Vetiver’s exquisite journey “To Who Knows Where”

(photo: Alissa Anderson) Vetiver released "To Who Knows Where," the first single from new album Up On High, out November 1, 2019. The song is deeply rooted in the acoustic guitar, thoughtful storytelling, and the pastoral landscapes found in the most escapist of folk music. It's an undeniably beautiful song, and we can't wait to hear the rest of the full-length record. "To Who Knows Where" pairs Andy Cabic’s wistful guitar playing and wandersome lyrics with tight drums and sparse production. Each and every sound blends into a hazy and blissful dreamscape; nothing feels out of place. On hiatus are [...]

By |August 30, 2019|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Oct 12 – 25

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Simon Joyner at The Lost Church (SF) Oct. 15. I would have gladly paid the $15 admission just to see Simon Joyner play "Old Days" in person again. I got that and so much more — a rainy night at the warm, cozy Lost Church [...]

Vetiver headlines ‘Mollusk Moods’ event at The Chapel

Mollusk Surf Shop is taking over The Chapel this Saturday, August 20, for a unique sonic and visual experience billed as Mollusk Moods. San Francisco's own Vetiver is the featured headliner...but with a twist. Instead of the typical foursome-plus band, Vetiver will strip down to perform as a trio. It has not been made clear which member will be sitting out, but expect an even more raw and soul-baring sound than usual. Alex Beeker, bass player and vocalist of the New York-based band Real Estate, will be performing a set billed as Alex Beeker and Friends. Beeker is touring in [...]

By |August 17, 2016|Tags: |

Vetiver visits UC Berkeley Botanical Garden for sold-out show

San Francisco's own Andy Cabic will bring the folk-tinged blend of indie alternative tunes he calls Vetiver to the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens on Thursday, June 9. The intimate setting inside the natural beauty of the garden's Redwood Grove will provide a serene backdrop for the light tunes and heavy themes Vetiver tends to explore. The small garden show is the fist show since the band closed their spring tour at the Independent at the end of May. Check out this fan shot video of the tune "Down At El Rio" from that show at the Independent. Although Thursday's show is [...]

By |June 7, 2016|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Vetiver wraps extensive tour with homecoming show at the Independent

Vetiver (photo: Joshua Huver) Andy Cabic's Vetiver wrapped an extensive tour Wednesday night with a two-hour homecoming show at the Independent in San Francisco. "We drove straight through from Chicago to be here," Cabic announced early in the show. "We slept, but we were driving non-stop." Variety is the spice of life, and Cabic is no stranger to varying his ways, whether it is a new lyric, a different fill, or the way he builds his set lists. He applies the same aloof and varied approach to his records. Released late in 2015, Complete Strangers was slowly assembled over several years and focuses on [...]

By |May 23, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Nov 4 – Nov 10

Photo by Harland Spinks In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Jeffertitti's Nile, Down and Outlaws, Everyone Is Dirty for The Gothic Luau II at Rickshaw Stop (SF) Nov. 4 A little different vibe than you typically expect on a Wednesday night in the city — the hosts were handing out lei's [...]

Vetiver announce West Coast dates to highlight latest LP ‘Complete Strangers’

Following the release of Vetiver’s newest album Complete Strangers in March, band leader Andy Cabic and co. embarked on a Europe tour to promote their soothing folk sounds. That tour, which began September 18 and spanned from Estonia to England, will end this week. Fortunately, Vetiver announced four west coast shows following their return home to the states, two of which are here in the Bay Area. The San Francisco native folk singer will perform in Mill Valley at The Sweetwater Music Hall on November 5 and the following night at Starline Social Club in Oakland. Vetiver itself is a collection of songs and recordings that frontman [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Summer Music Festivals Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #363) That the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a rapid rise in the number of music festivals over the last decade isn't a distinctly local phenomenon, but there's something about the way the Bay does festival season that feels unique. In many cases, it's the use of beautiful public spaces, city and state parks that become part of the festival experience. Or maybe it's the way that our festivals invest more time and effort into making sure that the food and beverage offerings are compelling on their own. There's [...]

Best of the Rest – March 2015 (Cathedrals, King Woman, Male Gaze, Vetiver, & more)

Cathedrals (photo: Jon Bauer) Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn’t have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for March 2015 [...]

Review & Photos: Michael Hurley, Vetiver, Magic Magic Roses @ Great American Music Hall, 9/25/13

Michael Hurley is my hero. 71 years old and still drawing in swarms of young, freak-folk followers. Officially co-headlining the evening, Hurley deservedly played last (and Vetiver respectfully called him up to sing along on their last song). Hurley's set began with "Waiting for the Aliens" but they didn't come. He played "Tea Song" from First Songs (1965), and fulfilled a request for 1971's "Sweedeedee." "Portland Water," it turns out, was written while hitchhiking north from Petaluma. Amidst the catalog, Hurley included a new tune about the horror that is Monsanto. Snock is currently collecting songs for a whole anti-Monsanto [...]

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