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Song of the Day: Mysterious UK Duo, Wonder Wonder With “Shark”

10/07/2014

London-based Wonder Wonder is an enigma. In an age where big name acts are usually paired with a big story about their personal life, trials, or tribulations, this duo decided to try a different approach aimed at trying to let the music speak for itself.

The band has no website. No photos or biographical information on their Twitter or Facebook sites. All we know about them is that they are from the UK, and they are releasing one song every month for a year, culminating in a debut LP. When I emailed to ask why, they sent this reply:

We are keeping quiet for the moment because we feel that the songs, the writing, the production and the feel of the music should take the forefront of this project. We have both individually experienced what it’s like to be artists promoting ourselves as a brand, and how visuals and perceptions of artists can often affect the listener’s response to the actual art itself. Sometimes it can help, and sometimes it can corrupt. Music is the most important thing to us, good songwriting, good lyrics, interesting sounds – that is what we want to focus on.

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Giveaway: Win a pair of tickets to see Megan Slankard at GAMH 10/18

10/06/2014

Local songstress Megan Slankard hits the Great American Music Hall on Saturday October 18th to reveal and release her new album Running on Machinery. She’s been an impressive DIY musician for years, having independently sold 35,000 copies of her previous records. The sound is reminiscent of Edie Brickell and Rickie Lee Jones, with both edgy and mainstream appeal. You should also be sure to check out Slankard’s hilarious and painfully truth-telling web series “inDIYe.”

The show, presented by local promoter KC Turner, is all ages, and the incredible, indelible Quinn Deveaux (with his Blue Beat Review) opens the night. Tickets & more details here.

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The Dodos @ The Chapel

10/03/2014

Last time I saw The Dodos was late in 2013, at a well-received Great American Music Hall performance. At that time, the songs chosen by the San Francisco band were mostly a collection from their last album, Carrier, which had been released a few months earlier. While no new material has been released since then, the show they played last Saturday at The Chapel (with Dylan Shearer as the opener) felt quite different; it wasn’t just the smaller size of the venue that allowed for a more intimate experience, but the fact that the band was not focusing on a particular album, taking requests from the audience and asking them to shout out whatever songs they wanted to hear (“Horny Hippies” was definitely one of the requests heard the loudest). A cool night that made me remember that, as Heraclitus once said, you can’t step twice into the same river.

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A Life’s Worth of Experiences: An Interview with Ed Nash of Bombay Bicycle Club

10/02/2014

This Sunday, October 5th, something very special is going to happen. Bombay Bicycle Club will be playing the Warfield, and it’s going to be strong. Strong to quite strong.

Bombay Bicycle Club has been a highlight of the 2014 live event season for me. (They played the Fillmore on April 20th earlier this year, you can read the review here.) This is a show that is not to be missed. The group of early 20-something’s plays with the same gusto as if they’d been on tour their whole lives — which is basically true. They bring an energy so breathtaking, so huge, that you can’t help but dance and, more importantly, smile.

Forming in London in the mid 2000′s, the band quickly gained steam and have since taken their tour across the globe. SF Critic recently had the privilege to interview the band’s bassist, Ed Nash, to talk band evolution through new sounds, a life on tour, and some pretty gnarly artwork. Make sure to go grab your tickets for the show this Sunday, and for those across the country check out their full tour schedule here. Read More

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SFCritic’s Concert Calendar and October Shows to See

10/01/2014

We are always on the lookout for fun shows here in SF and around the Bay. Over the past few days, we have been gathering details on some of our favorite acts coming to town, and we decided the natural culmination of this effort is our new Upcoming Concert Calendar.

Check out great Bay Area shows in October and November here.

We will be updating our listing as more great shows come across our radar. Each Wednesday, we will highlight a couple of upcoming acts to help you find great acts in your backyard. Read More

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Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to See Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) October 7th at Mezzanine

10/01/2014

We have teamed up with Mezzanine to give one lucky winner a pair of tickets to see Yassin Bey, formerly Mos Def perform live Tuesday October 7th.

From Dante Terrell Smith to Mos Def and now Yasiin Bey. By any name, he has made a dent in our culture through his music, film roles and speaking out for social justice.

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Lake Street Dive, Ages and Ages Rock The Fillmore Tuesday October 7th

09/30/2014

Tuesday October 7th, two groups with killer vocals and rhythm are taking over the world famous Fillmore for what is sure to be a fantastic show. I only recently discovered Lake Street Dive and opener Ages and Ages, but I am thoroughly impressed with their combination of young talent and old souls.

Tickets are still available here.

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Mimicking Birds/Modest Mouse @ The Masonic

09/30/2014

 

The last time I went to The Masonic was on New Years Eve for the Comedy Countdown show. The ground floor had rows of seats leading up to the awkwardly large round stage at the center. Now it has been renovated into one of the best venues in San Francisco to experience live music. The seats have been removed and replaced with tiered viewing areas while the stage takes on a normal rectangular shape. There wasn’t a bad view, which made it optimal to be immersed in the live performances of Mimicking Birds and Modest Mouse. Read More

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Treasure Island Music Festival Is Just Around the Corner

09/25/2014

We are just a few weeks away from Treasure Island Music Festival–have you gotten your ticket yet? The annual festival on the lonely island that sits within the Bay will play host to some major acts including Outkast, alt-J, TV On The Radio, and many more. The two-day event is broken up with a focus on chiller, indie folk, rock on Sunday and animated dance, funk and hip hop music on Saturday. Currently, there are still single-day tickets ($89.50) available for those lucky few that still haven’t gotten on the bandwagon. Check out the full lineup below, and grab tickets here.

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Art Beats Take Transform Pier 70 Into Art Spectacle

09/23/2014

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Artbeats is a brand new art and performance spectacle happening at the amazing Pier 70 in the Dogpatch, hosted by The Midway and Public Works. The focus of the event is to deliver an inclusive and affordable experience across all genres and mediums for the general public. 

Spend the day wandering through a unique art exhibition by local galleries and independent artists. Interact with whimsical large-scale installations and get to know some of the cities best craft vendors and cultural organizations. For the musically-inclined, we’ll have three special performances curated by Overlap, Kevin Earl Taylor and Artbeats. Performers include Bronze, Glenn Jackson, Russell Butler, Exray’s, Aria Rostami, 29th Street Swingtet, Daniel Blomquist, Dan Casey, Manitous and many more.
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