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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.

Enter to win here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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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Interpol/Rey Pila @ The Fox

09/22/2014

About a month ago, I checked out the upcoming shows at The Fox Theater and couldn’t believe how many awesome bands were coming through Oakland. I got the chance to see two of them on Saturday Night.

The opening band, Rey Pila, was such a pleasant surprise. I had never seen them live before and have only heard a few songs. They played their 80’s synth inspired music with lots of energy. I immediately recognized one of their singles, “Alexander,” as the lead singer (Diego Solórzano) made his way down the stage and into the photo pit where he sang in his deep David Bowie-like voice to the crowd and security crew. I enjoy watching bands interact with the crowd. It becomes this fun improvisational moment that few expect. Their fun stage presence and big sound made their first performance at The Fox Theater a good one.

On the other hand, Interpol was one of those bands where I wasn’t sure if I needed to see them live. Read More

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70′s Cop Shows, Music & Beer: An Interview with Kyle Hollingsworth

09/20/2014

For those of you who don’t know, Kyle Hollingsworth is somewhat of a living legend. After Jerry Garcia died in ’95, and the Grateful Dead began to slow down, a few key jam bands stepped in to help not only fill the devastating void left behind, but to push forward the new, youthful, and incredibly high-energy style of jam that we know today. Hollingsworth is the famed keyboardist for one of these bands, The String Cheese Incident.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular jam bands in history, String Cheese, along with other jam bands like Widespread Panic and Phish, have developed an wildly dedicated, passionate cult following. Solo, Hollingsworth’s presence and tone radiate through his keyboard, and his live sound is extremely identifiable — the type that can be picked right out of a lineup. He just released his third studio album, Speed of Life, on August 19th and will be releasing three limited edition home brews (crafted by himself) that will be nationally distributed by three renowned breweries from across the country. Read More

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Photos: Rising Act Odesza Ignites Crowd at Sold Out Mezzanine

09/20/2014

Odesza is arguably one of electronic music’s biggest rising acts, and Thursday night the Seattle-based duo showed us why they deserve that distinction with the first of two sold out shows at Mezzanine. Back when we last saw Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight in April, they were already establishing themselves as a solid act to follow, selling out the Independent on the strength of their debut album Summers Gone. Today, Odesza is selling out two days at the larger Mezzanine, months in advance.

A big part of the increased buzz around their music has been the release of the new album In Return. Released September 9th, the album is excellent start to finish, and is definitely one of my personal favorites of 2014. I have described Odesza’s sound in the past as “flowing ambient melodies and electronic beats that are heavy on pitch changes” or like someone remixing the classic New Age compilation Pure Moods. The new album doesn’t stray from their roots, but builds on their skill producing music. The detail on each synth note, custom drum kick and pitch change is impeccable. There is also a new maturity and intensity to the songs, probably most evident in the collaborations with vocal artists, bringing a whole new level of depth to the tracks. Read More

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Photos: CHVRCHES @ The Fox

09/20/2014

It was a cold August day when all the Bay Area CHVRCHES fans’ hearts were crushed; due to very unfortunate circumstances, they were forced to cancel their performance at this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival. Thursday night at the Fox Theater, the Scottish synth-pop trio performed one heck of a redemption show. Front woman, Lauren Mayberry, expressed the band’s deepest regrets for having to cancel the festival. She graciously thanked all the fans in attendance for their continuous support.

CHVRCHES played a majority of the songs off their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, including crowd favorites, “Recover,” and “The Mother We Share.” In between the jams, Mayberry opened up to the crowd. She spoke on topics ranging from the Scottish Independence Referendum (happening while they were onstage), to playing their very first show in the United States (it was at the Independent, SF). The conversations made everyone laugh and cheer. The crowd got a sense that CHVRCHES are some really down to earth people. Read More

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