Vagabon supporting Angel Olsen on fall tour, Fox show

(photo: Amanda Marsalis) Angel Olsen has announced a headlining North American tour this fall, her first full-band tour since 2017. If somehow that's not enough to bring you to Oakland's Fox Theater on December 7, Vagabon will be supporting the tour. Angel Olsen's brand new tour follows her recent collaboration with Mark Ronson on "True Blue," featured on Ronson's Late Night Feelings. In related news, Vagabon (aka Lætitia Tamko) has just announced her sophomore album. All The Women In Me is due September 27 on Nonesuch Records. Tamko played all the instruments on the album's lead single, "Flood Hands" (listen [...]

By |July 10, 2019|Tags: , |

Noise Pop 2019: Rosie Tucker, Sucker Crush, Boy Scouts, Vagabon at Swedish American Music Hall

Vagabon photos: J.D. Bray) Amidst a week of more bombastic acts for Noise Pop, Rosie Tucker, Sucker Crush, Boy Scouts, and Vagabon brought an intimate respite to Swedish American Music Hall on Friday. Los Angeles-based Rosie Tucker opened the night, playing a solo set on their guitar in support of an upcoming sophomore record, Never Not Never Not Never Not. Their soft intonations were a good match for the small but attentive audience. Oakland's Sucker Crush brought a similarly contemplative mood to the stage. Headed by composer Marissa Deitz, the tunes were buoyed by Deitz's guitar playing, string and woodwind instruments, which provided [...]

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Review + Photos: Vagabon at the Fillmore

Vagabon (photo: Kaiya Gordon) Lætitia Tamko made one of the most empathetic, deft albums of 2017 with Infinite Worlds. Yet somehow, if possible, Tamko's talents shine even brighter in her live performance — her voice sounds easy, clear, and full, and her toggles between guitar, keyboards, and synth look almost effortless. Or, as I said to friends after I saw her set, TBH, Vagabon shreds. At the Fillmore on December 28th, Tamko played in advance of Cherry Glazerr. The bands have vastly different approaches to live performance — Tamko's set was strikingly intimate, feeling almost like we were watching her play in [...]

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Giveaway: A Father/Daughter double feature with Vagabon & Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

It's hard to say "my favorite band off the label Father/Daughter Records is coming to town" because: A lot of my favorite bands off Father/Daughter Records are always in town. The Bay Area is their home and for some it's the only home they know. San Francisco is where most of them live. Many of them only left town when they went on vacation or toured. I don't have a least favorite Father/Daughter band, one of the reasons I love this label so much is because they keep releasing music by my favorites. I wrote about how SOAR was one [...]

Review + Photos: Allison Crutchfield and Vagabon at Rickshaw Stop

Allison Crutchfield (photo: James Chan) First thing's first: Never pay to go into a show if all you're going to is stand by the front and act like it's OK to play catch-up with your friends. Please do not speak during the band. Please take the conversation outside — don't just take it to the bar, go outside, and keep going until you no longer can speak. Thank you. This show was really important to me, because not only had I been waiting for it since it was announced, but I really needed to be there. I needed to hear [...]

Interview: Celebrate your personal growth with Vagabon

Photo: Katie Thompson If you're looking for an album to get you out of bed, an album to make you feel empowered on days where you feel powerless, I suggest Vagabon's Infinite Worlds, out now on my favorite local label, Father/Daughter Records. Since I've gotten ahold of it, my days have become easier, and my need for personal growth has only become stronger. If you have not listened to it yet, you're already late, so catch up. Infinite Worlds by Vagabon The album has gained nothing but well-deserved praise, and I am only here to give it more. Laetitia Tamko [...]

By |March 22, 2017|Tags: |

Live This Month: March 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2017 (Podcast #402) 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. This month's concert picks include buzzed-about emerging artists like Vagabon and Lisa Prank (both on stellar SF label Father/Daughter Records), as well as opportunities to check out rock veterans like Teenage Fanclub and James Chance & The Contortions, who both released new albums last year. The mix is also chock-full of great local bands, including excellent tunes from Fake Your Own Death, Emotional, Gary With A [...]

Jody’s Best Of 2016: Everything* non-local I loved this year

That's right. I've been keeping a list. Julia Jacklin Sydney, Australia If you asked me at any point after March of this year what I was listening to, know that I was trying very hard to keep from blaring "JULIA JACKLIN" at you before you even finished the sentence. The first time I heard "Pool Party" it made me me so, so deeply sad that I knew I had to have more. Because sometimes you need that — sometimes you need music that matches your most extreme emotions, and Julia Jacklin has the ultimate handle on human sadness. Christopher the [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 2 – Dec 4

Magik*Magik plays tonight at Swedish American Music Hall with Frail Ophelias and Rose Droll. Friday, December 2 DonCat, We Arsons, Dogcatcher @ Milk Bar The two-night year-ender-bender in celebration of DonCat's LP release of Easy Cowboy starts tonight! Expect an all local crew of bands for this #EasyCowboy event. Sad13, Vagabon, Lisa Prank @ The Hemlock Tavern Sad13 is Sadie Dupuis' (frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz) entirely solo project. All production and composition is her own, and she lets things get weird (in a very good way) with the guitar effects. Also on the bill and worthy of a shout-out is [...]

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