We’re used to reading news about record stores/venues closing up shop, but local independent music junkies received some refreshing news last week: Oakland’s beloved record store/venue hybrid 1-2-3-4 Go! Records is opening a second store in San Francisco soon, a great (if not counter-trending) sign for the local music scene. More details to come, but our hearts are warmed and our bodies reinvigorated. Let’s celebrate at these no-duh shows:
Yes, that Tweedy. Mr. Jeff Tweedy, of infinite charm, of Wilco fame, of Americana legend. But this is not solo Tweedy. The iconic songwriter teamed with his 19-year-old son Spencer, who, unsurprisingly, is an absurdly talented musician. The two Tweedys share the spotlight on the thrilling 2014 double album Sukierae, and Spencer Tweedy actually steals the show on a number of songs, no joke. Check out the intro on “Diamond Light, Part 1”:
Is there any doubt Widespread Panic should be considered among the greatest jam bands of all time? We’ll put them in the discussion with Phish and Grateful Dead, no hesitation, no regrets. Three-date gigs at venues like the Fox and their 45 shows at legendary Colorado venue Red Rocks support this sentiment. The 28-year-old Southern jam band has a new album in the works, and is previewing a few new tracks on their current tour. They played a song called “Jamais Vu” at a show over the weekend, and other new gems figure to be in the live arsenal.
Leave it to self-proclaimed righteous babe Ani DiFranco to back a project few others would ever dare touch. DiFranco, founder of Righteous Babe Records, recently teamed with fellow singer-songwriter Zoe Boekbinder to produce the unofficial sequel to Johnny Cash's Folsom County Blues. They’re calling it the The Prison Music Project, a collaboration of artists and at least eight men behind bars at New Folsom, the maximum-security facility next to Folsom Prison.
Honestly, we just like the name. But check out the sound and fury of this SF alt-emo outfit:
You've probably seen OK Go music videos in your social media feeds, which may or may not be by design. Their consistently viral music videos have that “You Need To See This” factor, perhaps more than any other contemporary outfit (if you think bands and artists aren’t thinking strategically about how to appear in your FB feed, you’re fooling yourself). But please check your cynicism at the door — OK Go is genuinely doing cool, fun, life-affirming things. But seriously, these videos are crazy:
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