Music + Nightlife
Those of us who trekked all the way to Manchester, Tennessee last week for Bonnaroo know that choosing between 100+ artists surely isn't easy. Couldn’t catch Grizzly Bear because you were shaking your booty to Santigold? No worries, some of Bonnaroo’s greatest leftovers are stopping by for a visit.
Sleepy Sun, Great American Music Hall, 6/19: This local sextet has been generating tons of buzz on the blog circuit for their raw, high-energy rock sound. Disclaimer for first timers: make sure you know the standard call and return at every Sleepy Sun show, “Let’s get weird.” It’s shouted loud and proud by avid fans, and trust us, the show will probably be just that.
Welcome to the temple of these familiars: PJ Harvey and old friend and collaborator John Parish might be issuing a warning shot with the first impressionistic lines of “Black Hearted Love,” the opening track of A Woman, a Man Walked By (Island).
Floating above sultry, grinding guitar lines, Harvey sighs, “I / Think I saw you in the shadows / I / Move in closer beneath your windows / Who / Would suspect me of this rapture.” The word “rapture” arcs off her lower register like a big cat in mid-stretch, mentally prepping itself to pounce. “And who but my black-hearted love?” Theirs is a dark-souled affinity, as Harvey reels out her charred noir.
Concert fans are not taking these tough times sitting down—music lovers everywhere have been voicing their concerns over hefty show prices and fees in hopes of stirring up some deals. This time around, being loud has paid off. Live Nation, one of the world's largest ticket brokering services, just issued a great one-day-only offer: $24.99, no additional fees, for lawn tickets to some of this season's biggest performances.
We're pretty psyched about Outside Lands. And the good people at Another Planet are doing a bang up marketing job with these Fraggle Rock meets Muppets videos. We can't get enough of Ranger Dave and Skeeter, especially in this just-released video, where they're riffing the arrival of single day tickets. Definitely a welcome announcement for those feeling the economic pinch.
Headlining next month's Wanderlust is familiar ground for musician/poet/activist/yogi Michael Franti. The lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead has played to adoring crowds for years, and has been practicing yoga since 2001. Wanderlust, the three-day, music-yoga-nature festival is taking place July 24-26 at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, and Michael talked to 7x7 about his involvement, as well as his upcoming, 11th annual Power to the Peaceful event, September 12 in Golden Gate Park.
SF Indie's Another Hole in the Head festival is entering its second week. Frameline 33, San Francisco's International LGBT Film Festival, kicks off Thursday with Richard Laxton's An Englishman in New York. Put simply, it's a great time to be a Bay Area movie buff. As always, here's a list of some of the films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.
Whether they're telling reporters they met at "ukulele fantasy camp" or blogging about 6 AM drink orders in Copenhagen, it's pretty clear The Honey Brothers like to have a good time. Though perhaps best known for drummer Adrian Grenier's other gig as Vincent Chase on HBO's Entourage, the band has steadily built a solid reputation of its own. Forming in the wake of 9/11, The Honey Brothers have based their eight-year career on bringing joy to their music and to their fans. Made up of band members Grenier (Honey DuContra), Andrew Vladeck (Dory Honey), Ari Gold (Hoyt Honey), D.S. Posner (Carl Honey) and Ethan Gold (Kid Honey), The Honey Brothers plan to release an LP this month and are taking their show on the road.
Nearly every rock-and-roll-loving teenager dreams of putting together a band, and while many do, most never make it beyond mom and dad's garage. But a group of James Lick high school students managed not only to make it out of the garage, they've played gigs across the Bay Area, from Blake's to the Elbo Room. Led by frontman Greg Fleischut, The Audiophiles have been making unpretentious and fun indie rock for two years. Now, with graduation behind them and college on the horizon, they'll play their last show at Bottom of the Hill this Saturday ($10, 10pm), opening for Apside and Off Campus, before heading off to record a final album in England.
The artists and curators were chatty, the mini-sandwiches were tasty, and the mingling was in full swing at Orson Restaurant today as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts announced its 2009-2010 season. Music in the galleries, new large-scale commissions, longer exhibition hours that will allow audiences to take in the exhibitions as well as YBCA’s performances, and a “Big Ideas” program delving into major themes of interest to artists, are a few of the shifts going on at the center.