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Treasure Island Music Festival Announces 2014 Set Times

10/09/2014

As we near the one week countdown for Treasure Island Music Festival, the organizers have spilled the beans on artist set times. For those who aren’t familiar with TIMF, set times aren’t as stressful as other festivals because all the acts happen on two adjacent stages and don’t overlap, it really cuts down on the Read More

Lake Street Dive, Ages and Ages Rock The Fillmore Tuesday October 7th

09/30/2014

Tuesday October 7th, two groups with killer vocals and rhythm are taking over the world famous Fillmore for what is sure to be a fantastic show. I only recently discovered Lake Street Dive and opener Ages and Ages, but I am thoroughly impressed with their combination of young talent and old souls. Tickets are still available Read More

Outside Lands Day 3 – Sunny Skies, The Killers, Jenny Lewis and 20,000 People Singing Eurythmics

08/11/2014

Sunday brought us our first day at Outside Lands Music Festival with actual sun, rounding out another incredible festival of music, food, art and people-watching. There was a little something for everyone Sunday with The Killers and Tiësto closing out the festival to massive crowds. The only gloom over the day was the unexpected cancellation 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

Treasure Island Music Festival 2014 Lineup is out and It’s Fucking Awesome, Outkast and Massive Attack Headline

06/17/2014

Well I guess the “fucking awesome” is very subjective, but for me personally if I were to put together a festival in the middle of San Francisco Bay these would be many of the acts I would include. Also great news for anyone who wanted to see Outkast this summer at BottleRock but not necessarily Read More

From Coffee Shops To A Sold Out Slims – La Dispute Gives A Crowd Something To Shout About (with Mansions & Pianos Become The Teeth)

04/13/2014

By Patrick Czapla In 2006, I went to my first show with a couple of friends on a Saturday afternoon. Five or six bands were playing that night at a tiny coffee shop in Valparaiso, Indiana. For some that was their first show, for others it was the biggest show they would ever play (there Read More

Take Back the Night: Phantogram @ Amoeba Records

02/26/2014

Last Wednesday, following an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the day before a sold-out show at Oakland’s Fox Theater, rising New York duo Phantogram treated San Francisco to a (free!) four-song set at Amoeba Records, highlighting material from their new record, Voices. This was their first Bay Area appearance since a dominating performance at last year’s Treasure Read More

We Want It Loud! A Review of Chappo at the Chapel

02/19/2014

Last Thursday the Chapel hosted a band I’ve been getting really excited about lately, Chappo. If you do one thing today, go listen to this band. Pour yourself a drink, crank the volume up to 10 (your neighbors will like this, I promise), and get ready to be impressed and probably emotionally effected. Chappo bleeds originality, Read More

[REVIEW] IAMDYNAMITE @ The Regency Ballroom 9/16

09/27/2011

What I like about IAMDYNAMITE, despite the name and band they opened for (Blue October), is that they are really just good rock music. It is refreshing in a scene full of synthed-out cookie cutter indie rock to hear a band that plays so loud they shake the floor, that gets an audience moving, and Read More

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