Music + Nightlife
As the gloom lifts, so do such intriguing musical projects as Monks of Doom. You can practically sense them perking up, blinking, and crawling toward the light, ready to stretch your ears, your minds once more. The Bay Area psychedelic-prog/art rock band began life in the ‘90s as a loose but oh-so-creative side project to Camper Van Beethoven – the initial lineup included CBV guitarists Greg Lisher and Chris Molla, bassist Victor Krummenacher and drummer Chris Pedersen – and later added David Immerglück of the Ophelias and Counting Crows. After breaking up in 1998, the band re-formed in the same spirit it began -- with a 2003 album of cover songs.
It may not be 1967, but you can think of the 11th annual Power to the Peaceful Festival as a modern-day summer of love. Best known as Michael Franti’s pet project, the two-day music, yoga, art and action event is a weekend dedicated to service towards peace. The Bay Area-born musician has always carried a message of unity with his work and PTTP is an extension of that philosophy. It’s all about plugging the community into ways they can, as individuals, help people and the planet.
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You have to appreciate a lad brave enough to break with form and extend his reach. Such is the sound of Everything Is New (XL) by London singer-songwriter Jack Penate, who I had pegged as an anti-folk/rockabilly busker of sorts. Silly me. This new album finds the 24-year-old grandson of Mervyn Peake, the author of the Gormenghast fantasies, turning an unexpected corner. You can hear him picking up and examining all sorts of found pop sounds, from house to Northern Soul, Tropicalia to hip-hop.
If you haven't heard of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you've been living in a cave. After numerous festival circuits and headlining sets, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are planning a highly anticipated 2-night takeover at The Fox Theater in Oakland on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
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:
There is something about Bottom Of The Hill, most likely in large part due to the infamous booker there, Ramona Downey (and Ursula Rodriguez, of course), but nonetheless they are always on the cutting edge of what's coming up in the San Francisco music scene. And perhaps that's the point when you place a club in the middle of an abandoned warehouse district, you better know what you're doing just to get bodies in the door. Case and point, last night local alt-rock power bands Robots Of Fury, Fighting The Villain and Scene Of Action schedule a bill filled to the brim with writhing guitar solos, pedal distortions, grungy female (and male!) lead vocals and so much angst it could barely contain the room.
Festivals. What are they if not high priced hassles with no parking, ten dollar beers and port-o-potties you always convince yourself you are never going to use again but always end up caving when it’s time to break that seal? God, I hate festivals. But Outside Lands, you sure are the lesser of these money-sucking evils. And your Sunday lineup was the perfect cap to a three-day musical binge.
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.