The Fox Theater
Amidst this bizarre summer cold and heavy ghost pirate fog plaguing the City, this weekend’s lineup is really going to heat things up. Unfortunately, most of the good stuff completely conflicts with each other. Make good choices ladies and gents.
N.E.R.D., The Warfield, 7/30: Meet Snoop Dogg’s self-professed therapist and master producer, Pharrell in his most creative state – on stage with buddies Chad and Shay at The Warfield. We think you’ll be surprised by the beats they’ve created for mainstream pop and rap. It’s surprising how much they’ve put together for artists these days.
After a slow couple of weeks on the show circuit, the second half of summer tours are beginning to pick up speed once again. From big names to small local fames, every single venue in the City seems to be featuring at least one showstopper this week. Check out our picks for the week:
They’ve blazed the stages at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Rothbury and many, many more, and in the process, have pioneered a cult following across the world. They’ve become quite renowned for their ridiculous stage show usually involving some sort of costumes (whether dancing people in gas masks, ghouls, bunnies, Freddie Mercury replicas, whatever) and they’ve changed the explanation of their name more times than one can count. Of Montreal’s always effervescent style has transformed from lo-fi shoegazer to electronic disco/funk and quirky prog-pop over the years, but Kevin Barnes has always made sure to keep their indie roots in tact.
Playing their entire new album from start to finish, The Hazards Of Love has a refreshingly hard and gritty feeling that we’ve yet to see out of the upbeat reigning indie-pop royalty, The Decemberists. Theatrical folk ballads fall gracefully upon what singer, Colin Meloy describes as “heavy metal thunder.” Not exactly a new theme for the Portland quintet, the first half of the album was written in constant succession, while the second half is a mismatched thematic continuation of the folktale with a very openly interpretable ending. Vicious stories of love forlorn, forest queens, rage, murder and everything in between told through double entendre lyrics add up to an experimental album that the masses can still relate to.
Trust us, it's definitely worth the $7 BART ride to step inside the revamped Fox Theater in Oakland. The multi-million-dollar facelift of the gorgeous 1920s Deco movie house is finally complete. After decades of decay and slumber, the historic theater officially threw open its doors earlier this year, marking the end of a massive restoration project. Home to the Oakland School for the Arts by day, the Fox promises to be one of the Bay Area’s best music venues by night. And thanks to inking a deal with booking giants Another Planet Entertainment, the gilded palace is set to bolt out of the gate with a starting spring lineup so good you'll wish they made a season pass. Mark your calendars: