Psychedelic Rock

Black Mountain Commune With Darkness at The Chapel


I go through phases where I don’t necessarily loose my faith in new Rock & Roll, but feel a bit disillusioned with it. I ask myself, “What can you show me that hasn’t been done better by (fill in the name of any heavy 70’s legends here)?” Whenever I get that fatalistic feeling, the most Read More

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Listen: Amen Dunes Releases New Album Love Tomorrow


It’s Monday. All of us at one point or another hit that Monday slump where you just can’t accept the new work week. Luckily, there’s always new music to help us decompress and get us thinking like productive members of society again. This past week I’ve been checking out a preview of Amen Dunes’ upcoming album Love. I find the music a Read More

The Voice is an Instrument: A Review of Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band & Tara Jane O’Neil @ The Independent


Last Wednesday, The Independent served up a modern musical cocktail, concocted of three distinct elements that (like any good drink) combined formed an experience greater than the sum of its parts. Tunde Adebimpe (from TV on the Radio fame) rolled through town with his new project, and brought a couple interesting opening acts along for the ride. Read More

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Poolside to Play SF OysterFest May 10th


Some good news this week for anyone looking forward to (not cheap) drinks and delicious oysters at this year’s San Francisco OysterFest. The organizers have announced the first two acts and things are looking pretty good. Indie folk band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is headlining and we also know that electronic pop duo 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


The Besnard Lakes @ The Independent


About halfway through their set during a break in the rocking, The Besnard Lakes’ rhythm guitarist gleefully proclaimed, “I’m pretty wasted!” Without missing a beat, the band’s lead singer, Jace Lasek, repeated the happy lil’ phrase with the same enthusiasm, the only difference being that he held up his drink to salute the audience. The Read More

Bear in Heaven Interview: Best Rest Fourth Months


Poetically painting pictures, vocalist Jon Philpot of the psychedelic Brooklyn rock group Bear in Heaven has been honing his craft for years — but he is only now starting to see his own big picture. After plenty of a positive response to their latest album, Best Rest Fourth Months, the group recently returned to the Read More

#FF Mp3 Downloads: Nada Surf, J Cole, !!!, Violens…


!!!: “AM/FM” Late summer dance parties, beware. !!! (bka Chk Chk Chk) is unleashing a new album just before Labor Day. “AM/FM” is the first taste of the Brooklyn partystarters’ so-called Berlin club record, but to us, it feels more like rocking out, falling down, and scraping both knees on a diamond-encrusted dance floor. Equal Read More

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