May 18, 2010 by Aaron Sankin · Leave a Comment »
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Seeing a show headlined by a band called Fun. leads you to go into it with a certain set of expectations — primarily that there’s going to be some dancing. While dancing certainly did occur, I can vouch for that, it only started at the end of the night, when the most fun band of the evening took the stage. Before that happened, the bill was filled with two wildly different Bay Area bands that led to an enjoyable, if not disjointed show.
I only caught the very end of opener Heartsounds’s set but the first thing I thought upon walking in the door was, “Hey, an emo band!” No, wait, come back. It was actually good. Don’t think emo in a Dashboard Confessional, dudes with eyeliner and nasally voices whining about their problems until some good Samaritan punches them in the face kind of way. Think more like Minor Threat-level instrumental intensity combined with third wave pop-punk vocals. The last song, which happened to be the only one I caught in its entirety, was a bouncy major key singalong with impassioned boy-girl harmonies and thunderous snare rolls. From what I could tell, Heartsounds aren’t especially concerned with breaking or even really bending the established tropes of their genre, rather inhabiting them with an all-convincing youthful intensity.Â
The transition from Heartsounds to the next band, Audrye Sessions, was jarring. The first thing you notice about the Oakland-grown Audrye Sessions is its size. An eight-piece with three string players, even without playing a note these guys give the impression that they can put out a whole lot of sound when they want to — and they did not disappoint.
Their first song started with dreamy ambiance that gradually developed into Explosions in the Sky-style post-rock, everything dripping with just enough reverb to make Slim’s sound like a big empty church. The soaring swells were soon anchored by a bass-led groove with a confident rhythmic lilt with singer Ryan Karazija, belting haunting, legato vocal lines in his best Thom Yorke impression.
May 17, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Bay Area Bands, Mp3, News, Video
For the past several years, the good people at Terrorbird Media have been promoting awareness of some of the Bay Area’s best bands. This Thursday, May 20th, they’re teaming up with Epicsauce for a four year anniversary party at Milk (8pm, $5). On the bill: Man/Miracle, Baths (LA), The Splinters, and Sister Crayon (Sacramento), with a DJ set from Sugar & Gold as well. Congrats, Terrorbird!
May 17, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 5 Comments »
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Selected shows from our Local Concert Calendar. Anything you’re particularly excited to see this week? Let us know in the comments…
This week in the Bay Area:
May 17, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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The ninth annual Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom festival put on by Davis/Sacramento community radio station KDVS 90.3 FM is proclaiming the punk rock ethic this year, mainly with headliners X (Australia) and A-Frames (Seattle). The local support includes Rank/Xerox, Moon Duo and English Singles (Sacramento).
O:RMF 9 takes place this Sunday a few miles out of Davis, at Plainfield Station in Woodland — a roadside BBQ joint with a sprawling back lawn perfect for this all-day festival (12pm, $10).
May 16, 2010 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
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The Sword takes a lot of stick in certain quarters of the metal community, mostly for having committed that cardinal indie sin of getting too big, too fast. The Austin, TX band was an overnight sensation thanks to debut LP Age of Winters, which blazed onto the scene full of fuzzy Orange amps, epic, martial lyrics, and titanic, bong-water-rippling riffs. A plum deal with hipper-than-thou NYC label Kemado was the first detail that rankled the ranks of forum-trolling purists, and press photos depicting four fresh-faced youths fresh from Texas’ hippest municipality were ripe for the metal grist mill, which preferred its retro battle-Sabbath performed by grizzled road warriors with paunches and ugly tattoos.
The band was a perspicacious early adopter of Guitar Hero (with “Freya” appearing in Guitar Hero II), and they were quickly able to reach a broader audience, abetted by a high profile tour in support of Metallica, whose drummer, the diminutive Dane Lars Ulrich, declared them his favorite metal band in existence. Nothing gets a close-minded headbanger’s goat like a dilettante at the mall sporting his one and only heavy metal t-shirt – nothing except for Lars Ulrich running his big mouth, that is.
Thankfully, the music cut through all the chattering and posturing. The Sword have never seemed particularly concerned with their lot in the metal life, instead focusing on crafting thunderous anthems of medieval combat and blood-soaked fantasy. 2008′s Gods of the Earth picked up where their first album left off, charging out of the gates with furious aplomb and gratuitous references to George R.R. Martin’s cult series A Song of Ice and Fire. The disc charted at #102 on the Billboard chart, and their star rose even higher.
May 14, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.
The latest SF MusicTech Summit is Monday, May 17th, and its schedule of panels maintains the high level of quality we’ve come to expect from MusicTech events. If you’re curious what these things are like, or are just looking for an educational way to kill a Friday, you can listen to a wide variety of panels from past summits, on topics like “Studio Production & Mastering” and “Music Metadata.”
May 14, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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Last we heard from The Shants, they were opening for Il Gato and embarking on a mini tour of California. Now, the band is scheduled to headline at the New Parish for their Oakland debut this Wednesday, May 19th (8:00 pm, $5/advance, $8/door, 18+).
After Wednesday’s show, the Shants will be embarking on a summer tour, and heading back to the studio to record a follow-up to their EP, Russian River Songs.