Music + Nightlife
This just in: Robert Plant will perform a song with opener Buddy Miller tonight at GAMH as part of the Boz Scaggs & the Blue Velvet Band benefit show. Tickets are NOT SOLD OUT. Proceeds will go to the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project, a nonprofit that provides state-of-the-art facilities and care for children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
You may or may not be aware, but a very well-billed indie extravaganza is playing in our very own backyard tonight at Slim's. Strangely enough, two of the billed artists are represented by Polyvinyl Records (one of our favorites - they also represent Of Montreal, Headlights, Asobi Seksu, Architecture in Helsinki, Owen and Japandroids among others), and two of them are from Sweden. We're not exactly sure what's in the water over there, but we're definitely not complaning about all the impressive talent that's popping up from Sweden (see Lykke Li).
What used to be Berlin's citywide rave, Love Parade, moved to SF five or so years ago, became Love Fest, and morphed into what is now LovEvolution. The party is back for another year this Saturday, October 3, and you can expect Market Street and Civic Center to be flooded with pacifier-sucking candy flippers, bass-pumping DJs, absurd day-glo costumes, and old timers who just can't let go of the golden days of the rave. This year's electro music stars include Groove Armada and Fischer Spooner, with acts like Mark Farina and Eddie Howell spreading the party to venues across the city. Watch out for gratuitous hugging and try not to slip on any body paint on the street. The parade starts at 2nd and Market at noon and will proceed to Civic Center for the daylong party.
The brass blares, the bass percolates with merry abandon, and Nick Diamonds bubbles and bounces as if he’s in an indie-pop dance-party wonderland -- so goes the title track of Islands’ new Vapours (Anti-), out today and already establishing a major beachhead on my player. “It’s the bass line in your mind,” drawls Diamonds sweetly. “It’s a sexy way to cry / You know I had my share of doubts / Until I saw the vapours in your eyes.”
Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel. Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week: