dad and his friends, but I assure you the Intelligence earned their spot as openers for FFS as they jumped over drum sets and kicked their feet in the air while shredding notes that filled the grandiose theatre. As the pulse of the crowd dropped between bands, I couldn't help but to wonder if [...]

Live This Month: July 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #282)

Live This Month: July 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #282) 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. So our top recommendation this month isn't terribly surprising, but it's a festival we're extremely excited about. On July 21, 2012, we'll be throwing the second annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival in Potrero del Sol Park. We've got seven great bands lined up -- The Fresh & Onlys, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gardens & Villa, Dominant Legs, [...]

The Intelligence – "Techno Tuesday" (new LP out 6/19/12)

Despite recently relocating to LA, Lars Finberg and his crew of misfits in The Intelligence continue to pump out San Francisco-style garage rock with gusto. He's also joined Thee Oh Sees as a permanent member (a position one might assume requires some serious vigor). Those of you with fond feelings towards jangle-pop should have no problem bouncing along to The Intelligence's new single "Techno Tuesday," which you can grab below. The new LP Everybody's Got It Easy But Me follows on the heels of their 2010 release Males and continues the band's increasingly hi-fi trajectory, showcasing their clearest recordings yet. [...]

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