Music + Nightlife
The blogosphere is abuzz with rumored reports for this year's lineup at the Treasure Island Festival on Oct. 17 and 18. The official TI Fest website says nothing, but we all know that game. It's going to be hard to trump last year's lineup, but the first murmurs on the street have us pretttyyy excited. Beirut, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, MSTRKRFT, MGMT, HEALTH, Monotonix, Murs and No Age. Wow. Stay tuned for confirmations.
It's that time of year when area festivals start popping up on the radar. And while we're uber excited about Outside Lands, the recently announced lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 9 (which goes down October 2-4) has us fiending for a little moonshine and backwoods juggin'. Featuring bluegrass plus Americana faves of past and present, the massive 3-day event is totally free. Yes, FREE. You can thank Daddy Warbucks, err, investment banker and diehard bluegrass fan Warren Hellman for that.
Here's the partial lineup:
Montreal’s Wolf Parade obviously became far too small to satisfy its members’ creative cravings. Witness vocalist-guitarist Dan Boeckner raging onstage alongside wife Alexei Perry at Handsome Furs’ recent Great American Music Hall show. Likewise vocalist-keyboardist Spencer Krug has been slowly, steadily gathering steam as the leader of Sunset Rubdown.
Amanda Palmer is in a good place right now. Not only is The Dresden Dolls singer riding the success of her 2008 solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, but she’s ready to release the record’s accompanying book of photos, she’s madly in love with the book’s renowned author, Neil Gaiman, and she’s gearing up to headline July’s Wanderlust Festival with some of her best buds.
These days, we're all about anything that's free. And when what's free happens to be an annual, venerable SF event - an institution in many ways - we're all about it. Yep, it's Stern Grove Festival time again, and it's kicking off this weekend beneath the eucalyptus trees in the Grove on 19th Avenue and Sloat (which, for festival newbies, is not to be mistaken for Golden Gate Park). This season's performers run the gamut - there's folk, opera, ballet and rap in the mix. Get excited for Roberta Flack, the SF Symphony (July 5), Lyrics Born (July 26), Joan Baez (July 12) and the SF Ballet (August 16). So grab a blanket and head out to the Sunset to enjoy some good, free summer fun.
The classic story of country meets the big city has brought forth Jones Street Station, a group of five very individually talented musicians whose live show at Slim's last night was one of the most impressive acts we’ve seen in a very long time.
On the heels of his roots-inspired June 2nd release "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," the legendary Elvis Costello, joined by singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, will play a free show in San Francisco next week Monday (6/22) at, of all places, Amoeba (12pm). Costello will stick around for an album signing after the in-store performance—free silk-screened posters for anyone who buys the new album!—before heading south to play an 8pm show at Amoeba in Hollywood.
Those of us who trekked all the way to Manchester, Tennessee last week for Bonnaroo know that choosing between 100+ artists surely isn't easy. Couldn’t catch Grizzly Bear because you were shaking your booty to Santigold? No worries, some of Bonnaroo’s greatest leftovers are stopping by for a visit.
Sleepy Sun, Great American Music Hall, 6/19: This local sextet has been generating tons of buzz on the blog circuit for their raw, high-energy rock sound. Disclaimer for first timers: make sure you know the standard call and return at every Sleepy Sun show, “Let’s get weird.” It’s shouted loud and proud by avid fans, and trust us, the show will probably be just that.
Welcome to the temple of these familiars: PJ Harvey and old friend and collaborator John Parish might be issuing a warning shot with the first impressionistic lines of “Black Hearted Love,” the opening track of A Woman, a Man Walked By (Island).
Floating above sultry, grinding guitar lines, Harvey sighs, “I / Think I saw you in the shadows / I / Move in closer beneath your windows / Who / Would suspect me of this rapture.” The word “rapture” arcs off her lower register like a big cat in mid-stretch, mentally prepping itself to pounce. “And who but my black-hearted love?” Theirs is a dark-souled affinity, as Harvey reels out her charred noir.
Concert fans are not taking these tough times sitting down—music lovers everywhere have been voicing their concerns over hefty show prices and fees in hopes of stirring up some deals. This time around, being loud has paid off. Live Nation, one of the world's largest ticket brokering services, just issued a great one-day-only offer: $24.99, no additional fees, for lawn tickets to some of this season's biggest performances.