Photos: The Matches light up The UC Theatre

The Matches (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Berkeley's newest venue offered a time loop back to 2006 this past weekend. Though Imusicast is no longer around, The Matches returned home to the East Bay for the 10-year-anniversary of the band's sophomore album, Decomposer. In true L3 fashion, the band filled The UC Theatre  with loud, local, live music on Saturday, November 19. The set was full of high-energy antics and nostalgic crowdsurfers, including the band's singer Shawn Harris. Though the venue was full of eager concertgoers, the band still offered an intimate set by joining the crowd numerous times and playing a song in the middle of the general [...]

By |November 21, 2016|Tags: |

Walking down memory lane with The Matches

The Matches (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Live, loud and local: those words describe each time The Matches performed in the Bay Area. Those words were later shortened to, and stood for L3 — a series of East Bay shows the group organized at Imusicast, an Oakland venue that closed down more than 10 years ago. Over the years, the band graced the cover of Alternative Press, played Warped Tour, and recorded three records — two of which Tim Armstrong and John Feldmann helped produce. Despite the band's rise to fame, the members continue to be as involved and personable with their fans as they [...]

By |November 18, 2016|Tags: |

Photos: The Matches reunite at the Fillmore with Finish Ticket

The Matches (photo: Brittany O'Brien) For the first time since 2009, Oakland band The Matches played The Fillmore on Monday night, December 28, 2015, with support from fellow local band Finish Ticket.  The band had been on hiatus since 2009 and played a few select reunion shows through 2014, but there wasn't a better way to close out 2015 than a night of back-to-back shows from the local favorites at one of San Francisco's finest venues. Brittany O'Brien was at The Fillmore on Monday night to photograph both bands delivering some great music to an excited crowd. [...]

The Matches book back to back reunion shows before the new year

It's been six years since Oakland's pop-punk legends The Matches announced their official hiatus via Facebook and Myspace, stating "our time to start new projects has come". Later in 2010, front man Shawn Harris confirmed to Triple J radio station in Australia that he had officially left the band. The band elaborated on their decision with a statement given to Punknews.org saying: "We've spent 2009 soul searching, as a group and separately, starting new projects and having lives outside of our little white tour van. We've been lucky to have been 4 artists (well, 5, really) involved in a nearly [...]

By |December 8, 2015|Tags: |

SF supergroup venerates the =w= @ BotH Thursday

Nostalgic albums -- they cause the ear to tingle upon the first note of the first song and once soundtracked every moment of a period of your life. Call them crazy, but a group of local talent had the valiant idea of giving Weezer's Pinkerton a public genuflect at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow night with two more Bay Area acts: Wendy Darling and The Definite Articles (9pm, $10). If half-Japanese girls are your thing or maybe you're just tired of sex altogether, there's at least one song for you. The headliners will perform the 1996 masterpiece from start to [...]

Guest Blog: Looking Back at The Locals

by Anton Patzner This Sunday, August 23rd, The Matches will take the stage at The Fillmore Auditorium for their final show. When I heard this there was a side of me, perhaps my romantic side, that really couldn't believe it. This was the band who had truely become "more than local boys", who would be together forever, singing epic anthems to cheering crowds around the world. My practical side understands. Years of non-stop touring in small clubs and sleeping in motel 6's will take its toll on any artist and eventually he will want change. Still, I can't help feeling [...]

By |August 21, 2009|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Saturday Preview!

Tomorrow is the last full day of Noise Pop, and it's a duesy. But before you start your night of shows, head over to the Pop N' Shop at The Verdi Club. This awesome independent design fair has become one or Noise Pop's coveted non-music events, and includes designers and artists selling clothing, jewelry, posters and more. It takes place from 12pm-4pm and is free! Saturday will also feature a couple of matinee shows, one of which is at Bottom of the Hill with The Matches, Dizzy Balloon and Ex-Boyfriends. Oakland's The Matches are guaranteed to put on a fun [...]

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