Not So Silent Night, the annual holiday concert brought to you by the golden ears at Live 105 is a gift you don't have to feel guilty opening early. This year's extravaganza at the Oracle Arena on December 11th features Muse (England's reigning prog rock champs), AFI (get out the mascara), 30 Seconds to Mars (Jordan Catalano's–err Jared Leto's–emo rock band), Ivy League hipsters Vampire Weekend, and Canada's Metric, fronted by the smoking hot Emily Haines.
It's that time of year when the Bay Area's Live 105, SF local radio's last remaining source for GOOD indie music (if you don't listen to Soundcheck, remedy that immediately), flexes its CBS-sized muscles for the annual BFD (also known as Big F-ing Deal) concert. And flex them they did, scoring A-list headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whose new album, It's Blitz! has been on perma rotation in our office for about a month ago. Joining the YYYs are a welcome bit of nostalgia - 311 and The Offspring, both bands who were most definitely part of the late 90s high school party canon.
Mezzanine hosted Live 105's sold out Pre-NSSN party for city-dwelling kids to revel in this year's buzz bands and local favorites.
From the opener, "Turn Me Off," the Audrye Sessions continuously blended arresting rock, Ryan Karazija's vocal range, and a welcome hint of 90s style.
Brooklyn-based Chairlift broke away to deliver the bouncy "Bruises," already featured in an iPod commercial. Their atmospheric, 80s thing takes on ominous and cute.