Music + Nightlife
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.
Womp, Womp, Womp. Wobbling bass speakers. Giraffe, zebra and furry-headed costumes. Sweat-dripping fans hanging over the balcony railing. Front-row heroes bouncing with their hands in the air. Freaks dancing on tables, chairs, anything wide enough to stand on. Lights. Video mashes. Hip-hop. Metal. Funk. This is Bassnectar. Yet there’s more to it, than a massive sound, a beat-freak following and out-of-control performances.
Prolific San Francisco producer and pop singer/songwriter John Vanderslice's latest full-length album, Romanian Names, is out today, and NPR has the whole album available for streaming. John and band officially kicked off the tour last night with a free show at Amoeba, and will hold the album release party tonight at Rickshaw Stop with The Morning Benders (7:30 p.m., $16).
John Vanderslice just might be one of the less-appreciated natural resources in the city’s indie scene. The man is whip-smart, writes a mean pop song, crafts a complex lyric, and runs the gritty-fabulous Tiny Telephone, the all-analog decade-old recording studio at the bubbling borderlands of Potrero Hill, the Mission, and the 101-280 interchange (a neighbor for years with the internationally renowned, blow-‘em-up-real-good DIY-robotics crew of Survival Research Laboratories).
Where might you find the likes of Joe Cocker, Shelby Lynne, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ziggy Marley, Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak, all wrapped up in one pretty package and presented to you this Memorial Day weekend? Why, the annual Sonoma Jazz Fest, of course!
Beginning on Thursday and lasting through Sunday, jazz and country acts will take center stage at downtown Sonoma's Field of Dreams, which seats 3,800. In its fifth year, the Sonoma Jazz Festival stands apart from other musical events of its kind by including some of Wine Country's most celebrated chefs and vintners.
Ah, Anglophilia -- it can be so fulfilling when it comes to UK music-makers like Doves, the Kills and the Horrors, all passing through doors of the fair Fillmore in the next few.
SF first sighted Doves when the group touched down at Bimbo’s 365 Club around the release of the Mercury Prize-nominated, transportive and achingly emotive Lost Souls (Astralwerks/Heavenly, 2000). (Factoid that will make you rub your peepers and wonder where the years went: the Strokes opened for the boys from Manchester at that show.)
Seems like only yesterday that we were extolled to don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. Hey Fleetwood Mac, yesterday’s gone (yesterday’s gone) – as you well know. Still you insist on lookin’ back.
Throw all those preconceived notions of summer festivals out the window. Forget the aggro mosh pits, scary camping conditions, and mid-afternoon burnout you normally suffer by day 2. A new kind of summer festival is headed your way, and it’ll replace that post-event exhaustion with a rejuvenated after-show glow.
Ah, Cinco de Mayo again. Another one of those "holidays" Americans use as an excuse to sport plastic beads and get sloppy. On this fifth of May, it's all about Corona, margaritas, and drunken tacos. To get you through this evening, we present a ten-song playlist—a little mariachi, a little Americana, but a lot of love for Mexico.