British art rockers Django Django performing new tunes (Sat. 4/28 at GAMH with Ofelia K)


British art rock quartet Django Django appears at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday, April 28, hot off the heels of two weekends in the desert at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (or the first-ever Beychella, if you will). The group — producer-drummer David Maclean, vocalist-guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon and keyboardist Tommy Grace — is known for its genre-bending ethos, featuring strong rockabilly, Jamaican dancehall and pop influences.

The band is on tour following the release of its third full-length album, “Marble Skies,” which recalls much of the homespun charm that characterized Django Django’s 2012 self-titled debut, an album recorded in Maclean’s bedroom. With the latest work, the group steps away from the expansive sound of its second album, “Born Under Saturn,” to create new material that is well-honed and attentive. Los Angeles indie pop artist Ofelia K supports. - SFGate

Alice Glass now solo, seeing herself and music more clearly (Sat. 4/28 at Slim’s with Zola Jesus + Pictureplane)


Near the end of a 20-minute phone call from Los Angeles, Alice Glass, the former frontwoman of the electroclash band Crystal Castles, goes quiet. She says she has been feeling “a little bit frazzled” throughout the interview.

(That’s only been occasionally apparent with a few hesitant pauses and asides like “Does that make sense?” or “No, wait …” or “I’m just trying to put into words ...”)

“I really didn’t do a lot of interviews before,” Glass says. “It’s just something I really want to do more of because I remember reading different music magazines and things when I was a kid, and it made me really interested to learn about new music.”

Given the circumstances under which she left Crystal Castles, that sentiment has a deeper significance: Alice Glass has found her voice, and she’s ready to use it.

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Three Must-See Acts This Week: Ho99o9 (Playing Wed. 4/25 at GAMH with 3TEETH & Street Sects)


Hip-hop relies on constant experimentation, and the brutally intense punk hip-hop duo Ho99o9 (pronounced horror) sound unlike any other artist either in hip-hop or punk. Rappers and longtime friends theOGM and Eaddy formed the group in Newark around 2012, equally influenced by figures like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Rob Zombie — and these unlikely antecedents can be heard in the duo’s blistering releases. Ho99o9 earned a cult following with two thunderous EPs in the years leading up to their 2017 debut album, United States of Horror. It’s 45 minutes of unhinged aggression, with a sonic range that includes hardcore punk anthems to heavy industrial beats, with both theOGM and Eaddy taking turns spitting violently unforgiving bars. Although technically a hip-hip duo, Ho99o9’s mosh-friendly sound is likely to appeal to those who follow hardcore punk rather than hip-hop. But hip-hop fans should still give the duo a listen, as Ho99o9’s shocking and socially critical lyricism along with their boisterous presence make them unique in either genre. - SF Weekly

Heavy Doom Band Headlines Great American Music Hall (Windhand plays Sun. 4/22 with Ruby the Hatchet)


Windhand returned to action earlier this year with a new split album with fellow Virginians and occult rockers Satan's Satyrs that ramped up the hypnotic psychedelic elements to the band’s sound. In addition to reuniting with Jack Endino in Seattle to record their forthcoming fourth album Eternal Return slated for release this fall.

For the group’s current tour to promote the split album, Windhand returns to San Francisco to headline the Great American Music Hall Sunday night. The group is joined by thunderous Philadelphia-based heavy prog/psych crew Ruby the Hatchet, who released their latest effort Planetary Space Child on Tee Pee Records late last summer. - Dave Pehling

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Review + Photos: The Family Crest + Goodnight, Texas rile up Great American Music Hall – The Bay Bridged


Last Thursday night, Great American Music Hall was a home-grown happy zone for hundreds of eager audience members and longtime fans of the Family Crest. Just a few days earlier, the band released The War: Act 1, their first major release in four years, and the crowd was riled and ready to celebrate.

Click HERE for the rest of The Bay Bridged's review!

 (photo: Kate Haley)

SF Sonic: Russian Circles Captivate the Great American Music Hall


Russian Circles put on another one of their mind-blowing live shows to the delight of the sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall on a Thursday night. The trio of bassist Brian Cook, guitarist Mike Sullivan, and drummer Dave Turncrantz have developed into one of the most interesting and captivating live bands in the rock/metal underground: combining raging heavy metal, atmospheric post-rock, and deep electronic textures.

Click HERE for the rest of SF Sonic's review!

All photos by Elizabeth Gohr.

Buttertones respect those who came before (Playing Tues. 4/17 at Slim’s with SadGirl)


For a band like the Buttertones, there’s a natural push and pull between nostalgia and looking ahead. Much of their sound is rooted in the past, with influences like punk rockers the Cramps, avant-garde singer-songwriter Scott Walker and the surf-rock and rockabilly of the 1960s and ’70s. And yet, the band manages to make listeners feel very much in the present

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SF Sonic: Prong Crunch Up Slim’s (3/31/18)


Although Tommy Victor and Prong may be thirty-plus years into their career, it most certainly doesn’t stop them from absolutely steamrolling their way in and out of venues across the world, and their recent show at Slim’s in San Francisco was no exception. Supporting their twelfth studio record, Zero Days, the band returned to the venue for the first time in almost twenty years and picked up right where they left off.

Check out SF Sonic's review of the night HERE!

All photos by Raymond Ahner

Wax Idols to give Bay Area first live preview of new album (Sat. 4/14 at GAMH with pardoner & Humid)


Wax Idols have a big night ahead on April 14, when they will headline the Great American Music Hall to play their upcoming album from start to finish.

The show will be the first chance for listeners to get a full live preview of Happy Ending a month before its release. The Oakland band will be joined by local bands pardoner and HUMID.

“It’s a cool way for us to showcase all the work we have been doing the last few years and where we’re at as a group now which we’re really proud of,” said bandleader Hether Fortune. “It’s important to us to give the Bay Area people who have supported the band from the beginning the first opportunity to hear the record and have a unique experience.”

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Q&A: Gene Evaro Jr. (Playing Slim’s on 4/13 with Handmade Moments & Brett Hunter)


Groove Soul artist Gene Evaro Jr.’s signature brand of folk electro-funk is making its way to Slim’s in a few days. The show is just days after the release of his third LP Like it’s 1965, which sees him blending Paul Simon folk songs with some deep funk from bands like Sly & The Family Stone. We wanted to learn more about this hot artist, so we reached out to him to talk about how he describes his music, what his main influences are and whether living in the desert has an impact on his music.

Click HERE for Music in SF's interview!

SF Weekly: Three Must-See Shows This Week: Fisher, The Soft Moon, and Elohim (Playing Sat. 4/7 at Slim’s – Presented by Goldenvoice)


Frequently used as a name for God in the Hebrew Bible, Elohim is a fitting moniker for the mysterious musician who crafts innovative electronic pop. Elohim’s life has been infatuated with music since she began playing piano at the age of five and learning to sing four years later. This early means composition came naturally to Elohim, something that can be heard on her self-titled 2016 debut EP, which contains hypnotically addicting tracks like “She Talks Too Much” and “Xanax.” Although Elohim prefers to remain out of the public eye, with clear pictures of her impossible to find, her lyrics share intimate struggles with anxiety, relationships, and materialism. After spending much of 2017 quietly recording around Los Angeles, she’s set to release her first studio album, which is also self-titled. From the singles released so far, Elohim’s idiosyncratic pop reveals its evolution through playful and lushly produced singles like “F*ck Your Money” and “Hallucinating,” a departure from the dark themes explored on her prior EP. A breath of fresh air in pop music, Elohim has created a striking, and potentially chart-topping, sound that is singular to her. - SF Weekly

PHOTOS: Protest The Hero brings its ‘Fortress’ to Slim’s – RIFF Magazine


Protest the Hero brought its Fortress 10-year anniversary tour to a sold-out show at Slim’s on a bill of progressive metal bands that included Closure in Moscow and Thank You Scientist.

The Canadian headliners played Fortress from start to end, beginning with “Bloodmeat,” “The Dissentience” and “Bone Marrow” nonstop before finally addressing the packed crowd. Not that it mattered because concertgoers were already busy crowdsurfing and shouting along. The second part of the show included the most-loved songs from the album: “Sequoia Throne,” “Palms Read,” “Limb from Limb” and “Spoils.”

Following a few more album cuts, Protest the Her returned for an encore of “Sex Tapes” (from Scurrilous), “China Fish” (off subscription series Pacific Myth) and “Skies” (off 2013’s Volition).

Australian band Closure in Moscow, playing its first Bay Area show in eight years, blended post-hardcore and progressive post-rock, primarily sticking to the tracks off 2009’s First Temple. The band kicked things off with “Vanguard” and followed it up with “Afterbirth,” “Kissing Cousins” and “Deluge.” Six other hard cuts followed, concluding with fan favorite “Sweet#hart.”

Thank You Scientist opened the show with a six-song set that combined violin, saxophone and trumpet with heavy rock on cuts like “Wrinkle,” “Feed the Horses,” “Caverns”and “Mr. Invisible.”

Follow photographer Joaquin Cabello at Instagram.com/joaquinxcabello. - RIFF Magazine

Live This Month: April 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts (including The Family Crest – 4/12 at GAMH & Alice Glass – 4/28 at Slim’s)


In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We've got a whole wealth of great local bands in this month's mix, with new music from Healers, The Family Crest, and Sandy’s joined by new-to-the-podcast acts Down 2 Earth, Shame Waves, Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist, and Moon Daze.

Electronic artists also make a big impression in this set. In addition to the Rostami/Blomquist track, enjoy synth-driven sounds from Alice Glass, Yaeji, and Lou Rebecca. Or, if you're looking for something heavier, check out Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's new sci-fi concept album, as well the dense, sample-driven rock of Kraus.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts! - The Bay Bridged

Take a listen HERE!

Alice Glass embarks on first solo tour (Playing Slim’s Sat. 4/28)


Alice Glass recently debuted a Zola Jesus remix of "StillBirth," Glass's debut single from 2015. She will also be starting her first solo tour, and also recently released a new track, "Cease and Desist."

Glass's solo tour is a new chapter in her career since her departure from Crystal Castles and the dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by former bandmate Ethan Kath in response to her abuse allegations.

The Snowblood Tour will feature performances from Zola Jesus on select tour dates. Pictureplane will be accompanying Glass for the entire tour, which will come to Slim's on April 28. - The Bay Bridged

REVIEW: Rhett Miller lights up Slim’s with intimate gig – RIFF Magazine


If Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller was aiming for a high degree of difficulty going into his show on Friday night at Slim’s, he succeeded at setting the bar high. The stage wasn’t draped in an elaborate set, Miller wasn’t flanked by a backline of musicians and there weren’t any complex light shows. Miller hit the stage with his guitar, his voice and stories and anecdotes spanning nearly three decades.

Miller proceeded to dive deep into his songbook of Old 97’s and solo material as he serenaded the Bay Area crowd for more than an hour and a half. Miller opened his set with a rousing performance of “Doreen,” off of 1994’s Hitchike to Rome. The show was a special opportunity for fans to see Rhett Miller in an intimate club setting instead of the larger venues or festival lineups that comprise the Old 97’s itinerary.

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