Indie Rock and Indie Pop

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    May 28, 2014
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    June 24, 2013

    She & Him Coat the Greek Theatre in Sweetness, 6/22/13

    She & Him Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Tilly and the Wall Saturday, June 22, 2013 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Necking with Bobby against the jukebox; Zooey's boring foray into the blogosphere. If life is like a box of chocolates, as a famous fictional philosopher once claimed, th ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    5 Coloring Books for Grown-Up Music Nerds

    Those piles of aggravating hula-hoopers in Dolores Park every weekend are proof positive that childhood activities can be major stress relievers for grown-ups. A much less annoying way to indulge your inner kid is simple and equally as easy to do in the park -- coloring. Adult coloring books are on ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013
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    July 16, 2012

    Frank Ocean: The Only Band That Matters

    Frank Ocean. Even his name sounds like it was dreamed up, because it was. Ocean is 2012's Clash, its Radiohead, its -- if you insist -- Animal Collective. From his no-name-on-the-cover mystique to the 10-minute opus, pre-career record company troubles and a grassroots indie following, he's an altern ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Return to Barbarism: The Jesus and Mary Chain's Unforgettable Fury

    There are stories -- half-lies, probably -- that seem to stir each time the Jesus and Mary Chain pack the van up for another tour. (The band plays the Fillmore tonight.) They tell of the violence that used to stalk the Glasgow band back in the early days. You won't find these details in press releas ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012
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    October 17, 2011

    Treasure Island Day One: Chromeo and Cut Copy Get the Wild Crowds Moving

    Christopher VictorioChromeo at Treasure Island on Saturday​ Cut Copy Chromeo Death From Above 1979, Battles, Dizzee Rascal, YACHT, The Naked & Famous October 15, 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival Better than: Any wanna-be Studio 54 club experience The genius of Treasure Island Music Festiv ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Yeasayer Provide A Memorable Departure From Indie Rock Monotony, Smith Westerns, Not So Much

    Joseph SchellChris Keating of Yeasayer​Yeasayer Smith Westerns May 26, 2011 @ The Fillmore Better Than: Every other afternoon set at the Pitchfork Music Festival Indie rock bands like Yeasayer are a dime a dozen on the modern touring circuit. Feel like augmenting the typical guitar, bass and ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010
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    October 27, 2010
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    August 13, 2010

    10 Bands To See at Outside Lands This Weekend

    A stage at Outside Lands 2009​It may not be the greatest Outside Lands lineup ever, but this weekend's big-honkin' music (and wine and food!) festival packs a bicycle basket-full of bands we're stroked (heh, we mean stoked) to see. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of them, plus a few honorable ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Built to Spill and Fauxbois at Slim's

    Joseph Schell​Built to SpillSlim'sJuly 15, 2010Better than: if Paul McCartney went indie (yup. I went there)When Doug Martsch sings, it's unclear whether he wants to woo the mic or eat the mic. Either way is fine with his fans -- as long as he's singing, and as long as the band keeps playing. At l ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

    Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-but-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How do you think this year's lineup fares with those of previous years? ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010
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    January 19, 2010

    Coachella Brings Pavement, Jay-Z, Them Crooked Vultures, Thom Yorke, and Girls Together

    PavementMarcus Roth © 1999​Pavement's first West Coast date of its 2010 reunion tour was announced today, as the Coachella lineup went live with the indie rock giants as Sunday's big headliner. The news will likely send the group's many geeked out fans into organizing the So Cal caravans for the ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009
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    October 14, 2009
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    July 22, 2009

    Last Night: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls at the Rickshaw Stop

    Sandy KimGirls: None of those females are actually in the bandThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart, GirlsTuesday, July 21, 2009Rickshaw StopBetter than: Being at Popscene in the late '90s.There's a point in every great band's career when its hometown crowds realize something has changed, and definitely ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009
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    June 23, 2009

    Treasure Island Headliners Leaked: Girl Talk, Flaming Lips, MGMT

    J. Michelle MartinThe Flaming LipsThis year's Treasure Island Music Festival should be another one for the weekender history books, if the early leaked acts booked to perform are any indication. Unofficially on tap to perform Oct. 17 and 18 are MGMT, MSTRKRFT and Girl Talk (Sat) and Flaming Lips (wh ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009
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    April 13, 2009

    Outside Lands Announces Ace Lineup: Beasties, Ween, Tom Jones, Dirtbombs, and More

    San Francisco's giant music marathon, Outside Lands, announced its lineup this morning, capping its press release with headliners like Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Modest Mouse, and, yes, Dave Matthews Band hitting Golden Gate Park between August 28-30. Also in there--Tom freakin' Jones ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Last Night: Cut Copy at the Fillmore

    Cut CopyThe FillmoreThursday, March 12, 2009Review by Melissa BaronBetter Than: Doing homework. Not as good as watching The Office.Hey Cut Copy, Duran Duran called and they want their catalog back. Some critics argue that music, much like fashion, comes in cycles. The same ideas, beats, and rhythms ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Last Night: Matt & Kim at Cafe Du Nord

    Matt and KimMonday, February 2, 2009 Cafe Du NordBetter Than: Matt & Kim is the BEST thing to happen to Monday since Gossip Girl!My whirlwind romance with Matt & Kim began at one of Seattle's many always-all-ages, volunteer-run music spaces. They played a small stage, crowded by some-20 atte ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Coachella Lineup Announced: Paul McCartney, MBV, Leonard Cohen

    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 >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Vetiver Signs to Sub Pop

    (Photo by Alissa Anderson) Sub Pop is really getting the lock on harmony-rich, folk bent rock. First they corral Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes (who produced one of my albums of the year) and now the Seattle label will be home to the upcoming Vetiver record, Tight Knit, which will be out to warm y ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    MP3 of the Day; Crystal Stilts

    Not to be confused with the other "Crystals" of the music world (Crystal Castles, Crystal Method), Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts play hazy, druggy, AM-radio shoegazer pop that creeps into your consciousness like evening fog. I'll admit, at first listen I found their fey, delay-heavy sound a little too ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008

    Band of Horses Added to Bridge School Benefit

    Well they're slightly different than ZZ Top, but the vacant slot left by those dudes on the Bridge School Benefit has been filled by Band of Horses, who will bring their harmonic indie rock to the Shoreline on Saturday, Oct. 25, performing alongside Neil Young, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Sarah McLac ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    SF Weekly Music Awards Nominee: The Heavenly States

    The Heavenly States have only been together for six years, but the Oakland indie rockers have a career's worth of accomplishments. Not only have they put out three stellar recordings to date, but they are also known as the first American band to ever play in the African dictatorship of Libya. Ever. ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Death Cab For Cutie to Headline Bridge School Benefit 2008

    The official Bridge School Benefit lineup was just announced, and like always, it's a doozey. This year's event goes down Oct. 25 and 26 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and brings back Neil Young alongside Wilco, Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones, and Cat Power for both days. Special one-day ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    More Treasure Island News: New Bands, New Art

    (Morning Benders) We are indeed awash with music festivals this summer, but I am extra excited about Treasure Island. The event was so unique last year, and so much fun (watching Spoon perform while sitting in a Ferris wheel as the sun was setting? Priceless). This year, the talent is even better ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008

    Last Night Photos: Bonnaroo Day 1

    ASD pal Christopher Victorio's off frolicking at Bonnaroo in Tennessee and has decided to share some of his Thursday night photos. Thanks, Chris! We especially like the festival-goer chick cools off in the fountain while others race their wheelchairs through baggage claim (below). All th ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    JAMC , Gang of Four at Download Festival

    A bit of great news for the day: The Jesus and Mary Chain and Gang of Four have both been added to the Download Festival hitting Shoreline Saturday July 19. That rounds out the lineup to the following: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gang of Four, Brand New, Mute Math, Yeasayer M83, Mates of State, The Wh ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Summer Fest Onslaught Continutes with Download

    (Tapes 'N Tapes) Ok, so if you're keeping track of the all the big music festivals coming to town this summer, here's what we have so far: BFD, Paid Dues, Outside Lands, Rock the Bells, Treasure Island, and, just announced, the return of Download. That last one leaves the Jack Johnsons of the circu ... More >>

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    May 21, 2008

    Justice, Hot Chip, Spiritualized, Raconteurs at Treasure Island

    It’s official: The Treasure Island Music Festival (Sept. 20-21) is the most exciting local music event this year. Check out the lineup, just announced this morning: On Saturday, Sept. 20 you can see Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Hop Chip, CSS, Antibalas, Aesop Rock, Amon Tobin, Foals, Mike ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Live 105's summer concert lineup lacks luster this year

    (MGMT's "Electric Feel") For the past couple summers, Live 105's BFD has offered plenty of reasons to make the Shoreline haul--from Queens of the Stone Age to TV on the Radio to the Shins and Muse. This year, though, the station's claim on hosting "the summers' biggest music extravaganza" is questi ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    Day 2 pt 1: Fucked Up, Hippies and Confetti, MGMT & Moby

    (Fucked Up) 3 a.m. Back at the hotel room bleary eyed and ears ringing from a DJ set by Moby (???) at an afterparty for Playboy. Full report on the day after a good night's sleep but favorites of the day included an 18-piece Southern Rock act from Athens called Dark Meat; an Am Rep-riffing punk ban ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    R.E.M. and Modest Mouse Perform in Berkeley 5/31

    Indie forefathers R.E.M. comes out with a brand new album this year, and that also means a national tour. Michael Stipe and the boys make a visit to Berkeley's Greek Theatre in May. They're also bringing fellow indie legends Modest Mouse, so missing this show definitely will be the end of the world ... More >>

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    January 21, 2008

    Coachella 2008 Lineup Announced

    The ninth installment in the Coachella Valley and Arts Music Festival saga was announced via a press release held in Mexico City this afternoon. Some of the most surprising announcements on the bill are Roger Waters of Pink Floyd doing a re-creation of Dark Side of the Moon, an album that has sold m ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008

    Noise Pop goes electro

    (MSTRKRFT) Noise Pop announced today that it's partnering with Blasthaus to add an electronic music element to its popular spring festival. Headlining Electropop acts include WALE and MSTRKRFT, with more ACTS IN ALL CAPS to come. More below:

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    November 7, 2007

    The Thermals Back in SF at Slim's December 5

    If you hate God and love punk, and always wanted to know what would happen if lil' Foreman from That '70s Show formed a punk band, now you know. Catch the Thermals live at Slim's: Showtime: 8:00 PM (Doors: 7:30 PM) Ticket price: $15 Tickets available on-line at:, All Ag ... More >>

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    October 8, 2007

    Damn! Download Festival Bitch-Slapped by Merc

    We knew it was lightweight, but didn't know that the Merc would deliver the crushing blow. Last weekend's poorly-attended, Download Fest (which the SF Weekly proudly sponsors) got tore a new anus in the Merc this week. From Download Festival: The Cure saves the day -- Other acts don't carry weight ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Final Four of Fun: Air vs. Arcade Fire vs. Diplo vs. Morrissey

    Every week, ASD picks four worthy concerts for the weekend, pitting the artists against each other in a single-elimination championship for your attendance and hard-earned dough. This week, the competition is fierce, but only one will emerge victorious. I think I got that last sentence from watching ... More >>

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    September 7, 2007

    CD Review: Rilo Kiley -- Under the Blacklight

    Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight Warner Brothers Released 8-21-2007 Jenny Lewis, honey-voiced Rilo Kiley lead singer and the closest thing indie rock has to a Maxim cover girl, never claimed to be innocent. She dropped F-bombs all over the L.A. quartet's 2002 LP The Execution of All Things and warne ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Cold War Kids Back for ColdWinterSF

    Well hang me up to dry. Cold War Kids shall be bring their large of amount of soul (plus guitars) in November. -d2 COLD WAR KIDS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR! Since the release of their debut album 'robbers & cowards' (Downtown Records), the much-celebrated Cold War Kids have quickly grown from ...

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    July 6, 2007

    Last Night: Band of Horses at Great American

    Band of Horses July 5, 2007 Great American Music Hall Better Than: The “gnarliest song ever, but also the awesomest song ever,” to quote one very passionate fan shrieking near me. If you think music fans only get quieter as they get older, you’re wrong. Yelling out song requests, punching th ... More >>

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    June 12, 2007

    Elliott Smith and Arcade Fire: RIAA Safe

    So this site RIAA Radar keeps a charts of all bands not affiliated with the nefarious bullies of grandmas and little kids. Top of the list: Elliott Smith, Arcade Fire, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Smashing Pumpkins, Silversun Pickups, Gnarls Barkley, Dino Jr. and Tom Waits. Jeex, who's left on the majors ... More >>

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    June 3, 2007

    Plugged in -- ASD's music picks for Sunday, June 3

    Indiefun: Manchester Orchestra, 8pm at Slim's w/ mewithoutYou, and Piebald $14/$16 "Lavishly moody indie rock that ought to appeal to fans of Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse and Bright Eyes. The 'orchestra' part of the name isn't entirely misleading: Though Hull and his crew stick to traditional r ... More >>

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