Tonight, the Black Keys are playing the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Did you know they were that big now? We kind of thought they'd be a Fox Theater band forever. Especially since there are so many damn bands with "Black" in their names. Speaking of which, we want to honor Black Keys' arena-playing prow ... More >>
By DAVID CORCORAN
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
April 16, 2012
Great American Music Hall
Better than: Standing planted in one spot for two hours doing almost anything else.
Things You Probably Didn't Learn at Last Night's GY!BE Show That You Were Thinking Maybe You Would
There were a ... More >>
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Feb. 6, 2012
Great American Music Hall
Better than: Any use of a flute in a rock song, ever.
Before the five members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra ascended the stage last night at the Great American Music Hall, it was evident tha ... More >>
Christopher VictorioYou could see the Coachella artists... without seeing this.
Maybe you hate traveling. Maybe you're broke. Or maybe you're allergic to waiting in long lines under the hot sun while privileged pre-teens gyrate to David Guetta.
There are many, many good reasons not to go to ... More >>
Christopher VictorioSt. Vincent
Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Beach House, Friendly Fires, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, the Antlers, Weekend, Thee Oh Sees
October 16, 2011
Treasure Island Music Festival
Better than: The other typical yuppie Sunday activi ... More >>
Sad Bastard Book ClubIt probably goes without saying, but we'll repeat it nonetheless: Fans of sprawling post-rock epics are losing their shit over the return of the genre's elusive Canadian demigods, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Included among those eager music lovers are surely the members of t ... More >>
Zoe Keating October 12, 2010
@ Yoshi's Better Than: A Christopher Nolan movie soundtrack (almost)
If you've still been kicking yourself over not getting tickets for those Godspeed You! Black Emperor reunion shows, last night's show at Yoshi's would have been a nice substitute for your apoc ... More >>
Courtesy nationalpunctuationday.comSeptember 24 is National Punctuation Day, at least according to a guy with a cape in Northern California. (He's still probably cooler than Lynne Truss.) Today is the day that we brittle purists may with impunity box the ears of apostrophe abusers, comma splicers ... More >>
2010: Where's Google in all this?We've recently learned, to paroxysms of geekish glee, that Montreal post-rock godfathers Godspeed You! Black Emperor are dusting off their delay pedals and violin bows for one last big score in 2011. After a brisk European tour, kicked off with a handful of All To ... More >>
Fitz & The Tantrums @ PopsceneSeptember 2, 2010 Better than: Refusing to allow Thursday to function as the new Friday. Fitz and the Tantrums are an anomaly in the indie music scene. All the super-serious Canadian post-rock bands, shy-spoken Midwestern pretty boys, and unmovable ... More >>
From Monument To Masses, one of the Bay Area's most distinctive and accomplished instrumental rock groups, is calling it quits after nine-odd years and one last show this Saturday at the Great American Music Hall. Anton Patzner over at Spinning Platters scooped us on the short-essay-of-prehumou ... More >>
Sandlin GaitherVic Chestnutt @ Great American Music Hall
"Vic Chesnutt's sense of self is as unsteady as a drunk on Sunday morning. In his songs, the Southern singer-songwriter veers rambunctiously from searing declarations ('I am not a victim ... I'm an atheist!') to dismal self-reflection ('I ... More >>