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CYMBALS Makes SF Debut With High Energy Set at Rickshaw Stop

07/24/2014

Wednesday night we were treated to, UK based, CYMBALS’ first ever stop in SF at RickShaw Stop. While the crowd may have been a bit hesitant, as the Wednesday crowd often is, vocalist and guitarist Jack Cleverly looked to get the crowd going early by immediately hoping off the stage and preforming the beginning of “The End” Read More

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Win Tickets to See Real Estate at The Fillmore

07/23/2014

Catch New Jersey chillwavers, Real Estate, perform their latest LP, Atlas, at The Fillmore next Friday and Saturday. Following up their SFCritic favorite album , Days (2011), the group kicks off their US tour here for two nights. You can win a pair of tickets to see them Friday night (Aug. 1st) by entering below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Read More

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Outside Lands Announces 2014 Schedule

07/23/2014

With the announcement of yesterday’s Outside Lands schedule I can now officially state that I’m more excited than a fat kid at a cake factory. As of today there are 16 days until the party begins. Fortunately, this year’s line up doesn’t have me doing a lot of running around to see my favorite bands. Read More

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Photos: Craft Spells Unleash New Album on Sold Out Crowd at The Chapel

07/22/2014

Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of checking out Craft Spells fresh off the release of the new album Nausea. With Nausea, an odd name for an eccentric album, Craft Spells has definitely matured technically since 2011′s praised album Idle Labor. The often surf-like guitar is bolder, drums replace drum machines, and the synth and keyboard melodies are stronger, especially in Read More

The Tropics

The Tropics Show Why They’re One of SF’s Most Promising Young Pop Acts

07/21/2014

Last Wednesday, local act The Tropics sent a bolt of lightning through the chapel in their opening set for the extremely talented Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. The Tropics, a five piece act, are a band that several of us here at SFCritic took notice of with the release of the group’s first single “Sleepless.” Playing a blend Read More

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Why I Said Yes to Proposition Chicken at Outside Land’s Summer Pairings

07/20/2014

We’re weeks away from Outside Lands Music Festival (August 8th-10th), but we’ve already gotten a taste. This past Wednesday Proposition Chicken (1750 Market) hosted the second of the festival’s Summer Pairings, a Bay Area pop-up food and music series. Guests were treated to a four-course dinner and a chef-curated musical playlist of the festival’s lineup, along with beer pairings Read More

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Wolves In The Throne Room @ Slim’s (Live Preview)

07/16/2014

The Olympia, Washington black metal band Wolves In The Throne Room is currently on a Summer west coast tour for their new album Celestite and will be at Slim’s on Thursday July 17th.  Though the music of brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver checks all the genre’s boxes — heavily distorted flying-V guitars, long unkept hair, and Scandinavian Read More

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Jurassic 5, Quannum Projects, and Dilated Peoples Come Home to the Greek – Review and Photos

07/14/2014

As we settled into a warm summer evening at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, we couldn’t help feel we were about to witness something uniquely epic. The Word of Mouth tour, which is circling the U.S. this July and August, is no doubt historic. It celebrates the 20th anniversary of Jurassic 5; the first time in Read More

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Wye Oak Drops The Guitars and Changes Everything for Shriek

07/11/2014

Baltimore duo, Wye Oak, headline The Phono del Sol Music Festival tomorrow with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Often labeled as indie folk rock after the huge success of 2011′s Civilian, new album Shriek has critics scratching their heads and searching for new ways to describe the band. Shriek’s departure starts with the duo’s minimal use of guitar (as Read More

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