great american music hall
Few cities embrace Halloween like San Francisco, and we partially credit the reliable abundance of live music events during the holiday. But, let’s be honest, we’re all just a bunch of weirdos who love to dress up, get down, and tip a few. Here's just where to do that this week.
When it came time for Jeni, who works at Pandora, and Mark, who's in a band called the Hustler Van Band, to decide on a wedding location, they opted for San Francisco's oldest historic night club venue that fit their eclectic taste and love for music: The Great American Music Hall.
May we suggest chasing your Valentine's Day love tonic with a musical back? We've got one V-Day concert on the docket and a bouquet of shows later in the week capturing our hearts, minds and ears:
When the seven musicians involved in Los Campesinos! sing in unison, the effect is jarring, like hearing an entire generation of 20-somethings speaking all at once. They seem to speak for a world of youths with an exuberance for life and honest expression and exclamatory punctuation, subtlety be damned.
The infectious yet carnage-minded pop punk outfit from Cardiff, Wales, plays Great American Music Hall Friday night, and fans will be bouncing off ornate pillars and singing along to the band's anthemic songbook if past gigs are any indication.
Six shows to get you through this second week of February.
This minimalist duo has won praise from folks at NPR and Spinner while perfecting a specific blend of Americana, 1950s classic folk and compelling narrative. They've been compared to Ryan Adams and Iron & Wine, and it fits — their soft hush affects on multiple levels, a mind/body/soul trifecta.
Catchy, upbeat, danceable, addictive - Portland-based electro-pop group Starfucker (or STRFKR to some) is on the up-and-up. They took a minute to chat with us before swinging through the Bay Area later this week.
Welcome back to San Francisco! What’s been happening with you guys since the last time you were here?
A few years ago, a crush of scrappy girl-fronted groups flooded the airwaves, all crooning about love, the thrill of the chase and broken hearts. The comely ladies of the Dum Dum Girls, with the release of their 2010 debut I Will Be, arrived on the scene with a way-too-cool-for-school attitude, shimmering, atmospheric harmonies, a song about spending the night in jail and even a song sung completely in German–yet despite the nuances of their music, they got lumped in with all the rest.
What could be dubbed the Really, Really, Ridiculously Good-Looking Tour rolled through town last night at the Great American Music Hall, courtesy of era-chameleons Twin Shadow and the truly independent artist known as Diamond Rings. Both acts have been touring in support of stellar debut albums for about a year now and recently joined forces, a coup for indie glam rock fans. The results make it look like some sort of if-looks-could-kill rock equation.