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Artist to Watch: Jeremy Jay

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

Bloc Party: Brits Threaten Domination At The Fox

East London post-punk indie sensations, Bloc Party will make a sheduled stop at the brand new Fox Theater in Oakland on April 20th to promote their third album, Intimacy out now on Atlantic Records. Bloc party, now a platinum success, got their first big break after handing a demo of their now Silent Alarm single, "She's Hearing Voices," to Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos at their show in 2003. After getting lots of local UK radio praises, the heat spread here and everywhere else in the world.

Show Review: Lily Allen at the Warfield

It’s almost impossible to believe that the Lily Allen of Saturday night’s Warfield show is the same Lily Allen who graced the Great American Music Hall back in ’07. Almost. Only her sheer, “casual” encore ensemble and recurrent pleas for an indoor cigarette conjured up memories of Allen’s previous incarnation. No, Saturday was all about Lily 2.0 – sexy, confident, and pitch-perfect, the singer held nothing back as fans screamed their adoration throughout the hour-long set.

Ratatat At The Fillmore Last Night: Consider Our Minds Blown

Ratatat showed up with one of the most elaborate and perfectly timed stage scenes that we’ve ever seen at the Fillmore last night.  Birdseye fractal sequences, beautiful scenery, excessive smoke, confetti bombs, lasers, light shows and musical genius were all in full attendance.

Rasputin Posts in Front of Virgin

"Hope for music and DVD retail in San Francisco! Rasputin is one block away with better prices than Virgin ever had!"

You might have ignored this guy today in front of the abandoned corner of Market and Stockton trying to hand you a flyer. His name is Robert, he works for Rasputin and he's a pretty friendly guy. While people tried not to catch eye contact with him in hopes that he wouldn't hand them a flyer, we took a few minutes to take one and say hello.

Cory Branan: Good Songwriting Goes A Long Way

With nothing but a guitar, a great voice and some amazing lyrics, Cory Branan can captivate an audience for hours. Songs with intelligence, humor and edge are present in all of his albums, but especially on his 2006 release, 12 Songs. He’s currently recording his newest album.

Broke-Ass Stuart's Buying Everyone A Beer

In a bold move to bring back the fun, one of SF’s most well-known cult writers is throwing an eloquently named “Fuck The Recession” party.  And buying a keg for the occasion.

Broke-Ass Stuart drops knowledge on how to live cheaply in this pocket-draining city of ours (through frequent posts to his website and guest blogs on Yelp and Unemploymentality) and explains the ins-and-outs on San Francisco and New York in his city guides.

And, he throws great parties.

Bruce Springsteen Wows Fans at Tour Opener in San Jose

The 19,000 people crowded into San Jose, CA's HP Pavilion Wednesday night for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's kickoff to the Working on a Dream tour provided a snapshot of a generation.

Many had Blackberries and receding hairlines; some sported gray ponytails; a few brought their teenagers along. But the minute the music started, none of that mattered, because Bruce and his band… well, you already know that they can rock. What you might not realize, until you see them live, is just how fresh their energy is, and how relevant Springsteen's music remains.

Win Tickets to Snoop Dogg at Mezzanine

We've got four tickets on our hands for this Friday's Snoop Dogg performance at Mezzanine.  (He's throwing down to celebrate the birthday of Warriors star forward Stephen Jackson).    Want em?  Tell us your favorite Snoop song in the comments below and we'll choose two people to win sets of tickets.

Snoop not your thing?  Check out our first installment of Radar Live for more events this week, inclulding Ratatat, Lily Allen and the John Jasperse Company.

Radar Live: Our Picks for What's Hot This Week

 

 

 

Online calendar editor Allison McCarthy gives her picks for must-attend events of the week.

 

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