Posts by: Katie Kopacz
December 10, 2013
San Francisco local singer-songwriter Travis Hayes has a brand new song, premiering right here. The self-released track, called “Warm Bodies” features vocals sung by both Hayes and Emily Whitehurst of the band Survival Guide.
The pairing is clever. As typical of Hayes songwriting work, the vocals are definitely a stand out element of the song – the lyrics are heartfelt and deliberate, emphasized by the duo’s harmonization. The result is a little folk rock, with a touch of emo-rock nostalgia, and certainly something worth listening to more than once. If you’re in need of a song to curl up to by the fire and end 2013 to, “Warm Bodies” might be it.
You can also catch Travis Hayes performing live at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, in celebration of the release of this new single. Also performing are Snow Angel, Sea Lioness, and City Tribe. Not at all a bad way to spend a midwinter night. Stream the premiere of “Warm Bodies” below!
Travis Hayes, Snow Angel, Sea Lioness, City Tribe
Bottom of the Hill
December 12, 2013
December 6, 2013
Every venue in the city is special for its own good reasons, but no venue is quite like Viracocha. Located in the heart of Valencia, Viracocha is not an easily definable space. Hidden under the sheath of a storefront selling art, music, antiques and vintage oddities, it also functions as a haven for typewriter aficionados, and harbors a small stage for poets, musicians, and performance artists.
Founder Jonathan Seigel recently announced in Viracocha’s email newsletter that he plans to leave the city. What, then, will happen to the store?
A half answer comes from the fundraiser event happening today from 11am to midnight. In conjunction with the Valencia Corridor Holiday Block Party (an effort encouraging shoppers to spend holiday money on independently owned local shops) Viracocha will be hosting performances from 1pm to midnight. Part of the goal of the fundraiser is to raise enough money and awareness to allow the shop to do some large scale construction in attempt to comply with San Francisco building codes and regulations, thereby becoming a legitimate venue space.
The lineup features everything from acrobatics to poetics to a few live music performances. Oakland local Quinn Deveaux brings some blues to the room at 10pm, and the smokey folk rock band Whiskerman closes out the evening with at set starting at 11pm.
Quinn Deveaux, Whiskerman, Sparkbox (Kelly McFarling and Megan Keely), Emily Moldy, Shovelman, Dre Devis (Aerialist), Andrew Blair, Christian Cagigal (Magician), Cello Joe
December 6th, 2013
11am – 12 midnight
November 26, 2013
Almost three full years after her last album was released in Europe (it was released in the states over a year later), Gothic songstress Emily Jane White has returned to deliver her fourth full length, Blood Lines. It’s not just an awaited release, it’s a nearby departure from her previous sound to something slightly more elaborate.
“This record is heavier than my other records,” she says. “It’s a little more stylized, in a way. I chose to use a lot of delay and reverb and that was all intentional. I wanted it to have a little bit more of a punch. My last two records are very more subdued and kind of quiet, and that’s fine. But I felt like I could do something that was a little more overstated and less subtle.”
To contribute to her vision of a more dynamic sound, White brought in additional instrumentation on Blood Lines that were not featured on her previous records. “I always did what I wanted to do with this record, but I definitely bounced ideas off of people, and that was really helpful,” she says.
Her European tour starts in March 2014, with dates in Brussels and Toulouse already confirmed. Though the schedule isn’t yet set in stone, White does mention that she has an artist planning a newly designed stage performance. “My intention is to have a little bit more of a choreographed light design and stage design, with costumes and stuff like that.”
She hopes to bring this element back to her tour in the States later next year. Expect something more electronic and rock-rooted. Though we can still hear her folk sound loud and clear in most songs, including a cameo from Marissa Nadler on the album’s first single, “Faster Than The Devil.”
When asked what she’s been listening to lately, she hesitates to pick just one. “I was listening to Fever Ray in my car today. I also really like that artist Group Rhoda. She’s local and she’s awesome.”
November 12, 2013
Al Lover continues to bring two distant lovers, psych rock and electronic dance music, together with his latest release, the Headway Remixes. The album includes remixes of songs by artists on Headway Recordings, an up-and-coming North Carolina based label that focuses on ambient and experimental music.
Unlike his previous album of remixes, Headway focuses less on scuzzy, fuzzy garage and more on tripped out layers of psych, gravitated towards percussion, chop-block samples, and plenty of reverb. We can really hear Al Lover (aka Alex Gundlach) deliberately reconstructing each song to create a fully remixed entity.
In addition to Headway Remixes, which is available on cassette and via digital download, Gundlach is also well on his way into a full U.S. tour alongside Baltimore emcee Just Height. The San Francisco show is on November 14 at Milk Bar, followed by an Oakland show the next evening at Lobot Gallery.
Al Lover, Just Height, Fatees, DJ Brycon
November 14, 2013
November 5, 2013
Some shows come around often – others are so rare that they’re practically obligatory – a few of which belong to Wire’s upcoming (and brief) West Coast tour. One of these shows will take place on November 18th at Slim’s in San Francisco, with Chastity Belt (who, by the way, are just as worth seeing as the classic post-punk headliner) opening the night. It’s all a part of their world tour in support of the band’s new album Change Becomes Us, released in April via Pink Flag. This new album is Wire’s first in three years, and received the best reviews of any of their ten albums released in the past 26 years – not bad for their fourth effort since their reunion in 2003.
The west coast tour culminates with DRILL: Seattle, a three day festival that takes place in the title city, with a lineup curated by Wire. Acts playing include Chastity Belt, Helmet, Earth and The Vestals, as well as PinkFlag Guitar Orchestra, all of whom will perform collaborative renditions of “Pink Flag” and “Drill” alongside Wire.
Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see Chastity Belt and Wire onstage together for a song or two in San Francisco. Maybe we won’t. The important question is how many opportunities we’ll have to see Wire again after this tour. It’s an absolute must-go for both longtime fans of Wire and punk enthusiasts of all types. Not to mention Chastity Belt, one of the best up and coming all-female punk-influenced bands of our time.
Wire, Chastity Belt
November 18, 2013
October 22, 2013
It’s not an unpredictable occurrence that somewhere along the line of garage rock revival, the fuzz genre would mate with psychedelia. From there the diehards and grunge heads would search for a more cacophonous marriage of the two, and CCR Headcleaner would eventually emerge with their debut LP Lace the Earth With Arms Wide Open via Pizza Burglar Records.
Of course, CCR Headcleaner is no new comer to the San Francisco rock scene – they’ve been tearing up stages around the city with their shamelessly loud sets for three years, meanwhile periodically releasing tracks on Gnar Tapes. The sheer volume of CCR Headcleaner’s live shows is probably enough to figure out whether you’re interested or not. But beneath the face-melting wall of sound there is an eclectic stew of influence – not just grungy garage rock, but experimental psychedelic with psilocybin-addled punk rock residue. A real product of sweat, grime, and noise.
That’s not to say that there’s no hooks or harmonies embedded within all that sludge. The album’s first single, “Steal The Light”, is just as catchy as any FIDLAR song – just with more complex arrangements and lyrical composition. Oh yeah, and loads upon loads of noisy feedback. The track contains a complete swirling of genres, from the aforementioned heavy noise to an underlying folk-psychedelic sound reminiscent of White Fence. Lace the Earth With Arms Wide Open is far from shallow, it’s the deep cuts as a part of our local music scene. Dive right into the swirling void.
October 4, 2013
The folk rock and bluegrass scene in San Francisco is no hidden treasure. As we stand on the brink of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, this genre sits at the forefront of our minds. The Easy Leaves are a real gem within the local Americana scene, shining a very clean and modern light on the usual sound without rinsing off any acoustic grunge.
If your music tastes are anything like mine, the Americana scene doesn’t always grab my interest the way other iconic SF genres do. The Easy Leaves are one of the few exceptions to this rule. The duo somehow manages to be both rustically authentic and totally fresh – a combination of raw and clean edges that is worth checking out.
In case you missed their set at Outside Lands earlier this year, or if you’ve just been ailing for a honky tonk, The Easy Leaves have you covered this Saturday with a headlining set at the Independent, appropriately titled “Honky Tonk in the Citay”.
The Sonoma County natives are kicking off the night proper with Western swing dance lessons taught by Grass Fed Dance at 8pm. The West Coast Ramblers will follow, and once everyone is riled up and ready to show their swing dance moves, The Easy Leaves will take the stage into the end of the night. Since SF is practically their hometown, it’s sure to get pretty wild, and not a bad option for a Hardly Strictly after party.
Easy Leaves, The West Coast Ramblers, DJ G. “Neato” Yanito
October 5, 2013
8pm, $15–$17 (21+)
September 26, 2013
As a general rule, pop-up shows are always awesome. Especially when it’s a WillCall pop-up featuring YACHT. On Thursday, the Portland-native electropop duo takes over Public Works. The band performed at our own Phono del Sol music festival earlier this summer, so you already know they’re one of our staff favorites, and with good reason.
YACHT’s live performances bring their recordings to life in a whole new realm of space age imagination. Contrasting their bright, carefree pop vibe, frontwoman Claire Evans packs a total punk rock punch, engaging the audience completely and pulling stunts like wrapping mic chords around her neck.
YACHT has also created an entire subculture around their music and performances, exploring the power of metaphysical dimensions, hidden symbols, dystopian and utopian societies, and apocalyptic situations.
Supporting YACHT on Thursday will be a live set by Jeffrey Jerusalem and DJ sets from Eug and Shane King.
We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway! To enter to win, be the first person to email email@example.com, with YACHT in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email.
YACHT, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Eug, Shane King
Thursday September 26, 2013