Real Estate isn't from California, but it was hard to tell that at the first of the band's two sold-out shows at the Independent. Its sound — that bittersweet California sunset jangle — thrummed out into the packed house, and for an hour and a half, everything outside the room, everything outside the heads and hands of those watching, melted away.
NightLife at the Academy of Sciences is a good way to beat the doldrums of going to the same clubs over and over. It's more like a happy hour than anything else — a social event rather than a full-on rave-your-face-off dance thing — but the DJ talent is peak-time worthy, and the atmosphere is unbeatable.
Our writer on how Girl Talk taught him to love music: "Girl Talk's output has stuck with me. It has allowed me to enjoy all kinds of artists I had never listened to or given much time before — The Band, Rich Boy, Lil Wayne, Jimi Hendrix, Ludacris, James Taylor. I'm now willing to try almost anything and not immediately dismiss it."
Childish Gambino canceled his tour opener at Oakland's Fox Theater only minutes before the doors opened on Feb. 27, citing intractable tech problems. The show has been rescheduled to May 6, but what a bummer. "Oakland is one of my favorite places, which is why I wanted to start the tour here," Donald Glover wrote on Twitter.
Mother Falcon is a young, celebrated orchestral rock group, but even with headlining shows at Noise Pop, its 12 touring members aren't making any money. "At this point it's kind of a Catch-22, because people are spending a lot of money on the road, but we have to be on the road so that we can further the band, so that maybe we can get paid later," one member told us.
Creative Adult sees trade-offs in leaving the local DIY hardcore scene and joining the music industry proper: "A lot of times the people who've gone to school and work in the industry make more than the artists, so in that sense it's totally crooked and totally backwards," says vocalist and guitarist Michael Bingham. "But if I want self-sustainment, I have to figure out a way to use parts of it. It's a moral battle."