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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Live Review: Surfer Blood Catches a Sold-Out Wave at The Rickshaw Stop

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Surfer Blood - BAILEY GREENWOOD
  • Bailey Greenwood
  • Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood
Bestie
Talking in Tongues
Hot Flash Heat Wave
The Rickshaw Stop
February 26, 2015


Better than: Surfing in a wetsuit off the frigid coast of Northern California.

Noise Pop 2015 is in full swing, and this writer is completely immersed in the revelry and debauchery encouraged by such things as happy hours at Bender's sponsored by Different Fur Studios. Seriously, if you want a completely sober recollection of what happened last night consult the Church of Mormon, because after a few free Jamesons and some $3 Lagunitas, anything can and will happen. Alas, I've been enlisted to recollect an amazing show at Rickshaw Stop, complete with local favorites, touring bands and Canadian imports that left the audience wanting and needing more; so it goes...

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Kevin Saunderson, Silent Servant, Sasha and More

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Kevin Saunderson headlines a stacked lineup Friday night at Public Works.
  • Kevin Saunderson headlines a stacked lineup Friday night at Public Works.
Lights Down Low's Nine-Year Anniversary with Kevin Saunderson, Todd Edwards, Cyril Hahn and more at Public Works 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27. $25-$30; publicsf.com

Party years are like dog years. It takes a lot of hard work — and burning the candle at both ends — to run a party right, and only the best and most dedicated make it past a year or two. At this point, Lights Down Low is a Bay Area institution, and is working on conquering L.A. after launching a SoCal offshoot about two years ago. In party years, nine years is an epoch.

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Producer and DJ Krafty Kuts on the Resurgence of Breakbeats and Favorite S.F. Hangouts

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:03 AM

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Seamlessly transitioning his musical career as a championship turntablist since the late ‘80s to an internationally known club DJ today, UK producer and DJ Martin Reeves aka Krafty Kuts, has held the title of King of Breaks for the past two decades. With cutting and scratching still at the core of his sets, the veteran manages to incorporate his turntable dexterity into a multitude of genres, from contemporary disco to old school hip-hop. We chat with Krafty Kuts about judging DJ competitions, his label Instant Vibes, and his most memorable time in San Francisco. He plays Monarch Friday, Feb. 27, with support from local DJs M3 and Motion Potion.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Live Review: Flight Facilities Take Off at the Regency Ballroom

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM

CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
Flight Facilities
Touch Sensitive
The Regency Ballroom
Wednesday, February 24, 2015

Noise Pop’s second day of music saw a raucous, sold-out dance party at the Regency Ballroom, starring rapidly rising Australian electronic duo Flight Facilities.

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Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:41 PM

AMAZON
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Yesterday, Kim Gordon's revealing new memoir, Girl In a Band, was released, and to coincide with the event, the ex-Sonic Youth bassist, vocalist, and post-punk feminist icon appeared at The Strand bookstore in New York City — the second appointment in an 11-date book tour. (She'll be at San Francisco's Jewish Community Center on March 4, FYI.) Gordon is appearing with a different guest for each date, and her New York side-kick is Elissa Schapell, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, author and literary critic. (Sleater Kinney / Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein will be joining Gordon in SF — woo-hoo!)


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Live Review: A Less-Stoned Best Coast Grows Up (and Into a Great Live Band) at Bottom of the Hill

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

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Best Coast
The She’s
Night School
Phoebe Bridgers
Bottom of the Hill
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015


Better than: Drinking a Zima on Venice Beach.

First, let me make it clear that the Best Coast of 2015 is not the same band as it was five years ago. Yes, the theme of California love runs deep and the band’s surf pop hooks are still their signature staple. But people change. Lead singer and guitarist Bethany Cosentino doesn’t just sing about getting high and her love for her cat Snacks, anymore. That image seems to be entrenched in a lot of people’s minds since the band’s debut LP, Crazy For You, made a lasting impression on the indie rock world back in the summer of 2010. But that’s an anachronism now, and it has been for a long time.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Moment of Truth: Mick Jenkins

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Mick Jenkins performs at Leo's in Oakland this Friday, Feb. 27.
  • Mick Jenkins performs at Leo's in Oakland this Friday, Feb. 27.

Mick Jenkins
is the very definition of a conscious rapper. Mick and his crew, Free Nation, not only buck the money/hoes hip-hop trend, they preach the spiritual enlightenment of understanding the pitfalls of hip-hop’s social constructs. Only then can you free your mind and self and be truly free (at least that’s how I perceive it).

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Two-Fer Tuesday: New Music Videos From Goodnight, Texas and Opio x Free the Robots

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 2:40 PM

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In which we pair two new (ideally wildly different) music videos from local artists. Because everyone needs a little help getting through Tuesday.

Hey guys, it's Tuesday! Which means it's time for two of our favorite things: Alliterative headlines and music videos. This week's selections prove, among other things, that you don't need a gargantuan budget (nor live human beings on film) to make a damn cool music video.

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Live Review: A Broken-Handed Ben Gibbard, Mark Kozelek, and Zach Rogue Open the Swedish American Hall With a Bang

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Mark Kozelek and Ben Gibbard at the Swedish American Hall Feb. 23. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Mark Kozelek and Ben Gibbard at the Swedish American Hall Feb. 23.

Ben Gibbard
Zach Rogue
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
The Swedish American Hall


This was it. The newly renovated Swedish American Hall’s maiden voyage. Sure, there were film events there over the past few days, but this was different. This was a concert, and not just any concert, it was Noise Pop inaugurating their new venue and this year’s festival with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard headlining the bill. You could feel the crowd’s exuberance coming into the night, with the smell of fresh paint still lingering in the brand new ballroom and lights strewn across the partially seated floor setting the mood.

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Go Do This Thing: Celebrate Different Fur's (Affordable!) New Studio With a Happy Hour at Bender's

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Different Fur Studio B. - MOLLY DECOUDREAUX PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Molly DeCoudreaux Photography
  • Different Fur Studio B.

If you've listened to a handful of records produced in the Bay Area over the last decade — anything from Lil B to Tycho to Bob Mould — chances are you've listened to some sounds that were produced between the walls of Different Fur Studios.

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