December 15, 2011
As she kicks off a West Coast tour, Lady Lazarus has released two new videos for songs from 2011′s Mantic. Above, check out a stripped-down, haunting live performance of “Via Elysian Fields: Lake Pontchartrain” in a Savannah, Georgia church.
Below, you can view an abstract journey through a hospital in a video for “Kurosawa’s Dreams and Me,” and see Lady Lazarus’ upcoming West Coast dates.
November 28, 2011
Lady Lazarus‘ Mantic came out in early 2011 – a spare, haunting album available as a free digital download. For those who missed Melissa Ann Sweat’s singer-songwriter moniker at the Uptown last week, there’s another chance this week: she’ll be at the Hemlock tomorrow night, 11/29/11 (9:00 pm, $6, joined by Pregnant and Jib Kidder).
March 28, 2011
Every Monday, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.
Hunx and his Punx celebrate Too Young To Be In Love
Hunx and his Punx are throwing a record release show on Saturday night to celebrate the band’s new album, Too Young To Be In Love. The group’s first studio album, Too Young was recorded in New York by Ivan Julian of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and features three songs written by Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams), who also performs on bass and vocals. Shannon’s band joins the Punx at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday (10pm, $10, All Ages), along with Grass Widow kicking things off.
The Soft Moon and Water Borders join Salem at 103 Harriet
So yes, Salem was once attached to some pretty unflattering live videos, but King Night is undeniably engulfing and it’s been a year since that infamous SXSW show. In their first SF performance, at 103 Harriet on Wednesday, March 30th (8pm, $12.50), the band’s topping a bill stacked with locals, including The Soft Moon, Water Borders, WhITCH and Shawn Reynaldo.
June 11, 2010
Lady Lazarus, the musician, not the poem, is San Jose’s Melissa Ann Sweat, and the demos we received earlier this year definitely put her experimental folk-rock on our radar. Last September, Sweat filmed/recorded an intimate solo session for One Night Music in front of a small group of people in a Mission District dining room. The session features songs from Lady Lazarus’ Home Recordings, available on CDBaby, and you can download all four songs (and see more videos) at OneNightMusic.com.
Lady Lazarus has a full length album called Mantic that is scheduled to come out this summer. Here’s a song from that record:
Two Lady Lazarus shows this month: one at Rasputin Music in Berkeley on Sunday, June 13th (2pm, Free), the other at Caffe Trieste as part of the Left Coast Live festival in San Jose on June 25th (9pm, $15 for one night/$25 for two nights).
May 26, 2010
Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast includes music from eight Bay Area bands, including a number of submissions and some recently blogged-about artists. Check it out!
About this week’s bands:
San Jose’s Melissa Ann Sweat is Lady Lazarus (“The Eye in the Eye of the Storm”), whose debut album Mantic is currently available in demo form, with a final version out later this summer. She’ll be performing on June 13th at Rasputin Music in Berkeley.
The Love Dimension just put out a brand new 7″ recorded by Greg Ashley, following a CD EP that came out earlier this year. The band will be at The Stork Club on June 9th, joined by My Parade, The Molestations, and The Machetes.
Oakland duo James & Evander (Man/Miracle – “Back of the Card [James & Evander Remix]“) just released the remix collection, Songs We Wish We Wrote You Vol. 2, which you can download at their Bandcamp site. They will be at Fort Gallery on June 1st and at Mama Buzz Cafe on July 19th.
Jascha Vs Jascha (“Corydon”) is the project of SF songwriter Jascha Hoffman. His debut album, A Cure for Sleep, is out now.
SF quartet Ventid (“Sunny Day for Youth Culture”) recently released the Rain Dance for Your Wedding EP on 500 Records. See them at El Rio on July 14th, with Shapes Stars Make (Texas) and Cellar Doors.