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Photos: Pure X and friends live at Brick & Mortar

07/07/2014

A small but passionate crowd gathered last Saturday at Mission venue Brick & Mortar Music Hall for an intimate evening featuring Austin trio, Pure X. To warm things up, Bay Area band Sam Flax set the perfect atmosphere with their catchy psychedelic-pop tunes that had the audience quickly up on their feet. With a setlist consisting mostly Read More

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Photos: The Knocks get Comfortable at Sold Out Independent with Help from ASTR

07/03/2014

There is no better way to charge hard into America’s birthday than spending a Tuesday night at the Independent seeing two amazing NYC electronic acts put a charge into a shoulder-to-shoulder, sold out crowd. My playlists are filthy with tracks from both The Knocks and ASTR, so I tried to keep my expectations low before the show, but honestly, Read More

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Spanish Gold, Clear Plastic Masks and Local Upstarts Yesway Rock Rickshaw Stop

06/29/2014

Wednesday night, The City was treated to a solid trio of acts touring on amazing new albums. SFCritic photographer Pedro Paredes was armed with his camera, and I was sporting my Giants cap fresh off the Tim Lincecum no-hitter as we took in a show that, on paper at least, was a rather odd pairing of acts. The opener Read More

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Nightmares On Wax Live

06/24/2014

George Evelyn, aka Nightmares On Wax (NOW), is celebrating 25 years of making music with Warp Records. He’s touring all over the world promoting his recently released double CD called N.O.W Is The Time. The CD is a compilation of NOW hits dating back to 1989. During the tour, Evelyn is accompanied by vocalists Ricky Read More

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Photos: Emoh of What So Not Ignites 1015 Folsom

06/20/2014

Thursday night, Emoh Instead (Chris Emerson) — DJ, Producer, and one half of the Sydney-based duo What So Not that also includes Flume (Harley Streten) — dropped a massive set on a raucous, sweaty, and almost universally out of it crowd at 1015 Folsom. As a duo, What So Not does not shy away from the bass. Their Read More

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Mount Eerie Goes Solo at The Chapel

06/17/2014

Phil Elverum, known as The Microphones and more recently as Mount Eerie, brought a subdued solo performance to The Chapel last Thursday night that I didn’t quite expect. While his albums as Eerie evoke the hugeness of nature with their sprawling instrumentation, Elverum’s live performance featured only his acoustic guitar, his voice, and a few Read More

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The Shred Factory: Live Review of Megafauna @ Brick and Mortar

06/14/2014

Fact: Dani Neff and Megafauna fucking shred. Austin natives Megafauna paid us a visit this Wednesday at Brick and Mortar, and they put on an absolute barn burner. Comprised of front-woman Dani Neff (lead guitar and vocals), Zack Humphrey (drums), Bryan Wright (bass), and John Musci (rhythm guitar), the band wasn’t pulling any punches that night Read More

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Lightning in a Bottle 2014: A Colorful Taste of Heaven

06/05/2014

Last Memorial Day weekend, the annual Lightning in a Bottle festival descended upon the rugged San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area, in California’s Central Valley, treating attendees to four days of thoughtfully curated content from visual and interactive art, workshops, yoga, group meditations, and oh yeah… music. Artists such as Moby, Phantogram, Little Dragon, and more promised to add up to a Read More

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Front-loaded: A Review of Foals & Cage the Elephant @ The Fox Theater

05/28/2014

Last Tuesday, I finally got to see UK indie outfit Foals when they stopped by Oakland’s Fox Theater with Kentucky natives Cage the Elephant in tow. We have a lot of Foals fans at SFCritic, and I fought my staff to cover this show. Their brand of emotional, yet cerebral math rock is both intellectually challenging and rewarding, and Read More

Chet Faker

Photos: Chet Faker “Drops Game” on Sold Out Independent

05/27/2014

There is no better way to close out a long weekend than catching a great act in the comfy confines of The Independent. Monday, Australian artist Chet Faker showed me why he is a rising star, combining unique samples and synth beats with an unbelievably soulful voice. The rich sound enveloped the crowd commanding full attention from everyone Read More

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