Youth Lagoon Makes First Ever Appearance at The Fillmore


Last Wednesday night, a nearly sold out Fillmore welcomed lo-fi pop group Youth Lagoon to the stage for the very first time. Playing in such an iconic venue – where the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd all performed – one would think Youth Lagoon would come prepared to put on one Read More

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


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 Read More

The Dandy Warhols at The Fillmore [Photo Review]


Portland’s The Dandy Warhols did their thang during their two hour performance at the Fillmore last Wednesday night in support of their eighth studio album, The Machine. Druggy, buzzy, tunes played over faded lights. The psychedelic, alt-rock, lo-fiers featuring singer Courtney Taylor, guitarist Peter Holmstrom, drummer Brent DeBoer and looking-hotter-then-ever keyboardist Zia McCabe (whom did Read More

[Album Review] Pure X “Pleasures”


On July 5th Pure X (formerly Pure Ecstasy) will release their anticipated LP, Pleasures, much to the chagrin of their fans who have eagerly awaited this after numerous EPs and singles. Let us say, boy was it worth the wait. Pleasures affirms the group’s unique lo-fi minimalist rock and pushes their instrumentation further. The album Read More

[Interview] LoveLikeFire “Heating Up”


I could sense the urgency in Ann Yu’s voice as she talked about her new album, Dust. The lead singer of San Francisco-based LoveLikeFire has struggled for years to support her dream of being a professional musician. The group’s buzz might have peaked with their debut, Tear Ourselves Away, which garnered her comparisons to Karen Read More

Kanye West Good Fridays with Travis Barker, Jim Jones and More Downloads From SFCritic


Kanye West: “Lord Lord Lord” (feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson) Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Friday—his drop of free new music every Friday until the release of his fifth album—has been racked with epics, gifting us with a couple major posse cuts. There is nothing too out of the ordinary (i.e. no Bon Read More

Tamaryn Release Party Live Review


My friend turned to me and said “Tamaryn is the epitome of shoegaze.” While the buzzing San Francisco band performed like a shoegaze group, standing motionless, strumming away tripped out grooves, the association is limiting. Embedded within sweeping guitar chords, and methodical rhythms is an ease, and gentleness that is comforting and alarming like the Read More

Download Music #FF: Lupe Fiasco, J Dilla, Tame Impala & more…


Lupe Fiasco: “Go To Sleep” When Lupe Fiasco came kick-push-coasting his way out of Chicago, he had the kind of unprecedented momentum hip-hop fans wouldn’t see again until…well, Drake. Lupe looked poised to pop like so much champagne. Fast forward four years and fans are getting antsy awaiting his daily delayed third album, Lazers, and Read More

Wavves Live Review at Rickshaw


Wavves: “King of The Beach” [audio: http://www.sfcritic.com/wp-content/themes/mimbo/audio/wavves_king_of_the_beach.mp3] I’m not sure if I can imagine a collective group of people who cared about what everything was less than the 100+ plus people at the Wavves Rickshaw Stop show Wednesday night. The band, from the start of the set to the end, continuously tried to prove that Read More

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