Body/Head, Horsebladder, Burmese @ Rickshaw Stop
Jason Lytle @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 // Noise Pop Festival Opening Night
Better than: The ambient soundtrack at your local Guitar Center.
Noise Pop 2013 kicked off last night with something relatively rare for the 21-year ... More >>
Whether you preferred the dancefloor at Mighty, the plush environs of Bimbo's 365 Club, or the dewy late-night fields of Outside Lands, there were plenty of great concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2012. We reviewed many of them, from "secret" shows at semi-legal clubs to sprawling, three ... More >>
"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 >>
Name: Southpaw Records
Headquarters: Downtown Oakland
Owners: Rob Fales and Amanda Niesslein.
Musical focus: The majority of Southpaw's releases fall within the categories of punk and garage, but Fales says he's willing to venture into hardcore if he was smitten enough with a parti ... More >>
"I was raised to hate Los Angeles," confesses Tim Presley. Which only makes sense, since Presley -- who started the psych-rock band Darker My Love, and whose solo project, White Fence, is considered by some to be the best garage-rock band in L.A. -- grew up in the Bay Area. He was raised in San Mate ... More >>
Christopher VictorioAtlas Sound's Bradford Cox at Bimbo's on Saturday.
Feb. 25, 2012
Bimbo's 365 Club
Better than: Honestly, I've never seen anything like this.
Tonight, and likely at all other Atlas Sound sets, some c ... More >>
The current lineup of Oakland's Bare Wires, with Matthew Melton at right.
For a trio fronted by a self-described "total slacker," Oakland's own Bare Wires have been rather prolific. Guitarist, singer and sole permanent member Matthew Melton grapples with his solo material, psych/garage band S ... More >>
TV on the Radio
Thee Oh Sees
Sept. 27, 2011
TV on the Radio came to the Fox Oakland last night, delivering its forward-leaning blend of lolling, synth-driven modern rock and wailing, otherworldy vocals. Photographer Joseph Schell was there to record the the action, and sent back these shots.
Michael SchultzTy Segall and his band among the throngs at DAM Haus
DAM Haus, the Davis punk rock house rented and run by KDVS, UC Davis's college radio station for the past 22 years, is no more. The house, which hosted around six shows per year, was legendary in the Sacramento scene, to band ... More >>
Barn OwlThanks to both the national media and the local one, most of us know about the more-than-worthy garage-rock, shoegaze, indie-pop, and electronic sounds emanating from the S.F. scene. But far less appreciated are the aquifers of creativity stirring beneath us in the Bay Area's experimental ... More >>
Girls' JR White (left) and Christopher Owens (right)San Francisco indie-rock band Girls got national attention almost immediately. The release of yearning, grainy pop songs such as "Lust for Life" and "Hellhole Ratrace" -- made before Christopher Owens and JR White had even formed a band --& ... More >>
WoodsThere's been much conjecture on how to get your music heard in a time of eroding CD sales. Many bands are encouraged to embrace technology and gimmicky marketing schemes. There is also the Woods way. Since 2006, the Brooklyn indie-rock band has released an album every year on its own label, ... More >>
Yo La Tengo, Sic Alps
April 24, 2010
Better than: Art rock is supposed to be.
"All I can say is that I hope you all get an opportunity to play this place," Ira Kaplan gushed at one point Saturday, acknowledging the tour-de-force conclusion to Yo La Tengo's three-night stint at the Fil ... More >>
Gretchen Robinette MtyMx All Ages Festival of Arts & Music
March 20-22 2010
NY buzz show-promoter Todd P's MtyMx All Ages Festival of Arts & Music, a three-day event in Monterrey, Mexico was scheduled to feature over 80 bands on two stages on the Autocinema Las Tor ... More >>