Hey Hey Hey live music fans! It’s that time again, time for another spectacular “Performer Presents” show in San Francisco. This weekend The Mowgli’s hit the stage with Hunter Hunter and Slow Magic, and we’ve got your hookup, of course.
Wanna win tix? Easy, just drop a comment below or on our Facebook page, and we’ll pick one lucky winner to score a pair for the show this Saturday night at Slim’s. Doors open at 7 and this is, as always, an all ages event.
Hey Hey Hey live music fans! Performer is stoked to be presenting the AMAZEBALLS Tumbleweed Wanderers show this Saturday, November 30th at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Oakland’s Tumbleweed Wanderers combine soul, folk, and rock and roll to create a hugely dynamic musical experience. They weave through their shows with smooth transitions, bringing the listener from dark chaotic banjo-rock, through intimate acoustic harmonies, to energetic explosions of soul.
Want tix? Of course you do, and we’ve got the hookup. Just leave a comment below and we’ll pick one lucky winner to win a crisp pair of tickets which will be waiting for you and your guest at the door. How’s that for a Thanksgiving treat?
The Bay Area’s premier indie music and arts festival Noise Pop will celebrate its 22nd anniversary of championing independent culture this February, and has just announced the initial music lineup! The festivities will take place throughout San Francisco February 25th through March 2nd, 2014, with an incredible lineup featuring Mark Kozelek, Lord Huron, Bob Mould, No Age, Cayucas, and more. A list of confirmed performers so far can be found below, with more to be announced shortly. Watch this space for more on lineup announcements: www.noisepop.com/2014
Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon & Red House Painters)
Bob Mould (25 Years of ‘Workbook’)
Free Salamander Exhibit
And many, many more to be announced!
A limited amount of Early Bird badges are on sale NOW for $125. PRESS HERE to get yours today! Once they are gone, Regular Badges will become available for $150. Badges grant access to all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, Culture Club and other events during the festival, as well as an official screen-printed Festival poster and an invitation to a badge holder-only Happy Hour, details TBA.
This year, there will also be a limited amount of Super Fan Badges. At $350, you can have everything the Regular Badge has to offer, in addition to an official Festival merchandise package, Drink Tickets to select events, rideshare coupons, guaranteed entry to any non-seated show, and a Noise Pop Fest representative available for assistance during the Festival. Act fast, because there are only a very limited number of Super Fan Badges available!
ALSO Noise Pop’s next monthly music trivia night, Musical Pursuit will serve as the official lineup announcement party. It takes place next Tuesday October 29th, 2013 from 6-10pm at 1772 Market Street and will feature a grand prize giveaway of a pair of Noise Pop badges.
Stay tuned for more line-up announcements and single day ticket sales!
Atlanta native Nate Currin brought his Southern roots to his new home in San Francisco to create an acclaimed concept record based on the 1678 book The Pilgrim’s Progress by English writer and preacher John Bunyan.
The Pilgrim, his sophomore effort on Archaic Cannon, is a beautiful interpretation of the story Currin hoped to deliver about the book and its magic historical significance.
Songs such as “Footsteps At My Back” and “A Beautiful House” are just a few standouts in this collection of 18 gloriously written songs, full of wit, poetic charm, wisdom, sadness, darkness and triumph. Truly, Currin weaves his present day life as a songwriter and storyteller into the story told by Bunyan, interpreting the concepts, characters and places that reside within.
The music is striking; the guitar, percussion and background vocals are stirring, the lyrics emotionally grabbing. The production and mastering bring to the album crystal clear sound and truly accentuate the piano, acoustic guitars and harmonies well.
“The Traveler’s Road” is a favorite, a folksy hymn that is soft and soothing, depicting the adventures of traveling pilgrims, mixed in with Currin’s own life on the road.
The Pilgrim is a feel-good album most of the way through, relaxing and romantic to the soul and ears. A joy to discover, perhaps one of its main overall themes is to “hold on fast and don’t give in” on life, and “when you’re tired, carry on.” That’s certainly a great bit of advice to give to songwriters following in Currin’s footsteps.
We’re presenting an AMAZING show at Great American Music Hall this Saturday, featuring a local San Francisco band we totally love, Rin Tin Tiger.
Wanna win a pair of tix? Easy, just leave a comment below and we’ll pick a winner before noon Eastern on Saturday.
While you’re hear, listen to the band’s new LP below, and check out what band member Sean E. Sullivan has to say about the gig and the band’s live stage show.
How does preparation for a hometown gig differ from playing live on the road?
The biggest difference is the kind of rooms we play and the kind of set list. In the Bay Area we play pretty good sized rooms that fit hundreds of people. When we’re on the road sometimes we play comparable places but oftentimes we end up at smaller bars or even restaurants. There’s all kinds of funky places to play on the road and we’ve done a lot of them. The other big difference is the style and length of the set list. For hometown shows, especially headlining ones, we like to toss in a bunch of older classic cuts for those that have been with through the years.
What do you like best about Great American Music Hall?
The ambiance. It’s such a gorgeous building rich in history and being surrounded by that kind of atmosphere is really inspiring when on stage. The lights are also top notch and the staff are all very friendly.
What’s your favorite part of performing live?
Feeding off of the energy of the audience. Crazy dance moves and singing along really make the performance aspect of being a musician very rewarding. Recording is great but having people react to something live is the best.
What can an audience expect in a RTT show?
Lots of sweat, headbanging, dancing, jumping off of things, lengthy in between song comedy/banter, and hopefully some awesome sing-a-longs.
What can fans and newcomers expect from the new LP?
Some classic RTT elements – acoustic guitar, groovy bass, lots of lyrics, and punk rock drumming – all taken to the next level. This record captures our live sound more accurately than we’ve been able to in the past and feels very much like a “band” album. All of the parts are very important and we all worked well together to create something we’re very proud of.
How does the new album compare to your previous records?
It’s longer, it’s better, it’s more “band oriented”, as in there’s only 1 out of 12 songs that are just guitar and vocals, whereas our last album, Toxic Pocketbook, had 3 of 8 tracks with just Kevin. It’s also some of the most aggressive material we’ve released and also some of the most country leaning. Diverse yet cohesive (hopefully).
There are a lot of acts jumping on the “folk” bandwagon these days, in the wake of Mumford & Sons’ success. What makes Rin Tin Tiger stand out in this new revival?
I think we basically sound nothing like Mumford or the other popular folk acts right now. Nothing against any of those bands because they’re great at what they do, I just think that what we do is very different. The only real similarity is the acoustic guitar element. Our songs are much more rooted in rock and rhythm and blues with a lot of the folk influence coming from the emphasis and importance of the lyrics. A lot of our new songs are rock or country songs played with a Guild instead of a Telecaster and at a fast tempo. Everything else about us is different too. Our live shows are more like punk shows and we don’t dress like we’re from the 1920s. We’re three dudes making serious music with a fun attitude. A lot of contemporary folk music takes itself too seriously without having the content to back it up. We’re trying to fill a gap between country and punk and folk that hopefully comes off as not only fun but artistic as well.
When: July 12, 2013 Where: Hotel Utah – San Francisco, CA
Gotaway Girl played an amazing set at SF’s Hotel Utah (7/12/2013). A sexy trio of ladies (with a solid trio of gentleman backing) rocked their hearts out with smooth harmonies, sexy tempos, cowboy boots, a pinch of emo, and soulful belts that were as loud as their outfits. I say that in a great way! The name Gotaway Girl is an obvious choice once you gander at the stage and think of those that got away, but these ladies are strong and they bring the music.
Their lyrical songwriting has a way of specifically connecting to every individual in the room, whether you were in the mood or not. It certainly grabbed me in an unexpected way. I guess we are drawn to the music that moves us and this moved me. This American folk rock group carries emotional music to motivate all people, especially women, which is especially evident in their mission as boasted by front lady Jocelyn Kay Levy: “To use music to heal and inspire women to be the powerful force that they are!”
Following their act was a band called Leftover Cuties. A classic sound, with all the antique flair: stand up bass, piano, ukulele, plus a lead singer who has a reincarnate voice of Judy Garland, with a modern twist. It is a sound that you can’t help but fall in love with. They are able to deliver something that is very comforting, like being taken back to a home you never knew, and they hold your hand with confidence throughout the whole experience. There is an effortless sexiness in their fluid style and movement.
This Saturday the Frail play what’s sure to be an amazing hometown show at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and we’ve got tix! Want to win a pair? Easy, just leave a comment below.
We recently caught up with the band to chat about the show and the recording of their upcoming LP, due out soon.
What are you looking forward to the most at this show in San Francisco?
Aaron: GAMH is my favorite venue, hands down. The first time I played there, I must have taken 20 pictures of the marquee to the point where someone walked by and asked “Big fan?” Also, this will be my first time playing with The Frail in front of family and friends, so it’s the best of all worlds. Danny: Personally speaking, I have never played GAMH and it’s always been somewhere I’ve wanted to play. So I couldn’t be more excited to be playing that legendary room! Plus I’m pretty sure Rolling Stone just called it one of their favorite venues. So there you have it.
From a musician’s standpoint, what are the key differences between performing at home in SF and other cities?
Izzy: The difference is knowing the staff at our local venues and catching up with them when we play. It’s nice, especially since we’re all busy and don’t really get to chat unless we’re under those circumstances.
Danny: I love seeing new faces, and different venues around the country. I mean at home we’re used to certain venues the room size, the gear, the way they sound and we can plan for that. Sometimes playing out of town, it’s a guessing game, but hey it keeps you on your toes and you get to meet new people!
What can an audience expect to experience at a live Frail show?
Danny: You can expect five guys bringing a house party vibe to any venue. We like to bridge the gap between the audience and the stage, literally. I’ve set up stools and walked out into the crowd on them…I like to build bridges…So expect to dance, feel like you are part of the band for the night, and to get sweaty…
You describe your sound as ‘Indie-tronic’ – what exactly does that mean?
Izzy: Indie-tronic means electronic dance music with lots of indie influence and no hippie shit.
Danny: But I guess indie is still a working genre right? I mean, does anyone really know what that means anymore? Cuz it def doesn’t mean independent anymore…
Your new LP, Love Death Legend comes out soon. What can fans and newcomers expect from this release? And is there an expected release date yet?
Kev: Old Frail was a half sandwich and a bowl of soup (bunch of EPs). The new Frail is a full meal **with a side of steroids and bath salts (1st full length, different songwriting approach, new producer,etc).
Danny: We are currently working on the label end of things so no release date yet, however we are launching our first song and new video “You Just Wanna Leave” any day now.
You actually worked with Converse to complete the recording of the record in Brooklyn. How did that come about, and what was your recording experience like?
Danny: Well, we applied and a friend at Cornerstone/Fader had also been really pushing us to everyone there and i guess it finally clicked! We were really really excited to get out there. I hadn’t been to NYC in a long time, and Izzy had never been so it was definitely an experience. We were also just stoked to see the list of bands that had been in there: Ra Ra Riot, our friends Shinobi Ninja, Dan Black, Big Boi and tons more – so it was really inspiring. Our producer and good friend Patrick Brown came out, we drank, and we recorded. I remember at one point we were working on a song called “I Never Knew You” and everyone just kept playing me Usher songs…Now I just wish I had actually been able to sing like Usher. Oh well…
We’re super psyched that Bosnian Rainbows are coming to San Francisco next Thursday – more specifically, the badass Great American Music Hall.
After an intense experience with his last project, the Mars Volta, guitarist and vocalist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez returned home to El Paso for some much-needed rest. Instead, he found three like-minded musicians who were ready for a new journey.
Rodriguez-Lopez, Teri Gender Bender (of Le Butcherettes), Deantoni Parks (the Mars Volta’s drummer) and Nicci Kasper created the alt-rock band Bosnian Rainbows. Their self-titled debut album is out on June 25 on Sargent House.
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Brand New Trash Brand New Trash
San Francisco, CA
“Midwest transplants brings L.A. hip-hop to Bay Area blues”
Gaining notoriety from a cover of Tupac’s “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” Brand New Trash has been ripping up the Bay Area scene with their signature sound, which is surprisingly un-trashy. Identifying themselves as “trash pop,” BNT is actually more blues than garage rock. The music, although groove driven, is heavily blues influenced, and concise. At times it does possess a lot of jam elements, but the songwriting and certainty with which the group delivers this set of tracks makes them into much more than just another fuzzy-rock rock band.
Fans of Jack White’s moodier tunes will eat this record up. Fronted by the Dewald brothers (formerly of Bay Area act Buxter Hoot’n), the haunting guitar and vocal ebb and flow sets this record apart from a lot of other groups trying to achieve a similar sound. As mentioned earlier, the group currently covers “Brenda’s Got a Baby” and somehow simultaneously does the song incredible justice while also reminding us of the sometimes forgotten poetic genius of Tupac Shakur. With laid-back drums, fuzzed out guitars, and a haunting harmonica, Brand New Trash makes “Brenda’s Got a Baby” sound like a contemporary of Tom Petty’s “Last Dance with Mary Jane”… and surprisingly we thank them for it.
Goodnight, Texas is an actual town that marks the halfway point between the two founders of the band with the same name, Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf. Wolf lives in Chapel Hill and Vinocur is a resident of San Francisco. Continue reading →