Thao Nguyen’s Noise Pop show last night was like sitting amongst close friends in a cozy living room. Only it wasn't a living room, it was the Swedish American Music Hall, and it wasn't just close friends, it was 300 devoted fans. But you get the idea. The Virginia-bred, San Francisco-based folk rock singer/songwriter and guitarist charmed the audience with her bouncy acoustic style and soothing vocals, pausing in between each song to chat and crack jokes with the crowd, as if we were all one big, happy family of best friends.
Photographer Lauren Dukoff takes us on a tour of her Noise Pop Art show, Family, which features intimate photographs of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Bat for Lashes. Find the photographs this July in the hippest coffee table book ever, Family: Photographs by Lauren Dukoff (published by our friends over at Chronicle Books). Visit chroniclebooks.com to pre-order and take advantage of a 15% discount (plus free shipping!) by entering "Noise Pop" at checkout.
SF scenesters turned out en masse for the Louis Vuitton: A Tribute to Stephen Sprouse event at the Louis Vuitton Maison Union Square on February 24 where invited guests sipped cocktails and grazed on hors’ doeuvres while snatching up pieces from the brand’s graffiti and roses limited-edition collection. A reinterpretation of Sprouse’s original Day-Glo graffiti-tagged designs from 2001, the revised collection of clothing and accessories launched in select stores on January 9 to the glee of many Louis Vuitton collectors. Ten percent of the evening’s sales went toward supporting SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
One of San Francisco's most well-known and best loved furniture emporiums is having a big birthday - but you're the one getting the gift. Design Within Reach is celebrating its 10 years (can you believe it?) in the business, and to up the ante they'll be celebrating with not 10% off (as in past years), but 15% off everything, and free shipping to boot. Of course you can always just stop by one of the three stores in the city for some instant gratification, and knock out that shipping full-stop.
Since ever-so-quietly moving into its Sutter Street showroom in mid-December, Mi has piqued the curiosity of passersby with a spare window display featuring white garment bags that look eerily like straight jackets set against stark and industrial interiors.
And since the design studio has been open mostly only by appointment when Creative Director Dean Hutchinson, who splits his time between San Francisco and Toronto, is in town, those intrigued by the mysterious storefront have had to continue on with questions unanswered.
Name: Cassandra Miller
Occupation: Nightlife Promoter
Spotted: Redwood Room at The Clift, 10:48 p.m.
Wearing: MNG by Mango halter dress, FCUK black patent leather shoes
Describe your morning routine: "Four Barrel Coffee... -enough said."
Fashion Must Reads: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, M.I.S.S. CREW 'Today's Word on the Street' and M.I.S.S. blog
Pavement may have split up in the late 90s, but that didn’t stop their guitarist/front man/mastermind, Stephen Malkmus, from dominating his set with their iconic melodies. Malkmus strummed along to a sold-out crowd at The Great American Music Hall last night and even among the many mishaps and awkward in-between banter, it may single-handedly be one of the best shows we’ve ever seen.
Sitting through three opening bands in anticipation of a show’s main act shouldn’t be a chore, as it was at last night’s Noise Pop show at Bottom of the Hill. Ears ringing and head spinning after Kings & Queens and Dallas-based True Widow, local act the Lumerians saved the audience from calling it an early night with their organ-laden psych-synth sound and bongo beats—the perfect foreplay to Sleepy Sun’s power performance.
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