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

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!

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!

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!

Front Country serves up a musical blend it calls ‘roots pop’ (playing Sat. 2/17 at Slim’s with The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, Ben & Alex Morrison of The Brothers Comatose)


The front country is where the wilderness intersects with the city — as opposed to the back country. Likewise the Nashville-based, San Francisco-sown musical ensemble bearing that moniker brings an urban sensibility and sophistication to the classic string-band format, walking a line between tradition and innovation that they refer to as “roots pop.

Front Country intersects with the city of San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a co-headlining show The with Sam Chase & the Untraditional at Slim’s.

Click HERE for the SF Chronicle article!

Drive-By Truckers Refuse to Peddle Dixieland Mythology (Playing Wed. 2/7 & Thurs. 2/8 with Lilly Hiatt at GAMH)


At last year’s Country Music Awards — an event long famous for gaudy outfits, oversized cowboy hats, and ever-escalating displays of mindless patriotism — Sturgill Simpson made news for busking outside the Nashville gathering and telling anyone who would listen that “Donald Trump is a fascist fucking pig.”

That Simpson was able to perform that act without being physically accosted — a low bar, undeniably — is a testament to how outsider voices are increasingly more tolerated in the insular and conservative world of country music. Acts such as Simpson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Miranda Lambert have been loath to regurgitate the company line preached by the genre’s standard-bearers.

While country music has always had its brand of anti-establishment figures (a legacy that includes Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard, and the genre’s pioneer, Hank Williams) this latest cadre of interlopers seem to trace their lineage to one group in particular — Drive-By Truckers.

Click HERE for the SF Weekly's interview!

Premiere: The Minnesota Child Lace Hope & Resilience into “Stay with Me” (Playing GAMH on Thurs. 2/1 with Mad Noise & Jessica + The Inscrutable Soul)


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Stay with Me,” the latest single off The Minnesota Child's upcoming (and first full-band) EP, Fireflies (independently out 2/1/2018). The pseudonym for Oakland, CA-based musician Ethan Buckner, The Minnesota Child’s heartland folk pop sound is reminiscent of LA’s The Morning Yells and Utah’s The National Parks (an Atwood favorite). But finding yourself in good company is not enough: The Minnesota Child stands out with a dazzling array of finely-executed harmonies and mesmerizing, poetic imagery.

Through some sort of musical magic, “Stay with Me” is a love song, a song of struggle, and a song of acceptance: From the heart, to the heart.

Take a listen HERE!