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Photos: Emoh of What So Not Ignites 1015 Folsom

06/20/2014

Thursday night, Emoh Instead (Chris Emerson) — DJ, Producer, and one half of the Sydney-based duo What So Not that also includes Flume (Harley Streten) — dropped a massive set on a raucous, sweaty, and almost universally out of it crowd at 1015 Folsom.

As a duo, What So Not does not shy away from the bass. Their songs can best be described as a hyperactive take on trap music. They recently released songs under the EP The Quack  and are promising to release more new material soon. Emoh ended his set with the duo’s popular single “Jaguar,” which turned the crowd into a sea of jumping bodies and pumping fists.  Read More

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Woman’s Hour Incites A Bewitching Journey

06/19/2014

Press Photo by Steve Gullick

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Woman’s Hour recently dropped the single “Conversations” from their forthcoming LP of the same name, which is being released July 15th on the Secretly Canadian label. If you haven’t had a chance to listen yet, do yourself a favor and take it for a spin! The shoe-gaze like synth mixed with occasional rockabilly chords is a bewitching journey through a modern musical spectrum. Lead singer Fiona Burgess’ raw emotions entice and seduce, demanding the listener console her.

A few days ago Ghostly International artist Fort Romeau released a remix of “Conversations” on xlr8r, which has the funky vibes of a Daft Punk tune and the structure of a Kraftwerk composition.

And here’s the original song:

Another one,“Her Ghost,” haunts with Stratocaster-reverb and perfectly executed breakup song lyrics. 

The band is coming stateside for a tour this fall including a show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco October 10th. Full tour dates here. Woman’s Hour’s unique sound has garnered them a significant following United Kingdom and no doubt they’ll pick up more fans here in the good ole US of A.

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Win Tickets to See Lee Fields & The Expression @ The Fillmore

06/18/2014

Next Friday night, veteran singer Lee Fields will bring the soul back to The Fillmore along with his backing band The Expressions. The group’s new album, Emma Jean, was released two weeks ago on Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul Records, which is home to similar soul revivalist artists including Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. At a time when critics are looking at hip hop artists skeptically, “don’t talk the talk talk, if you can’t walk the walk,” Truth & Soul Records’ artist like Fields’ are the truth, through and through. A fan ever since his Curtis Mayfield-styled joint, “Ladies,” I can’t help but feel that Fields’ timeless style continues to age, gracefully, and complexly. On the new album’s highlighted single, a cover of JJ Cale’s track  “Magnolia,”  Fields’ vocals wax smoother than ever, slightly giving into a twang that almost pays homage to the late great singer’s country rockability.

We’re excited to offer a pair of tickets to one lucky winner to see Lee Fields & The Expressions in action. All you have to do is sign up and activate your subscription for our mailing list below. (We’ll announce the winner next Wednesday at 5pm PST. Make sure to use a valid email, or we won’t be able to contact you!)  Read More

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Mount Eerie Goes Solo at The Chapel

06/17/2014

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

06/17/2014

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

06/14/2014

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

06/12/2014

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

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

06/11/2014

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.”

The upcoming months are already full of many notable acts including, Read More

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

06/10/2014

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

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The Kazbah Fundraiser: Rob Garza & James Teej

06/08/2014

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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