US Air Guitar is back and this time San Francisco's own Hot Lixx Hulahan is the reigning world champion! We aren't hosting the National Championships this year—they're moving to the nation's capital now that a more air guitar friendly administration is in the White House—but the Independent will host two back-to-back nights of air guitar: Golden Gate Regional (Fri June 26) and Bay Bridge Regional (Sat June 27). Entry is still open, tickets for each night are still on sale, and serious spectators can purchase a 2-day pass to both regional match-ups.
Usually we’re eager to boast a top-notch list of artists vying for your hard earned dollars and attention span on any given night of the week. However, while there’s still something to choose from every single night, the real battle begins on Saturday, where you have various two-day events pitted against each other. Here’s the scoop.
Carbon Leaf, The Independent, 6/23: Check out the veteran indie pop stars perform their perfected stage skills on tour for their new album Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the first in almost 2 years.
They say that it’s a male dominated world, but with power females like these, we beg to differ. Check out these women dominating the stages this week (and a few men too):
Neko Case, The Warfield, 6/9-6/10: Just in case you can’t make it to tonight’s performance, an encore is lined up for tomorrow, so there’s really no excuses. Miss Case gained fame by working on the New Pornographer’s debut album, but she’s held her ground and is proving to be one of indie’s new leading ladies with her fiercely independent and artistic voice. She’s definitely someone to keep your eye on these days.
True, they have a smash hit behind them landing their sound in practically every single iPhone App commercial known to man, but that doesn’t keep these LA sweethearts from keeping their cool. Although once lovers, The Submarines duo comprised of John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard insist the situation isn’t awkward, “We'd like to think we're still pretty romantic, as married couples go, but it's both tough and great to work with someone you're currently involved with,” says Hazard. Although the two of them produce everything they put out, they tour with a particularly talented live drummer named J Stare, or more commonly, J Stare Extraordinaire.
During a visit to the Indie Mart yesterday, we spotted this hot little number by San Francisco’s Nooworks hanging out among the hipster brigade that took over The Independent for an afternoon of local fashion, fun and Sunday afternoon day drinking.
Made of a sturdy stretch cotton twill, the Nooworks Cotton Jumper goes short and sweet with a length that hits above the knee, but is heavy enough to prevent the unintentional big reveal when the summer winds get gusty (these are the kinds of things a girl has to consider in our fair city).
Arriving at the Independent quite unexpectedly for a surprise, sold-out show announced just hours beforehand, Green Day was everything you’d expect them to be – loud, punctual and exceptionally polished after a hiatus of nearly three years.
While the nearly three-hour concert was essentially a showcase for their new album, 21st Century Breakdown – which, from the sound of it, picks up right where 2004’s American Idiot left off, with plenty of down-tempo, piano-heavy ballads and no small amount of socially conscious angst – longtime fans were treated to a raucous, boundlessly energetic set featuring trademark hits like “Longview,” “Christie Road” and “Jesus of Suburbia.”
The Indepedent email-blasted this afternoon to spread word of an impromptu Green Day concert. Mayhem! Naturally, work productivity stalled citywide, the concert sold out in minutes and Craigslist quickly became awash with postings from people offering obscene amounts of money for tickets (recession? we think not).
Check back for a show review tomorrow.
From the moment Eoin Harrington took the stage, his audience showered him with cheers. Celebrating the release of his new album “Story,” The Independent was sold out last Friday with fans happy to see the San Franciscan, Irish singer. The album may be his first full length, but he’s already developed an adoring fan base. Eoin’s friendly charm and performance made for an upbeat singer-songwriter set that felt fun and welcoming. From playful songs or heartbreaking lyrics, Eoin’s warm voice was captivating throughout.