Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Treasure Island Music Festival

I'm wayyy too lazy to put up a detailed report of this show.. but, the beauty of the blogging allows me to introduce you to a very a thorough recap of the .

60 days of Rock Awesomeness

Sept 18th through November 17th is going to keep us all busy. If you can believe it, the list I'm about to organize doesn't even cover everything. But this should keep you busy. 54 shows in 60 days. I dare you.

9/18 - The Sounds
9/18 - Peter Bjorn and John
9/20 - Air
9/20 - Sean Hayes
9/21 - video
9/23 - Morrissey
9/24 - Maps
9/25 - !!! (chk chk chk)
9/26 - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
9/27 - Midlake
9/28 - Klaxons
9/29 - Ladytron
10/2 - Jolie Holland
10/5 - Datarock
10/5 - The Aliens
10/5 - Honeycut
10/8 - Beirut
10/9 - Shout Out Louds
10/10 - Aesop Rock + Black Moth Super Rainbow
10/11 - Bat For Lashes
10/12 - Fujiya & Miyagi
10/12 - Rogue Wave
10/13 - Film School
10/15 - The Black Lips
10/16 - Electric Six
10/17 - The Velvet Teen
10/19 - The Go! Team
10/19 - Silversun Pickups
10/20 - Big Star
10/23 - The Pogues
10/24 - Blonde Redhead
10/25 - Man Man
10/25 - Tokyo Police Club
10/26 - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
10/27 - Bridge School Benefit
10/28 - Scissors for Lefty + Kid Beyond
10/29 - The Pipettes
10/29 - Broken Social Scene
10/30 - Hot Hot Heat
10/31 - 1990s
11/1 - Architecture in Helsinki
11/2 - Ghostface Killah
11/3 - Do Make Say Think + Apostle of Hustle
11/4 - Tiger Army
11/4 - Tinariwen
11/5 - The Long Blondes
11/6 - Art Brut + The Hold Steady
11/7 - M.I.A.
11/9 - Feist
11/12 - Portugal. The Man
11/13 - Of Montreal
11/14 - Stars
11/15 - Parallel 23
11/17 - Cold War Kids

Boldface indicates my top recommendations. Use the links on the radar to the right to navigate to tickets or more information.

The Sounds @ The Fillmore

have been touring for 3 years straight. They just flew across the country to play two shows en route to Australia where they will continue to tour. If there was a way to harness the energy they create from the body heat of their fans, the world's energy problems would no longer be an issue. Yes. The show was amazing, once again.

was there... life was good. I got to see an old friend, of Eye on the Bay fame. Ironically, the first opener was called (Philadelphia), and they rocked a near sold-out crowd despite the fact that they weren't announced on the bill... After that, we got a great show from and then of course... the sweat generators, who made us all shake our asses. I slowly wedged myself near the front of the crowd with hopes of trying to capture a camera-phone shot of lead singer Maja Ivarsson, whose hot, sweaty body I was holding up during a brief crowd-surfing moment. Unfortunately, no posters were handed out. Doesn't matter. If you were there, you won't need any poster to remember the awesome time that was had by all.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Concerts For Everyone

If you are even remotely into seeing live music, there's a concert for you on October 5th. In fact, five bands spanning three decades will be playing at 5 different venues, and I probably wouldn't judge you if you went to see any one of them. Maybe.

Early 80's enthusiasts can go see the original members of the at the . If you prefer hearing something from the late 80's and early 90's, well, you can go see the at the in Oakland. How about the original members of who formed in the late 90's? Their new project is called , and you can see them at . Still not your fancy? Well, possibly who rose to fame in the early 2000's might tickle your pickle. As for the me, I'm going to the to see a band called whose freshman release was just two years ago. Here's a video of one of their songs, Computer Camp Love.

UPDATED 9/22 - HONEYCUT is also playing on 10/5. They will be performing at Bottom of the Hill. Might have to double up Honeycut and Datarock...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Just Announced: Broken Social Scene Plays Kevin Drew's 'Spirit If' LIVE at the Fillmore

That headline just rolls right off the tongue, eh? Yeah, so, the way I understand it is that members of Broken Social Scene are doing solo projects but the band members of Broken Social Scene and other label artists will be touring to perform the songs of the solo artists.... uh... whatever. is playing at on Monday, October 29. Love em to death, but I'll be at the show.

Just Announced: The Pipettes @ Bimbo's 365

San Francisco was introduced to the earlier this year when Aaron Axelson of Live105 fame brought them to play @ the . While I didn't see them perform their full set that evening, I did get a chance to hear them live earlier in the day at Amoeba. Axelson described the Pipettes as "Le Tigre meets the Shangri-Las". Their sound is refreshing, familiar, and inspires pure joy. When I left that evening, I noticed that every face in the room had a glowing smile from ear to ear. The music is not complicated, but it does what it sets out to do: Entertain. Check out the video from and the embedded video below.

The Pipettes will be performing at Bimbo's on Monday October 29th. Tickets are $15 in advance / $17 at the door. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. This an 18+ show.

Just Announced: Blonde Redhead @ Warfield

When I saw Blonde Redhead perform in April, the chills I felt from the angelic vocals and haunting rhythms remained with me through May. returns to San Francisco in October, this time playing the . They played three shows over two nights during their stay in SF last April. First, they played to over 1000 people @ , and then proceeded to play to two sold out nights at .

My point is that I wouldn't procrastinate on buying your tickets.
will perform Wednesday, October 24, 2007 @ The Warfield
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

go on sale Sunday 9/9 at 10am.

Two Seconds @ Bottom of the Hill

Teenage phenoms, , hit the stage again Friday night at the . If you are unfamiliar with their sound, imagine if the White Stripes and Sleater-Kinney made babies... they would be named . The duo consists of Sierra Frost on vocals and guitar and Lily Faden on drums and vocals. Frost brings a tremendous song-writing ability and an extraordinary voice. Faden's performance on drums is unmatched by any local act I've seen. She brings a true rock and roll flair to the drums with flailing hair, arms, and bare feet. Trying to qualify their talents by categorizing them with other teen acts would be an exercise in futility as this duo can rock harder than most bands, on any level.

To date they've release two albums and recently cut a new single which can be heard on their page. One listen to their sound, and I guarantee that you'll want to see these two prodigies perform.

Both the girls have been performing with , led by Ryan Lambert. Additionally, Lambert and Frost have started yet another project called . However, as the kids approach the end of their High School days, the future of Two Seconds remains uncertain. So get to this show tomorrow night, as the magic that they make together might soon take a back seat to responsibility, education and other ambitions.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


It's hard to determine what the 'best' shows I've been to in the last two years. But if I had to give a quick list, here's what I would say:

@ Bimbo's
@ Bimbo's

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Fillmore

Arcade Fire @ Warfield
@ Great American Music Hall
@ Rickshaw Stop

Clearly, I would see any of these bands upon their return to San Francisco. So now I'm in a pickle since the Go! Team and Silversun Pickups are playing on the same evening at two different venues on October 19. I already have tickets to the Go! Team, so it really comes down to whether or not I can double up the shows on a friday night, or sacrifice SSPU for the Go! Team. What would you do?

Silversun Pickups Announce Fillmore Show

Silversun Pickups will return to San Francisco on 10/19/2007 to headline the Fillmore. Special guests include Midnight Movies + The Happy Hollows.

Live 105 pre-sale info, for more info go to
Start: Thu, 09/06/07 10:00AM PDT
End: Fri, 09/07/07 5:00PM PDT

Public on sale info: Sun, 09/09/07 10:00AM PDT

Tickets available on