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Music, All Shook Down Old-Time Ditties Get a Modern Makeover With Shannon And The Clams

Old-Time Ditties Get a Modern Makeover With Shannon And The Clams

Oakland band Shannon and The Clams made their mark in 2009 as a party band, with plenty of soul in the mix. They built their sound around the simple, emotion-drenched sounds of the ‘50s, overlaid with their own modern…
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Music, All Shook Down Sandy's Celebrates Reverb and S.F. Surf Culture on "Yuba Diamond"

Sandy's Celebrates Reverb and S.F. Surf Culture on "Yuba Diamond"

Sandy's is the new project of Bay Area denizen Alexi Glickman, a musician who spent time playing and recording with the Botticellis and Little Wings before recently striking out on his own as Sandy's. Today brings the first track from…
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Music, All Shook Down Shannon and the Clams Charm the Chapel, 8/31/13

Shannon and the Clams Charm the Chapel, 8/31/13

Sonny & the Sunsets Shannon and the Clams Warm Soda Saturday, August 31, 2013 The Chapel Better than: Your average dance party at church. A night at the Chapel with a good band will make you love San Francisco; a…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny and the Sunsets' Sonny Smith Interviews a Psychic About Death and the Afterlife

Sonny and the Sunsets' Sonny Smith Interviews a Psychic About Death and the Afterlife

By SONNY SMITH [Editor's note: Perhaps you noticed that the new album from Sonny and the Sunsets, which we wrote about in print last week and comes out today, is called Antenna to the Afterworld. Given that the afterlife, aliens,…
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Music, All Shook Down Beer and Music: The Bay Brewed Blends Some of the Best of Both

Beer and Music: The Bay Brewed Blends Some of the Best of Both

Since events that mix cool music with fancy things to put in your body (like food or booze) are increasingly going to become the norm in S.F. -- this being a trend we're somewhat conflicted about -- we at least…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>SF Weekly</i>'s Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

SF Weekly's Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

To illustrate this week's package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows this year's festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny Smith (of Sonny &…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Sonny Smith Debuts New Live Show 'Sees All Knows All' at the Lost Church

Saturday: Sonny Smith Debuts New Live Show 'Sees All Knows All' at the Lost Church

Sonny Smith Alexi Glickman Jan. 14, 2012 The Lost Church Better than: That paranoid monologue that finally convinces the man to lock you up forever. Between issuing unadorned pop-rock with his band, Sonny & the Sunsets, assigning himself sprawling…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny Smith's 'Sees All Knows All' Project: Live Storytelling, With a Band

Sonny Smith's 'Sees All Knows All' Project: Live Storytelling, With a Band

It often seems that San Francisco's Sonny Smith is on a quest to leave his creative mark on as many different mediums as possible. Best known as the leader of Fat Possum-signed rock band Sonny and the Sunsets, Smith is…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Best Bay Area Indie Rock Records of 2011

The 10 Best Bay Area Indie Rock Records of 2011

It was a banner year for San Francisco and Bay Area indie rock -- at least for those who didn't start ignoring it to go dancing instead. No, really: This year, the local scene grabbed feature-length attention from the New…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Sonny Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Poet with Qualms, and More

In Print: Sonny Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Poet with Qualms, and More

Sonny and the Sunsets: It's an immaculate summer day, and we are interrupting Sonny Smith. He's sitting under an umbrella at Dolores Park Cafe, eating a cup of yogurt he'd been carrying in his pocket, trying to answer a question…
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