Noah Gundersen Ponders On The Modern Existential Crisis With ‘Dry Year’ (Playing GAMH Thurs. 11/9)


“Dry Year” is a gut-wrenchingly honest and confessional view at thoughts that make up an existential crisis in today’s age. With a melancholic stripped-down acoustic guitar Noah vulnerably asks questions like, “are these my feet going through the motions/ are these my feet learning how to dance?” showing us the balance of dwelling in the mundane while still trying to inflict change. The culmination of all of these thoughts and observations leads up to the one of last lines, when Noah sings “tell me where all of this is going to?” As you listen to this song, you begin to ask your own questions or just realize that you have the same ones as he does, which is one of the many reasons we love Noah Gundersen so much. - The Wild Honey Pie

Take a listen HERE!

Track Premiere: Cannibal Corpse, “Red Before Black” (Playing Tues. 11/14 & Wed. 11/15 at Slim’s)


We haven’t had a chance to dive into the lyrics of the title track from Cannibal Corpse’s new album Red Before Black yet, but we would like to imagine that Corpsegrinder and crew are suggesting that red, and not black, is the most brutal color of all. Cannibal Corpse know a thing or two about being brutal — this is the band that popularized death metal and once named an album Kill (all other bands should just stop trying; that is THE definitive death metal album title, QED) — so perhaps we should listen to them and just start wearing all red all the time instead of black. Black is so boring anyway!

MetalSucks is pleased to premiere “Red Before Black” to the world today.

Take a listen HERE!

Oakland’s Rays Bring Their Banner Year to a Close (Playing GAMH Sun. 10/15 with Protomartyr & Lars Finberg)


A new member, a fantastically received debut album, and a successful recent tour have made this year an important one for Oakland band RAYS, who bridge an artsy folk-psychedelia vibe with proto-punk and garage. After their Midwestern trip to play Cropped Out, the low-key festival for weirdos that's been happening in Louisville, KY since 2010, the group is recharged and ready to craft a new record. The experience was inspiring, according to drummer Alexa Pantalone, especially sharing a bill with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, David Nance Band, the Cowboys and more.

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

Q&A: Bad Suns Add Inspiration to Elbow Grease on the Road (Playing Wed. 10/11 at GAMH)


For Los Angeles new wavy indie rock band Bad Suns, the difference between a debut album and a sophomore LP comes down having the tenacity to learn from your experiences and make the appropriate tweaks.

“Having the first go-around certainly helps a lot,” frontman Christo Bowman said. “Putting out the first record [and] touring it was all such a whirlwind, and we were kind of just taking it as it came to us each day. We were really figuring it out. It seems obvious, but with the second record it was very helpful [to] take all that we had learned … for a smoother ride; embellishing what we could do and taking things to the next level. As opposed to ‘How do we barely scrape by?’ the goal now is, ‘How do we put on a great show every night?’”

Bad Suns, who headline the Great American Music Hall on Oct. 11, came together in 2012 and made a splash with their 2014 debut, Language & Perspective.

Click HERE for RIFF Magazine's interview!

A Beautiful Voice in an Intimate Space (Moses Sumney Plays GAMH on Tues. 9/26)


Moses Sumney’s voice is a high, luscious falsetto, and his songs are slow, thoughtful and sexy, making you want to lean in to listen closer. He considers himself a slow starter, and hid his songs away for years. But more recently, Sumney’s played with Beck, Solange and Local Natives, and he’s got a new album, Aromanticism, coming out in September. Catch him at the intimate Great American Music Hall on Sept. 26 before he graduates to bigger venues. Details here. - KQED Arts

Why TOPS Is My Favorite Band In The World (Playing Sat. 9/9 at GAMH)


There's only one thing that's remained a constant source of inspiration for her whole career for Jane Penny – her own band, TOPS. She writes for us about why. - The Line of Best Fit

When Line of Best Fit approached me to write about what inspires me I thought about it for a long time, and struggled to land on a definitive topic. There are so many artists that I am inspired by, and I'll often spend evenings watching all the interviews, live performances and music videos of the 'greats'. There are always a few songs I can't stop listening to.

Click HERE to read on!

Green Apple Books, a singular store, celebrates 50th anniversary (Wed. 9/6 at GAMH)


If there’s any indication that portents of the death of print are and have always been misguided, it could be easily seen in the history of places like San Francisco’s Green Apple Books. And if there’s any indication that bookstores nevertheless continue teetering at the edge of survival — well, look again at Green Apple.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Green Apple Books will celebrate its 50th year in operation with an Anniversary Jubilee of live music and reading with special guests at the Great American Music Hall.

Click HERE for the SF Chronicle's article!

DoTheBay Has Your Chance to Win Tickets to Loco Tranquilo at GAMH on Sat. 9/2!


Loco Tranquilo is a San Francisco band based in the heart of the Mission district. Over the past two years, they’ve been gaining momentum within the Bay Area music scene, playing multiple shows each month and earning a devoted and diverse following along the way. Fusing hypnotic and colorful melodies with funky grooves and jazzy, primordial rhythms, the band is known for moving people on the dance floor while also tapping into the inner workings of the human experience. Their distinctive style of music is made to create unity through universal feelings. During each show, they strive to create dream-like atmosphere, ushering listener on a musical journey and provoking inward sensitive exploration and communal celebration.

Win tickets HERE (good luck!)

Catching up with San Cisco: Guitarist Josh Biondillo on the Aussies’ The Water (Playing Mon. 8/28 at GAMH)


San Cisco may be a west coast band, with a name that could pass for a tourist’s abbreviation for San Francisco and an upbeat Californian pop sound, but the quartet actually calls the west coast of Australia home.

The quartet will be touring its new album, The Water, up and down the U.S. west coast later this month and RIFF chatted by email with guitarist Josh Biondillo about the similarities, his band, and the new album.

Read on HERE for RIFF Magazine's interview.

Jidenna Blazing New Path For Music, Manhood (Playing Wed. 8/23 at Slim’s – SOLD OUT!)


On his debut album, “The Chief,” Jidenna is out to prove that origin stories aren’t just for superheroes.

The 32-year-old hip-hop artist, known locally for his role with the Oakland social club Fear & Fancy when he attended Stanford University, first gained notice with his 2015 single “Classic Man.” That track, a triumphant statement about redefining masculinity, helped Jidenna find a home at Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, which in February put out the dapper performer’s first full-length record.

“She paved the way for a lot of us,” Jidenna says of the impact Monáe has made on young artists like himself. “She was a pivotal leader in both fashion and music, and I’d say in just originality. She is one of a kind.”

 

Read on HERE for the SF Chronicle article.

Pardoner’s ‘Uncontrollable Salvation’ Is A Punk Blessing That Bludgeons (Playing Fri. 8/25 at Slim’s)


Pardoner can't stop saving us from 'blah' punk. That's what Uncontrollable Salvation means, right? Or maybe Pardoner's some kind of Judge Dredd, a combination of judge, jury and savior whenever a perp is making lame punk crossed with '90s alt-rock.

 In any case, the San Francisco band's debut album is a muscle spasm of Polvo's weirdo heft and Dinosaur Jr.'s slacker fuzz, set to a disaffected punk squall. It's a blessing that bludgeons, much like this title track that simultaneously squeals with nasty delight and catchy corkscrew hooks. Uncontrollable Salvation comes out Sept. 8 via Father/Daughter Records. - NPR

Broke-Ass Stuart Has Your Chance To Win Tickets To Shabazz Palaces on Fri. 8/18!


I’m super excited to bring you this giveaway because I love me some Shabazz Palaces. So, please don’t enter this giveaway if you intend on flaking. I will be sad.

Shabazz Palaces is an American hip hop duo from Seattle composed of Ishmael Butler a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz rap group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire, son of mbira master Dumisani Maraire. The pair anonymously self-released two EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New (referred to as Shabazz Palaces and Of Light, respectively) in 2009 before becoming the first hip-hop act to be signed to the Sub Pop label and releasing their debut full-length album, Black Up to wide critical acclaim in 2011.

Butler notes that the work of Shabazz Palaces differs from his previous work stylistically. He cites his primary influences as “abstract,” pulling from podcasts and mixtapes. Butler attributes the use of African percussion and jazz overtones to his family’s musical preferences.

Enter to win HERE! 

Hot Lunch: Local Heavy Rock Heroes Headline Slim’s (Sat. 8/19)


This Saturday, Hot Lunch headlines it’s biggest Bay Area show yet with this concert at Slim’s in San Francisco. The quartet will be joined by local destructo psych-punks CCR Headcleaner — who have established a solid reputation with their feral live shows — and Frisco, a new group featuring singer Bob McDonald and bassist/guitarist Andy Oglesby of sadly defunct punk vets Hank IV with ex-Acid King/Altamont drummer Joey Osbourne and onetime Lost Goat guitarist Eric Peterson that hints at the noisy ’90s chaos of the Jesus Lizard and Unsane.

Read the CBS preview HERE! 

Art And Mortality On The Bill For Great American Music Hall Event (With Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony & Midtown Social on Fri. 8/11)


Every month, Ned Buskirk gathers 50 people together in a cavernous room to talk about the one thing no one seems to want to talk about: death.

These open mikes, aptly called “You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes,” started seven years ago in Buskirk’s Duboce Park living room. Now, they exist as one of the only places San Franciscans can cry comfortably in a room full of strangers.

On Friday, Aug 11, at 8 p.m., the YG2D collective stages its biggest event to date: a blowout show at the Great American Music Hall. Unlike its regular open mikes, this show will be curated with performers tuned toward the beauties and sorrows of mortality.

For tickets and more information, go to YG2D’s website at www.yg2d.com - SF Gate 

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