For fans of warbling vocals and the empyreal thrum of a harp being plucked, tonight is for you. At Amnesia, performance artists and harpist Baby Dee sings her melancholy hymnals from a place that is both eccentric and authentic. Her rustic vocals at times open up to almost operatic levels before ... More >>
The Family Jams - Trailer from kevin barker on Vimeo. When San Francisco soft rockers Vetiver hit the road in 2004 with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, Vetiver guitarist Kevin Barker decided to capture the trip on film. The result is a new documentary called The Family Jams, out later this spri ... More >>
We've always thought of indie rock as being perfectly matched with cheap beer, rotgut whisky, and hangover-inducing vodka. And certainly, you'll find a lot of two-buck Chuck in the places where musicians live. But now, you can have a nice merlot or cabernet alongside your feedback, distortion, and s ... More >>
Antony and the JohnsonsTuesday, Feb. 24, 2009Nob Hill Masonic CenterBetter than: Old Nina Simone records.When it comes to Antony Hagerty live, nothing is as you'd expect it. For example, that such a powerfully feminine voice would flow out of such a large man's body. Or that a voice quivering with s ... More >>
Get ready, San Francisco. That annual extravaganza of musical zanyness, alt./indie hiptitude, and overall sub-mainstream coolness known as Noise Pop is only three short weeks away! As always, attending a festival with so many performances in so many different venues requires plenty of pre-planning, ... More >>
Coachella has the 2009 music festival advantage by being one of the first outta the gate to announce its gigantic lineup. Although standing in the desert sun with billions of music fans doesn't sound like my kinda weekend, I'm nonetheless very impressed with the scope of the performers at this year' ... More >>
The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian)
(Antony and the Johnsons, minus Johnsons)Noise Pop HQ sent off its first official annoucement of 2009's lineup. Headliners include Antony and the Johnsons, A.C. Newman, No Age, Goblin Cock, Clues, and Dear in the Headlights ... film selection highlights include "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" and a d ... More >>
In her SF Weekly review of the new Antony and the Johnsons EP, Another World, Lily Moayeri writes that mastermind Antony Hegarty "has an uncanny ability to make misery sound positively fabulous." Tis true. His romantic laments have pushed this dour torch singer into the spotlight, his sadness too be ... More >>
Another World (Secretly Canadian)
Oh, My Darling (Rough Trade America)
I'm Not There (Columbia)
Maximo Park's Wire-y rock, the Mekons' many side projects, and the final installment of "Ace of Spades"
What does an androgynous New York City cabaret singer have in common with the burgeoning freak-folk movement?
A warm San Francisco night aboard the S.S. Trannyshack
Pressed fairies, effete torch singers, and highly techy pop acts