Music + Nightlife
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown is set to drop May 15th, and a glowing review in the NY Times has us giddy with anticipation. Aside, from comparing the album to artists like The Who and Beatles, we hear that the album's tone follows American Idiot's political fervor but with a bit more optimism. (We can thank Obama for that.) The aging trio may not be as punk as they once were when they played 924 Gilman, but we're glad to hear the angst and fire is still there.
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Lately, I've found myself walking into bars I haven't visited for a while, and have been mortified to see the old school CD jukebox replaced by a neon monstrosity: the MP3 jukebox. At face value, the MP3 jukebox seems brilliant. And from a digital music nerd standpoint, it is. As media technology has evolved—vinyl to cassette to CD—so has the technology of the jukebox—vinyl to CD and now to digital. Its place in the world makes sense. The problem is that I am unable to reconcile my love of new technology's ease with my sentimental attachment to the old school mechanical jukebox.
The long anticipated dates for Rock The Bells were finally dropped yesterday and this year's traveling hip-hop festival lineup is coming with the big guns. Impressive headliners like Nas, Damian Marley and The Roots are sure to draw the crowd, but I suspect the real surprises will be the classics like KRS-One and up-and-comers like K'Naan.
If you're looking for something to do Thursday night that involves happy pop rock, a great venue, and an enthusiastic crowd, we have a show for you. Falls-Church-native-turned-San-Francisco-transplant Thao Nguyen will headline at the Independent with her band, The Get Down Stay Down. Her Noise Pop acoustic show at the Swedish American Hall this year was so sold out that the venue turned away Noise Pop pass holders. We even spotted John Vanderslice behind the bar tapping beers for showgoers.
As always, there's great music going on this week. Here's our list of top shows to check out.
We wrote earlier this week about the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control's assault on several of the city's all-ages venues. As it turns out, ABC officials have pledged to try and work it out with venues and state legislators instead of making up clauses in an attempt to shut clubs down. State Senator Mark Leno took up the cause and met with ABC chief Steve Harvey. According to the Chronicle, there's no update on the individual cases already in motion, but Leno is quoted as saying: "It was a positive meeting," said Leno, D-San Francisco. "(Hardy) came out wanting to work with me ...
There is a scene I love in the movie “Baby Mama” where Steve Martin, as a pony-tailed vegan guru, rewards Tina Fey for a job well done with “five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact.” It’s just as hilarious and uncomfortable as it sounds, hence it was the first thing to come to mind while seeing Jamie Stewart sans Xiu Xiu at Café Du Nord last Friday. The now solo artist didn’t let a lack of accompaniment get in his way…which was extremely weird.
It's that time of year when the Bay Area's Live 105, SF local radio's last remaining source for GOOD indie music (if you don't listen to Soundcheck, remedy that immediately), flexes its CBS-sized muscles for the annual BFD (also known as Big F-ing Deal) concert. And flex them they did, scoring A-list headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whose new album, It's Blitz! has been on perma rotation in our office for about a month ago. Joining the YYYs are a welcome bit of nostalgia - 311 and The Offspring, both bands who were most definitely part of the late 90s high school party canon.
Get excited for UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED, going down tomorrow at The Paramount Theater in Oakland. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer of This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and the excellent sleeper For Your Consideration will perform hits from the films' original soundtracks.