Welcome, time-crunched and over-stimulated music fan, to All Shook Down's High Five -- a place where Byard Duncan wades through the shit to find you the hits. Well, five of them, anyway.
It's not too much of a stretch to say that this week's selections are united by their meticulous construction. W ... More >>
Dum Dum Girls @ Fox Theater, Thursday, Dec, 6
Kristin "Dee Dee" Gundred's yelping on Grand Ole Party's stomping blues-punk already cemented her as an indie rock lifer (and worthy Beth Ditto successor). But with Dum Dum Girls, Gundred ushered back into the fold girl-group pop that would pave the way ... More >>
Treasure Island Music Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, 2012
Treasure Island, San Francisco
Better than: Getting an October sunburn anywhere else this weekend.
It was around sunset on Sunday evening when Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sang what everyone at Treasure Island Music Festiva ... More >>
The schedule for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival is out -- and with it, a better idea of just how Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, will go. With artists like The xx, Best Coast, M83, Ty Segall, Porter Robinson, and Public Enemy set to play, scheduling makes a big difference on the ... More >>
Everyone has their own most anticipated album of the fall, but it's safe to say there's lots interest in Love This Giant, the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration. When an official announcement came this summer (LP due out in September) with a downloadable single ("Who") that didn't suck, the stake ... More >>
If you find this this year's Treasure Island lineup a little light on pedal harps, oddly high-pitched voices, and Northern California female songwriters who are also models, we've got good news: Joanna Newsom was just added to the bill!
The 30-year-old Nevada City native is set to play the festiva ... More >>
Whoa! The lineup for the 2012 Treasure Island Music Festival was just announced! Performers include The XX, Girl Talk, M83, Best Coast, The Presets, Gossip, Grimes, Ty Segall, Matthew Dear, Youth Lagoon, Public Enemy, Toro Y Moi, and more. The festival takes place this October 13 and 14. Check out t ... More >>
Will everyone please stop misusing the term "garage rock"?
The phrase -- which once referred to maladjusted social deviants conjuring the feral essence of rock 'n' roll -- is now used by fans and critics alike to indicate any group of vintage retail employees recording mild pop music on a low-tech ... More >>
No, Colleen Green is not Oakland's* Best Coast. Well, maybe she is, kind of. "Goldmine," the lead single off today's Milo Goes to Compton, is two-and-a-half-minutes of rough-hewn bedroom guitar pop built on a cheesy drum machine and draped with an even cheesier synth melody. There are about three la ... More >>
Tennis at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday night.
Dec. 10, 2011
Bottom of the Hill
Better than: Watching a documentary on '60s music.
"This is a new one, it's called 'Origins.'"
Alaina Moore uttered this after the halfway point of Tennis' 14-song set a ... More >>
Coachella 2012 is still more than four months away -- so naturally, it's time to start hyperventilating over rumored lineups for the first year the festival will stretch over two weekends. One "leaked" lineup appeared last week on StarzUncut, a celebrity gossip website with more than 58,000 Twitter ... More >>
Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzy Grant
Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzy Grant, might have had last year's then-obscure album as Lizzy Grant off the market after it floundered on iTunes for two months, but sure enough, it has resurfaced. And the record puts a lot more body under the myth and the controversy tha ... More >>
Dum Dum Girls
Oct. 4, 2011
Great American Music Hall
Better than: Best Coast -- sometimes, anyway.
The problem with reverb-drenched, girl-group-derived, shoegaze-descended guitar pop is that it's as limited as a vegan's view of bacon. You get a monolithic merseybeat, two or three spanky ... More >>
Jens Lekman at the Cal Academy of Sciences last night.
Sept. 29, 2011
California Academy of Sciences
Better than: Listening to someone blast really annoying music through their headphones when you're trying to talk to someone on Muni.
Happily, Jens Lekman's voice really does sou ... More >>
Stian RasmussenBest Coast at Cal Academy last night.
August 11, 2011
California Academy of the Sciences / Outside Lands night show
Better than: Being the tortoise that Claude the albino alligator uses as a stepping stone.
It's always hard ... More >>
Outside Lands: Now without (hopefully) the painful decision-making!
The schedule for this year's Outside Lands festival hit the web earlier today. But you can stop gritting your teeth and clutching the edge of that desk: Although many festival schedules are an exercise in painful decision-mak ... More >>
Mister Loveless at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday.
Saturday, July 24
@ Bottom of the Hill
Better than: Getting your ass kicked around in any other setting.
It's quite possible that every Mister Loveless review written has contained the same two words: "Joy Division." It's a ... More >>
Christopher VictorioBest Coast at the Regency Ballroom Saturday night.Best CoastWavvesHunx & His PunxFebruary 26, 2011@ The Regency BallroomBetter than: Standing on Van Ness avenue in not-snow, holding a useless laminated card.We can sorta see why you'd think a Noise Pop Festival ba ... More >>