Just a thought: next time a San Francisco landmark turns 75 years old and dazzles citizens with a mind-blowing light show, can we blast electronic music downward from the sky via blimps? Right?
Moving on. Put these five shows on your radar this week and keep the party going:
Still bitter and baffled about promoters relocating this weekend’s electronica-centric I Love This City Music Festival from its original AT&T Park venue to the Shoreline? Us freakin’ too! I’d recommend letting ‘em hear it on Twitter at @ILTCFestival. But good thing there’s plenty of cutting edge music to be heard within the city limits all week long to turn our collective frown slightly less upside-down.
Inspired by the audio-video matchmaking that went down at AT&T Park Friday night, courtesy of Roger Waters, we humbly present a this-week-in-concert column with music videos, and only music videos. Anyone who has ever seen a Pink Floyd music video/movie (or tried to sync Dark Side of the Moon with Wizard of Oz) knows the power of sensory synchronicity, when the eyes and ears conspire to make art doubly transcendent. So this week, our words bow to the A/V departments of our favorite acts coming through S.F. over the next seven days. Behold...
And the spoiled get more spoiled. Here's this week's best bets on the local music tip, get in line:
Week two of Fauxchella starts tomorrow, and the culturally rich get richer here in SF. It’s absurd how much of the world’s best musical talent will come through the Bay Area in the weeks before, during and after this year’s two-week Coachella experiment. There’s so much, in fact, that our normal five-bullet point column won’t suffice.
Faux-chella — that wondrous time of year where we NorCal leaches suck from the teat that is Coachella — has arrived. There are some major must-see shows this week if you’re not heading south for the big party in the desert this weekend (or, for that matter, weekend No. 2): Radiohead at HP Pavilion (Wednesday), M. Ward at the Fillmore (Wednesday), Andrew Bird at the Fox (Friday), Damien Jurado at Bottom of the Hill (Friday), and on and on…
March forth, audial soldiers.
The name fits in the case of Islands, a band that seems inspired by something exotic at almost every compositional turn. Their collective musical imagination puts them on a conceptual — wait for it — island (sorry) unto themselves, where songs double as recitations of elaborate opium dreams. The occasional steel drum doesn’t hurt the connotation, either. Bandleader Nicholas Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds, also of The Unicorns and Mister Heavenly) is at the wheel of this always-fascinating project, and is largely responsible for the genius of the sprawling 2006 album Return to Sea, and the recent abstract musings of A Sleep & A Forgetting, which has been massaging critics’ brains this year. Trust that you’d be wise to get thyself over to Hotel Utah for a tropical vacation of the mind.
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