What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, October 6 – 8

Touring under their much-praised new record, the War on Drugs plays Berkeley Friday. Friday, October 6 The War On Drugs @ The Greek Theatre Have you heard their new record yet? The Sam Chase and the Untraditional @ Milk Bar The first of many HSB after parties. Randy Newman @ The Uptown Napa You probably know him as the Toy Story guy, but he's actually a real songwriter's songwriter. Burner Herzog, Shame Waves @ Eli's We recently wrote about Oakland's whimsical, weird Burner Herzog. Go see them in person. Saturday, October 7 Joon Moon, Karina Denike, Lila Blue @ Bottom [...]

Review: The War on Drugs brings technicolor haze to the Fillmore

The poster souvenir from The War on Drugs' Sunday show at the Fillmore features a clean white feather quill and a contorted, technicolor ink blob. It's the sort of image that suggests that someone intended to write down an idea, story, lyrics, or even a resolution, but in the end, all that came from the pen was a misshapen form—ink spilled on the paper in an incoherent mess. But it's a beautiful, colorful mess. Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs' newest album released earlier this year, has that sort of quality to it. The tracks are cathartic and hazy, pushing [...]

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Mark Kozelek and the War on Drugs showdown at The Fillmore?

Although I love his music, I've accepted the fact that San Francisco's Mark Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon, isn't exactly the most...um...diplomatic musician out there. Well, recently, he's pretty much just being an asshole, and then doubling down on said asshole behavior with Pitchfork tracking his every move. It honestly makes for great entertainment. Kozelek really began to receive attention last month for this behavior in North Carolina, when he told a crowd at Hopscotch Music Festival, "Everybody, all you fucking hilbillies, shut the fuck up. I don't give a fuck if I get paid or not, I'm gonna walk." [...]

Review: The War on Drugs at the Independent

Releasing arguably one of the best albums of 2014, Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs played the final of their two sold-out shows last night at The Independent. Having never seen them before, I was expecting the band's catalog of Americana-tinted Springsteen/Dylan-inspired songs to make for a more delicate show. What unfolded on stage was a satisfyingly LOUD delivery and commanding presence that pulsed throughout the venue. Songwriter, vocalist, and general talking head of the band, Adam Granduciel, brought power and punch along with the rest of the band. The setlist included gems from Wagonwheel Blues like "Arms [...]

Win tix for The War On Drugs sold-out show @ The Independent!

While both of The War On Drugs' shows at The Independent next week are sold-out, there's still hope for your Tuesday night. The band is touring in support of full-length Lost in the Dream that was just released last week on Secretly Canadian. Originally conceptualized and conceived by folk-rock masterminds Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile (who amicably left after debut LP Wagonwheel Blues was released), The War On Drugs and supporting act White Laces can be your reprieve from the city's early spring chill. Be sure to watch the video for "Red Eye" and then find out how to win tickets below! http://youtu.be/1LmX5c7HoUw To enter [...]

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Live This Month: October 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #258)

Live This Month: October 2011 (Podcast #258) 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. While the Treasure Island Music Festival is the month's biggest draw -- and we'll have a separate mixtape soon showcasing TIMF's many great bands -- there are plenty of great shows this month. Girls cap a national tour with two big hometown shows, while The War on Drugs brings an acclaimed new album to SF. Meanwhile, EMA and Hooray for Earth return to the City, while locals The [...]

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