Live music San Francisco
Say what you will about the neverending onslaught of Year-End/Best-Of lists clogging up the internets, but this is truly one of the best times of the year to be a music obsessive. Read as many ‘Best Albums of 2012’ lists as you can stand, and discover.
Forgive the dorked-out shout-outs, but this week I’ll be giving thanks to the following music apps, without which I don’t know how I’d ever sustain such a life-consuming addiction: Songkick (concert-listings aggregator), Spotify (if ya don’t know about Spotify…shame), WillCall (similar to Songkick but less robot-y), KCRW (wildly influential LA radio station), Shazam (song identifier), SoundCloud (music sharing and recording app), Pandora (duh), Anchording (great for musicians who need quick reference to tablature), and yes, even iTunes (sometimes).
Nothing to report here. Plenty going on down here though…
First, a friendly public service announcement: ROCK THE VOTE THIS WEEK, PEOPLE.
First, a few exclamation points for San Fran and our beloved World Series champion S.F. Giants: !!!!, !!!!!, !!!!
Second, major props to all the street musicians who helped us celebrate last night. You also deserve a reasonable amount of punctuation marks: !!!!!
Third, let’s keep the party going…
It’s becoming increasingly clear San Francisco may never be bored again. Between music festivals, air parades, Giants playoff baseball (btw, in This Actually Happened news — Lil' Wayne led AT&T Park in a chorus of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" last night) and what figures to be a Halloween fortnight, there’s no end in sight for the regular S.F. reveler. On top of all that, we just can’t imagine missing these buzzworthy shows. Buckle your chinstraps, people.
Before we get going here, a quick important public service announcement from the week that just was: J. Tillman, bandleader and singer for Father John Misty, might be the most fascinating onstage figure in music today. Anyone who saw the Fleet Foxes drummer at the Independent on Friday witnessed a man dripping with confidence and swagger, with sassy hips to match a biting wit. Just … here.
Yes, San Francisco is a musical mecca. But there are also many weeks scanning the live music calendar when we ask ourselves, 'hold on, the East Bay is bringing in just as many — if not more — artistic juggernauts.' This is one of those weeks, when the Fox Theatre, Greek Theatre and co. put SF on notice.
This is one of those weeks when the Bay Area becomes the incidental benefactor of a nearby regional music festival. The FYF Fest is attracting some of the world’s hottest young musical acts to the West Coast this Labor Day Weekend, down in Los Angeles. Before (and after) they play their SoCal gigs, they'll need a city and a crowd to stay sharp. That's where we come in.