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Music, Hear This Rank/Xerox: Show Preview

Rank/Xerox: Show Preview

Local post-punk trio Rank/Xerox is continuing its upward trajectory: The band's neurotic debut album elicited universally positive reviews and topped many punk-focused 2011 year-end lists, so its upcoming appearance at Fivepoints Arthouse will be important for this local talent. But…
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Music, Hear This Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

The six-piece Syracuse-based Ra Ra Riot formed in 2006, but a lot has happened since then. The band released a self-titled EP and blew away festivalgoers at South by Southwest and CMJ last year. But it hasn't been all good…
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Calendar, Night&Day A New Lease on<i> Life</i>

A New Lease on Life

I'm not much for holiday entertainment. I skirt productions touting dancing sugarplums, velveteen rabbits, and little girls playing with matches. Choirs leave me cold. If I happen to know a few characters from It's a Wonderful Life, it's only because…
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Culture, Stage

Vocal Talent

The second Bay Area Afro Solo Performance Festival took up residence for one brief weekend (ending last Sunday) at the New Performance Gallery. While the two nights I attended (Friday and Sunday) were somewhat uneven, the sheer anticipation of seeing…
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