The Comedown Day: Sunday at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

“Actually, you have too much weed in your bag.” I could’ve sworn a security guard had uttered those bizarre and entirely Californian words to the…

Observations on the Meta: Saturday at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

I planned on attending TIMF because I wanted to see what a small festival with no stage conflict would feel like in a FOMO-centric world….

Artists to Watch at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

Artists to Watch at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

It can be difficult to choose a list of must-sees at a festival that certainly caters to the FOMO-infected audiophile. With no real chance of…

Appealing Events: Richard Cheese at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Appealing Events: Richard Cheese at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Everyone’s favorite raunchy lounge lizard is headed to the legendary Bimbo’s 365 Club. Crooner Richard Cheese and his Lounge Against the Machine backing band mix…

Bridging the Gap: Culture Collide in SF

Bridging the Gap: Culture Collide in SF

Los Angeles’ flagship international festival has made its way up the coast. SF is hosting its first-ever Culture Collide today and tomorrow, which includes a…

Positive Motion: Imelda May Plays the Fillmore

Positive Motion: Imelda May Plays the Fillmore

Imelda May is a fresh face to US listeners. Her showstopping performance at August’s Outside Lands helped rouse angry Chvrches fans, many of whom had…

Consistency: Blitzen Trapper Plays the Independent

Consistency: Blitzen Trapper Plays the Independent

Blitzen Trapper is coming back to one of their favorite venues. The Portland quintet has spent many a nights entertaining the masses all around SF…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Our Picks for Your Free Weekend of Music

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Our Picks for Your Free Weekend of Music

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating its 15th year of free music in Golden Gate Park. You may already be there with your middle schooler watching…

Contrast in Concert: The Lone Bellow Plays the Fillmore

Contrast in Concert: The Lone Bellow Plays the Fillmore

The Lone Bellow is leading a revival. What they’re attempting to revive is the type of Americana vignettes that make songwriting a particularly colorful, textured…

Appealing Events: Brother Ali at Bottom of the Hill

Appealing Events: Brother Ali at Bottom of the Hill

Activist and rapper Brother Ali is headed to SF’s Bottom of the Hill on his Home Away From Home tour. Inspired by legendary NYC acts…

Far-Reaching: Wand Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Far-Reaching: Wand Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Cory Thomas Hanson has a ridiculous voicemail. It’s his voice in the standard format of who you’ve reached and what you should say after the…

Appealing Events: Rocco DeLuca at the Chapel

Appealing Events: Rocco DeLuca at the Chapel

California native Rocco DeLuca kicks off his one month tour tonight in San Francisco. A month of touring may seem pretty banal to most, but…

Appealing Events: The Silent Comedy at Bottom of the Hill

Appealing Events: The Silent Comedy at Bottom of the Hill

San Diego brother band the Silent Comedy want you to believe in the power of music. Their rollicking “whiskey tent revival” of a live show…

Appealing Events: Shock the Party Music Festival at Slim’s

Appealing Events: Shock the Party Music Festival at Slim’s

Hyphy’s not dead and neither is the Bay Area rap scene. To prove it, 415Hyphy and Insain415 is celebrating all that is awesome in local…

World Inspiration: Bombino Plays the Independent

World Inspiration: Bombino Plays the Independent

Music is still a rebellious act. Its sentiments have had political implications the world over and the sheer act of owning and operating an instrument…

Looking Towards the Future: Dev Plays Mezzanine

Looking Towards the Future: Dev Plays Mezzanine

It’s not easy moving away from the Bay Area, especially when its melding pot of musical influences not only helped launch a music career but…

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…