Music + Nightlife
You might just be recovering from Outside Lands, but for a refreshing breath of funk, hip-hop, reggae and rhymes, book your tickets now for The Ecstatic Tour featuring bohemian queen Erykah Badu and political rapper/actor Mos Def—equal partners in talent.
Mos Def's fourth solo album, The Ecstatic, came out June 9 and his tour launched mid-August in Minneapolis. Now, Mos Def—along with the quirky Badu and her boyfriend Jay Electronica, are coming to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall on Thursday. On Friday, they'll be at Oakland at the art-deco fabulous Paramount Theater, one of the most beautiful places to see any music in the Bay Area. Tickets are still available, but get them soon.
Still recovering from Outside Lands? We know we are. Shake out your dusty festival shoes and drag them on down to these shows this week. They are definitely not to be missed.
Everest & Bhi Bhiman, Yoshi’s, 9/1: Despite mourning the loss of a recent band mate, Everest will absolutely be bringing it tonight at Yoshi’s. Add them to our favorite local singer/strummer, Bhi Bhiman and what you’ve got is the perfect bill. What’s not to love about a guy with a guitar, a great voice, a unique name, and his most famous song title being, “God is a Warriors fan and Satan loves the Lakers?“ Our point exactly.
Perhaps you missed Japandroids during their swing through San Francisco and the intimate Hemlock Tavern earlier this month. But it’s not too late to catch a pungent whiff of the Vancouver guitar-drum duo’s supercharged sound, thanks to the Japandroids’ recently released debut full-length, Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl).
So, we'll level with you, Bat for Lashes is pretty freaking cool. And it's not because she's British, rocked a head piece that put the tween hipsters to shame, and had crows and sparkles (oh, and a Jesus?) all over her Outside Lands set (which, naturally, screams cool...like, ethereal cool). It's because she's got an amazing voice. Like, operatically amazing. She mesmerized the Panhandle stage with songs like "Daniel" and "Pearl's Dream." Check out "Glass" below.
Competing with TV on the Radio, who were playing at the same time across the park, The Black Eyed Peas brought the party to the main stage today, revving things up with "Let's Get It Started." Oh, Fergie, you make us want to run to the nearest pilates class.
These guys are a favorite of the cool kids we share an office with at Spin Earth and now we know why. Portugal.The Man lived up to all their hype today and totally rocked out the Panhandle stage. Lead singer John Baldwin Gourley's haunting vocals and drummer Jason Sechrist's (who, we've gotta say it, looks way too much like Napoleon Dynamite) drum-cirlce-esque sessions were definitely enough to convince us to buy tickets to their more intimate show a few weeks from now (Sept 23) at The Independent. Check them out below.
Joining Q-Tip (who brought out Phife for "Award Tour" on Friday) as one of the only hip hop acts on the ticket, Zion I/AmpLive brought the noise to the main stage today to represent Bay Area hip hop and kick off a very hot day 2 of Outside Lands. Zion I, who hails from Oakland, is always a welcome, local favorite, and a staple on our 7x7 radar. Check out the beginning of their set below.
The National knows how seasoned indie rock is done – scruffy, tender, anguished, at times screaming, and preferably in an old-British-looking coat. Lead singer Matt Berninger belted out (if you can call that deep of a voice belting) “Abel”, “Slow Show,” “Fake Empire” and other favorites to an adoring crowd at the Sutro Stage. Check out "Mistaken for Strangers” below.
L.A’s Silversun Pickups brought the crowds streaming down the Polo Fields today, treating Golden Gate Park to favorites such as "Lazy Eye" and "Panic Switch." Check out their opener, "Well Thought Out Twinkies," below.
Playing to a festive (and sweaty) crowd (bikinis, cut-off shorts and straw hats were heavily represented, as was Native American headwear for some reason), the Dodos lived up to their reputation as San Francisco's indie darlings and helped to open up the first day of this year’s Outside Lands Festival at the intimate Sutro Stage in Golden Gate Park. Check out the opening of their set below.