Music + Nightlife
Yes, it’s finally here. By now, you’ve probably seen the commercials billing The Hurt Locker as the year’s most acclaimed film to date – no exaggeration, given its enviable score on the all-important Tomatometer – and after two weeks in limited release, it opens in the Bay Area today. Along with Food, Inc., it ranks as the very best of the films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.
1. The Hurt Locker
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week
As if anything could possibly be more erudite and high brow than Elmer Fudd or the full-frontal loins of a stuttering Porky Pig, the San Francisco Symphony will soon supersize them and synchronize them with the high-falutin' tunefulness of violins and flutes, timpani and bassoon.
Next Friday, the Symphony hosts “Bugs Bunny On Broadway," a combo symphony orchestra concert and big screen cartoon festival featuring the beloved Warner Brothers cartoon critters and those that want to shoot them, smoosh them or eat them.
Stop the War on Fun! which started as a Facebook group and now has nearly 3000 members has emerged as a full-fledged website. The guerilla-style movement, spearheaded by local musicians, artists, club owners, club goers, and entertainment industry workers, is a direct rebuttal to the ABC's (California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) mysterious harassment on local all-ages venues, namely Cafe Du Nord, Slim's, Bottom of the Hill (watch our video). The question at hand: What constitutes a restaurant?
Get down on a sultry Sunday afternoon for a good cause? Where do we sign up? Foreign Cinema’s Laszlo Bar. On Sunday, July 12, the watering hole plays host to a stellar crew of Bay Area DJs intent on easing your way out of the weekend with delectable hip-hop, electro, indie, and club sounds – all for a good cause: the Narada Michael Walden Foundation, which promotes music education among Bay Area youth.
The Dirty Projectors have been surprising critics and fans alike with their new burst of energy and creativity, especially when it comes to their live shows. The sextuplet opened last night with their love song lullaby, “Two Doves,” sung only by über-famous indie artist and multi-instrumentalist, Angel Deradoorian and musical director/lead singer, Dave Longstreth on stage. Taking cues from Longstreth who was clearly running the show, the Dirty Projectors slid through their entire new album slowly building up to some of crowd favorites like their hit single, “Stillness Is The Move,” in which group hottie Amber Coffman did a little dancing that made the boys (and girls) swoon.
The phrase "to good to be true" has always been put to the test by Pandora. Since inception the internet radio station changed the way people listened to music by providing an easy to use listening forum that seemed to have a limitless catalogue of music. Just type in an artist, create a station and play... for FREE. Well, all good things come to an end. In the case of Pandora, that happens after 40 hours.
The Rural Alberta Advantage are about as rustic as the throbbing synth that opens its newly re-released 2008 debut, Hometowns (Saddle Creek). But you don’t need to listen long to immediately glean the band’s backwater charm as the chimes and strings kick in. Like an indie-rockier American Analog Set, a more stately and minimalist Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, or a folkier, filled-out Matt and Kim, the Rural Alberta Advantage’s earnest feistiness shines through the homespun, lo-fi production of Hometowns.
After a long, sun-filled weekend highlighted by scrumptious freedom fries, libations and fireworks overdoses, the city by the Bay remains fairly quiet. However, there are a few numbers stopping by that have us all sorts of excited. Check out our favorite picks for the week.