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Friday, April 29, 2016

Stern Grove Festival Launches With Janelle Monáe

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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People all over the world will join in and form a love train, love train.

The 79th Stern Grove Festival lineup is out, and the O'Jays are part of it: Aug. 7, to be exact. Every Sunday from June 19 through August 21, deep in the nasturtium-filled crevasse that is Stern Grove, there will be free amazing music and grassy good cheer at 2 p.m. Kicking things off on Juneteenth is none other than the android-dating, tux-clad Janelle Monáe.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

DJ Aaron Axelsen Reflects on Twenty-One Years of Popscene, Breaking Artists, and Advice for New DJs

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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If you’ve tuned into radio station Live 105 on Saturday or Sunday nights, it’s highly likely you’ve heard the familiar timbre of Bay Area radio host and DJ Aaron Axelsen. As host of shows like Subsonic and Soundcheck, he’s been breaking new and unfamiliar artists for over two decades.

Besides being a fixture of Bay Area radio, his talent for showcasing up-an-coming artists also extends to nightlife, where his weekly party Popscene has become known as one of the country’s oldest indie/live music parties. Acts ranging from The Killers to the late Amy Winehouse have graced Popscene’s stages. And while the party has changed venues several times, the intimate indie dance spirit has remained inimitable and unchanged. We caught up with DJ Aaron Axelsen on twenty-one years of Popscene, his knack for breaking artists, and which bands are on his music radar. The celebrations start tonight [4/28] as Local Natives headline Popscene  and continue tomorrow, Friday [4/29] for a Geographer DJ Set at Rickshaw Stop. Popscene takes place every Friday night at Rickshaw Stop

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Premiere: Make Time For Berkeley Pop Duo Bows' Catchy Infectious New Track, "Time To Go"

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM

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Too little time: it's something we've all struggled with and can relate to. On their upcoming debut album, The Day We Left, Berkeley pop duo Bows takes this predicament to interstellar proportions in its infectious track, "Time To Go," premiered here today on All Shook Down. 

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Zach Schwartz, Frontman of Rogue Wave, On Moving To San Rafael, Appearing In The Movies, And Why It Sucks To Be A Musician Nowadays

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Rogue Wave frontman and founder Zach Schwartz for an article on the band's newest album, Delusions of Grand Fur. For a good half-hour, Schwartz and I chatted about all manner of things, much of which didn't make it in to the print article. 

Because Schwartz is such an interesting guy — and had so much to say — I figured I'd publish his unused quotes here on All Shook Down for its own, separate article. 

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Preserve and Pervert: Seratones on Southern Rock, Pushing Boundaries, and PWR BTTM

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:48 AM


Seratones are ready to have the damn baby.

Figuratively speaking, that is. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based quartet is counting the days until May 6, the day their debut album Get Gone officially drops. “I just want to hold the record in my hand, put it on the record player, and then play it backwards,” laughs frontwoman AJ Haynes. “I can’t wait to show it to my parents.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"You The Fuckin' Best:" Drake To Perform Two Shows at Oracle Arena This September

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

If you know who Aubrey Graham is, chances are you already know that he (a.k.a. Drake) has a tour coming up. On Monday, Live Nation announced his first show in the Bay Area at Oracle Arena on September 13, and they've now added a second show on September 14. 

The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, and all-around awesome artist will be touring in support of his new album Views From The 6, along with Future and other "special guests." His North American tour kicks off on Wednesday, July 20 in Austin, Tex. and includes a whopping 37 cities in total. 

To nab tickets for Drake's two Oakland shows, head to the If you're an American Express card member, you can purchase them starting today at 10 a.m., and if you're not, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Friday, April 29. Unsurprisingly, the tickets are a bit steep — ranging from $49.50 to $179.50 — but if you're a Drizzy fan it's worth it. 

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Indie-Pop Band Panic Is Perfect's Guide to S.F.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  • Samantha Madnick
Indie-pop quintet Panic Is Perfect knows how to craft eclectic, melodic tunes that expertly meld genres into catchy, upbeat songs. Led by Mike Hoffman, the band's singer, percussionist, and guitarist, Panic Is Perfect also includes Ty Parker on drums, David Monzon on guitar, Joey Hassid on synthesizer and backing vocals, and Bob Byers on keyboards and bass. 

In advance of their Friday, April 29 show at Bottom of the Hill, Panic Is Perfect shared with us some of their favorite places to eat, shop, and hangout at in the city. If you're new to town, you should definitely give this guide a peek, and even if you're a longtime resident, who knows? You might discover something new. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Diego's Umbrella Is One Of The Most Wild, Raucous Bands In The Bay Area

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 11:47 AM

  • Eric Urbach
It's not every day a violin player goes crowd surfing.

While playing a show at a tiny club in Bend, Oregon, Diego’s Umbrella violinist Jason Kleinberg decided to go crowd surfing. But it didn’t go as planned. The crowd dropped him and he fell on a pint glass, which got his butt.

Luckily, the next show was at a festival at Horning's Hideout in Portland, and he went over to the emergency tent and got the glass removed, with the addition of a few stitches in his ass, of course.

"Who cares if the lead singer went crowd surfing, they always do that," Jake Wood, drummer for the sextet said. "But how often does the violin player go crowd surfing, let alone get dropped by his own fans? Not that often."

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Earworm Weekly: The Bangle's "Manic Monday"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM

I'm not ready to write about Prince yet. I'm not ready to distill his immense body of work down to one eulogy. I can't yet find the words to sum up in a tidy little column even a slice of what Prince meant to me (and others) musically. Besides, other people have already said it better than I can. Prince's musical talent deserves all the superlatives, a word that sounds a lot like “purple,” his signature color. Prose easily turns purple when lesser talents try to describe his one-of-a-kind musical magic.

So let me put it this way instead: Prince's mojo was so substantial that he once broke up a band simply by gifting them their first hit song.

I blame Matt Pinfield at KFOG for planting the “Manic Monday” seed in my head this week. On the second day at his new job, he was asked to pull together a memorial set as the news broke of Prince's death. Sometime that morning, scrambling between fan and guest call-ins, Pinfield threw on “Manic Monday” as an example of how much spare talent Prince had to burn. Four days later, Monday deadline looming, this is the song that came to me. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Twenty Years After They Split, British Shoegaze Band Lush Still Knows How To Put On A Stellar Show

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 11:53 AM

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  • Raymond Ahner
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Sunday, April, 24 
The Warfield

Despite the fact that the band broke up almost 20 years ago, London’s short-lived queens and kings of ethereal and psychedelic pop fare, Lush, returned to San Francisco to play for an at-capacity crowd of much older, but no less enthused fans. Before the band's split in 1998, the group only released a handful of full-length albums and extended plays, yet they still managed to make an indelible mark on both the indie and shoegaze scenes as evidenced by the crowd at last night's reunion show at The Warfield.  (In addition to playing the United States, Lush will be heading back overseas to play the festival circuit followed by yet another round of dates in major markets.)

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