Music + Nightlife
Ozomatli, the nine person funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop/Spanish/English band from Los Angeles is headed north to play Slow Food Rocks this Saturday. Get excited to kick off the shoes and enjoy a wild performance on Fort Mason's Great Meadow - cause we’ll say one thing, this band makes you want to dance. We caught Ozomatli’s Raúl “El Bully” Pacheco on his cell, windows down, cruising in his freshly-purchased 1968 Mercedes Sedan up 101. Here’s what he had to say about Slow Food, SF burritos and his band’s dedication to social issues:
But first, in case you’re wondering:
O•zo•mat•li (n.) classical Nahuatl origin. Aztec word for monkey, god of dance and music
San Francisco hits a nostalgic chord for the New Pornographers. The Mission’s Aquarius Records was all about promoting the band in their fledgling days, which led to some of their first sold-out shows at the Great American Music Hall and the Warfield. Now they’re returning to the city where they really took off to play Slow Food Rocks, the music festival component of Slow Food Nation.
80 Tehama St @ 2nd St
Critically acclaimed beatmaker revolutionaries Hercules & Love Affair, who’ve been heralded as “a compelling new voice in American dance music,” are set to play this Friday at the YBCA Artists Ball. We caught up with the now local Hercules lead Andy Butler, who shared his thoughts on Obama, costumes and San Francisco.
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The Treasure Island Music Festival featured some of the best talent on the planet, but headliners, the Raconteurs, blew things out of the water. If you heard them from across the Bay (which was very possible, given the decibel level), you were lucky - they absolutely rocked it. With truly astonishing musicianship, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler rocked through "Rich Kid Blues," "Hold Up," "Steady as She Goes" and "Broken Boy Soldier." General reaction? Holy S---. Check out "Level" below.
When Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes starts singing, you feel like the only appropriate place to be is atop of some mountain in the Alps. Their Treasure Island performance, like most of their shows, was a meditative experience - enhanced by the absolute silence from the crowd, the breeze blowing off the Bay and as drummer J. Tillman put it, "the purple mountains of majesty" in the background (which would be Marin Headlines, just to the right of the Golden Gate Bridge). Though they're more suited for smaller, enclosed venues where their impressive vocals can carry, the Fleet Foxes entranced the crowd with songs from their self-titled debut and their Sun Giant EP.
College campus favorites Vampire Weekend got things bopping yesterday at the Treasure Island Music festival, treating the crowd with favorites from this year's acclaimed, self-titled release as well as some new material. Check out "Campus" below.