June 19, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Clear out some space in the living room and find some time when nobody’s around, because you should probably already have started training for the Bay Area regionals in the Air Sex World Championships and the US Air Guitar Championships, both of which are taking place next week at The Independent (on 6/24 and 6/26-6/27 respectively).
Now in their seventh year, the Air Guitar Championships have always been well-received in the Bay Area, with local competitor Hot Lixx Hulahan (who we interviewed last year) the defending US & World Air Guitar Champ. One winner from each of next week’s two SF events will join other regional winners at the US Finals in August, where a champion will be selected to represent our nation in the World Championships in Oulu, Finland later that month. It goes without saying that there’s obviously a lot at stake for the entrants, particularly in the always-competitive SF leg of the tour.
If you’re more of an air lover than an air rocker, you may want to check out the Air Sex World Championships, currently in the middle of their first national tour. Like air guitar, air sex competition is pretty much what it sounds like: people get up on stage and pretend to have sex to a song in order to impress the crowd and judges. The competition was inspired by video of air sex performance at a small club in Japan, and after a year of events in keeping-it-weird Austin, Texas, the founders decided to take air sex on the road.
Will a Bay Area champion emerge to take the title from 2008 winner Sad Larry, who, I’ve been told, “won the judges over with a simultaneously heart-wrenching and gut-busting performance depicting a lonely man and an 8X10 glossy of his ex-girlfriend”? Time (and air humping) will tell.
We are giving away one pair of tickets to each night of the Air Guitar Championships on June 26th and 27th. To enter, send an e-mail to email@example.com with your name, address and include the phrase: “I want to go to the Air Guitar Championships on [Friday/Saturday]!” The winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday at noon and will be notified via e-mail.
June 19, 2009 by John Shea · Leave a Comment »
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Those who find themselves in the South Bay this Friday (8pm, $13) should make their way over to the Avalon in Santa Clara for what is sure to be quite the night of lyrical manipulation at the kickoff of the Hellava Night tour.
Esham, who’s been in the game since the late 80s, hails from Detroit. He’s remained somewhat of an underground phenomenon despite guest appearances on many many albums throughout his career. While he’s produced 13 (!) albums over the course of his career, Esham’s probably best known from his early days running the Detroit rap scene with Kid Rock and and his guest spots on various ICP albums. His music is typified by an overall bleakness, most of which sticks to the dark side of human nature.
Kung-Fu Vampire, a group who’s sound fuses goth, funk, jazz, and hip-hop, hails from San Jose and is no stranger to the Bay Area rap scene. His stage show is extremely dynamic with cello, bass, drums, guitar and keyboards all coming together to form one cohesive unit. He takes his ques from his from his Kung-Fu Vampire stage persona and I’m sure you can imagine what that entails.
June 19, 2009 by Michael Pistorio · Leave a Comment »
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Before they appeared on Letterman, before they opened for Radiohead, and before the New York Times called their sophomore album one of the best of 2006, Grizzly Bear was the 10th band featured by Vincent Moon for his Take Away Shows.
The bandâ€™s stripped down performance of, â€œShift,â€ a track off their first album, Horn of Plenty, is eerily beautiful, and minimalist in this arrangement, and not simply because of the tight quarters in which Moonâ€™s DIY style required them to play.
Three years and one album later, the Fillmore finds itself host to the bandâ€™s two-day stay, both with Here We Go Magic, Sunday is sold out — in support of the group’s newly released album, Veckatimest. Recorded in a church in Brooklyn and Cape Cod, the 12-song release is the bandâ€™s best attempt at coherence in songwriting.
June 18, 2009 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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Weekend Mix is our new mp3-driven preview of some of the upcoming weekend’s best concerts. Let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments.
- Nouvelle Vague @ The Regency Grand Ballroom, 8pm, $25
June 18, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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As we reported last month, San Francisco-New York trio The Blacks‘ final show is tonight at the Rickshaw Stop with The Red Verse and The Ferocious Few. The band’s second album, Tiger Songs will be available for the first time at the show and will be available on iTunes on July 14th.
Thursday 8pm, $10, Rickshaw Stop, Fell Street at Van Ness
June 18, 2009 by Agata Kamler · Leave a Comment »
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Photos by: Agata Kamler
Thee Oh Sees
June 17, 2009 by Christian Cunningham · Leave a Comment »
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We’ve already offered up one pair of tickets earlier today (see Trainwreck Riders CD Release Party) as a part of our new Ticket Giveaway Wednesday series and now we have several more shows for you to go to – all for free…
Saturday, June 20 – White Rabbits @ The Independent
White Rabbits are playing this weekend over at The Independent in support of their acclaimed new album It’s Frightening released last month. Avi Buffalo will be opening the show on Saturday with fellow New Yorkers and tour mates, The Subjects supporting. White Rabbits just released a new video for “Percussion Gun” that was produced by Andrew Droz Palermo which you should definitely check out:
To win tickets to this show send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address by Friday at noon. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via E-mail.
Tuesday, June 23 – Starfucker, Atole, White Cloud @ Bottom of the Hill
Portland’s Starfucker was one of the highlights for us over here at The Bay Bridged at this year’s South by Southwest. After several shows at the Hemlock in the last year, the quartet is now headed to Bottom of the Hill to promote their latest release, Jupiter, released by Badman Recording. Not only does Jupiter offer some great new tracks it is also has one of the better covers of Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” included:
To win tickets to this show, reply to @thebaybridged on Twitter with the phrase “I want to see Starfucker at BotH!” by today at 6pm. We will pick a random winner from the replies and notify you of the win via direct message!
Saturday’s show at The Independent starts at 9pm is $12/$14 and 21+
Tuesday’s show at Bottom of the Hill starts at 9pm is $10 and 21+