Alt-Country Hero Rhett Miller Performing in San Francisco (Fri. 3/23 at Slim’s)


Rhett Miller came to fame as the lead singer and primary songwriter for the Old 97’s, one of the most important — and flat-out best — alt-country acts to arrive in the ’90s.

The Dallas outfit has delivered so many good albums over the years, including 1997’s “Too Far to Care” and 1999’s “Fight Songs.”

Miller is also an accomplished solo artist. And he actually released his first solo album — “Mythologies” — well before he was a member of the Old 97’s. (He was still in high school at the time of its very limited release.) There was far more buzz for Miller’s second solo effort, “The Instigator,” which was released on the major label Elektra in 2002.

Miller showcases his solo material (and hopefully some Old 97’s tunes) on March 23 at Slim’s in San Francisco. Matthew Ryan opens the show. - The Mercury News

Californicorns Release New Album at Great American Music Hall (Thurs. 3/22)


Next Thursday, funk-rock band Californicorns headline Great American Music Hall to release their newest album, Warm Oakland Nights. Originally the in-house band of beloved local performance arts mecca PianoFight, this 10-piece band raises the temperature of every room they're in with "shredded gnar and sultry croon" as their tools. They'll play the new album in its entirety Thursday night.

Click HERE for The Bay Bridged's article!

The Rise of Soul Ska: Celebrating the Release of “Propaganda” at GAMH on Fri. 3/23


The hottest band in Marin right now?

That just may be Soul Ska, a nine-piece, multi-racial musical collective launched in 2014 by keyboard player Jonathan Korty, one of the erstwhile teenage musicians who formed the popular instrumental funk band Vinyl in Mill Valley in the 1980s.

Soul Ska headlines the Great American Musical Hall on Friday night, celebrating the release of “Propaganda,” a debut album with seven original songs recorded at Allegiant Studios in San Anselmo and produced by David Simon Baker, who has also worked with ALO, Jackie Greene and Mother Hips.

The last time Soul Ska played the Great American they opened for the English Beat, one of the British bands that sparked the ska revival in the 1980s and ’90s. Since then, Korty says, “We sold out every show we did, including Sweetwater, a Rancho Nicasio barbecue and a bunch of festivals, including the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. It’s been a great three years. For a band coming out of Marin, we’re one of the few that can headline the Great American right now. We’re definitely on the rise.”

Read the rest of the Marin IJ's article HERE.

Metallica Tribute Act Tops Bill At Slim’s (Sat. 3/10 with The Butlers + Union Jack & The Rippers)


A trio of headbanging cover bands gather in San Francisco Saturday night to entertain hard rock and metal fans when renowned Metallica tribute Masters of Puppets plays with local heavy hitters The Butlers and ’80s metal masters Union Jack and the Rippers.

Click HERE for the KPIX CBS Bay Area preview!

Close Harmony Comes Naturally to The T Sisters (Playing Fri. 3/9 at GAMH with Megan Slankard & The Wreckage, Conspiracy of Venus)


The three Tietjen sisters -- older sister Erika, and twins Chloe and Rachel -- have been playing together since they were kids growing up in Berkeley. As my Do List co-host John Vanderslice notes, they specialize in tight, intricate harmonies within an Americana framework. Sometimes the instrumentation is sparse, and sometimes it's bright as Technicolor, like when they have a full string band. The songs are originals, and a mix of folk and pop covers. The sisters worked with legendary Bay Area bluegrass queen Laurie Lewis on their first album. But their real claim to fame is that they sang "The Star Spangled Banner" to open a San Francisco Giants game a few years ago.

The T Sisters co-head a fantastic bill to celebrate International Women's Day, along with Megan Slankard and the Wreckage, and the all women chorus Conspiracy of Venus at the Great American Music Hall on March 9. - Cy Musiker / KQED Arts

The Whip-Smart Folk Music of Henry Jamison (Opening for Darlingside on Sat. 3/10)


Henry Jamison's songs explore the hard dilemmas of modern life. Take "Sunlit Juice" for example, in which he wonders whether or not to stop drinking in solidarity with a newly sober girlfriend. Jamison is like his hometown of Burlington, Vermont: home to the University of Vermont, it combines the rustic beauty of the state with townie smarts. His songs are lovely to hum as well, and maybe that's why they're so viral. Jamison's "Real Peach" had 20 million or so Spotify streams, and the rest of his new album is equally good. My co-host A-lan Holt says Jamison makes music you can think about and groove to. He opens for the Boston band Darlingside at the Great American Music Hall March 10. - Cy Musiker / KQED

Q&A: Greyboy Allstars (Playing Thurs. 3/15 & Fri. 3/16 at GAMH with The Mike Dillon Band)


Initially formed as the backup band for DJ Greyboy, The Greyboy Allstars are comprised of some of the most talented players on the scene today. After recording the groundbreaking 1994 album Freestylin for the famed DJ, saxophonist Karl Denson, guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield didn’t want the project to end, so decided to turn it into something long term. Well, that was almost 25 years ago and the band is still playing and going stronger than ever.

In fact, they have a new studio album in the works and a handful of high profile tour dates including a two-night stint at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco next week on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16. We reached out to Robert Walter to find out what it’s like to be in a band for 25 years, how they manage to balance all of their busy schedules, and what the craziest thing is that’s happened to them at a show.

Click HERE for Music in SF's interview!

Kat Von D Teams Up With Dark-Synth Master IAMX On “Stardust” Video (Playing Mon. 5/7 at GAMH)


Sure, Nine Inch Nails and Goldfrapp are awesome, but Chris Corner, the visionary operating under the banner of IAMX has been creating consistently game-changing works over the course of 14 years and eight albums.

His recently released LP Alive In New Light finds him continuing to cut his own swath in the electronic-rock realm with maximum amounts of mystery and allure. Helping Corner bring the dark this time around is none other than Kat Von D, whose many roles as tattoo artist, reality TV star, cosmetics entrepreneur and vocalist has firmly placed her in the popular culture continuum. Today, AP is exclusively premiering the video for “Stardust,” the lead-off track from Alive In New Light, which also features vocals by Von D. - Alternative Press

Click HERE to watch the new video!

Mac Sabbath Satiate Slim’s: SF Sonic Review


Mac Sabbath came to Slim’s on Monday night to feed an audience hungry for drive-thru metal with an epic setlist of fast-food themed versions of classic Black Sabbath songs. It was apparent from the opening moments of the set that the band had their schtick down to a science: rabid frontman Ronald Osbourne cavorted around the stage flipping burgers and singing about the evils of the fast-food industry while guitarist Slayer MacCheeze dished out some tasty takes on classic Tony Iommi riffs. All of this as the wild-looking Grimalice and the aptly named Cat Burglar keep the rhythms smooth and snappy.

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

Albert Hammond Jr. Goes In Utero (Playing Tues. 3/6 with The Paranoyds at GAMH)


It’s quite possible that Albert Hammond Jr. holds the distinction of being the first musician ever to be inspired by a fingernail.

In November 1979, his mother was rushed to the hospital, suffering a miscarriage. While that baby, Francis, was born too premature to live, Albert arrived five months later. The one-time Strokes guitarist and solo artist had always known this part of the story, but it was only last year that his aunt informed him that when he was born, so was a fingernail — the one piece of his twin to greet the world alongside him.

Francis Trouble, Hammond’s fourth solo record, is due out on March 9 from Red Bull Records. It is named in honor of the twin he never knew, and reflects his reaction to receiving a truly surreal revelation.

Click HERE for the rest of SF Weekly's preview!

CBS SF Talks To Earthless Guitarist Isaiah Mitchell (Playing Thurs. 3/1 at GAMH)


One of the most celebrated modern psychedelic rock bands, hard-rock power trio Earthless has been expanding minds and dropping jaws with their intense live shows ever since first coming together in San Diego in 2001. Formed by celebrated drummer Mario Rubalcaba (veteran of such bands as Hot Snakes, Rocket from the Crypt, Black Heart Procession and Off!), former Electric Nazarene bassist Mike Eginton and gifted guitarist Isaiah Mitchell (Nebula, Howlin’ Rain, Golden Void), the group got its start with an improvisational approach to heavy instrumental psychedelia that nodded to the jam-oriented grooves of Cream, Jimi Hendrix and live Led Zeppelin as well as the explorations of modern Japanese psych purveyors like Acid Mothers Temple and more obscure ’70s riff alchemists like Dust and the Groundhogs.

Click HERE for the interview!

Photos: John Oates & Good Road Band at the Great American Music Hall


John Oates (of awesome '80s band awesome Hall & Oates) brought Americana-blues-roots music to the Great American Music Hall Sunday night for a country showdown of excellence. Sharing the stage with the cream of the crop from Nashville, the GAMH had the pure delight of listening to some incredible musicians playing together. Living legend Sam Bush shredded the mandolin, bringing the energy up with his choice of sweet songs and remarkable, distinct playing. Guthrie Trapp performed stellar solo shakedowns with fire-fingers melting his guitar into a righteous howl, while Paul Franklin played the pedal steel guitar like a champ — never imposing, but always arousing.

Jam-packed with old-school songs of yesteryear, the show varied in tempo with country-crooner-swaying tunes to jump up and move-grooves. John Oates shared stories along the way and dropped a classic from the '80s, revealing "Maneater's" beginnings, before playing a rendition of how he first envisioned it.

John Oates with the Good Road Band's album, Arkansas, dropped earlier this year. Go give it a whirl and get lost in a time before Elvis.

Click HERE for The Bay Bridged's photos!

Photos: The Lovemakers at the Great American Music Hall (The Bay Bridged)


Valentine's Day was made extra special in San Francisco as the Lovemakers, vverevvolf, and Breakdown Valentine spread the love at the Great American Music Hall. The concert was a celebration of Bay Area music which even Cupid would've been proud of.

Breakdown Valentine created a beautiful distraction by searching for paradise. vverevvolf, on the other hand, concluded that love is simply murder, after having played some cruel games. The Lovemakers invited us all to shake that ass, because everyone's fighting the same damn fight!

Wednesday night was an evening of great music, lots of dancing and plenty of music to fall in love with. Check out the gallery HERE and see if you can find your next musical infatuation!

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Alleyne

Teenaged Grace VanderWaal sings beyond her years (playing Tues. 2/20 at Slim’s – SOLD OUT!)


Suffern, New York singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal has never had a past-life regression — in fact, she’s not even sure what one is. But chances are, this prescient, ukulele-strumming 14-year-old — who started writing songs at age three, won season 11 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” at 12 and composed or co-wrote every song on her soulful 2017 debut, “Just the Beginning” — has been through the world before. Her raspy, seasoned style on intricate tracks like “Moonlight” and the anti-authoritarian “Sick of Being Told” has the self-assurance of some vintage vaudevillian vet. “I’ve never had a regression, but I can truthfully say that I don’t bond very well with other 14 year olds,” she says.

Click HERE for the SF Examiner interview!

Noise Pop: Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds gets melodic, looks inward (playing Wed. 2/21 at Slim’s with Single Mothers, Milk Teeth, Long Knives)


In their native England, where all five of its albums over 15 years debuted within the Top 20 on the U.K. chart, genre-morphing post-rock, punk and emo band Enter Shikari has graduated to headlining arenas. On tour in the U.S. this month, in support of 2017’s The Spark, the band from the north of London will be playing rooms much smaller, perhaps none as small as Slim’s in San Francisco, which will host Enter Shikari during Noise Pop next week.

Click HERE for RIFF Magazine's preview!