Inspired by the audio-video matchmaking that went down at AT&T Park Friday night, courtesy of Roger Waters, we humbly present a this-week-in-concert column with music videos, and only music videos. Anyone who has ever seen a Pink Floyd music video/movie (or tried to sync Dark Side of the Moon with Wizard of Oz) knows the power of sensory synchronicity, when the eyes and ears conspire to make art doubly transcendent. So this week, our words bow to the A/V departments of our favorite acts coming through S.F. over the next seven days. Behold...
These Southern boys, whose gorgeous anthems find their roots in classic country, folk, bluegrass topped with old-school pop melodies, are set the charm the audience at the Fox Theater for two nights this month. The Avett Brothers have helped lead the new wave of Americana music that's recently flooded the airwaves in the past few years with their smash album I and Love and You. They'll play the oldies but goodies from that 2009 disc and hopefully reveal new material from their Rick Rubin-produced upcoming sophomore effort.
The xx’s lead vocalists Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft kept straight, earnest expressions as they breathily spilled their most intimate secrets to the sold-out crowd at the Fox last night. It was as if sharing those secrets was still hard despite the fact that their debut album, xx, has probably been heard by half the world by now.
The Fox Theater's impeccable string of summer concerts just won't quit. Crystal Castles is throwing down there tonight, and in just a few weekends, beloved crooner Rufus Wainwright is piano-playing his way onto the stage on August 21st with his singer-songwriter sister, Martha Wainwright.
Oakland's Fox Theater has a concert calendar that sometimes seems like it was booked by the music gods themselves (this fall's lineup includes the xx, The Black Keys and the Flaming Lips, to name a few). But what's out there for pre-show grub and drinks? Here's a guide to the best to be had in the 'hood before a show:
Joanna Newsom is a serious musician. Don't reference elves and otherworldly creatures or draw comparisons to fairytales—she hates that. She prefers, instead, to pontificate on “patterns of syllabic emphases” and “the emotional landscape of songs,” and rightly so. The indie sensation known for her quirky demeanor, deft composition, intensely literary lyrics and mastery of the harp has perfected the art of marrying classical and contemporary in the most unexpected of ways. Don't mistake her music for the folk-psych chantings of Bonnie (Prince) Billy or Devendra Banhart. Newsom is vastly singular, as evidenced in Have One on Me, her newest 125-minute, three-CD magnum opus of poetry in motion. Here, she puts aside her harp for a few moments to enlighten us on self and song.