Max Levenson

Back at the Greek, the National’s Older Material Shines


The National’s Sunday evening performance at the Greek Theater began the way that countless National shows have begun over the years: with the slow-burning “Start a War.” But where this show differed from many of those performances is that even at the front of the theater, the crowd was a bit sparse. After quickly selling Read More

When St. Vincent, The Actor, Takes Center


Annie Clark doesn’t so much engage her audience as pummel them. During her performance at the Fox Theater Saturday night, she left most of the talking to her guitar, which she wielded like one of those massacre-inducing hammers that occasionally fall from the sky in Super Smash Bros. Throughout the entire set, from the enormous Read More

Watch: French Cassettes Play “Too Young” on the Streets of Chinatown


Last week San Francisco rockers French Cassettes rang in the Year of the Horse by playing their uber-catchy “Too Young” in Chinatown. Stroll with them down Grant Street as they dodge firecrackers, make some new fans and hit enough angelic harmonies to make Dick Cheney swoon. “Too Young” via Oaktown Indie Mayhem

Bill Callahan at the Great American Music Hall


Even Mr. Callahan himself seemed a bit taken aback by the uproarious energy of the crowd assembled at the Great American Music Hall Saturday night. His songs, mostly down-tempo and full of simple guitar figures and elegant, minute drums that ebb and flow like waves, don’t seem like they would inspire shrieks or giddy girls Read More

Phono Del Soul July 13th – Check It Out!


What are you doing this Saturday? Because unless it’s really cool, such as your best friend’s wedding, or the birth of your first child, you should really head to Phono del Sol in Potrero del Sol Park at the edge of the Mission and Potrero neighborhoods. The festival, organized by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Read More

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