Confession: I don't know Yoko Ono's music, I've never seen her perform and I had no idea what was in store for Noise Pop's opening night. But being that this marked the band's reunion tour after a 20+ year break, there was no question that I must go. And if the standing ovation Yoko got just by walking onto the stage was any indication, no matter what followed, she would do no wrong.
It’s sheer pleasure to encounter a debut as delightfully fresh as Anjulie’s. There’s nothing musty or fussy about the retro-soul/R&B stylings of the self-titled Hear Music disc by the Los Angeles-based, Oaksville, Ontario-bred daughter of Guyana immigrants. This is the type of music that gently grooves with the throwback soul of Duffy and Adele -- and despite her pouty, morning-after poses of late, little of the bad-girl drama of Amy Winehouse. Anjulie opens for Oakland-native hometown hero Raphael Saadiq at Fox Theater Wednesday, Nov. 18.
East London post-punk indie sensations, Bloc Party will make a sheduled stop at the brand new Fox Theater in Oakland on April 20th to promote their third album, Intimacy out now on Atlantic Records. Bloc party, now a platinum success, got their first big break after handing a demo of their now Silent Alarm single, "She's Hearing Voices," to Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos at their show in 2003. After getting lots of local UK radio praises, the heat spread here and everywhere else in the world.