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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Dangermaker's New Single "I Won't Let You Down" Is A Love Song, But It's Definitely Not Mushy

Premiere: Dangermaker's New Single "I Won't Let You Down" Is A Love Song, But It's Definitely Not Mushy

Dark-pop quartet Dangermaker aren't known for crafting love songs. Formed in 2008, the San Francisco band has released three EPs and one full-length album, all the while managing to avoid the mushy topic of love, focusing instead on subjects related…
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Music, All Shook Down The Pessimist: Experiencing "1 Night" With Lil Yachty

The Pessimist: Experiencing "1 Night" With Lil Yachty

Eighteen-year-old rapper Lil Yachty has been making headlines for the last seven months, starting with his modeling stunt at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show/album release party at Madison Square Garden. Since then, he's been remarkably active. The…
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Music, All Shook Down UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

Who said punk music isn't for dancing? Certainly not the members of UK trio Shopping, because, well, that's exactly what their fast-paced, bass-heavy music is meant for.  Formed in 2012, the band released its debut album, Consumer Complaints, last…
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Music, Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters

Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters

It's San Francisco in the early '80s, and Faith No More is a little-known punk-rock band consisting of four musicians all under the age of 21. In their short time together, they've already had three name changes — previously they…
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Music, Hear This Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

"Shibui" is a Japanese word used to describe an aesthetic that is simple and subtle, but at the same time covertly complex, with hidden details and depths. It is also the perfect word to describe Ben Harper's music. On its…
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Music, Hear This Riff Raff @ Social Hall

Riff Raff @ Social Hall

It's hard not to admire Riff Raff. The 34-year-old dude — born Horst Christian Simco — grew up in a shitty suburb outside of Houston, the second-oldest of four children in a blue-collar family where his mom worked as a…
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Music, All Shook Down The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

I still remember the first time I heard someone my own age say the word "fuck." I was in second grade in Mrs. Wright's class, and  I was sitting on the bench behind the dugout waiting my turn at…
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Music, All Shook Down Not Going to Outside Lands? Here's How You Should Spend Your Weekend

Not Going to Outside Lands? Here's How You Should Spend Your Weekend

So you don't have a ticket to Outside Lands and you feel kind of bummed because seemingly all of your friends do and they can't stop gabbing about how stoked they are to see Radiohead and J.Cole. You're a bit…
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Music, Sonic Soul Food: With His Debut Album, <i>Jentrify</i>, Elujay Speaks For Himself and Oakland

Sonic Soul Food: With His Debut Album, Jentrify, Elujay Speaks For Himself and Oakland

Elujay is no stranger to Interstate 5. A third-year business student at the University of Redlands, he's made the roughly 400-mile journey between SoCal and his hometown of Oakland multiple times in the last few years. In fact, it was…
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News, Feature With <i>Is the Is Are</i>, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

With Is the Is Are, DIIV Frontman Zachary Cole Smith Finally Sees The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Ever since Zachary Cole Smith catapulted onto the music scene in 2011 with his five-piece, guitar-driven rock band DIIV, he's been in the public eye. But not for his music. "It just kind of got glossed over," the 31-year-old says.…
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Music, Why Electronic-R&B Duo Lion Babe Will Forever be Tied to its Breakout Single

Why Electronic-R&B Duo Lion Babe Will Forever be Tied to its Breakout Single

The song opens with a trickling keyboard melody, coated with a thick layer of analog fuzz that makes the tune sound old, and as if it were cascading through your speakers from a faraway place. Ten seconds in, a clapping…
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Music, Hear This Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

Vic Mensa is young — 23 — so he's still figuring shit out, namely his musical style. His first two mixtapes, Trap House Rock (2012) and Innateape (2013), are filled with rapid-fire bars over clangy, bass-heavy instrumentals. But his debut…
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Music, Hear This Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

Fuck being funny. Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Dacus is tired of "feeling like the odd man out" and would rather be "the cute one," "the best dressed," "the smartest," or "the artist." Or so she says in her rough, unpolished, and string-filled…
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Music, Hear This K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

There are a lot of black female singers whose names start with a K: Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Kehlani, Kelela, and Keri Hilson. And then there's K. Michelle. Yes, she sings lovelorn R&B songs like the others do and…
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Music, Hear This The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

Though they don't exactly sound like Kings of Leon — they have more of a Southern, retro sound — Canadian blues rock sextet The Sheepdogs owe a lot to that band. It was through playing Kings of Leon covers that…
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News, Feature Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

Big Grams Gets the Formula Right

Big Grams might not sound familiar, but surely the names of the individual artists who make up the eclectic hip-hop trio do. Consisting of rapper Big Boi (André 3000's other half in OutKast) and Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of…
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News, Feature Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

Chicago Indie-Rockers Whitney Are Finding That it Pays to be Sincere

For the last six months, the seven members of the Chicago band Whitney have been homeless — sort of. Though they've been living out of suitcases and backpacks, they haven't necessarily been sleeping on the streets. Instead, they've been touring…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy 90th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Happy 90th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Today, Tony Bennett, the man behind the 1962 track "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" — whom we also wrote extensively about in last week's cover story — turns 90. Even if you're not a San Francisco native, surely…
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Music, All Shook Down Third Eye Blind Designed a Politically-Charged T-Shirt And Will Donate The Proceeds to Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Third Eye Blind Designed a Politically-Charged T-Shirt And Will Donate The Proceeds to Hillary Clinton's Campaign

For $25 you can buy a cleverly-phrased T-shirt that not only supports your favorite local band, Third Eye Blind, but also presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It's a simple shirt — all black with grey sans-serif font — but the words…
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Music, All Shook Down 8 Local Albums That Came Out This July

8 Local Albums That Came Out This July

New music gets released every day, so it can be hard to keep up with the constant flow of tunes. This is where we come in. For the month of July, we've been keeping tabs on new local releases.…
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