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
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 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.
“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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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.
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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
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 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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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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
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