Time flies when you're having fun, and we sure must have been having a lot of it because January came and went with a blink of an eye. However, February in San Francisco is an exciting time for music lovers. Not only does it signify the beginning of festival season (Noise Pop's pre-party is on 2/18 and they're pumping music nearly every night straight through 3/1), it's also the start of big artists' West Coast legs of their tour. Yay for us! Noise Pop coverage to come, but to warm you up here's this month's hot list.
Over the next two months, the Independent's Cinema Drafthouse—where you to the Indy to drink and watch a movie instead of drink and watch music—will feature the venue's favorite flicks of 2009. Cinema Drafthouse: Best of 2009 Edition begins tonight with "The Hangover," the film that launched Zach Galifianakis from underground comedy and music video appearances to mainstream, box office success, even though most people probably still can't spell his name. The Best of 2009 moves on to Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" next Monday, followed by apartheid alien thriller "District 9" (1/18).
We wish there was some sort of driving thematic rhyme or reason to the culmination of legends and new young hipster bands making a brief appearance this week, but alas, we have no explanations for you. As we eagerly await the almost semi-botched, but still sort of redeemed Outside Lands festival that is just upon the horizon, we plan to satisfy the tumultuous rumblings of our musical hunger with some of these acts. Check out our picks for the week:
When Sonic Youth announced last Monday they'd be playing a show at the Independent last night, tickets sold out in about 30 seconds. It wasn't their only show in the Bay Area this tour—they played the Fox Theater Sunday night—but it was a rare opportunity to see them play somewhere as small as the Indy. The intimacy of the packed venue felt like we were seeing the band at a New York club in the 80s, except it's San Francisco, 2009 and the fans are all grown up.
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:
Get your audible obsession fix this week at any number of showstoppers all around the Bay Area.
Blonde Redhead & Thee Oh Sees, The Independent, 7/14-15: With a semi-cult following, this Big Apple-based trio has been making waves in the underground indie scenes for years. They’ve had a somewhat tumultuous past with a rotating door of cast members, but the solid state they’re in now makes them an absolute must-see. Local favorites, Thee Oh Sees are set to open. Ps – both of the shows are sold out, so we wish you the best of luck scalping outside or hounding Craigslist sellers.
The Dirty Projectors have been surprising critics and fans alike with their new burst of energy and creativity, especially when it comes to their live shows. The sextuplet opened last night with their love song lullaby, “Two Doves,” sung only by über-famous indie artist and multi-instrumentalist, Angel Deradoorian and musical director/lead singer, Dave Longstreth on stage. Taking cues from Longstreth who was clearly running the show, the Dirty Projectors slid through their entire new album slowly building up to some of crowd favorites like their hit single, “Stillness Is The Move,” in which group hottie Amber Coffman did a little dancing that made the boys (and girls) swoon.
After a long, sun-filled weekend highlighted by scrumptious freedom fries, libations and fireworks overdoses, the city by the Bay remains fairly quiet. However, there are a few numbers stopping by that have us all sorts of excited. Check out our favorite picks for the week.
It’s obvious from the very short list of featured musicians this week, the land of music remains quiet as weary artists take a break from non-stop festivals and shows on their summer tour. We expect it to kick back up and into full force in late July, but for now, here are a few must-sees this week.
The sound of hot, lazy summer days spent basking on a warm stone beside a swimming hole, or dangling from a rocker on a front porch, listening to cricket cackle and sucking back cans of Old Style -- that’s sound of Deer Tick, the most soulful indie rock boys to come down the pike since the Black Keys. The band plays the Independent on Wednesday, July 1.