TONIGHT: Live performance by Middle Maki; Interviews with The Hi-Nobles and Bohemian Circus

23 07 2009

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Middle Maki

Live Performance
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.


For a band that updates and reinvigorates a classic mod/garage rock sound, it’s no surprise that The Hi-Nobles—a group with decades of collective music experience and more than a few personal stories involving Pearl Jam, the Sex Pistols and the Bay Area metal scene—can put a 21st century spin on the standard “how we formed” story.
For this band, it all began with a snarky Craigslist ad—the one quoted above. “I saw that ad, and I’m like ‘I’ve gotta call them up!’” says Scott Holderby, a Bay Area music vet probably best remembered for his time in the genre-bending metal group Mordred. “And it was perfect timing; I was looking for a band to try out for me. So I thought I’d go to their audition and give them a chance.” He laughs. “Because, you know, I’m a prick, not an asshole.”


Bohemian Carnival
Catch the bay area’s most titillating Avant-Cabaret community this Friday night at the DNA Lounge. Bohemian Circus — featuring Vau De Vire Society and GOOFERMAN — will perform with special guests Triclops!, Diamond Daggers, and guest host Jello Biafra! Composed of classically-trained dancers, some of the nation’s most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, circus side-show acts, fire performers, thespians, and go-go’s, this is one show that is not to be missed!

Tonight: Live Performance by That Blasted Hound; Interview with Photobooth

16 07 2009

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That Blasted Hound
Live Performance
That Blasted Hound is a show in the theater or a group of friends or a short story. The curtain rose with music coming through as a recording project, weaving through time as psychedelic rock band, beating strings as a solo acoustic act, then gathered friends along the way finally to emerge holding hands triumphantly towards the sky. Davyd Nereo has put together a band currently starring voices of Harmony Club, cello, percussion, slide guitar, and himself cradling a uke. As fortune smiles with this ensemble, extra pages of their tale are being written every day.

Photobooth came together in late 2007 playing pop music for numb skulls. Comprised of Carlos Bermudez, Jason Patrone, Matthew Melton & Robbie Simon, the unambitious quartet played around town some, recorded a few tunes and put out a single on Daggerman Records with a follow up single on Raw Deluxe Records set to fall out of the clouds soon enough, a mere nine months and counting behind schedule. Having seen the departure of Mr. Melton, the band picked up Tim “Cooze Hound” Hellman and has plans to one day play behind the confines of the bay area. Plans for this big venture are not yet underway.

Interview with Dashing Suns

10 07 2009

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The Dashing Suns
The Dashing Suns are a four piece from Oakland who write about waiting in line, really liking someone, and holding hands. The band takes inspiration from everyday life, translating these tiny but important moments into quirky two minute pop songs. Included in their blend of Richman inspired romantiscism is their wry tongue-in-cheek acceptance that any love song should be followed by a break up, one that’s most likely their fault. The Dashing Suns aren’t naive; they just wish they were.

Rev. Horton Heat Interview on Pirate Cat Radio

7 07 2009

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Rev. Horton Heat

Rev. Horton Heat and me

The Rev graciously came down to the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe and sat with Mike Routhier of Neat Neat Noise before his performance at the Great American Music Hall.

TONIGHT! Live Performance by As a People; Interview with Angela Chase

2 07 2009


As a People
“Local trio As a People make indie rock that’s as charmingly shambolic as it is blisteringly rockin’. It’s impressive that they can manage to sound so schizophrenic on a three-song EP without altering their sonic palette much from song to song. Luckily, lead vocalist Adam Yas’s theatrical yelp keeps the proceedings from becoming too disjointed. The standout song, “Viktor,” plays with the same loud-quiet dynamics as the rest of the EP by getting groovy when you expect it to simply thrash.” (Aaron Sankin, SF Guardian)


Angela Chase
photo credit: joie rey
Angela Chase is not a bunch of scrawny twenty-year olds from Brooklyn; Angela Chase is an all-girl three piece from San Francisco playing songs influenced by the Breeders, Fugazi, Hum and the Pixies. Another way to describe Angela Chase is to say that three girls in their twenties decided to name their band after a fifteen-year-old girl from the nineties and play music for the parts of their hearts that are still fifteen.

The Tide by Weather Pending

26 06 2009

TONIGHT: Live Performance by Oona; Interview with Weather Pending

25 06 2009

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Oona Garthwaite has been singing for as long as she can remember, and began playing piano when her parents brought one home from the school rummage sale. After foraying into rap, punk and jazz, she eventually returned to her native Oakland and began to co-write her first full-length effort, Shhhhout!, with Dave Tweedie.

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).

My First Earthquakes New Video: Cool in the Cool Way

19 06 2009

TONIGHT: Interview with The Blacks, Forrest Day and My First Earthquake

18 06 2009

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The Blacks


Forrest Day
I’m Forrest Day. But my name also represents the nastiest 7-piece band you ever heard. The tracks you hear on this page are me in the studio with some great help from Chocolate O’Brian and Luke Dillon. I’m a beatmaker, songwriter, sax-player, and singer. SINGER!!! Now, however, I am going to record this beautiful band. If you have not been to a show then you are missing out, it is ridiculous! We are at our best now, a year and a half old, and beginning to reach other cities and states. My style is free, and I will continue to do whatever I want! I am going city by city and showing people what we do.


My First Earthquake
My First Earthquake’s first full-length album, is a collection of 10 electro / indie pop / dance rock songs. You might like it if you’re a fan of Metric, The Ting Tings, New Young Pony Club, Ladyhawke, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or Blondie. Produced by the fantastically-talented Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev, it’s being released on June 20, 2009.

TONIGHT: Interview with The Greening

11 06 2009

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The Greening
The Greening’s mission statement is to push pop music to new frontiers through their blend of accessible experimentation. Our first stab at this was realized on our debut LP, 2003’s After Shoal Parlor (released on our label, Zairecords–it’s available with secure Paypal checkout here!). And then . . . we went behind the scenes.


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