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Danger Mouse

Photos: During the Disco, Broken Bells Rock Sold Out Fox Theater

04/23/2014

Broken Bells made the Bay Area debut of their new album After the Disco Saturday night at a sold out Fox Theater in Oakland. The seemingly-unlikely duo consisting of Brian Burton (AKA Danger Mouse) and The Shins frontman James Mercer brought the crowd to life with its blend of traditional rock riffs, synth, and samples. Burton — Read More

St Lucia Live at City Hall

St Lucia and Conway Take Over SF City Hall for Jack Daniel’s Live at the Landmark

04/19/2014

Thursday night San Francisco’s City Hall took on a new civic duty: thrilling a crowd of onlookers, as St Lucia and Conway filled the building’s intricate dome with an amazing night of music. It was a bit surreal. The bands took a stage set up right beneath the dome in front of a massive staircase. It Read More

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Future Islands “Fuck Up” The Chapel

04/15/2014

Between songs at The Chapel’s packed Thursday night show, Future Islands front man Samuel Herring relayed his first thought upon entering the venue, “Oh, we’re going to fuck this place up.” The crowd cheered; and he would deliver on his words. The Baltimore trio (quartet with touring drummer Denny Bowen) has been playing together for Read More

From Coffee Shops To A Sold Out Slims – La Dispute Gives A Crowd Something To Shout About (with Mansions & Pianos Become The Teeth)

04/13/2014

By Patrick Czapla In 2006, I went to my first show with a couple of friends on a Saturday afternoon. Five or six bands were playing that night at a tiny coffee shop in Valparaiso, Indiana. For some that was their first show, for others it was the biggest show they would ever play (there Read More

The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs Shreds as Sold-Out Independent Looks On

04/02/2014

The War on Drugs took the stage Tuesday night in the first of two sold-out shows at the Independent. Formed in Philadelphia in 2005 by Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile (who departed for his solo act), the band is known for smooth, haunting vocals mixed with heavily distorted guitar riffs laid on top of a mosaic Read More

THE LONELY FORREST

The Black Lips Rile Up the Great American Music Hall as Usual

03/25/2014

The Black Lips are country. From Georgia. Well, Atlanta, so I suppose that means Southern, not necessarily Country, but there’s something very country in them – not bumpkin though, more like scallywag. Are you still with me? And these 1960′s-vibe, swirled, gypsy pulker (punk+folk) scallywags start a riot. My legs are black and blue from Read More

St. Vincent performs in Oakland

When St. Vincent, The Actor, Takes Center

03/24/2014

Annie Clark doesn’t so much engage her audience as pummel them. During her performance at the Fox Theater Saturday night, she left most of the talking to her guitar, which she wielded like one of those massacre-inducing hammers that occasionally fall from the sky in Super Smash Bros. Throughout the entire set, from the enormous Read More

The Lonely Forrest

POPSCENE: The Lonely Forest, Semi Precious Weapons, Break Down Valentine

03/24/2014

Popscene, SF’s premiere indie music club, has taken over (most recently) the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday nights for a decade. Hosted by LIVE105 music director DJ Aaron Axelson, this particular Thursday night was filled with billowing synthesizer hooks and psychedelic electric guitar riffs, complete with melodramatic lyrics. This week’s Popscene: The Lonely Forest, Semi Precious Read More

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