ZZ Ward brings her blue-eyed soul and “dirty shine” to The Independent


Halfway through ZZ Ward‘s set, she had the whole crowd singing along to “Charlie Ain’t Home,” a song in which she describes as too “sexy” and maybe a bit too promiscuous for a fan who said the song culminated in marriage. But for blues-rock singer ZZ Ward, it’s been a longtime coming since she last played in Read More

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


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

Greasy, Dynamic, Hard Hitting Grooves: An Interview with Jazz Band FORQ


It’s easy to compartmentalize music. There’s crazy rock bands. There’s laid back, sit still-and-reflect jazz bands. There’s hip-hop, there’s jam. There’s a million “distinct” categories. But every once and a while you find a band that’s something else.  Music that can satisfy the rocker and jazz snob in all of us. And if you’re in the Bay Read More

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


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: David Bowie blesses us with creepy new music


Have you seen this? David Bowie is putting out a new album, Blackstar (due out January 8), and released this nearly 10-minute long short film a few days ago as the first single. If this video is any indication of what’s to come, we are no doubt in for a sweeping and cinematic saga ripe with genre-defying Read More

PHOTOS: Sturgill Simpson @ The Fox Oakland – Evolution All The Way


Whether he wants to or not, Sturgill Simpson is evolving country music. To be honest, I hesitate to peg him as a country artist, even though I can’t possibly leave country out of describing him or his show Wednesday night at The Fox in Oakland. The problem is “country music” is a goddamned subjective matter. Read More

SONG OF THE DAY: “Glory Days” by 1955


Check out this video from Bay Area band 1955, weaving a tight rock n roll sound that throws back (and sideways) to Nick Cave, The Strokes, The Black Keys and even some new wave vibes. The video cultivates the song’s wicked hook and plays out in vivid Palm Springs detail the irony of the song. Where at first it seems Read More

Mastodon and Clutch Show Metal’s Ability to Both Rock and Pull on Heartstrings @ The Fox Theater


On Tuesday April 28, Mastodon and Clutch came to the Fox Theater in Oakland for the Missing Link Tour. Clutch opened the double bill with their punk influenced sounds and Mastodon closed the show with a more traditional metal sounding show, with all the typically intense guitar solos and beautiful transitions. The vibe was friendly Read More

Young Fathers Shake Things Up at The Independent 4/25 With Mas Ysa


The Mercury Prize winning UK trio Young Fathers will be making a stop in San Francisco at The Independent on Saturday, April 25th. The group just released its newest album White Men Are Black Men Too on April 7th with the Big Dada label. The newest single from the album, “Shame,” embodies their hard to Read More

Photos: LA’s Francisco The Man @ DNA Lounge


Last night Francisco The Man played DNA Lounge on what turned out to be a surprisingly slow Thursday and a really intimate showcase for the band. I’m surprised that it was slow because both the opener Big Harp and Francisco The Man are incredibly skillful and played damn-good music. It must be that not everyone has Read More

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