If you think San Francisco is isolated from the goings-on at SXSW, you’re 0% correct. For starters, there were San Franciscans everywhere in Austin last week (billionaire Mark Cuban calls it Spring Break for the tech industry and all of San Francisco).
It may seem like every band in your Twitter/Facebook feed is at SXSW this week, but that’s far from the case. There are plenty of up-and-coming and established bands working for your attention here in SF, too. Carve out your own SXSF with these upcoming shows:
A one-word message to San Franciscans at SXSW: UNITE.
Some of your neighbors are making the rounds in Austin this week, and they’re all worthy of your SF insider recommendation. If you see any of these bands on a lineup, tell your friends “yeah they’re from SF, right down the street from me. They freakin’ rule…the next big thing.” And then put your money where your mouth is (and go see them for free).
I don’t know about you guys, but Noise Pop week has me in a state of blissful exhaustion. Personal highlights: STRFKR's wondrous dance pop spectacle (and furried friends) at the Regency on Friday, and Saturday night's celebration of all things chill at the Independent, via adopted hometown hero Toro y Moi. By all accounts, it was another banner year for Noise Pop.
Tell your friends and family you love them. Give the dog to the neighbors. Tell your boss something's come up.
It’s Noise Pop week, and there’s no going back.
In honor of Marilyn Manson’s return to the Bay Area, we pose this question: ever wonder why mosh pits work the way they do? Read this Cornell University study, which explains their mysterious ways. Apparently this behavior is consistent with the predictions of simplified models, such as the way gas particles collide (or whatever). Moshers are merely acting in accordance with the natural state of things, so spare the kids your condescending look. It’s science. Mosh forth, child.
Grammys got you in the mood for some live music? Good thing you’re surrounded by the stuff. With that in mind, the unofficial Award for Best Bay Area Shows of the Week go to… (fumbles envelope):
Yes, there is life after the Super Bowl. And it's a very good life if you can get yourself a ticket to one of these buzzed-about Bay Area shows:
We interrupt this regularly scheduled column for a Craigslist-style missed musical connection. Anyone who witnessed Tycho's trascendental show at the Independent over the weekend who wants to talk about it, hit me up. We need to discuss/start a support group. My mind is still spinning.
Moving on. This week’s another doozy on the local live music calendar. Behold:
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