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Photos: Mayer Hawthorne & The County and Gordon Voidwell @ Bimbo's 365

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Bay for the Bayou: A Night on the Town to Support the GULF

The perils of the Gulf oil spill are far from vanishing, which is why Bay for the Bayou is an event definitely worth attending. For the Bayou, a new philanthropic organization, is teaming up with local non-profits to put on a silent auction and concert full of New Orleans musicians to benefit the Gulf and its residents at the glorious Bimbo's 365 Club on September 19th.

Pink And Proud: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Plays Bimbo’s

Consider Ariel Pink (ne Ariel Rosenberg) the most intriguing mystery man at the chaotic house party we dub the postmodern post-punk underground. One of the most wildly imaginative music-makers around, having recorded for years on his own ultracheap lo-fi gear, the L.A. musician is now working with a relatively stable backing band that goes by the name Haunted Graffiti, which recently released the critically acclaimed, studio-quality album, Before Today, on 4AD. Overall Pink seems to have come a way from the days when he was shouting and pounding on his keyboards, alone on stage at Bottom of the Hill, while Liza Thorn of SF’s Bridez blow-dried his hair. I spoke to Pink in L.A.

Noise Pop Closing Show: Edward Sharpe + The Magnetic Zeros

Was that a band of traveling gypsies dancing down the street and around the corner at Bimbo's last night? Oh, no that was just the cult of feather and banjo-clad Edward Sharpe enthusiasts. And if the scene outside wasn't enough, the at-capacity venue was brimming with positive energy and eclectic personalities.

NSSN: Scene of Action Wins the Local Spot

Not So Silent Night is pulling out all the stops this year, appealing to every kind of listener they have. Besides the Soundcheck Holiday Ball happening at Bimbo's 365 tonight, we're most excited about tomorrow's (12/10) Pre-Party at Mezzanine featuring sets from Gossip and Passion Pit, both of which we've been huge fans as of late. Unfortunately, as of writing, every one of Live 105's various Not So Silent Night events are completely sold out.

Live 105 Soundcheck Holiday Ball - White Rabbits, Band of Skulls and more

Usually Live 105's holiday shows are steeped with bands that attract the teeny-bopper groupie types, but this year that couldn't be farther from the truth. Live 105's huge December show, Not So Silent Night (12/11) and their subsequent smaller, and more intimate Soundcheck Holiday Ball is way more impressive (kudos to the booking agents!) than any other year that we can remember.

Bill Callahan at Bimbo’s 365

Bill Callahan's fans revere his idyllic, strong, and genuine exchanges of humanity. Last night’s show at Bimbo’s was a perfect set list of favorites dating up to a decade back. Setting off the evening with the romantic “Anniversary,” Callahan’s intensity silenced the room. His audience was devout, truly captivated and not even whispering between songs. He’s a deadpan man proffering affective, stoic folk with a story and soul. Everything slightly heightened live, from his smooth, deep man’s voice to the strings being piercingly beautiful and impactful. And while the audience thought that they couldn’t be so fortunate, Callahan indulged his people with the humble yet consuming “Let Me See the Colts” closing his encore.

Passion Pit Performs at Bimbo's 365

There is no better way to describe the sound of Passion Pit than feel-good. Their full-length album "Manners" dropped barely a week ago but last night they managed to get the crowd at Bimbo's 365 Club singing along to every hit (of which there are many). With an onstage orgy of keyboards and falsetto vocals that would make even Mariah Carey jealous it's no surprise that Boston's hottest electro-pop group has been selling out shows across the country. Despite minor technical difficulties with his microphone, Michael Angelakos and his posse put on a stellar performance that managed to leave the crowd begging for more long after the lights came on.

Dredg at Great American Music Hall Tonight vs. Bimbo's 365 Tomorrow

Bay Area-born Dredg comes back home to perform new tracks from their forthcoming album, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, breaking out June 9. Formed in Los Gatos, they broke out in the indie scene in 1998 with Leitmotif. From their humble beginnings they grew to release El Cielo and Catch Without Arms, which hands down hosts some of their best tracks.

Dredg performs tonight at Great American Music Hall and tomorrow at Bimbo's 365. Which show should you have bought tickets to? We'll be there to give you the scoop on both.

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