"I'm kind of like Ron Swanson -- I fucking hate paperwork."
Mike Donovan, figurehead of San Francisco rock band Sic Alps, is grinning in the kitchen of his ground-floor apartment, explaining what he likes about driving a cab for a living. Along with the fact that Donovan usually works only a couple ... More >>
If I may make two predictions about Clear Heart Full Eyes, the solo debut from combustible, fan-friendly Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, they are that:
1. It's not going to save rock 'n' roll.
2. It's not going to be a meta-narrative about how it doesn't save rock and roll.
If the last Hold Stea ... 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 >>
I don't know why I've been dreading this Wild Flag album exactly. Sleater-Kinney is one of my three favorite bands (the other two are Sonic Youth and the Dismemberment Plan, in case you're wondering), and as such I should trust Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss harder to carry a band that al ... More >>
Lee MarkhamArchers of Loaf
September 3, 2011
@ Great American Music Hall,
Better than: Considering how few mid-'90s indie rock gods haven't done a reunion tour
Album re-issues are either a victory lap or a re-introduction. Merge's re-release of Archers of Loaf's Icky Mettle seems to have d ... More >>
The Flaming Lips in This Is Noise PopS.F.'s annual Noise Pop Festival is mostly known for bringing a week of awesome indie music shows to the city. But the fest usually pulls in a pretty good selection of new films for music nerds -- and this year is no exception.With film subjects including the ... More >>
It just didn't seem right to lump in Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion fare with the cozy goings-on at S.F. dens like Bottom of the Hill and even Great American Music Hall. So, in search of an even comparison, I'm breaking it up: Today, here are the best concerts I saw with more than 5,000 of my fellow h ... More >>
Grand LakeIt's For Free GraceSean Smith & the Present MomentJames & EvanderCafe Du Nord9 p.m., $10Caleb Nichols is often asked why he left Port O'Brien two years ago, right around the time the neo-folk outfit was getting quite a bit of attention. His answer is simple: He was tired and needed ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteStephen Malkmus of PavementPavement
June 25, 2010
@Greek Theatre, Berkeley
Better than: Pavement's hometown show in Stockton the previous night.
The night after its gushy homecoming in Stockton, reunited indie-rock band Pavement summoned its energy, reached deep into its ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteStephen MalkmusPavement
June 24, 2010
Bob Hope Theatre, Stockton, CA
Better than: Any show where the local mayor doesn't come out to introduce the headlining band.
Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg started Pavement in Stockton, Calif., more than two decades ag ... More >>
Marcus RothStockton boys Pavement in 1999Pavement, the beloved slacker indie rock band, recently added a show in its hometown of Stockton to this year's headline-grabbing reunion tour. Stephen Malkmus, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, and co. will play the Bob Hope Theatre on Thursday, June 24, th ... More >>
Peter VarshavskyThere's something very Pavement-y about this Mark Matos track, "High Priest of the Mission." Perhaps the resemblance resides in the vocals, which remind me a bit of Stephen Malkmus' solo stuff. But with the warm organ melodies and the extra handclapped beats, Matos makes this upbe ... More >>
Courtesy of Noise Pop
The Closer: Les Savy Fav
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 ... More >>