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The Tropics Debut EP Wind House With Release Party at Rickshaw Stop

10/28/2014

We have been following local indie pop rock act The Tropics since spring, so we were excited to hear about the release of debut EP Wind House. With Wind House the five piece band is finally releasing more of the songs we saw live in July, which led to us calling them one of SF’s most promising young pop acts. Last Friday, they Read More

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Review: Milky Chance Release Sadneccesary Ahead of Show at Rickshaw Stop

10/14/2014

Milky Chance is one of those acts that appears to come out of nowhere, but immediately makes its presence known. Similar to Gotye, their single “Stolen Dance” just emerges from thin air, and then you hear it everywhere. Recently, I heard it in a cab and at my favorite ramen spot on the same day. Although Read More

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HAMILTON LEITHAUSER’s Gospel at The Chapel

08/04/2014

The Walkmen frontman, Indie rock prince and tall glass of water (in the 6’5″ area), Hamilton Leithauser, crooned his debut solo record, Black Hours, within the arches of The Chapel. Backed with The Walkmen’s Paul Maroon, Leithauser was casual and confident, sometimes with a hand in his pocket. He performed seamlessly with a voice you can count Read More

Frank Ocean Channel Orange Album Review

11/14/2012

Just before Channel Orange’s release, Frank Ocean announced his homosexuality in a note posted on his Tumblr. Like a crashing piano, the noise of support and criticism blurted out at once. Rarely has anyone, certainly not as recognized as Ocean, come out to the largely homophobic hip hop and R&B community. The admission was powerful in its simple Read More

Album Review of Titus Andronicus’ Local Business

10/25/2012

Even with the release of their third studio album Local Business, it’s hard to pigeonhole Titus Andronicus. After their previous two releases, 2008’s The Airing of Grievances and 2010’s The Monitor, the band became an indie favorite that toured heavily and popped up on ‘Top 10s;’ and yet, they still feel kind of like the Read More

Album Review of Simian Mobile Disco – “A Form Of Change” (Wichita Recordings)

10/22/2012

London electronic producers James Ford and Jas Shaw individually make excellent workout music because each of their sounds is so energizing. Together they are Simian Mobile Disco, a creative British duo that create ethereal music typified by their consistent rhythms with a progressive dance style. Tracks are often characterized with minimal instrumentation and contain a Read More

Album Review alt-J “An Awesome Wave”

10/09/2012

∆, pronounced Alt-J (the Mac keyboard command for the Greek symbol delta), are a British art-rock band formed by Leeds University grads (and open hallucinogen enthusiasts) who majored in Literature and Fine Arts. Almost every song on An Awesome Wave has its own beautifully produced music video. Don’t be fooled by the Prince-like symbol identification, Read More

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