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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last Night: Ty Segall Returns to San Francisco with Fuzz

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:21 PM

click image Ty Segall drums in Fuzz. - DALLIS WILLARD
  • Dallis Willard
  • Ty Segall drums in Fuzz.
May 20, 2015
Great American Music Hall

Better than:
Watching the final episode of the Late Show With David Letterman. Although, let’s not forget during a flurry of televised performances to promote his Twins LP, Ty Segall and his band made an appearance on Letterman in Fall 2012. The YouTube clip shows Segall reminding us all to vote and Paul Shaffer’s face getting melted. 

Guitar chops, drum chops, and most definitely bass chops: The Fuzz has it all. The band has a reputation for knowing how to improvise, jam, and shred through a set list. That's why it sold out the Great American Music Hall Wednesday night on a double bill with only the support of Los Angeles’ Lamps.

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Move D, Scuba, Shigeto, and More

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Move D and Jonah Sharp perform live as Reagenz at Monarch on Friday, May 22.
  • Move D and Jonah Sharp perform live as Reagenz at Monarch on Friday, May 22.
As You Like It presents Reagenz, Move D, and more at Monarch, 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, May 22. $20;

Producing electronic music is more accessible than ever these days. All it takes is a laptop, a bit of software, and a tutorial or two and you're up and running — although results may vary. For the most part, this widening of the field is a good thing — there are a lot of young, talented electronic musicians doing their thing on a shoestring budget, sometimes to amazing effect.

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Last Night: GBH Is Not Dead Yet

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

  • Alan Snodgrass /
May 20, 2015

“Oi! . . Leather, bristles, studs, and . . . wrinkles!” screams the 53-year-old Colin Abrahall, lead singer of iconic UK Punk band GBH. It's a play on the title of GBH's 1981 debut EP Leather, Bristles, Studs and Acne. The acne of Abrahall's youth has long since faded, replaced by the aforementioned wrinkles, but the fury and power of GBH is still alive and kicking. As proof, the band rips into “Race Against Time” as the dance floor of Slim's explodes into a melee of slam dancing, pogoing, and flying beers.

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WATERS Drop New Video for "What's Real"

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

WATERS debuted a new video for "What's Real," an anthemic pop rock tune about fake (and real) friends, yesterday.

The video opens with frontman Van Pierszalowski in front of a green screen, appearing bewildered by his surroundings. The Bay Area band, originally formed in 2011 in Oslo, Norway, dances enthusiastically in their everyday attire as the power-poppy, guitar-driven song kicks into high gear.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

London's Fat White Family Has Gear Stolen in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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South London's Fat White Family had its gear stolen in San Francisco on Sunday night, according to a Facebook post on the band's official page. The band, who was touring with L.A. Drugz, says together the two groups may have lost more than $20,000 worth of gear, electronics, and clothes.

The psych rock band was staying at the Travelodge on Market and Valencia after playing a show at the Chapel when the gear, which you can see in this clip, was stolen. 

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Marcelinho da Lua Talks Making Music in Rio de Janeiro and Touring the World

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM

DJ/producer of Brazilian music group Bossacucanova, Marcelinho da Lua (aka DJ Da Lua), is a master at fusing the traditional sounds of bossa nova with electronica. He started his musical career behind the scenes, working as a roadie and studio assistant in his teens. It was during that time that he inherited his mother’s Brazilian record collection, and began learning techniques in studio production. His initial experiments began by working in samples of classic Brazilian records with hip-hop. It wasn’t long before he expanded those experiments to include drum 'n' bass and jungle records, concocting the beginning of his DJ and producer career.

Today, da Lua is considered one of the best contemporary producers of Brazilian music. When he’s not touring the world with Bossacucanova, he’s spending time in his Rio de Janeiro studio making award-winning albums like 2003’s Tranquilo. We spoke with da Lua (with translation help from BRAZA’s Elan Kamesar) about the importance of bossa nova, sharing Brazilian music with the world, and what he has in store this year.

DJ Da Lua plays Elbo Room this Thursday, May 21, for BRAZA’s SF Carnaval 2015 Kick-Off Celebration with the Bay Area Brazilian All Stars. A percentage of the profits will go to Hamilton Family Center. 

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Moment of Truth Video Premiere: Down 2 Earth's "Powers" (ft. Simmi)

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 9:23 AM

Down 2 Earth's "Powers" (ft. Simmi), will be appearing as a bonus track on the group's upcoming re-issue of the popular Wildfire mixtape, but before that goes down, we're bringing you the video premiere right here on Moment of Truth, our weekly hip-hop column. The video is a dark complement to a fierce track that sees the HBK Gang affiliated crew, comprised of East Bay MC's Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, and Azure (Iamsu!'s tour DJ), making a serious power play over the Kuya Beats production.

(L to R) Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, Azure
  • (L to R) Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, Azure

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Canadian Electro-Pop Artist Mas Ysa Added to Phono del Sol Festival Lineup

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Mas Ysa, the Canadian electro-pop artist who released the catchy single "Margarita" yesterday, has been added to the Phono del Sol lineup. 

The song is great to listen to while daydreaming about eating a beautiful, fully baked California Pizza Kitchen margherita pizza. Oh what? That's not what this bouncy pop tune is about? Fine, whatever. I suppose I'll have to buy Ysa's upcoming debut LP Seraph out July 24 on Downtown Records to find out more. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Last Night: U2 Thrills at SAP Center

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

  • Sugarwolf
May 18, 2015
SAP Center, San Jose

After the massive success of U2's 360 Tour, which shattered the record previously held by The Rolling Stones for the highest-grossing tour of all time, many wondered what direction the band would take next. Last night in San Jose fans got their answer; the band has masterfully redefined the arena show and given fans an intimate look at the group's origins.

At roughly 8:15 p.m. Monday evening the house lights dimmed inside the SAP Center as U2 took the stage to kick off the first U.S. date of their Innocence + Experience Tour. The band emerged to the sound of "Beat on the Brat" by the Ramones, as screaming fans rose from their seats.

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Resurrect Cali Fest Announces Initial Lineup

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Resurrect Cali Fest, a three-day festival at 924 Gilman street on Labor Day Weekend with the mission statement of celebrating California's diverse and unified punk and hardcore scene, just announced its initial lineup.

Some of the most notable names are: ACxDC, the southern California grindcore and Facebook drama mainstays. Coke Bust, the Washington D.C. straight edge globetrotters. And Breakdown, the Tompkins Square Park legends.

I have it on good authority that there are a few more exciting headliners to be announced soon, but until then check out this classic Breakdown footage and lineup below. 

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  • U2 @ SAP Center in San Jose
    Last night U2 performed the first U.S. date of it’s Innocence + Experience tour at SAP Center in San Jose. All four band members were present despite recent injuries sustained by both Bono and Edge. The sold out show took audience members on a walk down memory lane as the band revisited their roots. The innovative stage and lighting used gave the arena show an intimate feel, and engaged audience members in all sections of the venue. Photographs by Sugarwolf.
  • Bay to Breakers 2015 - NSFW
    The 103rd annual Bay to Breakers 12K race was packed on Sunday despite the cold weather. With a starting point a few blocks from The Embarcadero, people dressed as bananas, Elvis and everything in between ran west through the city and finished at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach.

    Photographs by Christopher Victorio.