Music + Nightlife
Online calendar editor Allison McCarthy gives her picks for must-attend events of the week.
Descending from the ceiling in full-on ringleader regalia (minus pants, plus fishnets), Sunday's headliner left no question as to who remains pop music’s reigning princess.
It’s Britney, bitch (sorry – couldn’t resist).
Screams filled the San Jose HP Pavillion the night of April 12 as Britney Spears took the stage for the first of two Bay Area stops on her whirlwind Circus tour. More Cirque de Soleil than Barnum & Bailey, the show incorporated acrobatics, pyrotechnics, and a smattering of nightmarish clown makeup. But nothing could outshine Ms. Spears herself, who, after what some might call a “tumultuous” year and a half, elicited the same frenzied reaction fans have been giving her since “…Baby One More Time” topped the TRL countdown in ’98.
This week's music lineup is off the hook. Here's what's on our radar:
A tricky little peel back ad over at SF Gate reveals a partial list of this year's Outside Lands Festival Lineup. If you don't have time to hover around while it unfurls, here it is: Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, M.I.A, Mars Volta, Thievery Corp, Modest Mouse, Ween. Definitely some heavy hitters in the music game (circa 90s-early 00s). Where are the newcomers who had us drooling last year? Coming soon we hope.
Adorned with hand-made macaroni bracelets, headbands and necklaces, the booze-mooching crowd at Broke-Ass Stuart's Rickshaw Stop party last night polished off the free keg within a matter of 30 minutes. Providing copious amounts of wheat products on the first day of Passover had his conscience stewing, so Stuart repented by buying Matzo for everyone. Hooray!
Mirah successfully cast the entire audience into a lo-fi indie trance last night at Bimbo's, packing her set with tons from new album (a)spera. It was the most behaved audience we've ever seen - not so much as a peep or a photography flash in between songs. This didn't go unnoticed -- Mirah graciously thanked her loyal fans for the quiet and respect.
Arriving at the Independent quite unexpectedly for a surprise, sold-out show announced just hours beforehand, Green Day was everything you’d expect them to be – loud, punctual and exceptionally polished after a hiatus of nearly three years.
While the nearly three-hour concert was essentially a showcase for their new album, 21st Century Breakdown – which, from the sound of it, picks up right where 2004’s American Idiot left off, with plenty of down-tempo, piano-heavy ballads and no small amount of socially conscious angst – longtime fans were treated to a raucous, boundlessly energetic set featuring trademark hits like “Longview,” “Christie Road” and “Jesus of Suburbia.”
The Indepedent email-blasted this afternoon to spread word of an impromptu Green Day concert. Mayhem! Naturally, work productivity stalled citywide, the concert sold out in minutes and Craigslist quickly became awash with postings from people offering obscene amounts of money for tickets (recession? we think not).
Check back for a show review tomorrow.
With his second album Slow Dance freshly released and back in California after an extensive European tour, Jeremy Jay lit up the underbelly of Upper Market’s Café Du Nord last Friday night. His swanky simplicity and crooning vocals drew in a San Francisco crowd with a fitting neo-vintage style. They were treated to his lyrical stories, playful guitar riffs and seductive synths -- all marks of his new album. Though Jay fits the current tastes and retro styles of young Californians, his indie-pop storytelling and 1950s-nostalgia-rock are venturing towards a more European fashion. Featured here is a video clip of Jay blasting through the secon