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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn Have an Eerie New Single, "The Killers and Me"

Listen: Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn Have an Eerie New Single, "The Killers and Me"

Ben Chasny, of local outfits-of-note Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire, has a new project with Donovan Quinn of twisted folk-rock outfit the Skygreen Leopards. Together they are New Bums, and have a debut full-length, Voices in a…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/22/12: Six Organs of Admittance Pummels and Soothes at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 9/22/12: Six Organs of Admittance Pummels and Soothes at Bottom of the Hill

Six Organs of Admittance Young Moon Donovan Quinn Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Mushrooms -- either kind.  Ben Chasny used to be the Bay Area's premier cinematic psych-rock wunderkind. Though he's based out of Portland…
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Calendar, Night&Day Where Our Head Is At

Where Our Head Is At

Music compilation projects don't usually blow our skirts up. While the local-scene types are always kind of fun, they also tend to suck. Production value is not the point, and bands don't want to give up the good songs they…
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Calendar, Night&Day Messrs. Gorgeous

Messrs. Gorgeous

The Skygreen Leopards' last album, 2006’s Disciples of California, was a sunny ode to the Golden State. The San Francisco outfit, founded by singer-guitarists Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn, filtered the psychedelic country-rock of the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and…
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Music, Donovan Quinn: lover of poetry, women, and heartache

Donovan Quinn: lover of poetry, women, and heartache

"Some people call it surreal," says Donovan Quinn, talking about his new solo album. "But it's more about examining all the weirdness that draws me to heartbreak. It's about wondering why I'm a screwed-up, weird little dude." In reality, Quinn…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Good Folks

Gram Parsons, Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds, and Bob Dylan in a Nashville Skyline mood hang around the music of Donovan Quinn. As part of the strong local folk-rock scene, Quinn -- who's been involved with Skygreen Leopards, Verdure, and…
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Music, California Sunshine

California Sunshine

A sun-soaked San Francisco afternoon is a dreamy, almost spiritual affair, even without psychedelics and a chilled bottle of white wine. But here we are, Glenn Donaldson and I, passing a clear rubber hose back 'n' forth, filling our lungs…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Freak Folk Shmreak Shmolk

Freak Folk Shmreak Shmolk

Saturday morning: A light but persistent rain falls. I am settled into a classic art deco club chair tucked into the corner of a spacious living room near Dolores Park. It's a place of intriguing objets d'art, abstruse music instruments,…
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