Planet Booty And Flynt Flossy Play SF, A Match Made In Funk And Dance (Wed. 5/24 At GAMH)


Oakland electro-funk trio Planet Booty and R&B internet phenom Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep are playing San Francisco May 24 in a show that is sure to light up the dance floor.

This lineup at the Great American Music Hall is the perfect pairing of two feel-good bands whose music spreads funk-soul joy and whose contagious butt shakes make everyone dance.

“They are high-energy, interactive with the crowd, and make people feel positive,” Planet Booty frontman Dylan Germick said of Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep. “Those three things right there, that’s a match made in heaven for us.”

“It is going to be a really fun show, full of dancing and laughing and grinding.” - Carla Bova / The Bay Bridged

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New Audio: Sleepy Sun Returns with a Slow Burning and Gorgeous New Single (Playing GAMH Fri. 5/26)


Take a listen HERE!

Over the course of their decade together, the Bay Area-based psych rock band Sleepy Sun — comprised of Bret Constantino (vocals), Evan Reiss (guitar), Matt Holliman (guitar) and Brian Tice (drums) — have released five full-length albums that have established the band’s reputation for crafting material that sounds as though it owes an equal debt to 60s psych rock, classic rock, shoegaze and dream pop, and while at times being warmly familiar, they’ve managed to be put a unique spin upon it. Interestingly enough, with Private Tales, Sleepy Sun’s forthcoming album, the members of the band find themselves taking a much different approach than with their previously recorded albums, and as you’ll hear on the album’s first single “Seaquest,” the members of the Bay Area-based band have gone for a lush, more spacious — hell, much more patient approach with the song revealing nuanced layers and emotions upon repeated listens, while retaining the gorgeous guitar work and soaring hooks that have won them attention. However, whereas the band managed to sound cosmic, the new single evokes placidly (and somewhat aimlessly) sailing off into a gorgeous sunset, and the sensation of just quietly digging your surroundings and your place in the world. And in light of a world and sociopolitical climate that has gone absolutely mad, sometimes you need to take a moment to just exist. - Joy of Violent Movement

Green Day Rising: Before The Dookie Flew (Live at Slim’s on July 5, 1994)


On July 5, 1994, Green Day was poised to emerge from the punk cocoon of 924 Gilman and develop into a band that has delivered a decades-long run of bird-flipping, thought-provoking and hit-making music.

But before they grabbed headlines by inciting a mass mud fight at Woodstock ‘94 and ignited the charts with blistering punk salvos like “Welcome to Paradise” and “When I Come Around,” Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool bid one last goodbye to the small-club scene of the Bay Area, playing an intimate show at San Francisco nightclub Slim’s to host a bon-voyage party that still rattles the minds of the lucky few who attended.

"Green Day Rising: Before the Dookie Flew” captures the band at the cusp of mainstream success with dozens of never-before-seen photos and on-the-scene reporting, delivering an intimate portrait of a phenomenon-to-be that obscurity couldn’t confine, genre couldn’t define and the world had no idea was coming.

Check out the book (and fans' memories of the show) HERE!

Spend a Magical Evening at GAMH with The Orbiting Human Circus feat. The Music Tapes (Tues. 5/16)


Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and Night Vale Presents invite you into the world of popular new podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) with this enchanting live immersive evening of songs, stories, games, magic, and more by the Music Tapes (Elephant 6 Collective/Merge Records).

About The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Podcast: Both an immersive theatrical experience and a musical show, this evening commemorates the release of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), a fictional narrative podcast created by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and presented by the creators of Welcome to Night Vale (one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time). Spend an evening with the show’s lead character, the hapless Janitor of the Eiffel Tower - played by Koster - who will attempt, and fail, to clean this very venue, as surreal events, songs (by the Music Tapes), and magic simply happen all around him (and you). Debuting in the top ten on iTunes’ podcast charts, the podcast—a combination of cinematic audio narrative, song, and sound collage—has reached a loving cult fandom all over the world, has been featured in The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Spin, and was named one of The Guardian’s top podcasts of 2016.

About the Music Tapes: Founded by Koster and Robbie Cucchiaro, the Music Tapes, seminal members of the beloved Elephant 6 Collective, are known for creating unique and extraordinary live events. Their most recent show, 2012’s The Traveling Imaginary, toured in a circus tent with its own carnival of surreal games. This tour, in support of Merge Records’ release of the new Orbiting Human Circus EP - a collection of songs from the podcast and the Music Tapes’ sixth release on the revered indie label—might be the Music Tapes’ most ambitious offering to date.

Justin Townes Earle Premieres ‘Maybe a Moment’ Video, Talks About New Record and Being an Expecting Father (Plays Slim’s on Fri. 6/2!)


The video for 'Maybe A Moment,' a track from Justin Townes Earle's upcoming eighth album "Kids In The Street," is a bit of a blast from the past for the singer-songwriter.

The clip, directed by Alicia J. Rose, tracks two young women traveling together, hitchhiking and eventually ending up in a rundown club where Earle is performing the song on stage. "It reminded me a lot of playing the Springwater in Nashville," Earle tells Billboard. "When I was 15 years old I would play from noon 'til seven at night there. There used to be this [girl] that showed up in mini-skirts and halter tops and she and her friends would dance in front of the stage. There'd be two old drunks at the bar, the girls dancing in front of me -- and those girls never looked like the ones in the video, that's for sure."

 And while the actresses seem to be portraying a lesbian couple, Earle hopes it's open to interpretation. "Really, it's just two young girls, one kind of egging the other on, like young kids do," he explains. The song itself, meanwhile, is drawn from some of Earle's own misspent, egging-on youth.

"It's one of the more autobiographical songs I've ever written," he notes. "When we were kids in Nashville whose parents wouldn't pay attention to you, we'd stay out all night. By 12 and 13 I would jump in a car with older boys and go to Memphis to see punk rock shows, drink Olde English 800s, smoke shitty s--tty and try to get back before school -- before we quit that and stopped going to school. We were doing all sorts of things we weren't supposed to do at fairly young ages. Looking back nostalgically now I wouldn't want to do it again, but there's something amazing I always remember about that, getting into the car and taking off on the highway with a bunch of idiots."

"Kids In The Street" is due out May 26, and marks the first time Earle has recorded outside of Nashville, working with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) in Omaha, Neb. "When you grow up with Nasvhille musicians and all the people there, it's hard to think about making a record anywhere else," Earle says. "The first thing that drew me (to Mogis) was the fact he had mixed M. Ward's "Hold Time" record and he also recorded Jenny Lewis' "Rabbit Fur Coat" record; those were just amazing sounding records, and he has great ideas. I mean, nobody in Nashville would've said, 'Let's put a bajo sexto on this song;' they would've tried to copy it with a guitar and something else and complicated it."

It's also Earle's first album since becoming a father, and while he finds plenty to grouse about, particularly the gentrification of some of his old Nashville neighborhoods, on the album, "Kids In The Street" finds him significantly more settled and easygoing throughout.

"These songs were definitely from somebody who's more clearheaded and married, for sure," Earle acknowledges. "I think that I do see things from a more calm and lucid perspective these days, and that has a lot to do with my wife." The couple is also expecting their first child in July. "We'll see what the kid does to [the music]," Earle says. "This record was written and in the can when we found out she was pregnant. I was actually in the studio when I found out; I was just kind of, 'Holy shit, I'm gonna have a kid' and blanked out the rest of the night."

Earle returns to the road Thursday (April 27) with The Sadies as his band, and shows currently booked into early June. "I couldn't ask for a better band to do it with," Earle says. "We've done shows together; I've opened for them, they've opened for me. We've never actually gotten a chance to work together, but I've been looking for a reason to for a long time, and here it is." - Billboard

Don't miss Justin Townes Earle + The Sadies + Sammy Brue at Slim's on Fri. 6/2!

Thrash-Punk Pioneers Stir Up A Pit At Slim’s (Sat. 5/6!)