We hope some noise canceling earplugs were in your Christmas stocking, because the sounds of the Bay are gonna amp up a notch or two this week with New Year's concerts cropping up everywhere. Here's our our top 7 picks for ringing in the New Year with a ring in your eardrums:
Indie darling John Vanderslice made a name for himself years ago performing with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and as part of the defunct local band Mk Ultra, but hit the big time after starting an all-analog recording studio in the Mission. His cult studio, Tiny Telephone, has attracted such big talent as Death Cab and Okkervil River, placing him prominently on the map as the industry's go-to indie guy for more than a decade.
King of collaborations, Vanderslice appointed SF ensemble the Magik*Magik Orchestra, founded and directed by local star Minna Choi, as the studio's house orchestra. A force in their own right, Magik*Magik has also worked with big guns, including Sting, Carlos Santana, Chicago, Death Cab, the Dodos, and more. Vanderslice and Magik*Magik have since worked together in a major way—they released their first album, White Wilderness, earlier this year to much acclaim.
Add this to the mountainous pile of awesome art events kicking off this weekend: the de Young Museum's got a lot going on tonight, starting at 5:30 pm with their excellent Mission Muralismo film series, showing Piece by Piece and one of the Berlin International Film Festival's favorites, Qualit
In true Noise Pop fashion, the first couple nights are always a bit hectic, and you never know what you're going to get. Unfortunately, due to communication problems, we were forced to enjoy our two favorite openers (Two Sheds and Man/Miracle) from the cold cement outside. Capacity issues aside, we were front and center for Princeton, the up-and-coming LA indie group that most recently has supported the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend, and now Rogue Wave. Definitely not a bad resume.
Leave it to a group of San Francisco music fanatics to compile an impressive list of artists together for engaging, well-produced videos and a booming original series called "Dusty Fingers." Enter our latest music blog obsession, Yours Truly. It's what we like to call a perfect combination of self-produced material and breaking news of up-and-coming musicians.
Through the foggy haze of talented musicianship at Outside Lands, there are a few standout highlights that just happen to be from our wonderful Bay Area. We’re not saying that the local talent here is the only thing worth seeing, but we are saying it’s a damn good reason to go. We have an excess of artists in these parts, and we’re thankful for each and every one of them. Here are our picks for the best local bands at Outside Lands.
Quite a bit toned down from the extreme energy pulsating on Saturday’s stages, Sunday features a lot more nostalgic favorites than up-and-comers. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of choices in terms of genre options and less time conflicts than the previous days. Just remember to savor your last day of tunes in SF’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park and choose wisely! Here are Sunday’s top picks in hierarchical order.
Just mere blocks away from his local Mission residence, John Vanderslice took to the stage showcasing his brand spanking new album Romanian Names. Officially available yesterday, and the first to be released under Dead Oceans’ label, Vanderslice called upon Bay Area sweethearts The Morning Benders to open up his warmly welcomed and nearly sold out show at the Rickshaw Stop.
Summer festival season is well underway, and luckily for us, most of the big names are stopping by the Bay Area before taking to the big stages. If you can’t make it to Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Rothbury or our very own Outside Lands this summer, check out some of this summer’s must-see artists this week:
John Vanderslice, Rickshaw Stop, 5/19: Making the second stop on his tour for his new album Romanian Names (his first album under Dead Oceans record label) John Vanderslice’s album release party at the Rickshaw Stop featuring special guests, The Morning Benders will be a Bay Area-native filled delight.