Painting With cover featuring portrait of member Panda Bear, one of three such covers depicting different members.

AnCo exhibits refined palette in Painting With

...still trying to stretch themselves into new directions even as their sound becomes more singular and refined. Three tracks in particular tower over the others and may hold up as all time great AnCo songs. Opener “Floridada” features the strongest harmonies between vocalists Avey Tare and Panda Bear ever and is the album’s shining example of where hocketing can go so right as the pair interweave colorful singlets embodying dadaism as applied to...

Review: Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2

...evalent in his last few albums. Eminem also manages to use the sample in a creative and artful way. “BerzerK” uses Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” with a delivery as energetic as the Beastie Boys’. The track, incidentally, also features the Beastie Boys’s “The New Style” and “Fight for Your Right.” He samples The Zombies’ classic 1968 tune “Time of the Season” too, in ”Rhyme or Reason,” to tasteful, yet comical results. And Rihanna reunites with...

Zammuto releases Anchor and it’s a robot on an acid trip

...f you’re looking for an alternative to normal electronica, what you might hear if Muzak met a synthesizer, Anchor is the perfect listen. The experimental project of Nick Zammuto, one half of dissolved college band The Books, features surprisingly banal instruments — a guitar, keyboard, violin, drum set, and bass — for the kind of unique, distinctive sounds they produce. Wandering away from usual standards of an accessible aural...

Jack White bites with “Lazaretto”

...ird Man Records, 2014) to higher heights than 2012’s Blunderbuss. As does Jack White’s participation in the industry’s push to bring back traditional LP production: the “Ultra” LP version of Lazaretto features a whole assortment of technical treats, including holograms and hidden tracks. “Lazaretto” opens on a thick bass line dripping with distortion, mirroring the introduction and framing White’s vocals...

The current state of Chicago Hip Hop: the youth have risen

...However, at the time, they were merely teenagers, trying to make music that spoke to their voices. A quick listen to either tape will disclose the sincerity and individualism that each portrays. Both tapes included plenty of features from Chicago artists, notably BJ the Chicago kid and hometown legend Twista, who collaborated with Vic and Chance on “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” Vic has gone on to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and make hits with the...

Flesh World find new sound on record, The Wild Animals In My Life

...s “I know they’re wild do as they please / I opened my civilized heart / I saw what I’d known from the start,” Scott seems to be offering a critique more personal than political. One of our favorites on the album features a prominent drum beat coupled with repetitive vocals that lead to apex of the album — a catchy chorus repeating the track’s namesake, “Poolside Boys,” over a meandering guitar riff. To close, “Here In The Dark”...

Macajey’s sophomore album Let’s Go gets confused in the rrrumpus

San Francisco native Jeremy Macachor, better known as Macajey, released his latest work Let’s Go this week. Its story takes place within a sound that features the organic foreground of a live band and the warm electronic backdrop of chillwave. Since his 2013 debut at an Estonian art event, Macajey has been busy making a name for himself all over the world. Between the release of Water EP (2014) and his work with the band Odd Hugo, his short...

Chasing Yesterday, listening today, and waiting tomorrow on Noel Gallagher

...do reform, Oasis is not likely to reform for a good many years. Therefore, for those pained at the thought of not hearing a new Oasis track for a while, I thoroughly recommend purchasing the deluxe edition of the album which features the unreleased Oasis track “Revolution Song.” This and a few other gems from the Oasis years will quench your thirst for those classic Oasis anthems while allowing you to stop having to listen to bad...

Lucius prove grief can be good on sophomore effort

...ng of “running through the airport catching escalator rides / down and up again we never find the flight” rife with synesthetic guitar melodies, instrumental explosions, and screeching halts. Similarly, “Something About You” features enough layers to make your head spin. Percussion and synth-heavy, the song is at times whimsical, at others deep, and all the while stimulating. Like attempting to decipher the intricacies of a lover, we are left...

Bronze Radio Return lights up the Chapel in San Francisco

...Chapel in San Francisco after their show in the same location last April. As the crowd waited for the band to come on stage, the only visible thing was the tapestry hanging behind the stage with the cover of Light Me Up. It features drawings and designs in the letters, including a person reaching down through the “O” in Bronze and the “D” in Radio—as if pointing to the center of the stage, where the band members would soon arrive. In the...

Kilo Kish tackles broad sweeping introspection on Reflections in Real Time

...ions is absolutely a lyrical album—it succeeds in capturing a stunning snapshot of the post-internet twenty-something existential crisis. Kilo Kish, aka Lakisha Robinson, is a New York-based artist perhaps best known for her features on a pair of tracks off Vince Staples’ excellent 2015 LP Summertime ‘06 . Her work on that album, though serviceable, wasn’t noticeably standout, and although she had released a couple of early EPs and a 2013...

Brooklyn’s POP ETC sparkle on fourth release

...a New Wave vibe. While there’s nothing terribly stellar on Souvenir , there’s nothing out of place on it either — like their contemporaries in Strange Talk and RAC, POP ETC have perfected the art of synthpop. They’ll be in town March 28 at SF’s Social Ha l l with BANNERS and The Moth and The Flame. Until then, here’s the video for “Running in Circles,” which features the Chinese sport of wushu: Article by Joanna Jiang...

Yeasayer return to the lab, find mixed results with Amen & Goodbye

...misfit “Henrietta.” But now (like Adam and Eve?) these two singles have each other. There does seem to be significant classical influence on Amen & Goodbye, more so than previous albums. Intro track, “Daughters of Cain” features piano accompaniment, jazzy at times and squeaky clean considering Yeasayer’s track record. Segments in the vocal line hearken to Queen, as the lyrics ask, “Are we little ghosts? / The neurons of the brain.” Between...

Kygo blows out Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

...1; Kygo also preformed two more new songs and some remixes of popular songs such as The Weekend’s “Often” to further drive the crowd’s yearning for more. His set was heavily supported by all the extra features and effects that accompanied his music. Throughout the show, lasers covered the skies, beach balls flew all around the audience, flames and fog shot from the edges of the stage, streamers and confetti dropped down,...

Sixth Annual Phono del Sol set for Saturday

...phone and DoTheBay, and headlined by Chairlift, a duo known for singles “Bruises” from Does That Inspire You (2008) and “I Belong In Your Arms” from Something (2012). The lineup for Phono del Sol also features Alvvays, Born Ruffians, Mr Little Jeans, Adam Viva (FKA A-1), The Seshen, The She’s, Hot Flash Heat Wave, and Dick Stusso, of which Adam Viva, The Seshen, and The She’s represent Bay Area talent. The...