Music + Nightlife
Weekends are for amateurs. Weeknights are for pros. That's why each week Stuart Schuffman will be exploring a different San Francisco bar, giving you the lowdown on how and where to do your weeknight right. From the most creative cocktails to the best happy hours, Stuart's taking you along on his weeknight adventures into the heart of the City's nightlife. So, who wants a drink?
Much like the tUnE-YarDs' Merrill Garbus, South Carolina native Chaz Bundick moved to the East Bay right after his induction into the current crop of indie rock royalty. His band, Toro Y Moi, effortlessly marries left-field pop hooks with hazy textures and engaging electronic flourishes. His muscular, dance-y third full-length album "Anything In Return" came out in January, and the band is playing a headlining set at this year's Noise Pop Festival.
Tell your friends and family you love them. Give the dog to the neighbors. Tell your boss something's come up.
It’s Noise Pop week, and there’s no going back.
This town knows music. On any given night, you can find whatever genre you're jonesing to hear, sing, or dance along with. Here's a taste of what happened in the San Francisco music scene the past seven days...
On February 19th, the city's hard-working nightlife pros—bartenders, barbacks, bussers, bouncers, servers, DJs, dancers, doormen, coat check, hat check, clothes check, greeters, promoters, hosts, hostesses, sound guys, and other service industry workers—were treated to a night of their own, honoring their contributions to our own regular decompressions. Host venue Cafe du Nord welcomed revelers with a generous buffet from their hearty menu, while partners Maker's Mark, Stella Artois, and Bud Light Platinum provided the liquid courage necessary for the traditional barworker challenges, hosted by Barworkers Ball creator and beloved impresario Stephen Torres.
There was an uproar when Berkeley's Lil B was seemingly robbed of a chance to perform at the Grammys in the Gig of a Lifetime contest, which ultimately went to a virtually unknown pop punk band. This week, B revealed that he is in fact human, and didn't check his email in time to accept the honor. [via Pitchfork]
The good folks behind Noise Pop 2013 were kind enough to curate a playlist for your listening pleasure. Here, 20 songs that will give you a flavor for next week's festival. Put on your earbuds, sit back, and let these jams get you through the afternoon.
I asked Thao Nguyen point blank, ‘Why is Valerie Bolden sentenced to life without parole?’ I didn’t expect that she’d give the reason, but wanted to ask partly out of curiosity, and also as an exercise in asking difficult questions. But her answer tapped into the type of person she is; one that promised herself as a sociology major that she would use her music to draw attention to things she considers important.