Music + Nightlife
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf -- or synthesizers? Two UK bands playing this week in San Francisco -- Editors (Monday, Feb. 8, at the Warfield) and Wild Beasts (Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Independent) -- find swathes of fresh intrigue in those patches and plug-ins, all while baring their breasts and revealing busily percolating emotional lives.
We all had so much fun at our last restaurantd-driven Friday Flash Mob that not doing a Valentine's Day camera opp would be heartless of us. Show us (and the rest of San Francisco) what you're doing on Valentine's/Single's Awareness Day. But we have one directive: The photo has to include a kiss! So pucker up for your lover, your cat, your spouse or your booty call and get your iPhone out.
Showing off their brand new album In This Light And On This Evening, Editors have made a stealthy comeback with a whole new sound to match. What they're calling "dystopian, apocalyptic, mechanical ambience," translates to heavy synths, way more soaring guitars and lyrics dedicated to London, their "adopted home town." What's not to love? Like we said in Hot Tickets, try to be ahead of the bell curve, and see these guys at The Warfield on 2/8. We predict heavy US domination for Editors in the next few years. Interested in sampling the new album?
Quarteto Vivace Brasil: Young hipsters of the male persuasion tend to refer to Brazil as "that place with the hot girls" - with an occasional reference to tango (where there are also hot girls). But in addition to the women and the rainforests, Brazil also has some stunning classical music, namely, Quarteto Vivace Brasil. The quartet features some of Brazil's best musicians - two guitarists, a percussionist, and a flautist - who play with an energy that makes Brazilian sambas and Argentinian tangos pop. Their premiere U.S. tour will also feature selections by Handel, Bizet, and American ragtime. No word on how hot the musicians are, but once they start to play, you'll probably stop caring.
Hafta love a band that pens tunes on compelling subjects ala “Graveyard Drug Party” and “Adult Acid.” And so it goes with Thee Oh Sees. They like to keep things interesting. The group headline the Stand with Haiti benefit at Cafe du Nord Tuesday, Feb. 2 -- surely the most critic- and hipster-friendly concert yet to gather funds for the very excellent cause of getting relief to the earthquake-ravaged country.
Valentine’s Day is approaching all too quickly, spewing red roses and boxes of chocolates in its wake, and what better way to show you care than to put together a mixtape for your nearest and dearest?
Spend an afternoon perusing the music collection, trying out different tracks, making it flow, working in secret in-jokes, and finding the joy in turning the sweetheart onto a new band. Then you just might be ready to try your hand at making mixtapes for like-minded strangers devoted to the art and exchange of the mix. Meet ‘em at the new free mixtape-exchange event series, launching Sunday, Jan. 31, and organized by the San Francisco Mixtape Society at the Make-Out Room.
Time flies when you're having fun, and we sure must have been having a lot of it because January came and went with a blink of an eye. However, February in San Francisco is an exciting time for music lovers. Not only does it signify the beginning of festival season (Noise Pop's pre-party is on 2/18 and they're pumping music nearly every night straight through 3/1), it's also the start of big artists' West Coast legs of their tour. Yay for us! Noise Pop coverage to come, but to warm you up here's this month's hot list.
He’s based down in blue-collar Oxnard, draws his handle from the word game and cops to the acronym Mind Altering Demented Lessons in Beats, but Madlib also has his share of connects to the Bay. The man (born Otis Jackson Jr.) is a staple on Stones Throw Records, which was founded in the Peninsula under the careful ministrations of the once-San Mateo-rooted Peanut Butter Wolf. The label eventually up and moved down south, but its most prolific producer Madlib is up for a DJ set Friday, Jan. 29, at Mighty.
Just because indie pop darlings Phoenix are, you know, from France and look like they're about 12 (they're all in their 30's) doesn't mean they don't totally rock out. They brought the noise, the strobe lights and the “Lisztomania" last night to an oh-so-very sold out show at the Fillmore. The band's been riding quite a popularity wave this past year (we're looking at you, Cadillac commercial), but definitely lived up to the hype last night with pitch-perfect favorites off of last year's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and a some serious Houdini action (all of a sudden frontman Thomas Mars was in the back of the venue- whoah!) for "1901." Sophia Coppola, you've got quite a man there. He even let us all on stage.