DWNTWN at Neck of the Woods

DWNTWN Brings Good Vibes and Dreamy Beats to Neck of The Woods

05/01/2014

Last friday night, up-and-coming LA-based DWNTWN brought its dreamy synth pop beats to San Francisco’s Richmond district. The dance floor practically vibrated with energy as they brought some of their Southern California vibes to the notoriously foggy Richmond District.

The band started as the duo of Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda but now tours as a four piece band with the addition of Chris Sanchez and Dan Vanchieri. Leffler provides airy vocals and a larger than life stage presence that is grounded by Cepeda’s harmonies and biting electronic hooks.

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Back at the Greek, the National’s Older Material Shines

04/30/2014
Photographs by Jason Palodino

Photographs by Jason Palodino

The National’s Sunday evening performance at the Greek Theater began the way that countless National shows have begun over the years: with the slow-burning “Start a War.” But where this show differed from many of those performances is that even at the front of the theater, the crowd was a bit sparse. After quickly selling out a Saturday show, the second day was added to lukewarm interest. It was still mostly full, but when’s the last time you could make a beeline to the stage ten minutes before the National play?

While anthemic crowd-pleasers like “Mistaken for Strangers” and “Bloodbuzz Ohio” were as tight as ever, they also felt a bit stale. The formula went roughly like this: Read More

Concert Giveway to See Darkstar at 1015 Folsom

04/28/2014

This Thursday you can catch Darkstar perform at 1015 Folsom, as they make their first US appearances since the release of their latest album News From Nowhere. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway, and all you have to do is sign up and activate your subscription for our mailing list. (We’ll announce the winner Wednesday at 5pm PST and make sure to use a valid email, or we won’t be able to contact you!) 

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For those unfamiliar, their music doesn’t fit nicely into one box, but what Warp record signee does. Bending electronic instrumentations into the realm of psychedelic pop, their sound takes a minimalist approach. But hell–who cares about classifications, take a listen to their latest mix below.

Didn’t Even Need the Smoke Machine: A Review of Bombay Bicycle Club @ The Fillmore

04/24/2014

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A lot of bands claim that The Fillmore is their favorite venue, but for some reason the fact that Bombay Bicycle Club made this proclamation, after wishing everyone a “happy 420,” caused an already euphoric crowd to erupt in what can only be described as sheer ecstasy.

Bombay Bicycle Club played the Fillmore on Sunday, which just so happened to be April 20th — a sacred day here in San Francisco — and could not have shattered every single expectation I had more.

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Disclosure Cures One Man’s Cold – A Review and Photos

04/24/2014


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On Friday morning I woke up with a scratch in my throat, by night’s end I was running a fever and had little-to-no-energy. No, this isn’t a sympathy call, just an ode to the fairly talented and cohesive UK brothers, Disclosure. Who, after what I gave ‘only’ a slightly above average performance rating at the Treasure Island Music Festival last year, absolutely killed on Friday night at the Greek Theater. Read More

Listen: Flume Releases Official Remix of Lorde’s Tennis Courts After Coachella Buzz

04/24/2014

By all accounts (ok–the two people I talked to who saw him at Coachella this year) Flume put on an amazing set, and a highlight was a previously unreleased remix of so-hot-right-now Lorde’s “Tennis Courts.” Yesterday, Flume officially unleashed the mix for your listening pleasure.

Go ahead and take a listen below and don’t be surprised if this ends up being in the artist’s set at Outside Lands coming up in August.

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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 — who is known for pushing the envelope with Gnarls Barkley, The Gorillaz, and, of course, The Grey Album, his reimagining of the Beatles White Album melded with lyrics from Jay Z‘s The Black Album – has found a true partner in Mercer. Mercer’s uncanny ability to hit every note across multiple octaves, especially higher octaves, allows the duo to create music that seems to flow freely in and out of different genres. “Holding on for Life” makes you feel like you are seeing the Gibb brothers in the 70s, and songs like “After the Disco” are right at home in today’s alternative Top 40.

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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 felt especially out of place, since the last time I was in City Hall was for my sisters wedding. The free event was put on by Jack Daniel’s who was raising money for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to U.S. Military abroad. Jack Daniel’s also provided “the happiness” (read booze) as Jean-Philip Grobler of St Lucia put it.

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The Knife at Fox Theater [Photographs]

04/17/2014

The Knife took the stage in Oakland last night to a packed house. It was the second of two back to back shows, sandwiched between Coachella appearances. The group gave fans a taste of their progressive and experimental synth pop, performing many of their tracks from their fourth studio album, Shaking The Habitual. Check out below their video for “A Tooth For An Eye.”

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Yesway “Howlin’ Face” the New Bay Area Band You Need To Hear

04/16/2014

We’ve been eagerly awaiting Yesway’s album ever since we were introduced to their single “Woahocean.” With the self-titled album’s release date (June 3rd) nearing, the best friend duo of Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing have released today one of its singles entitled, “Howlin’ Face.” Their sound wanders into the avant-garde realms inhabited by Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective‘s fluttering and playful vocal styles, and cooly returns with almost ambient tones and rhythms befitting for a folky Chillout Session.

Kacey, in addition to a budding solo career following the release of her Grand Ghosts LP last year, has lent her talents to projects such as Geographer (watch “Wake With Me” here), while Emily is an active member of the band DRMS. Four years ago, the two began playing music together in the experimental folk ensemble Honeycomb, which initiated their path toward growing and weaving their creative song writing and soulful expression into a power duo. Read More

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