10/8 Live Performance by Mist and Mast

8 10 2009

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Mist and Mast
Live Performance
Mist and Mast is the new project created by Jason Lakis who had previously released three albums under the name The Red Thread (on the Badman Recording Co. label). This is a mostly one man project recorded by Jason with the exception of a couple of keyboard and guitar parts provided by others. Our first reaction to Mist and Mast…is that this music seems a good deal more focused than the last couple of Red Thread albums that we heard. And that is a good thing…because it means Jason is allowing his music to take him into new and different territories. This self-titled album features nine tracks of thoughtful, slightly odd progressive pop. The soft, subdued vocals work remarkably well within the framework of these intricately arranged tunes. This doesn’t sound like an album created to sell units…but rather an artistic creation in which Lakis is simply transferring his thoughts and feelings into music. Pensive, thoughtful cuts include “Turn Into the Turn,” “Campfire Went Out,” “Glass Tiles,” and “Price of Fevers.” Plenty of neat stuff here, it’ll be interesting to see where Jason heads with the next Mist and Mast release…

Tonight! Live Performance by Eric McFadden; Interview with DadFag

1 10 2009

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Eric McFadden
McFadden is an American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from San Francisco Bay Area, California, at times described as “an authentic old-west troubadour and an absolutely wicked 6-string maestro.” Reviews note McFadden’s guitar virtuosity, distinctly melodic songwriting and “rich, deep” vocal tone. His recordings and performances are cross genre and his lyrics are often characteristically dark with an interest in the macabre side of life and love.

Everyone fled from the south: sweaty, bored and sick of explaining themselves. DADFAG started shortly thereafter in a borrowed practice space in Potrero hill. One year, 30 songs and 17,000 shows later…Eva, Alan and Danielle are still in San Francisco playing with dildos, baking pies and making people uncomfortable. Girls on guitar and vocals. Boy on drums.

Tonight! Live performances by Carletta Sue Kay and Hey Young Believer; Interview with A B & The Sea

24 09 2009

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Carletta Sue Kay
Live Performance!
Carletta Sue Kay are equal parts Dolly Parton, Joanna Newsome and Emmylou Harris, coupled with the song writing styles of Stephin Merrit and Cole Porter. The music gravitates toward the sadder side of life, lamenting much, regretting more. Minimalist arrangements for piano, cello, guitar and bass accentuate the solemn, at times morbid, themes of life and death. If you enjoy a song or two about suicide, delusion, and/or extremely wet kissers, Carletta is your girl!


Hey Young Believer
Hey Young Believer is a three-piece analog/digital indie rock band from SF. We use piano, guitar, synths, programmed loops and live drums to blast out energetic tunes.  We will play anywhere, preferably in SF, but you should ask.  We give away lots of free downloads and stickers.  We sell posters and CD’s, both online and at live shows. What a fun band! Hey Young Believer got started when Lilly and Alex met at Stanford in spring of 2006. Nick joined that winter.  Alex launches midi sequences using a foot controller hooked to a laptop.  Lilly plays a midi keyboard through Reason on a Mac.  Nick is a good drummer.


A B & The Sea
Koley O’Brien, Joseph Spargur, and Zachary Pingel sparing enough change to get by, piled their lives away in an old blue Astro van and charted their map for destination, California. Now, we’ve all heard this story before. Band moves to California and makes it big or goes home. But these small town Wisconsin boys share a different dream. 2009 has already set the tone for the year of change, and these boys are stepping up to plate and swinging away. Combining the basics of old school rock, like that of The Beach Boys and The Beatles, with the intricacies of the modern day indie scene such as the Shins and Death Cab for Cutie, comes A, B & the Sea. Now, for all those who laugh and cackle at the dream of a life on the road I think you’d be surprised. These boys are messing with the bull by the horns and throwing their red flag high to the bay’s windy skies. You can hear their voices some nights on the downtown streets of San Francisco singing for rent money. Their compassion for life drives them to work hard for their happiness. But we need your support. I think it was put best by “V” in the movie “V for Vendetta” when he said, “A revolution without dancing, is a revolution not worth having”. Let us dance together through these times of drought and bring on the revolution. Because the truth is, together, we are all, “The Underdog”.

Tonight on Baghdad by the Bay! Busty Cops, Dan Weir and Grand Lake

17 09 2009

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Busty Cops
The Busty Cops were, and are once again, a local San Francisco acoustic comedy duo. Comprised of Jason King and Mike Pletcher, also known as Dog Boy, the band has just returned to the U.S. after a an unintended but very prosperous five years stint in Japan, to sign with Dick House Records. The Busty Cops and Dick House Records, sounds like a match made in heaven. Or jail. Combining elements of folk, punk, some singer-songwriter action and sloppy spoonful of raunch, they’ve lay claim to their own niche of rock and roll and drummed up a dedicated following in the process. But now, the prodigal band has returned, and it’s down to business.
Dan Weir
Dan Weir is a songwriter hailing from West Chester, the garden spot of Chester County, PA. He is one of six boys and has a twin. Dan did his book learning in Pittsburgh, then moved to San Francisco. He lives there still with his lovely wife and their antic sons, Ross and Chandler.He writes and records with the powerpop/Americana outfit Town & Country, whose debut “My Blue Heaven” is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. He also helms the studio project, Orphan Town.

Grand Lake
Grand Lake is a bay area Art-Rock trio featuring Jameson Swanagon (guitar, loop station), John Pomeroy (Drums, Glockenspiel), and Caleb Nichols (bass, vocals). Descriptors such as ‘minimalist’, ‘dreamy’, and ‘atmospheric’ have been used to describe Grand Lake in the past.

Tonight! Interview with Mark Growden

10 09 2009

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Mark Growden

Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, visual artist, and educator based in San Francisco, CA. He has toured the U.S. for years performing at venues such as the Fillmore and Great American Music Hall in S.F. and Tonic and The Knitting Factory in New York, and released several critically acclaimed albums.

Tonight! Interviews with Mount Vicious, The Poor Luckys and Blue Sky Black Death

27 08 2009

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Mount Vicious
Hailing from San Francisco and Oakland, with gigantic riffs, cutting bass, powerful drumming, intense vocals, and an unrelenting and urgent stage show — Mount Vicious has what you need. Informed by classic rock as much as post-punk and noise rock, the bombastic intensity and power in Mount Vicious is palpable. Sit too close to your speakers and you might end up bruised or pregnant. Mount Vicious don’t just play rock, they ARE rock.

Poor Luckys
The Poor Luckies are an up and coming band from the streets of San Francisco. They officially formed in 2008 when Danarchy (guitars/vocals) and Noah Balboa  (bass) met in the Tenderloin, also known as the gutter of San Francisco, and immediately began creating music. Resisting the temptation to simply play covers, they opted to only make original music. After striking common ground in their love for gritty punk rock, their lineup was completed when Bob Gnarley (drums) joined the outfit, rounding out the rhythm section.

Blue Sky Black Death

Blue Sky Black Death is a production duo based in San Francisco, California and Seattle. The duo consists of Kingston and Young God. They are known principally for their hip hop and instrumental music, made with a mix of live instrumentation and sampling. Their name is a skydiving phrase alluding to beauty and death.

Tonight! Live Performance by Diego’s Umbrella; Interviews with Company Car and Hank IV

20 08 2009

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Diego’s Umbrella
Live performance
Often dressed in elaborate home-made outfits, these urban gringo mariachis have performed well over 800 live shows.  Included in that list are 2 European tours across the continent and numerous tours of the American West.  The band has held a weekly residency at the Park Chalet in San Francisco since July 2005 and continues to play every Tuesday night at the famous bar and restaurant.  DU has also become a frequent and popular act at private events such as weddings and corporate parties for large-scale clients including Macy’s, Quiksilver, Google, Microsoft and The Hilton Hotel.


Company Car
In 2003 Company Car made it’s debut in the San Francisco Rock scene. Since then, they have gained recognition throughout the bay area for their unconventional song structures, lush harmonies, catchy melodies and entertaining live shows. This reputation has allowed them to play some of the best stages in the bay area including, Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, 12 Galaxies and the infamous Slim’s as well as play with popular acts such as The Smoking Popes, No Use For A Name, Chuck Ragan, Koufax, The Actual and The Heavenly States.


Hank IV
HANK IV is a San Francisco rock band with no relation whatsoever to the Hank Williams clan. Hank IV plays hard-charging, primitive and visceral dual-guitar/tandem vocals rock punk that has been likened to “Crime meets Viletones meets Styrenes punk” (Z-Gun Magazine) and by WFMU’s DJ Terre T as “a sick combination of Volcano Suns and Blue Cheer and Chain Gang!”

Tonight: Live Performance by Weather Pending; Interview with Middle Maki

13 08 2009

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Weather Pending
On their first album, And How!, the San Francisco trio known as Weather Pending creates deep, sultry, continuously unfolding music with a sound that’s vaguely familiar and surprisingly unique. The band’s electronic grooves and the smoky vocals of singer Janie Oliver draw you in. Bass player and producer Rob Cross accompanies Oliver’s luminous vocals with the dark, melancholy rhythms of hip hop and dub reggae, profound tones that swirl and dance with the elemental force of a restless ocean while guitarist Brian Bloi’s chords color with shimmering overtones that emote with aching melodies. The album’s ten sultry songs have a cinematic, one drop, hip hop flavor driven by the subliminal swing enhanced by guest drummers Max MacVeety (Crown City Rockers, Zion I) and Derek G. Taylor (Nino Moschella, Alice Russell, Hyim, Darondo).


Middle Maki


Simple, clean and melodic, Middle Maki writes songs in the American narrative. Founder Elizabeth has spent the short years since beginning to play the guitar and banjo compulsively learning about American music. She is joined by her twin brother, Spencer, on guitar and Jack on bass. On a mission to modernize its mythology and more particularly the banjo, Middle Maki makes songs with stories to live in and music to move to.

Tonight! Live performance by Petracovich; Interview with La Plebe and Overview

6 08 2009

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Live performance
Petracovich is music of open spaces and a floating heart. Jessica Peters writes songs, plays the keys and banjo and sings, with Max Diez plays on drums and Heather Houseman plays the cello. The music has evolved from dreamy trip-hop folktronica to the current sound with big live drums, momentous piano and melodies that weave and drive. Fluid pop influenced by americana and folk and rock.


La Plebe
…Somos la plebe; pero no la plebe de los faraones, mústia y doliente; ni la plebe de los césares, abyecta y servil; ni la plebe que bate palmas al paso de Porfirio Díaz. Somos la plebe rebelde al yugo; somos la plebe de Espártaco, la plebe con que Münzer proclama la igualdad, la plebe que con Camilo Desmoulíns aplasta la Bastilla, la plebe que con Hidalgo incendía Granaditas, somos la plebe que con Juárez sostiene la reforma. Somos la plebe que despierta en medio de la francachela de los hartos y arroja a los cuatro vientos como un trueno esta frase inolvidable: “¡Todos tenemos derecho a ser libres y felices!” –Texto extraido del libro “La Revolución Mexicana”, página 12, Ricardo Flores Magón. Julio de 1907.


SF veterans Overview have toured the entire country relentlessly for the past 2 years, but it all ends this Saturday as they play their final show under that moniker at Bottom of the Hill. For anyone who was ever a fan, this is your last chance to catch some of your favorite old tunes. If you are new to the band, come find out how these SF locals developed a rabid fan base across the whole US from Manhatten to Kansas City to LA!

TONIGHT: Interviews with Weekend and HoneyBody MoonBee

30 07 2009

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Weekend began in a San Francisco suburb 12 years ago when Kevin Johnson and Shaun Durkan met at the far side of a 6th grade band classroom. The two couldn’t read music so they taught each other punk bass lines instead. Taylor Valentino was also a drummer in the same class who preferred Kurt Cobain to para diddles.


HoneyBody MoonBee
An upcoming San Francisco act, Honeybody Moonbee, has the ability to  silence rooms with her electrifying tales of life in the big city. The project is a brainchild of Upstate New York transplant and multimedia  artist Emily Ritz, who moved to San Francisco a few short years ago to pursue a degree at California College of the Arts. Her distinctive voice and ukulele playing have garnered comparisons to Joanna Newsom,  and recent performances have had captivated audiences with accompaniment from  women’s choruses, percussion, vibraphone, and cello. She will be performing at 7:00 pm sharp this Friday, July 31st, at the CD Release celebration of fellow San Francisco folk luminary Sonya Cotton.


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