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LIVE REVIEW + PICS: Kaleo’s polished rock & roll crushes at the Independent

03/11/2016

Last night’s sold out show at the Independent was a band you may not have heard of … yet. Unmistakably a rock & roll band, Kaleo has clearly studied its blues, gospel and country western roots. Throughout the 90-minute set, the band was effortless in the genre. From the first screams on opening number “No Good,” to drummer David Read More

Kamasi Washington – The New Guard of Jazz

09/21/2015

In the wake of his recent collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington has put himself in the perfect position to reinvigorate jazz music, and if the young faces crowding the Warfield Saturday night are any indication, he is doing just that. Washington’s opening set for Snarky Puppy marks his first performance in Read More

José González Throws Curve Balls @ Bimbo’s 365 Club

05/04/2015

Last Monday and Tuesday, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most storied nightclubs, Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach, hosted a rare pair of sold-out shows for Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist José González. This is his first solo tour since 2008, to support his new record Vestiges and Claws. I’ve been wanting to seen him Read More

Chef Bronson’s Delicacies Delight at The Warfield

04/09/2015

New York got together with California to cook up a delicious hip-hop chowder on Tuesday evening. The city by the Bay served as the host for a meeting of the minds between Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, and an entourage of guests.  The performers and crowd alike were riding high on the excitement of new releases, Read More

Noah Gunderson, The Wild Reeds and Angelo De Augustine @ The Chapel

11/25/2014

Angelo De Augustine would probably say this was his worst show ever. But between apologies for being sick, coughs, and gulps of water, Angelo gave the most sincere, vulnerable performance of the night. Opening for a crowd that’s clearly there for guitar-driven indie folk-rock when your message must be conveyed in a whisper and a warble Read More

Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic Play Intimate Set at BAM

10/20/2014

Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic have been friends and musical collaborators for over a decade, so it makes sense that their intimate show at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM) was akin to watching two extremely talented pals have a jam session. Together, Cabic and Barnhart created the record label Gnomonsong around 2005 with their first Read More

Earth Plays Sold out Show at Bottom of the Hill

09/13/2014

Dylan Carlson formed Earth in 1989 and became a major figure of Washington drone metal, along with Sunn O))) and Burning Witch. (Check out 1993’s Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version here).  Drone is metal’s answer to ambient music or post-rock; it consists of heavily distorted guitars and overpowering low tones at either very slow Read More

Entering the Slasher House: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at Great American Music Hall

08/26/2014

Animal Collective fans can rejoice. Though AC have fallen off in productivity and quality following their meteoric ascent (cresting at 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion), their creative visionaries remain hard at work. Panda Bear relocated to Lisbon, recorded two well-regarded solo albums and even appeared on a Daft Punk song. Avey Tare, meanwhile, has created….this.

Basement Jaxx Fires Up Public Works

07/16/2014

On Saturday, SF was treated to a rare sold-out DJ set at Public Works by London’s original cheeky house monkeys, Basement Jaxx (Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe). They’re releasing their first record in five years, called Junto, on August 25th, and we were lucky enough to catch one of only four appearances nationwide on this Read More

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