San Francisco, CA - October 3, 2015

The Villagers perform first San Francisco headline performance.

Photo Credit: Victoria Smith



This past weekend Dublin Ireland’s The Villagers, project of sonic mastermind Conor O’Brien, reminded San Francisco what powerful songwriting can be. Starting on Saturday night, the band took a break from their tour with Paul Weller and braved it alone for their first ever headlining show in San Francisco at the Swedish American Hall. The Read More


Interview: Lincoln Durham Talks Cigar Box Blues, Mental Illness, and Upcoming Album


Noticing Lincoln Durham unpack his gear, it may be natural to assume five or six other musicians would later man the stage to help play so many instruments. There are nine or ten, maybe more depending on how you count. But surprise hits when no one else exits the Durham tour van (except Alissa Durham, Read More


Kamasi Washington – The New Guard of Jazz


In the wake of his recent collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington has put himself in the perfect position to reinvigorate jazz music, and if the young faces crowding the Warfield Saturday night are any indication, he is doing just that. Washington’s opening set for Snarky Puppy marks his first performance in Read More


Song of the Day: ASTR is Back with “It’s Over,” Playing Mezzanine 11/8


Brooklyn-based electronic duo ASTR is back with a new track. Last time I saw these two they were opening for The Knocks at The Independent and I was blown away by the high energy performance from front-woman Zoe Silverman. Perhaps best know for their fantastic and dreamy cover of Drake‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Read More


Slim Twig bewilders and beguiles @ the Hemlock 9/27


Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is not just an album name for Slim Twig. It is also an honest bit of gratitude for those who have stuck with him through a wandering musical career across the last few years. In five albums he’s moved from “sample-stained” to symphonic to movie soundtrack and now “sonically immersive.” It’s Read More


Music City aims to save our city’s music


Rudy Colombini has lived in San Francisco for damn near his whole life. He’s opened for Joan Jett, Elton John, Devo, Chaka Kahn, and The Beach Boys. He fronts a fantastically successful Rolling Stones tribute band, and now the rail-thin singer in leather pants has a dream: build a musical mecca in San Francisco that both pays homage Read More


Photos: Bag Raiders Bring the Heat to Popscene at Rickshaw Stop


Electronic duo Jack Glass and Chris Stracey are used to playing some of the biggest clubs and venues around the globe and have been creating tracks together for nearly a decade. Even with years of performing under their belts and the relatively small size of the Rickshaw Stop, they seemed to be a little nervous during the first Read More

Cara Stricker

Song of the Day: “Waterfalls” By Aussie Electronic Duo Bag Raiders


The long drought is over. Sorry fellow Californians I am referring to the over 3 year long hiatus from new music by Sydney’s DJ and producer duo Bag Raiders, we’re still fucked in the water department. Known for their impossibly happy synth electronic beats, the duo is set to headline Rickshaw Stop on Friday 9/11. Although Read More

Oakland, CA - September 1, 2015

Cult Records band from Mexico City, Rey Pila open for Brandon Flowers at the Fox Theater.

Photo Credit: Victoria Smith

Photos: Rey Pila Open for Brandon Flowers at the Fox Theater


Julian Casablancas, most notably of The Strokes, discovered Mexico City’s Rey Pila by over hearing them play at a nearby NYC office. He knew he had to have these guys on his indie label Cult Records. The rockers’ sound vibrates like some 80’s Bowie– hard. On September 25th we are going to get the next dose of the Read More


Noise Pop’s 20th St Block Party Returns to The Mission September 12th


Here we go again as the third annual incarnation of the hyper local event delivering great Bay Area music, vendors and food. Hosted by by Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group the event shuts off several blocks on 20th between Bryant and Harrison. The perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy what makes living Read More

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