Victoria Smith


The Black Lips Rile Up the Great American Music Hall as Usual


The Black Lips are country. From Georgia. Well, Atlanta, so I suppose that means Southern, not necessarily Country, but there’s something very country in them – not bumpkin though, more like scallywag. Are you still with me? And these 1960′s-vibe, swirled, gypsy pulker (punk+folk) scallywags start a riot. My legs are black and blue from Read More

The Lonely Forrest

POPSCENE: The Lonely Forest, Semi Precious Weapons, Break Down Valentine


Popscene, SF’s premiere indie music club, has taken over (most recently) the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday nights for a decade. Hosted by LIVE105 music director DJ Aaron Axelson, this particular Thursday night was filled with billowing synthesizer hooks and psychedelic electric guitar riffs, complete with melodramatic lyrics. This week’s Popscene: The Lonely Forest, Semi Precious Read More

Actress Ingrid Schumacher Serban

Singer-storyteller, FOREST SUN, sings across the Golden Gate with INGRID SERBAN


Forest Sun is a rambling man who tucks himself away in a one room cabin in the hills of Mill Valley, CA. “I don’t go looking for shows anymore. I let them ask me. I want to play for people that want to listen.” Accompanied by Transylvanian chanteuse Ingrid Serban, Forest has just released his Read More

Moby, Little Dragon, Phantogram & Gramatik to Headline Lightning In A Bottle Festival 2014


The music lineup for the Lightning in a Bottle Festival 2014 has been announced, and it features Moby, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Gramatik, Beats Antique, Amon Tobin, Baauer, Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco, Claude VonStroke and more. This internationally renowned transformative music and art experience, celebrating its 9th year, also includes the sounds of The Polish Ambassador, Damian Lazarus, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker, Lee Burridge, and the Lucent Read More

Quite the Show: Black Cobra Vipers, Sandy’s & Melvoy at The Chapel


Photo and video by Victoria Smith Melvoy Kicking things off with a bang last Tuesday night at The Chapel, San Francisco natives Melvoy married the youthful sass and rebellious grooves of early Arctic Monkeys and The Fratellis with the latin flavor of desert-dwelling desperadoes Calexico. Singer/guitarist Emmanuel Castro holds up a mirror on “If I Would” when he begs the question “if Read More

Melvoy Sex Rock Swag Pop Dance Non Stop!


San Francisco’s own, self described “Pride of Haight Street,” MELVOY have embarked on a two week Korean tour [Korea Sexy Non Stop! Club Tour]. Hand picked by Crying Nut, Korea’s #1 selling band of all time, for the supporting slot. Melvoy bring the love, fun and party spirit around with their electric live rock n Read More

Nick Waterhouse at Verde Club


Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots shook, rattled and rolled at the Verde Club for their record release party of their debut album Time’s All Gone. Channeling the vibes of the late 50′s, Nick and Co. brought in a sold out crowd of enthusiasts for a revivalist performance that earns a hat tipping. This may be the next Read More

The Dandy Warhols at The Fillmore [Photo Review]


Portland’s The Dandy Warhols did their thang during their two hour performance at the Fillmore last Wednesday night in support of their eighth studio album, The Machine. Druggy, buzzy, tunes played over faded lights. The psychedelic, alt-rock, lo-fiers featuring singer Courtney Taylor, guitarist Peter Holmstrom, drummer Brent DeBoer and looking-hotter-then-ever keyboardist Zia McCabe (whom did Read More

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