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Music, All Shook Down Astronauts, etc. Emerge at Rickshaw Stop

Astronauts, etc. Emerge at Rickshaw Stop

Astronauts, etc. O (formerly Black Cobra Vipers) Chaz Bundick (DJ Set) Rickshaw Stop Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Better Than: Jury Duty My introduction to Anthony Ferraro's Astronauts, etc. project was that he's "Toro y Moi's touring keyboardist." But at last…
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Music, School of Chaz: The Chilled-Out Chameleon Behind Toro y Moi and Les Sins Just Wants To Penetrate Your Mind, Man

School of Chaz: The Chilled-Out Chameleon Behind Toro y Moi and Les Sins Just Wants To Penetrate Your Mind, Man

"Peace," Chaz Bundick says as he waves two fingers, slings a beige canvas backpack over his shoulder, and leaves. I watch him walk away, wearing a red Patagonia jacket and green jeans, his poofy hair sticking up as he smiles…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Toro Y Moi's New Disco-Groovy "Empty Nesters"

Listen: Toro Y Moi's New Disco-Groovy "Empty Nesters"

Chaz Bundick is like the musical version of that kid in elementary school who can't sit still — but it's because he's totally mastered his times tables already, and wants to move on to astronomy. Last year saw the…
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Music, All Shook Down Our Favorite Local Electro-ish Records of 2014

Our Favorite Local Electro-ish Records of 2014

First, go read this cranky mini-dissertation on lists. And now that we've gotten that out of the way: Below are some of SF Weekly's favorite records from the past calendar year in a category we've decided to call electro-ish…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Les Sins Start a Dance Party at the BART Station in This Video for "Why"

Watch Les Sins Start a Dance Party at the BART Station in This Video for "Why"

The entire chillwave-loving Internet gasped an excited gasp earlier this year when it heard that Chaz Bundick, better known as the Berkeley-dwelling force behind Toro y Moi, had been at work on an upbeat, dancey new side project: Les Sins.…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Noise Pop 2013 offered great sets by Thao Nugyen, Toro y Moi, and the Ty Segall project Fuzz, among many others. The festival ended with a surprise show Sunday night by instrumental electronic act Tycho at 1772 Market,…
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Music, All Shook Down Toro y Moi Moves to Berkeley, Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Jail, and More

Toro y Moi Moves to Berkeley, Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Jail, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print edition: Toro y Moi Thaws Out: In 2011, Bundick made his biggest hop yet: He moved from his native South Carolina to Berkeley, accompanying his longtime girlfriend as she entered graduate school. It was in…
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Music, Feature Toro y Moi Thaws Out: Chaz Bundick puts a New Fire Under His Cool Electronic Funk

Toro y Moi Thaws Out: Chaz Bundick puts a New Fire Under His Cool Electronic Funk

Photograph by Misha Vladimirskiy/Butchershop Creative Chaz Bundick is so goddamn chill. On a Friday morning in January, the figurehead of the popular indie music group Toro y Moi is sipping coffee on a quiet corner in North Berkeley. Bundick…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Local rocker Ty Segall has started a new band with guitarist and old pal Charlie Moonheart. Called Fuzz, the outfit's first two songs are slogging proto-metal workouts à la Sabbath that more than live up to their moniker.…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Julio Bashmore kicked things up a notch at a special Lights Down Low at Cellspace, where the fashionable twentysomething crowd contrasted sharply with the Burner/warehouse vibes of the venue. Toward the end of the night, with the rented…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop 2013 Early Lineup: Amon Tobin, Toro Y Moi, Thao Nguyen, and More

Noise Pop 2013 Early Lineup: Amon Tobin, Toro Y Moi, Thao Nguyen, and More

There's a chill in the air and the skies are intermittently cloudy, so it must be getting close to time for the Noise Pop festival, right? Well, yes: Today, organizers announced the first installment of the lineup for the festival's…
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Music, All Shook Down Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick Will Be Rocking the Lower Haight Tonight as Les Sins

Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick Will Be Rocking the Lower Haight Tonight as Les Sins

It'll soon be Friday night, and aside from the whole list of great parties to hit this weekend, there's another worth putting on your radar: Over at the Lower Haight's underloved Underground SF, Chaz Bundick, chief freak behind chillwave titans…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 3/3/12: Cloud Nothings Grow Up at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 3/3/12: Cloud Nothings Grow Up at Bottom of the Hill

Cloud Nothings Saturday, March 3, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: The high school graduation test. Four songs into a fevered, triumphant set at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi stopped playing and said…
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Music, Outside Lands: Fifteen Lesser-Known Artists You Shouldn't Miss

Outside Lands: Fifteen Lesser-Known Artists You Shouldn't Miss

You're obviously going to catch the headliner sets at this weekend's Outside Lands Festival, so we'll assume you're already more than familiar with Arcade Fire, Muse, the Roots, Girl Talk, and Phish. But there are 70-odd other artists headed to…
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Music, After "Portlandia", Washed Out Trades Sampling for Songwriting

After "Portlandia", Washed Out Trades Sampling for Songwriting

Washed Out might be the most perfect band name ever conceived: It captures the gist of Ernest Greene's music in two simple words. Bright, explosive hues could have easily ruled his synth-driven pop, but he takes a different tack, toning…
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Music, All Shook Down SXSW So Far: The Highlights and Lowlights of Two Days in Austin

SXSW So Far: The Highlights and Lowlights of Two Days in Austin

Far more occurs in the maelstrom of South-By than bears retelling -- even in just two music-packed days. So in lieu of lengthiness, here's a drive-by roundup of the highlights and lowlights from our last two days in Austin. HighlightsSqueezing onto…
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Music, All Shook Down Ghostface Killah's Fear of God, and the Thermals' Temporary Chill

Ghostface Killah's Fear of God, and the Thermals' Temporary Chill

From SF Weekly's print music section:Ghostface Killah: This might be a common belief, but Ghostface is an uncommon man. For starters, he's intensely observant. In the rap game, his strength of recall is Proustian. His skill in breaking a verse's…
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Music, BeatBox Toro Y Moi: Show Preview

Toro Y Moi: Show Preview

Chaz Bundick's February release as Toro Y Moi surprised indie-electronic pop listeners who thought the genre sounded basically like the Notwist, the Books, or the Postal Service. The South Carolinian imbued his bedroom opus, Causers of This, with rich shoegazey…
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Music, All Shook Down Hear Shlohmo Remix Toro Y Moi Before Toro Y Moi's Friday Show

Hear Shlohmo Remix Toro Y Moi Before Toro Y Moi's Friday Show

"Shlohmo makes me sleepy"​And thus does S.F./L.A. beatmaker Shlohmo take on the spacey chillwave sensibilities of Toro Y Moi. Here he remixes "Fax Shadow" into a brooding, dribbling, echoey soundscape. It's for your ears, after the jump.…
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Music, All Shook Down Is Chillwave the Sound of Summer 2010?

Is Chillwave the Sound of Summer 2010?

It may be hard for us S.F. residents to tell, but summer is here, and that means it's time to bust out our brightest, shiniest, dreamiest, and, uh, summeriest music to help make these months (more like weeks in our…
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