Pop

Lauv Interview: The emerging R&B sensation you need to know

06/07/2017

Ari Leff, better known as the 22-year-old songwriter, producer and singer behind Lauv, has been taking over Spotify, and for good reason. His songs are merely infectious. Inspired by the emotions one feels towards the end of a relationship, his debut single “The Other” has struck a strong chord with its listeners, garnering over 83 million Read More

Photos: Phoebe Ryan Shines at Sold Out Regency Ballroom

03/08/2016

Phoebe Ryan kicked off on tour (in support of Charlie Puth) on Thursday night in San Francisco. After finding acclaim with her carefree twist on R. Kelly’s “Ignition”, she released her debut EP, Mine, last summer. With it she was able to start defining her own space in and among a number of super-talented female singers Read More

Live Review: The Suffers & Lake Street Dive @ The Masonic

03/03/2016

As the Noise Pop fest came to a close in SF last weekend, Houston-based gulf coast soul band The Suffers made a theater full of new fans on Saturday night. They’ve played SF 3 times over the past year, with the size of the venue increasingly mirroring the band’s growing popularity. This time, it was Read More

The Lovemakers + Scissors for Lefty @ Bottom of the Hill cancer fundraiser

01/16/2016

F*ck Cancer. Seriously. Indiscriminately grabbing at our loves and lives and wreaking havoc. In the midst of the turmoil cancer brings into a person’s life – and that of their family and friends – local non-profit entertainment organization Alternative Cure seeks to bring music by providing free tickets to concerts … and thus a moment’s reprieve from Read More

SONG OF THE DAY: “Darkness in me” by Eight Belles

12/07/2015

Eight Belles, a band named for a prize race horse, is settled in Santa Rosa making a sweet Americana sound that is ripe with talent and impossible to resist. Evoking at once the classic richness of Patsy Cline, the sweeping emotional vocal twists of Neko Case, and the highly literate songwriting of Jenny Lewis or Iron & Read More

Interview: Aussie Transplants Miami Horror on Crafting Their Sound Ahead of Headlining The Independent 6/3

05/31/2015

Before Miami Horror headlines a sold out Independent on Wednesday, I had a chance interview Ben Plant, producer and creative force behind the band. They have been busy recently, moving from Australia to LA, exploring ways to to blend different genres into their music and putting out the album All Possible Futures.  Miami Horror comes Read More

Photos: If You Saw Young Fathers and Mas Ysa at the Independent Saturday, You’re Lucky

04/29/2015

Young Fathers rocked the Independent Saturday with Mas Ysa in a show we have been looking forward to for a while now. First up was Mas Ysa, is the stage name used by Thomas Arsenault. The artist was born in Canada, but went to high school in Brazil, where he began creating electronic music. His sound is Read More

Panic is Perfect Continues to Tease Upcoming EP with Single “Build a Wall”

12/22/2014

As we reach the last days of 2014 Panic is Perfect is giving us some great new music to look forward to in 2015. The SF-based electronic pop group was a late entrant to the local scene this year but is already generating some buzz and even made Aaron Axelsen of Live 105’s list of top SF Read More

The Tropics Show Why They’re One of SF’s Most Promising Young Pop Acts

07/21/2014

Last Wednesday, local act The Tropics sent a bolt of lightning through the chapel in their opening set for the extremely talented Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. The Tropics, a five piece act, are a band that several of us here at SFCritic took notice of with the release of the group’s first single “Sleepless.” Playing a blend Read More

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 Read More

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