Music + Nightlife
An extremely thematic and well-thought-out album is about to hit stores near you, and we were lucky enough to preview it a few weeks in advance. We're talking about the much-anticipated album of up-and-comers (and personal favorites), Portugal. The Man. While their third album, Censored Colors, knocked them through into super-fame, the forthcoming fourth record, The Satanic Satanist, shows a side of Portugal the public has yet to see. Perhaps a more massively appealing album with its vocal-centric and decidedly uncomplicated musical arrangements, what remains inside is a deep potential for what’s next and even more so, the very obvious fact that Portugal. The Man has and always will be a stellar live band that doesn’t entirely translate to record.
San Francisco has always been a nurturing home for a thriving hip-hop scene over the decades, and while it’s remained somewhat quiet over the past few years, a few promising artists have emerged. One such artist named Michael Lovasco (aka Dego) has paired up with other Bay Area legends such as Too $hort, The Jacka, Netta B and fellow rising star, Barnone, on his premiere solo album with a less than stellar title, The Album.
Lend an ear to the Heavenly States’ most recent album, 2008’s Delayer, and you realize, this Bay Area band has it. And what, pray tell, is “it”? Imagination, guts, and the wide-angle ambition to put together a great, layered, multi-textured indie-rock album. Add the fact that Heavenly States was the first to tour Libya -- an adventure captured in the as-yet-unreleased feature-length documentary, Borderline -- as well as a super-energized live show, and you have a slice of heaven right here in the Bay.
It’s obvious from the very short list of featured musicians this week, the land of music remains quiet as weary artists take a break from non-stop festivals and shows on their summer tour. We expect it to kick back up and into full force in late July, but for now, here are a few must-sees this week.
The sound of hot, lazy summer days spent basking on a warm stone beside a swimming hole, or dangling from a rocker on a front porch, listening to cricket cackle and sucking back cans of Old Style -- that’s sound of Deer Tick, the most soulful indie rock boys to come down the pike since the Black Keys. The band plays the Independent on Wednesday, July 1.
Tonight a rare collection of local break-throughs combine forces to celebrate Battlehooch’s album release party for their latest electro-prog compilation, Piecechow. A bunch of UCSC grads, these guys have gained underground respect and fame from musicians and freak-noise fans alike. At the show, expect rampant spandex outfits, unpredictable stage antics and staggering genius musicianship. They’ve street busked, they’ve gained a huge following and now they’re taking it on the road for their Piecechow tour.
US Air Guitar is back and this time San Francisco's own Hot Lixx Hulahan is the reigning world champion! We aren't hosting the National Championships this year—they're moving to the nation's capital now that a more air guitar friendly administration is in the White House—but the Independent will host two back-to-back nights of air guitar: Golden Gate Regional (Fri June 26) and Bay Bridge Regional (Sat June 27). Entry is still open, tickets for each night are still on sale, and serious spectators can purchase a 2-day pass to both regional match-ups.
Usually we’re eager to boast a top-notch list of artists vying for your hard earned dollars and attention span on any given night of the week. However, while there’s still something to choose from every single night, the real battle begins on Saturday, where you have various two-day events pitted against each other. Here’s the scoop.
Carbon Leaf, The Independent, 6/23: Check out the veteran indie pop stars perform their perfected stage skills on tour for their new album Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the first in almost 2 years.