Roman Gokhman’s favorite concerts of 2015

Welcome to my annual countdown of the most entertaining music experiences of the year. I only went to 41 concerts. Life commitments and a family took a higher priority. But then again, I enjoy profiling an artist over critiquing the music. I put more thought into the concerts I attended, so I think this compilation is still “deserving,” whatever that means. Still, some iconic and talented performers didn’t make my top 10: No Elton John or AC/DC, Royal Blood or Kacey Musgraves (who both came close), no Mumford and Sons or Duran Duran. Those of you who have read my previous [...]

The procrastinators: Seminal act The Sonics return with new album after 50 years away

The band often credited for creating garage rock, influencing punk and inducing grunge has spent the better part of the last five decades as an insurance adjuster, a schoolteacher, a paver, an airline pilot and a car salesman/bartender. In the early ‘60s, Tacoma, Wash., quintet The Sonics briefly rose to prominence with two albums – now critically acclaimed, but back then, largely ignored outside of the Pacific Northwest – that introduced America to the thundering drums of Bob Bennett; distorted, screeching guitar of Larry Parypa and the raging bass lines of his brother, Andy; rock sax of Rob Lind; and [...]

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Live This Month: November 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #318) Download: Live This Month: November 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #318) 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. For some reason, November's concert offerings include a ton of exciting reunions, returns and anniversaries. This mix includes new music from Medicine, the shoegaze vets who are now touring behind their first album in 18 years, post-punk luminaries Wire, whose Change Becomes Us finds the band fleshing out ideas first generated three decades ago, and The Sonics. [...]

Giveaway: Win tickets to Total Trash Halloween Bash

The Total Trash Halloween Bash kicks off Thursday night at the Stork Club with a evening of covers from NOBUNNY (as Bo Diddley), Shannon and The Clams (as Los Saicos), among others, and the party continues through the weekend with two nights featuring The Sonics and a closing gig headlined by together PANGEA. And guess what? We've got THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to each show to give away. The inclusion of legendary '60s protopunkers The Sonics takes this year's Total Trash lineup over the top. After their somewhat under-the-radar, but hugely influential run, the group disbanded in 1968, before reforming [...]

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (School of Night, One Hundred Percent, & more)

Darby Cicci of School of Night Nicole: This week I've been listening to the freshly released "Fire Escape" by School of Night, the side project of The Antlers' producer/multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci. This is second track from the upcoming EP to be released on October 15 via Minus Green -- the first track "Lying" was premiered on Stereogum last month. Cicci is responsible for the very stoner-dreamy producing quality of the Antlers; similarly his side project is synth-heavy with trailing vocal loops and an overall tone that is downright sensual. Jason: One Hundred Percent has a new [...]

Total Trash 2013 with The Sonics coming 10/31-11/3/13!!

You can take Coachella and stuff it. I've been itching to hear some news on Total Trash 5. Word is out. Dates are set. Brace yerselves... The filthiest fest is back. Headlining this years festival-----THE SONICS! Their first recording, "The Witch," came out in 1964. The song remains one of the great punk rock songs of all time, covered by many. The band's fierce attitude and songwriting has left many to call them the first punk band. Incredibly, the band has never played San Francisco until now! They will play the Rickshaw Stop on Saturday, November 2nd and Oakland's New [...]

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