Music + Nightlife
Folk wonders, Port O’Brien, never forget their roots. Their name itself is a tribute to a now abandoned cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska where singer/guitarist Van Pierszalowski’s parents met in the late 60s. It’s also a little reminder of their summers spent working on fishing boats and in canneries. Despite their modest fisherman façade, the Oakland-formed quintet opened for indie alt-rock superstars Nada Surf on their last tour, an experience they claim “was simultaneously hilarious and amazing.” Port O’Brien’s third album (yet to be named and set to drop later this year) is in the works with a guest spot rumored to be filled by none other than Lily Allen.
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Last night's Noise Pop launch party at Mezzanine was packed. And...a bit of a letdown. San Francisco's own Lilofee opened, and while seductive singer Kimi Recor had serious stage presence, the performance was a bit reminiscent of No Doubt circa when Gwen Stefani decided to start partying with the Harajuku girls instead of playing real music. Recor took off her tights during the show and proceeded to fling them into the crowd, stripper style. Right.
These Berkeley-based California natives have been making splashes in the indie pool since “the very beginning,” which, according to them, is "somewhere around 2006, 2007." (With a band named "Morning Benders," memory lapses are acceptable). They've toured with the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Yo La Tengo, Death Cab For Cutie, The Kooks, MGMT, Two Gallants and We Are Scientists, and now are one of the most anticipated Noise Pop performances - playing this Friday at Slim's. Despite all the fame and fortune, The Morning Benders took some time out with us to answer some very important questions:
Karl Rove has said publicly that “gay marriage is the gift that keeps on giving.” The thought being that even couch potato homophobes would put down the Coors and waddle over to the voting booth to vote against gay marriage and while they’re at it, for George Bush. And many thought why oh why couldn't Gavin have waited a few more months before “shoving America's face” in gay wedding photos.
From the moment Eoin Harrington took the stage, his audience showered him with cheers. Celebrating the release of his new album “Story,” The Independent was sold out last Friday with fans happy to see the San Franciscan, Irish singer. The album may be his first full length, but he’s already developed an adoring fan base. Eoin’s friendly charm and performance made for an upbeat singer-songwriter set that felt fun and welcoming. From playful songs or heartbreaking lyrics, Eoin’s warm voice was captivating throughout.
The Murder City Devils have reunited for a West Coast tour, playing two sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall on Sunday, Feb 15th. Diehards bearing tattoos of the band’s logo shouted along to favorites and stood in a line (which at the end of the show had to be cut off by security) to buy all the merch they could. The tour's a big deal for the band's committed following who were crushed by their 2001 break up. While they’ve had a few festival shows in between, these were their first Bay Area shows in years. Rock, garage, punk all the way, from Moody’s commanding vocals to the familiar, ominous keys, the show was the R.I.P. experience fans have been fervently waiting for.
Zion I interrupted 330 Ritch's regular Tuesday night bash, Pacific Standard Time (or PST), last night to perform a sweat-induced, groupie-loving 30 minute preview set from their new album, The Takeover, which dropped yesterday. The place was packed even though it wasn't really advertised. Perhaps it was the teeny tiny $5 cover or maybe it was because the entire Zion I crew was in full attendance. Everyone from Codany Holiday to K. Flay and even Deuce Eclipse made a 3-minute appearance. If the album is as bumpin' as the release party was, it sure it won't disappoint.