Sonny Smith 'Sees All Knows All' this Saturday + 2/4/12 @ The Lost Church

Sonny Smith, the man behind Sonny & the Sunsets, is halfway through a series of performances that are one part music, one part theater, and three parts mystery called "Sees All Knows All: A Thing by Sonny Smith." Taking place at The Lost Church over four consecutive Saturdays that started on January 14th, the series showcases a rotating cast of local openers. The past two installments featured Alexi Glickman and Kelley Stoltz. As for the next two, Kyle Field of Little Wings will open this Saturday, January 28th, and the February 4th iteration will have Tim Cohen opening and Sunfoot [...]

Random, Happy Memories of 2011

Some years are great for shows – like 2008. Some are great years for albums, like 2009. But this was a great year for both, from the start. In the order I remembered them: Family Crest – My Living Room; 9/11 Duh. Can you believe this alterna-dad cream dream supreme? A stalwart and happy-go-lucky nonet of classically trained musicians show up at my house to play their lovely, life-affirming chamber pop on the anniversary of 9/11 and my teenage son sits in on clarinet? You just had to be there. But then we would have run out of pasta much [...]

Photos: Tim Cohen/Magic Trick, Magic Bullets, Tambo Rays @ Rickshaw Stop, 8/24/11

Last Wednesday the Rickshaw was packed with those celebrating the release of Tim Cohen's new LP The Glad Birth of Love, as well as the tentatively labeled "farewell show" for longtime indie pop Bay Area band Magic Bullets. In recent years, new members have come into Magic Bullets and their set has evolved as a result, but, for this special evening, they also performed a few old songs. Their set opened with a hit from the early years, "Heatstroke" - which has the fun fact of being licensed for the 2007 Lisa Kudrow movie, Kabluey. Later, the band threw in [...]

Magic Trick (Tim Cohen) – “Daylight Moon”

Magic Trick (Tim Cohen) - "Daylight Moon" Tim Cohen's birthday was Tuesday, and Empty Cellar Records celebrated by releasing a limited edition version of Cohen's upcoming album, The Glad Birth of Love. Credited to Tim's band Magic Trick, the album contains four songs, of which "Daylight Moon" is the only one that clocks in at under ten minutes. Yes, this is some ambitious, genre-blurring stuff from one of SF's most talented artists. The Glad Birth of Love features guest appearances by John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Grace Cooper (The Sandwitches), Diego Gonzalez (The Dry Spells, Citay), and more. The limited-to-100-copies [...]

Out now: Melted Toys on Underwater Peoples, Tim Cohen on Captured Tracks

The debut release from the young New Wave pop trio Melted Toys went public yesterday on Underwater Peoples. Here's more about the release from the UP site, and the track "Come On" from the EP: Melted Toys Washed & Dried 12" EP: Melted Toys is Steven Harkins on guitar and vocals, Daniel Rosado on guitar, and Brian Wakefield on bass. The band plays lurid and mischievous pop music via synthetic tones and persistently inspiring guitar riffs. Their music intimates, intimidates, envelops and envigors; they've managed to bottle up San Francisco in their songs and we'd like to share it with [...]

By |February 23, 2011|Tags: , |

Recommended, 1/31-2/6: Exray’s/Tim Cohen, Cass McCombs, The New Parish’s One Year Anniversary, The Midnight Snackers

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Exray's and Tim Cohen celebrate new records at Cafe Du Nord Jon Bernson and Tim Cohen have played together in Window Twins and Black Fiction, but on Friday, February 4th, the duo are celebrating new albums by their bands Exray's and Tim Cohen's Magick Trick. For Exray's, it's the band's first full length, and comes after [...]

Best of 2010: Jon Bernson on Tim Cohen

Tim Cohen - Laugh Tracks (Captured Tracks) The cover of Tim Cohen's Laugh Tracks has a smiling face with a black heart beaming from its mouth. Beside the black heart is a white heart. For now, let's just say this is Tim's version of himself (on the day he drew the picture). Above his head, a circus of opposites stare at one another from across the page. Two bald eagles flank the head, one with a flag full of stars, one with a flag full of stripes. The eagles look pretty uptight, but above them, two hooded baseball pitchers look [...]

By |December 30, 2010|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Mister Heavenly, Pegi Young, The Dodos, Jonathan Richman

To enter any contest submit an email to with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Thursday, December 2nd Mister Heavenly featuring Nick Diamonds (Islands / Unicorns), Honus Honus (Man Man), and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse / The Shins) @ Cafe du Nord To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter! The show starts at 9pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+. [...]

Mixtape: The Many Sides of Tim Cohen (Podcast #238)

Mixtape: The Many Sides of Tim Cohen (Podcast #238) Our latest mixtape showcases the many sides of one of San Francisco's best and most prolific musicians, Tim Cohen. Cohen's latest band, The Fresh & Onlys, have been seemingly unstoppable as of late, with a series of terrific singles culminating in the acclaimed Play It Strange. As prolific as The F&Os are, it's insane that the band's released so many great records. This mix reveals that the same principle--quality and quantity--extends to Cohen's other work as well. No matter what sound he's tackled in recent years, from the experimental collage-pop of [...]

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