November 6, 2013 by Alyssa Pereira · Leave a Comment »
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Brooklyn’s one-woman alt-folk show Waxahatchee will be embarking on a winter tour following the success of her sophomore album Cerulean Salt, which was released in March of this year via Don Giovanni records, and the tour includes two Bay Area stops during the month of December.
Post-P.S. Eliot break-up, Katie Crutchfield embraced a more personal tone. The result was the affecting, intimate Waxahatchee, named after a creek in her home state of Alabama. The project’s first release, American Weekend, recorded in her own bedroom on an old 8-track, was emotional and scoring, and eventually led to her second effort, the band-backed (and warmly lauded) Cerulean Salt.
Waxahatchee, Swearin’, Joyride, Crabapple
December 2, 2013
8pm, $10 (all ages)
Waxahatchee, Swearin’, Acid Fast
December 3, 2013
7pm, $10 (all ages)
November 5, 2013 by Katie Kopacz · Leave a Comment »
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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
November 5, 2013 by Jody Amable · 2 Comments »
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Marcel shows off his vinyl collection (Photo: Daniel Kielman)
In the late afternoon on a sunny Saturday, and Marcel’s * mother is fussing with her son’s hair — again. “I don’t know why your hair is so fuzzy today,” she says, reaching out a hand to smooth Marcel’s wispy, chin-length locks. He ducks slightly in an attempt to avoid her reach and makes a slight noise of protest, but soon acquiesces.
Meet Marcel, the Bay Area’s rising music critic.
He’s 13 years old.
Marcel’s blog, Marcel’s Music Journal, has crept into the local consciousness mere months after its inception. While most Tumblrs toil in obscurity for years, MMJ has only been breathing for about a year and has already gained a surprising amount of fame, especially considering the keeper’s age. What began as a typically tweenage Tumblr full of silly GIFs and smarmy quips is fast becoming one of the most visible outlets for quality music journalism in the Bay Area and beyond.
Marcel lives in Aptos, swaddled in the tall woods of the Santa Cruz mountains just south of the city proper, in an old barn. It’s not what you’d think: Sylvia works in interior design, and the place is that magazine-spread kind of immaculately messy. Old paintings commingle on the walls of front room; a mishmash of chairs populate the kitchen. It’s dark and, after the sun drops behind the trees, cold. The bathroom is in a building out back (Sylvia put all the plumbing in herself). And still, in spite of the nip in the afternoon air and the quiet of the forest, it’s as cozy a home as you can imagine.
Marcel’s room is a bright haven, though a little austere for one that belongs to a kid of thirteen. When you walk in, you face the record player. Today’s selection is T. Rex’s The Slider, the sleeve for which is propped up with great purpose; Marc Bolan’s face presiding over the scene and staring wide-eyed out into the dim of the kitchen. A Bobby Darin 45 lies lazily on a bookcase, gazing up at a Jimi Hendrix poster on the wall. Jeff Beck hangs in a corner to the left.
It’s pretty clear upon meeting Marcel that he’s a smart kid — a really smart kid. He’s well-spoken and mature, and, as evidenced on MMJ, expresses himself in text better than most kids his age — hell, he can write circles around most adults. In just one afternoon, he freely and eloquently discusses his love of film history (Charlie Chaplin in particular), the technical specs of the camera he currently uses for interviews, favorite records (vinyl records) and the influence of The Beatles on his life (“My favorite band of all time. To me no other band has been able to express so much lyrical content that resonates with me…with the exception of a few White Album tracks that I don’t like”), but it’s all punctuated with hearty laughs and enthusiastic hand gestures. He’s wise beyond his years and impossibly ambitious. Typical thirteen-year-old pursuits don’t seem to interest him. Right now, his world revolves mostly around rock ‘n’ roll and reaching deadline, but he’s not so consumed by his interests that he’s bypassed his adolescence. More than anything, he is genuine and sweet.
Marcel, like many kids, had to navigate a childhood of obsessions before he got to where he is now. First it was geography, which he knew so well by age six, Jay Leno and Oprah sparred over who would get him on their show. Next it was gardening, which saw him tending a vegetable garden while the family lived in Italy for a spell. Then came movies and film. Slowly, music crept in, and around age twelve it finally came to a head. “It was kind of a natural thing,” he says. “I was into several things before I got into music, and I guess I started to get into music cause, you know, my mom had her huge record collection.”
Marcel and Sylvia (Photo: Daniel Kielman)
Though the blog is recent, his interest in Bay Area music is nothing new at all — it’s been the foundation of the family for years. Sylvia grew up in San Francisco, and was a fixture on the local music scene in the 1970s and ’80s. “I started babysitting for the Grateful Dead when I was twelve,” she says later, in the last remaining sunny spot out in front of the house. She began photographing events in high school, and her photography put her in touch with bands that would go on to be big names. “The bands that were small (back then), you could still see in small clubs. Back in that time, we would routinely bring the bands back home for an after-party. Bow Wow Wow, The Pogues, The Clash, Tom Petty…U2 was crashing on peoples’ floors in San Francisco, spending the night.”
“I’d always be fascinated by it,” says Marcel of the rock ‘n’ roll that his mom brought into the family home. “I’d see a Beatles record, you know, (just) the cover art. Then I started listening to the Beatles and a lot of classic rock, and I liked the community environment of music journalism, I guess you could say. It just seemed so interesting to me and I really got inspired from it, and I think I finally found my something that I’ll be stuck onto forever.” Marcel keeps neat stacks of music magazines in his room near the door, and saves the note cards he uses for video interviews. [More...]
November 5, 2013 by Lauren Espina · Leave a Comment »
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Joshua Cook is a hard man to describe, but only because his energy is so tangible. He’s an artist to the core, a creator and conveyer of passion, grace, humility. An animated and authentic storyteller. A wanderer with an eye for California and an ear for rock and roll. His vitality simmers in conversation as it is when he’s on stage, owning a sound he calls “rock ‘n’ roll, deep soul, hard R&B.”
I met up with Josh with the intention of discussing his debut album of his new band The Key of Now, which is ready to be unleashed at a record release party this Thursday, November 7, at Cafe du Nord. While we definitely accomplished what I set out to do, what struck me most about our conversation was his colorful history, the stories that shaped the songwriter and the narratives that power his LP, Misadventures Part 1.
They quickly began pouring out after my first, seemingly simple question: Where are you from? Born in Kansas, he moved to Florida, Germany, back to Florida and settled in Oklahoma, all before the age of three. After finishing elementary school, he went back to Florida before his parents split up, leading him and his mother to relocate to Alabama, where he attended high school and decided he belonged in California.
“It was my Junior year of high school,” he recalls,”and I was failing a chemistry class, so I asked the principal to please pull me out and make me a teacher’s aid. I was delivering some computer equipment to the counselor’s room–room 602–and Mr. Jones pulls me aside and says, ‘Hey boss man, know anything about computers?’.” A natural storyteller, he reenacted the conversation with no breaks between dialogue that would indicate who was saying what, though it was entirely clear as he switched his inflection and demeanor between Mr. Jones and his high school self.
It was Mr. Jones who told him about Sonoma State University, a place he describes, again in his counselor’s voice, as “the kind of place a character like you needs to be.” Josh laughs and concludes, “So he helped me get into Sonoma State. I was kind of a weirdo in the South. He wanted to help get me out of there, get me to California, which is where I wanted to be anyways. San Francisco is where I wanted to be.” [More...]
November 5, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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It’s already been a big week for reunion shows in San Francisco, with Television on Tuesday and Mazzy Star on Wednesday. On Thursday, Medicine will co-headline 1015 Folsom with The Telescopes, plus support from LSD and the Search for God. Greg, Katie, and Marisa of Professional Fans will DJ the front room along with Kevin Wood and Rye in the Sky. Jamie Jams and Josh Yule will DJ the main room.
The original members of Medicine reunited this year to record To The Happy Few for Captured Tracks (streaming below), their first LP in eighteen years. The noisy LA shoegaze band gained public recognition when “Time Baby III” appeared on The Crow soundtrack in 1994, three years after the release of the band’s debut album, Shot Forth Self Living.
The Telescopes are approaching the California stretch of their world tour. In September, the UK noise rockers digitally released their seventh album since their 1989 debut, Taste. The two-track album, titled HARM, is “a visceral exercise in harshly constructed noise” that was developed live, between three separate line ups over the course of twelve months. According to Bandcamp, the entire album was recorded entirely in one take, without any overdubs. Members of local supporting act LSD and the Search for God collaborated with Stephen Lawrie on the new album, which you can stream below.
Medicine, The Telescopes, LSD and the Search for God
November 7, 2013
10pm-3am, $15 (21+)
November 4, 2013 by Tim Draut · 1 Comment »
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Mazzy Star and The Entrance Band are touring the West Coast together in support of their new albums. Mazzy Star will headline a gig at The Warfield on November 6 with The Entrance Band and opener Mariee Sioux. For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show and a pair of Mazzy Star t-shirts, read on.
Mazzy Star’s fourth studio album, Seasons of Your Day, was released in September on their own independent record label Rhymes of An Hour. The album comes seventeen years after the band’s previous album, Among My Swan, was released on Capital Records. Founding members Hope Sandoval and David Roback ended their lengthy hiatus with the release of double a-sided single “Common Burn”/”Lay Myself Down” in 2011. The dreamy Santa Monica band is known for performing in the dark.
The Entrance Band’s new album, Face The Sun, is due out November 19 on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. It is the LA-based psychedelic rock trio’s first album since 2009′s self-titled LP on Ecstatic Peace. The Entrance Band will also headline a pair of local shows later this month. They will perform the Fernwood Resort in Big Sur on November 22, and at The Chapel in San Francisco on November 23. Stream Face The Sun single “Spider” below.
To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Mazzy Star with The Entrance Band at The Warfield, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mazzy Star” in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.
Mazzy Star, The Entrance Band, Mariee Sioux
November 6, 2013
8pm, $35 (all ages)
November 4, 2013 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Enjoy this Spotify mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they’re all playing! For a full list of upcoming concerts in the SF Bay Area, check our Local Concert Calendar.
Monday, November 4
The Bay Bridged Presents Social Studies, Upstairs Downstairs, Tartufi at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Destroyer, Pink Mountaintops at The Independent
Glasser, Julius Smack at The Chapel
Tuesday, November 5
Deerhoof, LXMP, Solos at Bottom of the Hill
Television, Dennis Driscoll at The Independent
Strange Talk, Battleme, Aan at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Blitzen Trapper, Alialujah Choir at Regency Ballroom
Neon Indian, Dimlite, Matrixxman, Avalon Emerson at 1015 Folsom