Every year seems to bring more entrants to the Northern California music festival scene. The latest is First City, a two-day festival this August at the Monterey fairgrounds that will bring out big, indie-leaning names like Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, Toro y Moi, and Neko Case for ... More >>
The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia would have turned 70 this Aug. 1, 2012, and to celebrate, fellow Dead member Bob Weir and a ton of other musicians are throwing Move Me Brightly, a Garcia tribute show that will be live-streamed from Weir's own TRI Studios in San Rafael.
The list of musical guests f ... More >>
It's a little past the halfway point of 2012, but mid-July still seems like a good time to round up the albums that came out this year and simply failed to meet our expectations. Some of those expectations were admittedly (and deservedly) sky-high -- leading to decent records that still felt like a ... More >>
Christopher VictorioParty's over... 'till next year.
Well, kids, it's over. Noise Pop's 20th anniversary has come and gone, leaving lots of sold-out shows, earsplitting climaxes, elated Tweets, credit-limit-busting cab fares, and wicked hangovers in its path. As we try to get this ringing out ... More >>
Sad Baby Wolf
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Bottom of the Hill / Noise Pop 20th Anniversary Opening Night
Better than: Seeing The Hold Steady.
Ask a local, or a bring a notebook with you to a show, and they'll tell you: Noise Pop is as much about discovering new music as it is about venue-hopp ... 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 >>
Any energy-based band returning to the fray after eight years -- especially one whose calling card was its immaturity -- will be a nervous prospect. Yet here is Blink-182, out today with Neighborhoods. Let's see how it goes.
Stream the album on Blink-182's website here.
Ghost on the Dance ... More >>
This year's Treasure Island music festival will be headlined by Empire of the Sun on October 15 and Death Cab for Cutie on October 16. As the headliners suggest, the first day will lean more heavily toward electronica, while the second will be more indie rock-ish. This year will be the festiv ... More >>
Grizzly Bear has a sense of humor. Witness it soon or wait a while.Yesterday, we posted the facial-expression-inducing lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit concert, where Neil Young and Stephen Stills will likely draw thousands of former Bay Area hippies with a Buffalo Springfield reunion ... More >>
Gretchen Robinette The Hold Steady, The Donkeys, A Decent AnimalThursday, May 6, 2010
Better than: The Hold Steady used to be.
It's not like The Hold Steady are new at this, and they're not young either, but damn if they don't play with the stupid grins of neophytes and the ecstati ... More >>
Image Courtesy of: Mark SeligerThe Hold Steady @ The Fillmore
"We're good guys, but we can't be good every night," run the lyrics to "Our Whole Lives" from the Hold Steady's new album, Heaven Is Whenever. The band has yet to prove that theory, and here's hoping it never does. Five years ago, they ... More >>
Record Store Day, that annual record-buying rite of spring that will rock independent music sellers across the world, hits again this Saturday, April 17. The event is a two-fold celebration: it's a chance for bands to put out small-run, limited-addition releases ... More >>
Joseph SchellEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: festival favoritesMore music news today for festicationers: Sasquatch! Music Festival laid out its lineup last night at a party at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. This Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-31) the indie rock caravans will head to Washington's ... More >>