Live Review

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Vic Mensa, Roc Nation’s Prodigy, Rocks the Bay

08/11/2016

The Social Hall in SF is a small and quaint joint but on Friday night there was nothing quaint about it. Joey Purp and headliner, Vic Mensa, shook the building in front of highly energetic and enthusiastic fans. Mensa’s tour mate, Joey Purp, a Chicago native himself, opened the night and set the stage for Read More

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The Star-Crossed Sounds of HÆLOS

08/08/2016

“It’s past everyone’s bedtime, yeah?” Arthur Delaney’s question was probably only a half joke, as it wasn’t until 11:30 that HÆLOS took the stage at Rickshaw Stop on the eve of their Outside Lands appearance. There was a smattering of hoots and cheers when Arthur’s vocal counterpoint Lotti Bernardout asked if anyone had been at Read More

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The National Showcase Fresh Music at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre

08/02/2016

The National’s unreleased seventh studio album is getting closer to release, as evidenced by their July 29th set at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. The band performed six new songs, while also focusing on material from albums High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me, with a few songs from Boxer, and Alligator. The titles of the new material Read More

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Peter Gabriel + Sting bring the Hit Parade to SAP Center in San Jose

07/18/2016

When 15 or 16,000 middle aged (and up) folks form blocks-long lines on a Thursday night, you know there must be some Serious Nostalgia in play. I couldn’t help but think this, watching the line as I sat on a half wall eating a massive burrito*, the sun slowly dying in San Jose. What got these folks out? My mind Read More

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Phono del Chill

07/15/2016

Saturday was the 6th annual Phono del Sol Festival, the fun and easy going festival, which still feels like a little bit of a secret, run by The Bay Bridged. It’s small, it’s relaxed and it turns a small park in Potrero Hill into a place to discover bands new and local. With a bowl Read More

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Photos + Interview: Brooklyn-based Body Language at Bottom of the Hill

07/14/2016

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, some people stopped playing Pokémon GO and went to a show at Bottom of the Hill. Luckily for them, Brooklyn-based electro-pop group Body Language was providing the tunes. The crowd that gathered around the tiny stage was treated to a passionate and lively performance. Lead vocalist Angelica Bess truly personifies Read More

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Photos: Real Estate Completes Three Day Chapel Residency Tonight!

06/29/2016

Monday night I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the first of three sold-out nights with New York-based Real Estate. When I say sold-out, I mean ass-to-crotch all the way to the exit. I hadn’t seen a show this packed at the Chapel since Dave Chappell did a pop-up comedy show a few years Read More

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Burger Boogaloo 2016: Rock & Roll Resurrection

06/29/2016

The least shocking thing about Burger Boogaloo: Summer of Filth was that the gates opened late, and attendees lined up around the block to enter. After all, punk is not an abbreviation for punctual, and if the two-day price tag of $59, with headlining acts like The Mummies didn’t tip you off, this is not Read More

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Photos: Big Wild Ends Tour With a Bang at The Independent

05/25/2016

Those lucky enough to score tickets to Big Wild’s sold-out set were treated to a high-energy dance party, that frankly had no business going down on a Sunday. Either no one else had work on Monday, or they plain just didn’t care. Either way, they were dancing their asses off, and the crowd barely thinned, even Read More

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