Music + Nightlife
After nearly a year’s hold from the Department of Justice, the path has been cleared for a Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, ultimately forming Live Nation Entertainment. New operations may begin as early as Wednesday, meaning immediate “consequences” for consumers, venues, and artists. There are widely varying opinions on the long-term effects of this live entertainment monopoly and many artists aren’t coming out publicly because of label constraints. One thing’s for sure—it’s no surprise that Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff sees this change as a “big win for fans.” But what exactly will we win?
Rock icon Patti Smith, whose classic catalog includes Horses and Easter, will appear at City Arts & Lectures this Wednesday for a conversation with Kevin Berger. Smith recently published a memoir, Just Kids, in which she discusses her friendships with Sam Shepard, Jim Morrison, and close pal Robert Mapplethorpe, who took the iconic photo of Smith that graced Horses' cover, and who shared an apartment with her in the Chelsea Hotel. She'll discuss her fellow artists and the era of creative exploration that shaped them, including her own work within the then-emerging punk and spoken-word movements. While she may not be singing at the event, Smith has lived a fascinating life, and her discussion of the tumultuous 70's should be interesting.
Ladies and gents, IndieFest/Winter Music Fest is upon us. In case you couldn't wait another month for Noise Pop, the lovely folks at SF IndieFest and Talking House bring you some great indie movies and artists over the next week (1/29-2/4). The best part? Each show is $10 (if not free), or buy the WinterMusicPass at a reasonable $70 for all access. That's 43 bands in seven days to choose from. Take your pick. Here are some of our highlights:
We have a sweet spot for French electronic, pop, and hip-hop. And Phoenix, some of our favorite Frenchies, have climbed the ranks quite quickly over the last year. Even though they've been around nearly a decade (their first album debuted in 2000) there's something about Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix that has people's tongues wagging all over town. Just six short months ago we paid equivalent to $30 to see Phoenix. Maybe it's the Cadillac commercial, maybe it's the SNL stint or maybe it's just the sheer delight of this deliciously perfect pop album, but how did ticket prices to see them jump ten-fold in half a year?
It's not every day that you get to see a rock legend play to a crowd of fifty in an art gallery, but that's exactly what happened Saturday night, when we were given access to an exclusive performance by the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson at the San Francisco Art Exchange. Wilson, who made headlines when he finally released his long-buried album SMiLE in 2004, was in town to promote his new record, That Lucky Old Sun. The album was the inspiration for new artwork by the British rock artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for styling the cover of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Cold War Kids brought their rockin' breed of minor-keyed moodiness to The Fillmore last night, treating a sold out crowd to old favorites off of 2008's opus Robbers & Cowards, as well as some A+ material from their recently released Behave Yourself EP. "Audience," off their latest, will definitely be gracing our office playlist in weeks to come. A pitch-perfect moment came in a tribute to "another Bay Area band" -- a particularly beautiful cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Long as I Can See the Light."
We're halfway through a gloomy week of winter storminess, and at this point you may or may not be completely sick of it. To help keep your spirits up, we've compiled a 10-song playlist on Last.fm of some rain-themed songs. Some are sad, some are jubilant, but all have to do with rain, metaphorically or literally. The playlist is here: Stormy Bay. The tracklist is below the jump in case you have trouble linking through.
We'd love for you to comment with your favorites and we'll add them if possible!
The last thing you'd expect from local indie rockers Rogue Wave is a dance record. But then again with all they've been through over the past few years (a kidney transplant, the death of a bandmate, bedridden with back problems, lineup changes) maybe a brighter sound is exactly what they need to bring in a more uplifting 2010. The recent premiere of the single "Good Morning" (download via Stereogum) is a shockingly different sound at first: a pulsing synth-beat smacks you upside the head. But as Zach Rogue chants "the FUTURE, the FUTURE" we sense some well-deserved optimism for Permalight (out 3/2 via Brushfire).
By performing chamber music in bars and cafes, Classical Revolution aims to alter people's perception of classical music; namely, that it's inaccessible and the bastion of gray-haired octogenarians. By playing in venues of the young and hip, local artists of varying pedigree - students or recent grads of top conservatories and accomplished non-professional musicians - help thread classical music through San Francisco's nightlife. Proving that classical music is still relevant, no matter what Lady GaGa might tell you.
Revolution Café, 3248 22nd St. every Sunday night. For information, visit www.classicalrevolution.org.