Out There in Style: Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park

Out There in Style: Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park

The city of San Francisco had failed to prepare its public transit behemoth for a capacity crowd at Candlestick’s final night. At its peak, getting…

Unified Disruption: the International Pop Overthrow Festival Returns to SF

Unified Disruption: the International Pop Overthrow Festival Returns to SF

It can be difficult to properly rage against the machine, especially when you’re going it alone. The power pop genre can be a very isolating…

Unified: RX Bandits Play the Fillmore

Unified: RX Bandits Play the Fillmore

The storied music history of the Bay Area has brought bands together and brought about their demise but rarely has it signaled success as much…

What to Eat and Drink at Outside Lands

What to Eat and Drink at Outside Lands

If you thought we’d stop at bands to see and comedians to laugh with (or at) in terms of recommendations, then clearly you didn’t realize…

Outside Lands 2014: Our Must-Sees in Music and Comedy

Outside Lands 2014: Our Must-Sees in Music and Comedy

It’s that time of the year again, where Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow becomes its own small commune of music fans, foodies, and comedy lovers….

Soon Away: GRMLN Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Soon Away: GRMLN Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Congratulations, SF: you’ve snagged another fantastic musician for your musical landscape. GRMLN frontman Yoodoo Park is set to make a permanent move to the city…

Relative Distance: Andrew Jackson Jihad Plays Slim’s

Relative Distance: Andrew Jackson Jihad Plays Slim’s

There’s a musical trope of sorts, that the vulnerable lyricist will inevitably open himself to an eager audience armed with empathy and the type of…

Homecoming: Craft Spells Plays the Chapel

Homecoming: Craft Spells Plays the Chapel

It’s been two months since Craft Spells‘ Justin Paul Vallesteros left for Seattle, WA and already he’s thrown himself into a place that feels more…

Appealing Events: Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall

Appealing Events: Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall

Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings are at the top of their game with a critically acclaimed new album and a tour that’s taken them to Bonnaroo…

Summer Songs: La Sera Plays the Burger Boogaloo

Summer Songs: La Sera Plays the Burger Boogaloo

Summer is here and with that comes road trip after road trip to either explore the rest of the country, find some shade in the…

California Love: Be Calm Honcho Plays The Rickshaw Stop

California Love: Be Calm Honcho Plays The Rickshaw Stop

It’s rare that just one song can grab someone anymore and leave them legitimately waiting for more material to surface. In a society hellbent on…

Treasure Island Line-up Announced: OutKast is Headlining (Eat That, Kanye)

Treasure Island Line-up Announced: OutKast is Headlining (Eat That, Kanye)

Kanye West may have signed his life away to the behemoth that put on Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, but the hip-hop legends to watch will…

Constant Innovation: Metronomy Plays the Fillmore

Constant Innovation: Metronomy Plays the Fillmore

If you’ve been keeping up with the weird news of the world, (read: Texas) you’ve probably seen the live footage of a $700,000 mansion overlooking…

Forward Motion: Electric Six Plays the Independent

Forward Motion: Electric Six Plays the Independent

Congratulations, SF: you helped keep Electric Six from calling it quits some eight years ago. Metropolis label head Dave Heckman saw the band when they…

Road Test: Rocky Votolato Plays Bottom of the Hill

Road Test: Rocky Votolato Plays Bottom of the Hill

The contemporary music scene tends to thrive on exclusivity, world premieres, and the type of loosely-marketed events that make graffiti a la Arcade Fire a…

Appealing Events: Die Antwoord at the Fillmore

Appealing Events: Die Antwoord at the Fillmore

South African outfit Die Antwoord are just one week away from unleashing their third album upon the world. Donker Mag follows 2012′s Ten$Ion, an album…

Appealing Events: Brody Dalle at Slim’s

Appealing Events: Brody Dalle at Slim’s

Just three years ago, independent documentary “The Other F Word” was released, detailing punk rock dads. Around the same time, punk queen Brody Dalle was…

Appealing Events: Yoni Wolf at Bottom of the Hill

Appealing Events: Yoni Wolf at Bottom of the Hill

East Bay hero and rap rocker Yoni Wolf is headed across the Bay for a solo show at Bottom of the Hill. The Why? frontman’s…

Setting the Scene: Failure Plays the Great American Music Hall

Setting the Scene: Failure Plays the Great American Music Hall

While you were ordering flowers (or edible arrangements) and setting those Mother’s Day plans in motion, the prolific and misunderstood Maynard James Keenan was celebrating…

Unexpected Contrast: I Break Horses Plays the Independent

Unexpected Contrast: I Break Horses Plays the Independent

It’s all too often that, when you ask musicians if they’re excited about the next city on their tour, they’ll feign interest and enjoyment just…

Nowhere But Up: TEEN Plays the Chapel

Nowhere But Up: TEEN Plays the Chapel

It’s always fascinating to hear what a musician may cite as inspiration for an album, a style; anything really. The idea of creative forces feeding…

Appealing Events: Jason Isbell at the Fillmore

Appealing Events: Jason Isbell at the Fillmore

First we had our own Fauxchella line-up in SF, and now we’ve got Stagefaux: a bit of artists headed up from Indio after playing the…

Appealing Events: Tokyo Police Club at the Independent

Appealing Events: Tokyo Police Club at the Independent

Fresh off the heels of their first album in four years, Tokyo Police Club are taking the stage this Monday at the Independent. Their fourth…

Appealing Events: The Soft White Sixties at Slim’s

Appealing Events: The Soft White Sixties at Slim’s

Catch SF rockers the Soft White Sixties before they hit this year’s BottleRock Festival. Coming on like a Bay Area version of New Orleans outfit…

Appealing Events: The Dandy Warhols at the Independent

The Dandy Warhols are celebrating two decades of existence and SF’s the Independent happens to be the kickoff venue for their 20th anniversary tour. The…

Appealing Events: Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Independent

Say what you want about the traveling musicians — those kids sure have inspired some great music. It took her own bit of wandering for…

Fractals: Bombay Bicycle Club Play the Fillmore

Fractals: Bombay Bicycle Club Play the Fillmore

It’s the time of the year where you can get your Coachella fix without heading all the way to the blistering heat (or sand-streaked winds)…

Appealing Events: Rufus Wainwright at the Palace of Fine Arts

Appealing Events: Rufus Wainwright at the Palace of Fine Arts

Rufus Wainwright has kept his focus on opera as of late, so it only makes sense that the singer-songwriter perform at the regal Palace of…

Outside Lands Announces 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Jenny Lewis, Big Freedia

Outside Lands Announces 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Jenny Lewis, Big Freedia

It looks like Kanye West must’ve signed a major contract with Superfly Presents because he’s now confirmed for both Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. Yeezus, Tom…

Appealing Events: Delta Rae at the Great American Music Hall

Appealing Events: Delta Rae at the Great American Music Hall

Touring workhorses Delta Rae have been honing their sound since their breakout single “Bottom of the River” sent a collective chill down the spine of…

Appealing Events: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Play the Fillmore

Appealing Events: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Play the Fillmore

As her latest album suggests, Sharon Jones is ready to Give the People What They Want. Tracks were laid down for her LP right before…

Out Into the World: Linda Perhacs Plays the Chapel

Out Into the World: Linda Perhacs Plays the Chapel

Be it brand partnerships a la Lady Gaga’s selling-in or the more DIY home studio approaches of musical acts like Appeal favorite Galactic, whose latest…

Appealing Events: Black Lips Play the Great American Music Hall

Appealing Events: Black Lips Play the Great American Music Hall

Once known for their provocative live shows, Black Lips have matured into a garage rock band that’s as recognized for their music as they are…

Keeping it Fresh: Galactic Plays the Fillmore

Keeping it Fresh: Galactic Plays the Fillmore

Now that winter’s over and the year is progressing at a far faster, sunnier pace, it’s a good time to take stock of things. This…

Appealing Events: K.Flay at Bottom of the Hill

Appealing Events: K.Flay at Bottom of the Hill

March has so far been a great month for either getting introspective or getting down, especially at Bottom of the Hill. The Potrero Hill venue…

Active Awareness: SKATERS Play Bottom of the Hill

Active Awareness: SKATERS Play Bottom of the Hill

A lot can be said for a band name that tells a bit of a story. The current state of musical monikers has prompted an…

Cosmic Sound: Yellow Ostrich Plays Bottom of the Hill

Cosmic Sound: Yellow Ostrich Plays Bottom of the Hill

The word “cosmos” has been on the minds of many, what with the Carl Sagan-hosted show making a comeback a la Neil deGrasse Tyson. Despite…

Appealing Events: The Purple Onion At Cinequest

Remember when we reported on the Indiegogo for The Purple Onion? Well, it’s made it to the big screen as a work in progress. The…

With Feeling: Diane Cluck Plays the Chapel

With Feeling: Diane Cluck Plays the Chapel

There’s little barrier between a singer-songwriter and their audience, it seems. Sure, you may hear a guitar for musical impact or rather ambiguous lyrics for…

Appealing Events: Ani DiFranco at the Fillmore

Appealing Events: Ani DiFranco at the Fillmore

Ani DiFranco may have recently been mired in controversy for her choice of venues for the now cancelled Righteous Retreat, but it’s her ability to…