Posts by: Anna Gazdowicz
May 22, 2013
Tonight at Cafe du Nord, SF Station presents The Lineup, a free showcase of local bands determined by an online vote earlier this month. The people voted, which resulted in Branches headlining, preceded by Kiwi Time, Happy Fangs, and Bring the Tiger.
Trumer Pils will also offer its fine local brew for only $3 all night long.
One pair of VIP tickets ($300 value) will be given away for the Guinness Oyster & Music Festival will be given away at the event. The winner must be on the RSVP list and present at the time of the drawing.
May 8, 2013
Next Thursday, May 16th, the Bold Italic will be rolling out the next edition of their Microhood series. This particular Microhood is called “MishiPot,” encapsulating Mariposa to 21st Street between Harrison and Hampshire – which, conveniently enough, is where the Bay Bridged and Noise Pop headquarters are located.
The Bay Bridged and Noise Pop will both be represented at this event, hosting a Phono del Sol announcement party at Blowfish Sushi (since, as a reminder, we’ll be announcing the Phono del Sol 2013 lineup next week). We’ll be DJing from 6-8pm alongside the folks at Noise Pop, spinning tunes from Phono del Sol 2013 performers and some of our other favorites, and Blowfish will be holding drink and food specials throughout. We’ll also be giving away tickets to Phono del Sol 2013!
The rest of the MishiPot Microhood night includes a variety of other notable events, including (from the Bold Italic event page):
- Alite will have outdoor chairs for relaxin’, cornhole boards, a keg, and special discounts on outdoor chairs, backpacks, sleeping bags, and other gear only for Mishipot peeps.
- Asiento is offering MishiPot guests $1 off beer, wine, well and specialty cocktails from 5-8pm.
- Insymmatry will be providing a free chair massage.
- The NWBLK is showcasing CCA Thesis Art Show with snacks.
- Charles’ Chocolate will have delicious samplings.
- NoisePop and The Bay Bridged will be hosting a Phono del Sol Lineup Announcement Party at Blowfish Sushi.
The Bold Italic’s After Party Bike-in Movie at Mission Dispatch, Mr. Nice Food Truck, and more.
April 26, 2013
Besides having one of the best album covers I’ve seen in a long time (anyone else craving an IT’S-IT right about now?), Glitz‘s It’s Glitz LP is a rollicking collection of power pop that’s well worth a few turns in your earbuds. The album is out now via Grazer Records.
Luke Sweeney’s Wet Dreams Dry Magic, Glitz, Garrett Pierce
April 27th, 2013
April 19, 2013
We once asked the question, “What’s the matter with Berkeley?”, attempting to figure out why the city of Berkeley lacks suitable rock venues. While this is still worthy of discussion, we can take comfort in the fact that the UC Berkeley campus fights the good fight by continuing to provide a fantastic setting for live music, open to anyone and everyone.
Here’s a list of upcoming shows at Cal (all shows are free and open to the public):
- Saturday, April 20th (Cal Day): The Antlers, 5:00pm, Memorial Glade
- Thursday, April 25th: The Underachievers, 8:30pm, Sproul Plaza
- Friday, April 26th: Rogue Wave, Geographer, 6:00pm, Memorial Glade
April 16, 2013
Get your layers ready for a summer festival in Golden Gate Park. The lineup for Outside Lands 2013 has been announced. Headliners include Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nine Inch Nails, and many other notable acts (local and otherwise) fill out the rest of the bill.
A clever lineup announcement video has been released as well, featuring people wearing animal costumes and rollerskating through Golden Gate Park:
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April 12, 2013
March 7, 2013
Via Stereogum: John Vanderslice is planning a huge new release, and he’s provided a first taste. One part of his new Dagger Beach project (currently more than fully funded on Kickstarter, with 13 days to go) is a full cover of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, including “Big Brother”, which is available for download now.
The Diamond Beach cover will be paired with an LP of all-new songs, making Dagger Beach a unique and substantial release.
JV had this to say about the Diamond Dogs cover and the Dagger Beach project yesterday on Facebook:
I’m a Bowie obsessive and Diamond Dogs has always fascinated me. It’s often overlooked among fans and it’s very hard to place in his 70s output. I think it’s a drugged out masterpiece, an abandoned Orwellian concept album that has the most playing Bowie ever did on one of his records.
The best moments on this record are heartbreaking. I was not deferent to Bowie: I translated lyrics into German, chopped verses, moved bridges, changed chords, and otherwise ran roughshod over this beast.
I’m releasing it as an audiophile 200g vinyl pressing, limited to 500. It’s also bundled with my new album, Dagger Beach. Both are available for pre-order on my Kickstarter.
Review & Photos: Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond, Lighthouse and the Whaler, French Cassettes (sort of) (Noise Pop 2013)
March 6, 2013
Three surprises awaited us on Saturday night at the Rickshaw for Noise Pop 2013. First, there was a line wrapped around the block by the time doors were slated to open. Second, the show started promptly ten minutes after doors opened (a rare thing for any concert). And third, the originally-scheduled opening band was not actually who they were supposed to be. Confusing? Yes.
French Cassettes were originally slated as the opening band for the evening. However, only three guys came on stage instead of four, and they introduced themselves as another band (the name of which I neglected to remember). An email to the venue confirmed that this was three out of the four French Cassettes members; whether this was a new project or not, I can’t say. But I can say that their set was very enjoyable – bluesy and energetic.
Lighthouse and the Whaler came on next, welcomed enthusiastically by the crowd, and the enthusiasm was well-deserved. The band played an intensely layered set, building up each song into a uniquely rollicking experience – a less folksy and more rockin’ Mumford & Sons.
The dichotomy of the evening became evident once Matt Pond and his band took the stage. Matt Pond has been playing music in some form since the late 90s, cultivating a solid fan base along the way. At this point, there was a clear split in the crowd: those who have been familiar with Matt Pond for some time, and those underage folks with large Xs marked on their hands patiently awaiting Jukebox the Ghost (more on that later). Matt Pond’s set was lovely and thoughtful, wherein the band played a well-curated set of both old and new songs. The crowd starting shouting out requests, to which Matt responded with something along the lines of “this is the problem with being a band that’s been around for a long time – we’ve got a lot of songs.”
Personally, I’ve only been familiar with Jukebox the Ghost‘s 2008 Let Live and Let Ghosts – specifically, the album opener “Good Day,” which has been a staple on my iPod since the album’s release. I really had no idea that the band was not only still active, but apparently very popular with the underage demographic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, nor does it take away from the band’s talents – it’s just something I find interesting and unpredictable. Members of the band took time to sign fans’ LPs as they set up, just before launching into an excellent and intricate set.