Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Better than: Seeing Chris Gaines.
Paul Banks is probably the least known of the three musicians a reasonable fan might have expected to hear at Slim's this weekend. The man himself looks familiar on stage, but only the loyalest of fans kno ... More >>
6. Simian Mobile Disco @ Mezzanine, Saturday, Dec. 1
Ever since Jas Shaw and James Ford split off from indie-pop outfit Simian circa 2006 to form Simian Mobile Disco, a cheeky sensibility has always underpinned the duo's slinky electro. On 2009's Temporary Pleasure, SMD mocked rich-kid opulence with ... More >>
First Aid Kit @ The Fillmore, Wednesday, Oct. 17
If First Aid Kit's music is proof, Stockholm must be much closer to the American South than any maps have had us believe. In "Emmylou," off January's The Lion's Roar, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg pay perfect homage to a bevy of America ... More >>
The time is almost upon us. This week, tens of thousands of
beautiful indie kids will descend on a patch of desert in Indio,
Calif., and bear witness to some of the
finest music the modern world has to offer at the 13th annual
Coachella Festival.For those of you who didn't manage to get a ti ... More >>
Christopher VictorioYo La Tengo and the Wheel of Destiny at the Fox last night.Yo La TengoThe UrinalsFebruary 22, 2011@ The FoxBetter than: Paying $25 to see Pat Sajak do whatever it is he would do at the Fox.
When, from time to time, I found myself wondering offhand what it was like at the Odd ... More >>
Richard HaickInterpol at the Warfield last night.Interpol
School of Seven Bells
January 30, 2011
@ The Warfield
Better than: Your average rock band's light show.
So, how did everyone enjoy their night at the Planetarium with Interpol?
Not that Interpol is a bad band. In fact it's an excellent ... More >>
Deerhoof's new album: Harpsichord. Congotronics. Flamenco guitar. Crunchy analog samples. Crushing metallic riffs. Whirling keyboard dashes. Stonesy swagger. Wispy vocal lines. Until now, those were sounds you'd have expected to hear in the record collections of the four very different musicians ... More >>
Caleb KuhlThey are IAMEMPIRE.Live 105 recently announced a shortlist of local bands vying to perform at Not So Silent Night, the radio station's annual holiday concert, alongside the Smashing Pumpkins, the Black Keys, Phoenix, and some other band no one cares about. Ever since the announcement, o ... More >>
Grand LakeGrand LakeAsh ReiterSunbeam Rd.BurrowsSeptember 16, 2010@ Milk BarBetter than: Shows where there aren't pictures of kittens on the kick drum.Maybe it was the waves of dense fog soaking trees and buildings on Haight St. late last night -- making it feel like more the empty dead of winter ... 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 >>
So maybe Interpol was never going to become the creative monster some hoped in 2002. But Turn On the Bright Lights and Antics were both reasonably solid-to-quite-enjoyable albums, joining gothy proto-punk with the eerie, paranoid welps of vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks. That was then; this lame vide ... More >>
Are you a yea, or nay?I came this close (<-->) to committing my own gushing, laudatory thoughts on the Arcade Fire's new album The Suburbs (out today) to type. Then I saw how many other gushing, laudatory thoughts had already been published, blogged and tweeted. So rather than walk you ... More >>
Judgment Day plays Saturday at the Bicycle Music FestivalStringed heavy metal acts operated by bicycle power, teenage dance parties, and legendary country-folk ingénues in the park -- San Francisco has it all this weekend for less than the cost of a few pounds of organic summer fruit. Here's our ... More >>
December 12, 2009
HP Pavilion At San Jose
Better than: Getting drunk with your boss at the office holiday party.
Still alive and kicking out the jams more than a quarter of a century after making Kill 'Em All, Metallica doesn't really have anything left to prove. The band members are ... More >>
The Emerald TriangleMonday, Nov. 2, 2009The IndependentBetter than: Watching Vetiver open for Chris Robinson's Wooden Family open for Jonathan Rice open for Ryan Adams open for Interpol.Paul Scott "We're aware that this is a very strange thing," Vetiver front man Andy Cabic announced from the sta ... More >>