The New Pornographers (on tour promoting their new album) and the Dodos take the stage at the Fox Theater this Sunday in what might be the best 1-2 combo since the xx and Hot Chip played there back in April.
Last night The Dodos and Magik*Magik took to the stage in a pysch folk, orchestral sandwich. The allegedly sold-out show began with a series of experimental Magik*Magik musicians tweaking the cello, manipulating percussion, mastering the marimba and closing with a melancholy ditty including special guest John Vanderslice. After a short break, The Dodos appeased an eager (and vocal) crowd with a long set of flawlessly performed hits. The always earnest Meric looked out to the audience early on and said, "Wow. This is a really busy place to play," as if the band hadn't just a few weeks ago entranced a packed audience of art enthusiasts for SFMOMA's anniversary weekend.
Congrats to the The Dodos (part of last year's Hot 20 Class), who make their US television debut tomorrow night on Letterman. We're anxious to see how Dave responds to the bashing of metal garbage cans on stage (the band's been known to use trash receptacles for percussion). Check out our interview with frontman Meric Long and then tune in to cheer on our local favorites.
Although The Dodos have been on our radar for quite some time, we've kind of taken having these guys in our backyard for granted. We recently featured them in our Hot 20 Under 40, and not to toot our own horn, but man were we right. Making their last stop of the stateside leg of the tour really was kind of sentimental for them and you could really tell that they put their heart and soul into every note. But emotions aside, these guys (consisting of singer/guitarist Meric Long, drummer Logan Kroeber, and newbie on the vibraphones Keaton Snyder) were polished to perfection.
With Halloween just in sight, all the creepy ghouls and goblins are coming out for special super late-night shows into the dawn. There will be DJ sets galore, so get your vampire fangs on and get ready to get down, we've got some amazing shows coming your way.
Through the foggy haze of talented musicianship at Outside Lands, there are a few standout highlights that just happen to be from our wonderful Bay Area. We’re not saying that the local talent here is the only thing worth seeing, but we are saying it’s a damn good reason to go. We have an excess of artists in these parts, and we’re thankful for each and every one of them. Here are our picks for the best local bands at Outside Lands.
If you can hack it into the late night, the people at Outside Lands have set up quite the impressive line-up of night shows - 12 of them - at various venues throughout the city. OSL night shows offer those who either can’t afford or don’t have time to attend the all day festival an affordable (shows range from $10-$25) option to preview some of the festival's biggest draws. Here's our roundup of the best night shows this week. For the complete list of night shows, click here.
SF’s second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is just days away. We can hardly wait for the weekend, and we’re especially excited for this year’s OSL night shows (details to come later today) to quench our thirst until Friday. But speaking of Friday, here are our picks for Friday’s must-see acts at Outside Lands. We recommend getting well acquainted with the stage layouts before showing up and running around. It’s going to be a tight schedule, so make sure you plan who you want to see beforehand. Here are our picks for the best of Friday.