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Monday, October 5, 2015

Conor Oberst Inc. Takes Over the Fillmore

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:07 PM


Conor Oberst
M. Ward
The Felice Brothers
The Fillmore, San Francisco
October 3, 2015

Better Than: Listening to I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning alone in your room and trying to understand why high school is so cruel.

“Conor and Friends” may have been the name given to Conor Oberst’s Friday night set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, but the title could’ve easily been applied to his Saturday night show at the Fillmore. Appearing on a bill shared with M. Ward and The Felice Brothers, the evening’s spirit was something akin to a musical Socratic seminar. Oberst made appearances during the sets of the Felice Brothers and M. Ward, and the former was a semi-permanent fixture on stage all night as they pulled double duty as Oberst’s backing band. The night was a group effort, as Oberst, Ward and the Felice Brothers ebbed and flowed on and off the stage, sharing vocals and welcoming guests as they performed selections of their vast collective discographies.

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The 10 Best Things R. Kelly Said Friday Night at Oracle Arena

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 11:36 AM

  • Adrian Spinelli

OK, I'll admit it: I'm not a raving R. Kelly fan. I don't know the name of every song in his expansive discography, except the obvious "I Believe I Can Fly," and "Ignition," but dammit if this guy didn't have me hanging on his every word at Oracle Arena on Saturday.

Maybe it was the four costume changes he underwent throughout the night, the black snakeskin pants,  or the Chicago Bulls-colored sequined basketball jersey that said "KING" across the front. Or maybe it was the thousands of women around me, who shrieked along to every word with sheer joy. Or perhaps it was the dudes accompanying them, who looked like they just came out of Ronald Isley's house. But whatever it was, I had an ear-to-ear smile all night — from the moment R. Kelly "made it rain" with dollar bills during his second song (We caught $9), 'til I shook his outstretched, massive Shaquille O'Neal-sized hand as the evening came to a close. 

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Lil Dicky Finds Love (and Loses His Pants) at The Independent

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 10:43 AM


Lil Dicky
Young California
The Independent, San Francisco
October 4, 2015

Better Than: Watching The Price is Right without Bob Barker.

If you gave David Burd, aka Lil Dicky, a magic lamp, Sunday night’s concert at the Independent may have been one of his wishes. The Philadelphia-based comedic rapper is relatively new to the scene, having risen to prominence through a series of controversial Youtube videos beginning in 2013 that culminated in his album, Professional Rapper, being released in July. His San Francisco show was the inaugural date of his “Looking for Love” tour, and the game show antics, removal of his pants, and weed-smoking break (sponsored by a rolling paper company) all appeared to be the ingredients of the show he'd always dreamed of starring in.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Live Review: Exhuming Big Star’s Third, Pressurized Despair and All

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 10:21 AM

“I remember getting a cassette of Third that seemed defective,” recalled Chris Stamey, referring to the Memphis power-pop group Big Star’s twilight recording. “But it wasn’t.”

Stamey, who’s best known for fronting The dB’s, connected with Big Star bandleaders Alex Chilton and Chris Bell in different capacities in the 1970s. But last night at the Great American Music Hall, he led a tribute to the group. Banter and introductions were minimal, but the participants’ reputations preceded them: There was revered New Music outfit Kronos Quartet, conducted by a somewhat decorative Van Dyke Parks; Mike Mills of R.E.M., Chuck Prophet, Kelley Stoltz, Ralph Carney, Wilco’s Pat Sansome, The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow, and the group’s only original surviving member, drummer Jody Stephens.

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This Week: Yeezy in the White House, Drake in the Dog House and Justin Bieber in a Taco Bell

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 9:48 AM

click image Our future President and First Lady enjoying a nice motorcycle ride at sunset. - KANYE WEST, "BOUND 2"
  • Kanye West, "Bound 2"
  • Our future President and First Lady enjoying a nice motorcycle ride at sunset.

Holy shit! It's an end-of-week quotes blog featuring both Jesus and Kanye, yet the two things are not related for once! What is the world coming to?! Don't worry. Egos are still running rampant this week regardless, with Justin Bieber trying to sound humble and doing the opposite, Azealia Banks thinking she's better than (basically) the (entire) world and Kanye (still) thinking he's the best celebrity. Or something. Thank goodness we've got grandmas and Don Henley to keep everyone in check... 

Here are the quotes of the week:

"I believe he is serious. And I know that he, you know, if he puts his mind to something, he'll do his best... I don't know if that was planned and I just didn't know about it, or if he came up with that idea right then and there... That was a fun night."
Kim Kardashian on Kanye West's (probably accidental) future run for President. (Ellen)

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We Hung out with Duran Duran's John Taylor Before the Band's Greek Theatre Show Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Unlike other bands who prospered during the early to mid-’80s, Duran Duran continued to release quality albums on a consistent basis. And while the band is not as prolific as its adoring fans might wish, the group still manages to tour and fill capacity venues across the United States and abroad.

Paper Gods, the band's latest record released on Warner Brothers, spurred its followers to come out en masse to support — making it a Top 10 Billboard-charting record. Featuring 12 tracks and already a couple of chart-busting dance numbers, the band proved yet again they know how to stay relevant and current without sounding dated nor derivative.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Michael Mayer, Regis, Paranoid London and More

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Michael Mayer heads a heavily stacked lineup for As You Like It's fifth birthday, Saturday the 3rd at Public Works. - CARLITOS TRUJILLO
  • Carlitos Trujillo
  • Michael Mayer heads a heavily stacked lineup for As You Like It's fifth birthday, Saturday the 3rd at Public Works.
As You Like It 5-Year Anniversary with Michael Mayer, DBX, John Tejada, and Giegling at Public Works, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. $20-$25;

In 2010, As You Like It threw its first party — an underground, word-of-mouth affair held in the now-defunct private warehouse space Com#. Five years and roughly 108 parties later, it has become one of San Francisco's premier party hosts, pairing the best of the American and European techno and house underground with big-room crowd-pleasers — bridging the gap between scenes, sounds, continents, and crowds.

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DJ Dave Paul on the History of Bomb Hip Hop and 13 Years of The Prince and Michael Experience

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Ever since his music career started in 1984, local DJ Dave Paul has taken on roles such as college radio DJ, club DJ, remixer, magazine curator, and record-label owner. In the early '90s, during the Golden Age of Bay Area hip-hop, he was best known for his former local magazine and independent label Bomb Hip-Hop, where he helped artists like Dan the Automator and Peanut Butter Wolf rise to fame by issuing flexi-discs through his magazine. In 1994, he released the Bomb Hip Hop Compilation on his label featuring then-unsigned artists like Blackalicious, and the late Charizma, which instantly sold out and is considered a classic and rare collector’s item today.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chris Brown Thinks He Can Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence Simply by Going on Tour

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 1:45 PM

  • Chris Brown "Liquor / Zero"

Hot on the heels of Tyler The Creator canceling an Australian tour, prompted by a petition against him, protestors Down Under have moved their attention to everyone's favorite short-tempered narcissist, Chris Brown. GetUp!'s petition — titled "No, Chris Brown. You're not welcome in Australia." — has, at the time of writing, received over 14,000 signatures and argues that Brown "is in breach of the Australian visa character test, for having 'a substantial criminal record.'" The petition also states that, "Allowing his entry into Australia sends the message that the Turnbull government does not place significant weight and condemnation on men's violence against women."

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We Hung out with Catfish & the Bottlemen Before Their Fillmore Show Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 10:50 AM


Catfish and the Bottlemen are the definition of a “do it yourself” band. Named after an Australian busker, the lads from Wales are finally starting to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Ryan “Van” McCann and his bandmates have earned every ounce of their success, playing in parking lots, sneaking burned CDs onto people’s windshields, and saying "yes" to every opportunity they’ve been offered. In 2014, their hard work finally paid off as their debut album, The Balcony, was released on Island/Communion Records, eventually being certified gold in the U.K. Now hard at work on their follow-up record, Van and guitarist Benjamin “Benji” Blakeway spoke with SF Weekly about sleeping in cars, David Letterman, and getting song ideas from your drunk dad.

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