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:
So many bells, hold the whistles: beauty presides on the Field's Yesterday and Today, released not so long ago by those smarty-pants with excellent taste at Anti- Records, making the group's upcoming turn at Mezzanine on June 6 something of a must-see. Of course, coheadliner the Juan Maclean is a delight, too. The DFA act - now fortified on tour with members of LCD Soundsystem, !!!, and Holy Ghost – long ago circumvented the dangerous inertia hitting so many board-bound electronic acts, and it’ll likely rock the haus with intoxicating, booty-moving nuggets ala international hit “Happy House.”
Discover the undeniably sexy world of Glass Candy, arriving fresh from Coachella this Monday at Mezzanine. The Portland-based duo's music could be described as a mix of Italo Disco, synthpop, electro, with a dash of drum & bass, all topped off with lead singer Ida No's haunting vocals. If you don't trust our recommendation, trust Karl Lagerfeld's, who has used their songs for two Chanel runway shows. Check out a sample of their unique musical stylings here.
We've got four tickets on our hands for this Friday's Snoop Dogg performance at Mezzanine. (He's throwing down to celebrate the birthday of Warriors star forward Stephen Jackson). Want em? Tell us your favorite Snoop song in the comments below and we'll choose two people to win sets of tickets.
Snoop not your thing? Check out our first installment of Radar Live for more events this week, inclulding Ratatat, Lily Allen and the John Jasperse Company.
After a long hiatus, DJ AM and Travis Barker of Blink 182 are back on the music scene. The somewhat last-minute show last Friday at Mezzanine marks the pair's first San Francisco show since last year’s tragic plane crash. The two reunited on New Year's Eve to play a party in Miami and have since developed an unlikely partnership—a live DJing and drumming set that they plan to take on tour. Props to the fresh concept, but does the act pan out onstage?
Yeah, so, we’re down on bended knee. Boyz II Men are playing at Mezzanine this Sunday and we’re kinda excited. They’re performing songs from their new album, MOTOWN: A Journey Through Hitsville USA, (like whoah) and recording the whole thing for a live PBS broadcast. Tickets are $35+ – a small price, in our estimation, for potentially meeting your soulmate. Here are some videos to get you prepped. (And a ringtone, if you're so inclined).
Drama! On Bended Knee
The Bay Area turned out en masse to San Francisco's Mezzanine Nov. 13 to see Q-Tip, one of the former members of the sometimes defunct A Tribe Called Quest, take back hip hop with a little help from his friends.
Mezzanine was packed to capacity with hip hop lovers anxious to hear The Renaissance, the much anticipated and critically acclaimed follow up to 1999's Amplified, in the live. L.A.'s Pacific Division, The Knux and The Cool Kids kicked off the evening, the latter being just as cool as their name promises, energizing the crowd with hits like “Delivery Man” and “Black Mags.”