Mount Eerie Goes Solo at The Chapel


Phil Elverum, known as The Microphones and more recently as Mount Eerie, brought a subdued solo performance to The Chapel last Thursday night that I didn’t quite expect. While his albums as Eerie evoke the hugeness of nature with their sprawling instrumentation, Elverum’s live performance featured only his acoustic guitar, his voice, and a few musical gadgets lying around. Only after did I realize–to understand Elverum is to expect the unexpected.

In 2012, Elverum released his fifth album as Mount Eerie, Clear Moon. On Moon and other Eerie albums, Elverum creates intricate soundscapes: soft layers of dusty analog keyboards, sparse drumming that is more textural than rhythmic, and heaps of toneless guitar feedback that sound like being dragged underwater at 100 miles per hour. Jayson Greene, in his review for Pitchfork, wrote: “[it] has the misty-but-tactile feeling of a sense memory…like anxious, living beings that are trying to whisper something to you that you don’t want to know.”

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Treasure Island Music Festival 2014 Lineup is out and It’s Fucking Awesome, Outkast and Massive Attack Headline


Well I guess the “fucking awesome” is very subjective, but for me personally if I were to put together a festival in the middle of San Francisco Bay these would be many of the acts I would include. Also great news for anyone who wanted to see Outkast this summer at BottleRock but not necessarily Smash Mouth or The Fray.

Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10am PT. Lineup here:

  • Outkast
  • Massive Attack
  • Zedd
  • alt-J
  • TV on the Radio
  • Santigold
  • The New Pornographers
  • Washed Out
  • Jungle
  • Banks
  • St. Lucia (OMG OMG- Bob emphasis added)
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The Shred Factory: Live Review of Megafauna @ Brick and Mortar


Fact: Dani Neff and Megafauna fucking shred.

Austin natives Megafauna paid us a visit this Wednesday at Brick and Mortar, and they put on an absolute barn burner. Comprised of front-woman Dani Neff (lead guitar and vocals), Zack Humphrey (drums), Bryan Wright (bass), and John Musci (rhythm guitar), the band wasn’t pulling any punches that night — just pumping out slap-you-in-the-face, head-banging rock. Read More

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Seattle’s Iska Dhaaf Buzzing Down the Coast


We just got a PR about Iska Dhaaf, a new buzz band from Seattle, who are headlining a free show at Neck of the Woods next Friday, June 20th. I’d never heard of them, but based on the “Live at KEXP” clips they sent over, I’m excited to check them out.

My first thoughts, listening to “Everybody Knows” were of The Gun Club, that old punk-blues band from LA with the driving, insistent, and emotive vocals and rhythms, but layered in are these almost Dick Dale-like surf guitar sounds with crazy reverb and distortion. It makes this oddly dark pop that I’m digging. Read More


San Francisco Venue, The Masonic, to Re-Open September 2014 Following Extensive Renovations


The Nob Hill Masonic Center will re-open its doors this September, finalizing the extensive renovations that started in the spring of this year. The venue which has been home to five decades of live entertainment, will now include a new concert stage, sound system, art installations, and increased general admission seating, as well as a modernized name, “The Masonic.”

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tUnE-yArDs Come Home for Sold Out Show @ The Fillmore with Sylvan Esso


Friday night tUnE-yArDs returned to the Bay Area for the first of two sold-out nights at the Fillmore. The evening was filled with songs from the new album nikki nack, fan favorites and experiment lo-fi jam sessions. Opening the night were up and comers Sylvan Esso, who if you haven’t had a chance to listen to yet–is a must a listen. Esso got the crowd jumping and hollering with their banging beats and lead singer Amelia Meath’s amazing dance moves (shown below). Read More


The Kazbah Fundraiser: Rob Garza & James Teej


The Kazbah fundraiser was the first time the collective organized a public event beyond The Playa. The crowd consisted of the diversity Burning Man tends to offer. From break dancers, to House Heads, to Burners, people were getting their dance on, rubbing shoulders and other body parts to the hypnotic music at Public Works.

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Chipotle Cultivate Festival Wins a Critic Over


We’re over saturated with brands trying to get our attention. At bus stops, commercials before movie previews, advertisements in bathroom stalls, billboard after billboard, between tweets or Facebook posts, flashing banners on webpages–we’re inundated with brands saying “Look at me!” And so, when Chipotle decides to organize a music festival the skeptic in me can only think “More marketing, yeesh!” But there’s something different about Chipotle’s Cultivate, which took place yesterday at Golden Gate Park.

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Rejoice! Caribou announces New Album, hear the first track now


Photo by Dan Dennison/NME

Following up his critically-acclaimed, perfectly-executed full-length Swim in 2010, Caribou has (finally) announced a new album that is set to be released October 8th. The album title is Our Love, with a track list that seems to imply the almost complete separation of themes and motifs of his previous record.

From a personal standpoint, this is extremely exciting news, as the Swim record was a personal favorite and has easily topped the charts of my iTunes and Spotify play count lists over the past four years. As if the announcement weren’t enough, we’ve also been given the opportunity to hear the first track off the record, which is titled, ‘Can’t Do Without You.’ Read More

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Lightning in a Bottle 2014: A Colorful Taste of Heaven


Last Memorial Day weekend, the annual Lightning in a Bottle festival descended upon the rugged San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area, in California’s Central Valley, treating attendees to four days of thoughtfully curated content from visual and interactive art, workshops, yoga, group meditations, and oh yeah… music. Artists such as Moby, Phantogram, Little Dragon, and more promised to add up to a crowd-pleasing weekend of awesomeness.

And that it certainly was. The Polish Ambassador and Gramatik got us off to a groovy start on the main Lightning Stage Friday evening with the perfect blend of jazzy electro-funk-hop. As the sun went down over the distant golden mountains, everybody was wearing their brightest smile and so many neon blinking lights the audience looked like a living, breathing NASA command center viewed through a kaleidoscope. Later, Moby threw down a high-energy big-beat electro-house DJ set that felt far more intense than his studio material would suggest he’s capable of, regularly stepping out from behind the decks to engage the crowd. Read More

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