Music + Nightlife
Dressed in some serious gold, Santigold and her (also golden) entourage partied up The Warfield last night. "I feel like it's the first day of school," she said, "we all just got new outfits!" The Brooklyn-based genre-bender, who changed her name from Santogold to Santigold in a much-publicized lawsuit, rallied the crowd to favorites from her self-titled album, including a rowdy duet of "I'm a Lady" with openers Amanda Blank and Trouble Andrew. Though Santigold's energy carried the show on its own, it w
Playing their entire new album from start to finish, The Hazards Of Love has a refreshingly hard and gritty feeling that we’ve yet to see out of the upbeat reigning indie-pop royalty, The Decemberists. Theatrical folk ballads fall gracefully upon what singer, Colin Meloy describes as “heavy metal thunder.” Not exactly a new theme for the Portland quintet, the first half of the album was written in constant succession, while the second half is a mismatched thematic continuation of the folktale with a very openly interpretable ending. Vicious stories of love forlorn, forest queens, rage, murder and everything in between told through double entendre lyrics add up to an experimental album that the masses can still relate to.
Take one look at Yuja Wang’s YouTube videos and you’ll quickly learn why the 22-year old pianist has been dubbed a prodigy. With an impressive resume that boasts performances with major orchestras from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the London Symphony Orchestra and her astounding ability to command the ivories, it’s no wonder she’s acclaimed as the future of classical music. If you don’t take our word for it, witness for yourself when Wang makes her 3rd return to Davies Symphony Hall to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #2 led by Michael Tilson Thomas on May 22nd and 23rd.
What could be better than capping off a well-deserved three-day weekend with a superstar-studded concert? Capping it off with a superstar-studded concert that benefits some unbelievably deserving charities.
Wondering about the whereabouts of the Walkmen? The band -- not the dusty cassette player buried beneath that crusty sleeping bag, past-sell-date condom lei, and smudged mix tape of Minor Threat, Leaving Trains, and Saccharine Trust. You know, the dudes who strolled on past those New Yawk new rock tags and decided to carve out a sound of their own, choosing clattering, left-of-center arrangements crammed with rickety instruments and closer in spirit to Arcade Fire than the Strokes. I caught up with the Walkmen’s droll vocalist-guitarist Hamilton Leithauser via e-mail on the cusp of the group’s show tonight, May 21, with Kings of Leon at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Just mere blocks away from his local Mission residence, John Vanderslice took to the stage showcasing his brand spanking new album Romanian Names. Officially available yesterday, and the first to be released under Dead Oceans’ label, Vanderslice called upon Bay Area sweethearts The Morning Benders to open up his warmly welcomed and nearly sold out show at the Rickshaw Stop.
San Francisco Popfest, the festival launched in 1999 and retired in 2005, is back—Thursday through Sunday—and ready to twee your pants off. Check out Tullycraft's final show before taking a hiatus from tours Saturday at Rickshaw Stop, or catch the Andrews' Sisters' alter egos Hot Toddies Friday at Annie's Social Club. Sun worshippers and cheapskates alike can head to Dolores Park Sunday at 1pm for the free acoustic afternoon picnic. Full lineup after the jump...
Weekend passes are sold out but tickets for individual shows are still available here.
Before HBO, Flight of the Conchords were known as New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo. They developed a cult following (I, too drank the cool-aid) and snagged an HBO series...which was hipster doofus nirvana for about half of the first season.
Summer festival season is well underway, and luckily for us, most of the big names are stopping by the Bay Area before taking to the big stages. If you can’t make it to Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Rothbury or our very own Outside Lands this summer, check out some of this summer’s must-see artists this week:
John Vanderslice, Rickshaw Stop, 5/19: Making the second stop on his tour for his new album Romanian Names (his first album under Dead Oceans record label) John Vanderslice’s album release party at the Rickshaw Stop featuring special guests, The Morning Benders will be a Bay Area-native filled delight.
As if you needed more reasons to attend this year’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, the organizers have gone and added even more artists to the already packed lineup. Taking place in Golden Gate Park August 28th-30th, the second annual, three-day extravaganza features headliners like Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Jason Mraz, Modest Mouse, and TV on the Radio.