Editorials

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Magic Man, the Keytar Make Triumphant Return to SF

04/02/2015

Magic Man reappeared in San Francisco last Thursday and proved they’re perfectly capable of handling the added workload that comes with being a headliner. Touted as “a triumphant synth rock band,” the New England based team of five puts on quite the show– something they perfected early on playing in living rooms and basements. Thursday’s show at Slim’s Read More

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Greensky Bluegrass with Phil Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads: Dust Off Some Old School Bay Area with Some New School Jam

04/01/2015

Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass wrapped up their California run at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael last Tuesday, playing with venue founder and Grateful Dead bassist and founding member, Phil Lesh. Tickets went on sale a few weeks earlier on the Terrapin Crossroad website, and as a testament to the to the rarity the show and the Read More

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Chris Porterfield of Field Report Entertains and Englightens at The Independent

03/22/2015

Friday night, Chris Porterfield, the driving force behind Field Report, took to The Independent’s stage solo in support of Joe Pug. In retrospect, Porterfield’s lonesome, heartfelt set stood in stark contrast to headliner Pug’s high energy, Texas roadhouse act where every song ended with a flourish of the guitar and spin on cowboy boots. Not to mess Read More

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Photos: Above & Beyond all Expectations at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

03/16/2015

Friday night, photographer Mark Derutte and I braved the crowds to see the British EDM band Above & Beyond. Approaching the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a line can be seen — formed like tightly packed sardines, about 12 people thick, and running half the length of the building. “Oh, yeah,” I say out loud, “The long wait. Read More

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KONGOS Are Both Grogginess and the Caffeine Used to Eliminate It

03/13/2015

KONGOS started their set at a crawl at The Fillmore on Tuesday after the opening acts, Colony House and Sir Sly, amped up the crowd in preparation of the headliners. When Kongos arrived on stage they played slow jam after slow jam, which jilted the atmosphere and had the crowd in a straight-faced stupor. They lacked Read More

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Viet Cong Get Freaky @ Rickshaw Stop

03/11/2015

Last Thursday’s Viet Cong show came and went at the old familiar Rickshaw Stop. For those who’ve never been to this venue, it’s a great, divey open space that allows for an intimate musical environment… and no, not intimate like that time you played musical chairs with your friends and Jenny sat on your lap Read More

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People Gettin’ Down in the Rafters: Live Review of Lotus at The Regency Ballroom

03/07/2015

Lotus played the beautiful Regency Ballroom earlier this month, and it was a scorcher. Lotus brings sounds that jamband fiends have all grown to adore– the types of jams that play in the background of South Park episodes when they make fun of jam bands and the surrounding culture. And as the title suggests, people were Read More

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K Flay and Geographer @ The Fox

03/02/2015

Another year of the Noise Pop music festival brought another lineup of outstanding independent artists from all over the continent.  Yet, with it’s ever-growing reach, Noise Pop, a San Francisco born festival, will always have a soft spot for the Bay Area. Friday night’s lineup at the Fox theater was heavily Bay inspired, with appearances from Geographer, Read More

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