The Muir

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...

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...

Monica Heldal makes a strong and heartfelt American debut with Boy From the North

...— a perfect track for those chilly autumn days as you watch the leaves fall from the trees, the breeze running through your hair. It is one of those songs that almost makes me want to be unhappily in love. Although it features sentimental tunes, this album should not be mistaken as a boringly calm collection of love songs. Heldal pushes through with heartfelt strength and impresses with quick fingers. On “I Don’t Mind,” she...

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...

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...

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...

Foxygen delight at The Fillmore, Sam France is a one-man cirque du freak

...(2012). But there was always a presence of multiple personalities in Foxygen’s songs. Like France’s stage antics, the music rarely encompassed one single vibe, tempo or feeling, but rather intertwined a set of distinct features that emerged in overlapping sections. This created a constant anticipation for the new, and if you could handle the ever-changing moods you would seldom be bored. There was one big drawback to the night at The...

English trio Bear’s Den write love letters on Islands

...s had a strong personal connection with fans, from their natural stage banter to the acoustic sets they often do in concert, standing in the middle of the audience, rather than on stage. Their eponymous EP, released in 2012, features a bear paw stamp on the cover of each CD case — hand stamped by the band and their friends, using ink and carved potatoes. Jones figured, “People seem to like the idea of it, and we quite like potatoes,...

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...

Turning the tide on streaming services: a socioeconomic reflection

...arge, is something else entirely. For most, the main selling point of these services is convenience. For others, it’s the non-existent or severely discounted flat rate at which they receive 20 million tracks on demand. These features have fundamentally changed the way we listen to music. Streaming services, one could argue, exist in a realm where art is accessible, not excludable; shared, not “owned.” But there are better options for...