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Cut Copy Frees Fans at Fox Theater – Photos and Review

11/04/2013

Cut Copy took the stage Saturday night at the Fox Theater, in front of what lead vocalist Dan Whitford called the biggest crowd of the tour so far, and played an hour and 45 minute set that spanned fan favorites and new songs from forthcoming album Free Your Mind.

If you are unfamiliar with the group, Cut Copy is one of today’s most recognizable electronic acts out of Australia. Their sound brings you back to the best of 80s new wave, blending beats that you can’t help but dance to. Australia has become some sort of incubator for synth pop in the past decade, taking the familiar sounds of new wave and making something new and different. (If you enjoy the style, check out Empire of the Sun, Gypsy & The Cat, Strange Talk and Bag Raiders.)

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Photos of St. Lucia and Two-Door Cinema Club at the Fox Theater

11/03/2013
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Photographs by Darryl Kirchner

St. Lucia played a sold-out show with Two-Door Cinema Club at the Fox Theater on Tuesday night ght. The evening was kicked off by Peace, an arguably rawer, and more experimental rock outfit from the UK.

St. Lucia’s soulful blend of progsynthrock got the crowd moving early and had them at the tip of their toes as Two-Door Cinema Club took the stage. The band is accompanying them on select dates of the north-american leg of their ‘Beacon’ tour. Their newest album ‘When The Night’ was just released this past October and is definitely worth a listen. This video below is great teaser for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to check out their sound.

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Beck “Sunday Morning” (Velvet Underground Cover)

10/29/2013

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Beck announced we will release a new album next February entitled Morning Phase. The new record has been described as a follow up of sorts to his 2002 Sea Change, as it features many of the same musicians who played on that record (who are also currently accompanying him live) -Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner.

In anticipation, Beck has been steadily releasing material for fans including yesterday’s cover of Velvet Underground “Sunday Morning.” Listen to it below. Read More

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Live Review – Passion Pit @ Fox Theater

10/24/2013

First, I will point out that the Fox Theater is one of my favorite places to shoot.  Photographing there is always a pleasure.  I get into my groove and often find myself dancing in the pit, along with the front row.  Last night was no different – for me at least.  At first, the audience’s energy was as high as usual.  Lead vocalist and keyboard player Michael Angelakos and his band took the stage to an expected roar from the young crowd. The ground floor was shaking as they opened with “Make Light” off of their 2009 debut LP Manners. After the initial songs though, the energy in the Fox just wasn’t the same.  Maybe it was due to the BART strike that the whole top balcony remained almost-empty, maybe it was because people were saving their energy for the double Kanye West shows in the area this week, but something gave me the impression that the kids here were just not giving the band what they deserved.

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Okkervil River at The Fillmore – Review and Photos

10/24/2013
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Photographs by Mark Kurlyandchik

Give Will Sheff a can of dog food, and he’ll turn it into an anthem.

Over the course of Okkervil River’s two-hour set at the Fillmore Tuesday night, Sheff played the Rock God; constantly throwing his guitar behind his back, wrapping his grasshopper-thin frame around the microphone stand, towering over the crowd and occasionally falling onto lead guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo. Blink your eyes and you might have been on the set of School of Rock.

Fortunately, Sheff is backed by a group of musicians both precise and bombastic enough to make his Rock God dreams a reality, creating enough sound and energy to fill an arena.

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Treasure Island 2013: Day 2 Review

10/23/2013

Festival-goers were far more aware of the harsh conditions of Treasure Island so jackets and pants, were incorporated into everyone’s wardrobes. Day two also had more instrumental bands rather than DJs, so there was definitely more energy as the concert progressed. I suppose if questioned on the matter, I admit not a fan of all the laptops that took the stage. Not to say electronic music isn’t the future (it is the language of robot love, after all), I will always prefer guitar and singing to computers. Just don’t blame me when Skynet gains sentiency.

Check out the full Treasure Island Day 2 Photos

The opening act at the Tunnel Stage was Io Echo, it was my first time hearing them and I am a fan! Ioanna Gika has an incredible singing voice and made a cover of the Beatles’ “I Want You/ She’s So Heavy” truly their own. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out and name your first child after me as a “thank you.”

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Treasure Island: Day 2 Photos

10/23/2013

Treasure Island continued on Sunday with Sleigh Bells absolutely tearing the house down, helping everyone forget that they couldn’t feel their extremities. Japandroids and Beck also weathered the . . . weather.

Sleeper of day 2: Haim (& The coffee truck!)
Best use of inflatable teeth stage decor: Animal Collective
Longest line: The coffee truck!
Most memorable performance: Sleigh Bells
Least memorable performance: Can’t remember

 

 

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