Bonxie’s release chirpily confirms Stornoway still have game

...ed friends. The album title itself is another name for a Scandinavian bird known as the great skua. Bird recordings play a more significant role in the album, and the music video released with the track “Get Low” features the band frolicking about on a literal goose chase through an airfield. The album itself embodies Stornoway’s signature eclectic style, from spacey techno in “Heart of the Great Alone” to the...

Bay Area’s Never Young present a standout sophomore effort with self-titled EP

...ro. With recent attention from publications such as Noisey and NPR Music, the Bay Area noise rock breakout is notably one to keep your eyes out for. In a similar fashion to their 2014 debut Master Copy, the latest EP notably features various audio clips juxtaposed with gutting, rhythmic vocals that pay homage to emo legendaries of the past, propelling the group forward through their crafting of a notably mature, distinct production that...

Find Happyness celebrating Weird Little Birthday at Bottom of the Hill this Monday

...t Lyrics, Stereogum’s Band to Watch) and will likely receive more recognition outside of the UK after their tour and appearance at various spring festivals including SXSW, Treefort, and Burgerama. Weird Little Birthday features airy vocals that tone down the more tongue-in-cheek lyricism (for which the band has provided a track-by-track commentary). The album isn’t revolutionary in the alternative rock scene, but it does what is...

Q&A: Wolf Alice to play SF’s Rickshaw Stop before SXSW, talk debut, peaches, and airports

..., titled My Love Is Cool, last week and are currently crossing the nation on a tour that sees stops this Friday at Rickshaw Stop and next week in Austin, Texas for SXSW. The record is due June 23rd via Dirty Hit and RCA, and features lead single, “Giant Peach,” which is reportedly an ode to growing up in lead vocalist Ellie Rowsell’s native London. Artwork for My Love Is Cool was revealed earlier today via Facebook. We...

Bassnectar closes tour in San Francisco with noise, beauty

...r bit of gall to live mix with the sort of heavy bass we heard that night, but Bassnectar has it down to a tee. A leader in the electronic dance scene next to the likes of Diplo but without a show on BBC Radio 1, Ashton also features a number of other producers in his mixes. Saturday evening, he borrowed from Gemini, TC, (a Crystal Castles edit from) Sound Remedy, and (“Move for Me” by) MSTRKRFT, among others — those were just the ones we...

Burger kids, alien-cassette-cults, and rock ‘n’ roll at Beach Goth 3

...ach Goth 3 La Femme at Beach Goth 3 La Femme at Beach Goth 3 Foxygen at Beach Goth 3 Foxygen at Beach Goth 3 Foxygen at Beach Goth 3 Foxygen at Beach Goth 3 The name of the festival isn’t really related to the music it features — it’s most fittingly applied to the crowd, who were adorned with a mix of tie-dye, chokers, colorful hair, and alien-themed apparel that weekend. Burger Records has created its own aesthetic, based...
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The motley foolishness of Mark Morris Dance Group fueled by Beethoven, Cutler, and Cowell

...Violin and Piano” to accompany the third dance, titled Jenn and Spencer. The music was beautifully melancholic in a contemporary classical style; conveying sadness in a profound and distilled way. Cowell’s piece features all the hallmarks of modern Western art music, including polyrhythmic performance, a healthy dose of dissonance, and an interesting compositional style. However, it was an interesting choice that didn’t share in the...

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era members play The Fillmore

...e saving their energy for Joey himself. Two hours into the show, Joey Bada$$ emerged from the red 47 door. He owned the stage, resonated with the crowd, and threw down some impeccable flows. He properly balanced his set with features from his earlier albums, 1999 (2012) and Summer Knights (2013), as well as upcoming studio release, B4DA$$. He gave the crowd a taste of hard and fast tracks as well as more lyrically focused tracks like “On...

Q&A: Sam Amidon to adorn GAMH with “living jungle and wizened tribe” Monday

...e is using. Through his songs one can feel a sort of closeness to old prairie life. Sam Amidon just released his fifth full-length album Lily-O, containing 10 beautifully reworked songs from different sources. The album also features jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and was recorded over a couple of days in Reykjavík, Iceland. Monday October 13 Amidon will be visiting the Great American Music Hall together with Frisell to give us a taste of his...

Flying Lotus gets jazzy on You’re Dead!

Flying Lotus’s new album You’re Dead! arrives amidst huge anticipation culminating with the release of two singles, one of which features the current standard of rap, Kendrick Lamar. Confirmed rumors that Snoop Dogg would also make an appearance only added to the suspense of the drop. Then, practically unannounced, Flying Lotus streamed the entire album for twenty-four hours on October 4th with a series of seriously trippy visuals. This chain...

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz debut Tyranny Monday

...upcoming debut, primed for a Monday release via Cult Records. Tyranny is loud, angry, expressive, distorted, flexible, political, and unlike anything Casablancas has ever revealed. The opening track, “Take Me in Your Army,” features building choruses that accentuate but do not purify the vocal track, instead tapering off into jazzy, flying-car metropolises. For a vocal-heavy album, the words are predominantly indecipherable. Is this an allusion...

Sam Amidon tells jokes, warms audience at the Great American

..., they pleased their San Francisco audience at the Great American Music Hall. This was an evening with a rather unusual, but also refreshing sound from Amidon, whose tunes are best consumed in a live format avec experimental features. “I have other musicians with me this time, so I have to tune my guitar,” he told the audience, before starting out with “Blue Mountains.” The venue was filled with an age-diverse audience sitting politely and...

Local Treasure Island Music Festival brings big acts, closes summer festival season

...and a full ensemble. alt-J (∆), who spent their summer quietly finishing up their latest release, brought their A-game and the full manifestation of This is All Yours (2014). Opening with “Hunger of the Pine,” a track which features a Miley Cyrus sample, these Brits did not pause for a second after. They successfully showed that their second release was more than capable of competing harmoniously with 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Taking the audience...

Bass Drum of Death started their week off by jamming nerves, what did you do?

...energy reached a high, dancing and moshing to the beat with increased vigor, as the band played “Nerve Jamming.” The crowd sang along to “Get Found,” the last song before the encore; the popular track features strong percussion, contagious lyrics, and a repetitive classic rock guitar progression, that render it extremely catchy. Unable to contain themselves, the audience let loose on the encore. “Crawling Back to...

Run The Jewels kick your door down, slap you around, get political on new album

...t to Fuck),” rapping “We out of order? Your honor, you out of order / This whole court is just unimportant, you fuckers are walking corpses”. It is worth mentioning as well that the track that lyric is from features an excellent guest verse from none other than Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine fame, which should tell you a little bit about who Run The Jewels consider their peers ideologically. They don’t just talk...