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Interpol/Rey Pila @ The Fox

09/22/2014

About a month ago, I checked out the upcoming shows at The Fox Theater and couldn’t believe how many awesome bands were coming through Oakland. I got the chance to see two of them on Saturday Night. The opening band, Rey Pila, was such a pleasant surprise. I had never seen them live before and Read More

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Photos: Rising Act Odesza Ignites Crowd at Sold Out Mezzanine

09/20/2014

Odesza is arguably one of electronic music’s biggest rising acts, and Thursday night the Seattle-based duo showed us why they deserve that distinction with the first of two sold out shows at Mezzanine. Back when we last saw Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight in April, they were already establishing themselves as a solid act to follow, Read More

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Photos: CHVRCHES @ The Fox

09/20/2014

It was a cold August day when all the Bay Area CHVRCHES fans’ hearts were crushed; due to very unfortunate circumstances, they were forced to cancel their performance at this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival. Thursday night at the Fox Theater, the Scottish synth-pop trio performed one heck of a redemption show. Front woman, Lauren Read More

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Earth Plays Sold out Show at Bottom of the Hill

09/13/2014

Dylan Carlson formed Earth in 1989 and became a major figure of Washington drone metal, along with Sunn O))) and Burning Witch. (Check out 1993′s Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version here).  Drone is metal’s answer to ambient music or post-rock; it consists of heavily distorted guitars and overpowering low tones at either very slow Read More

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A Night in Reznor’s World: Nine Inch Nails Rules the Night at Shoreline

08/28/2014

Sunday night less than 24 hours after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Bay Area, Nine Inch Nails sent shockwaves through the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. Of course, this unreal show was just another day’s work for the iconic, genre bending rock band. But for us mere mortals who got the chance to spend Read More

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Entering the Slasher House: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at Great American Music Hall

08/26/2014

Animal Collective fans can rejoice. Though AC have fallen off in productivity and quality following their meteoric ascent (cresting at 2009′s Merriweather Post Pavilion), their creative visionaries remain hard at work. Panda Bear relocated to Lisbon, recorded two well-regarded solo albums and even appeared on a Daft Punk song. Avey Tare, meanwhile, has created….this.

Jack White at Bill Graham Civic August 23, 2014

” .. and I’ve been Jack White.”

08/24/2014

Jack White covered two hours of ground on his second night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. With a clean haircut, some new looking muscles and a bruised, rolled ankle from the night before, Jack came out in a flurry — hard, heavy and full of moxie. He rang off hits, from tracks off the new best-selling vinyl Read More

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Shabazz Palaces Change the Game @ The New Parish

08/06/2014

Last week, at The New Parish in Oakland, Seattle-based experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces put on a pair of shows in support of their new LP Lese Majesty, which dropped last Tuesday. Within the long-stagnant hip-hop landscape of excess and rampant self-referentialism, emcee Ishmael Butler (formerly of Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Tendai Maraire are total renegades. Read More

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