From the latest SF Weekly:
Sun Kil Moon: All this specificity summons tremendous power. It yanks you into Kozelek's mind, into grappling with, say, the fact that not one but two of Kozelek's relatives were killed by exploding aerosol cans. It makes those deaths, and other deaths -- for death is everywhere in the 61 brilliant minutes of Kozelek's new album, Benji -- more painful and yet more quotidian. And it makes this latest release under Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon moniker not just one of the most stunning albums of the year so far, not just maybe one of the strongest in the former leader of Red House Painters' long career, but a rare and searing and important work of art. In an era enamored with glamorous illusions, Benji's true, dull, uncool details constitute a forceful rejoinder. They make this 11-song sonic memoir almost anti-pop music... [continue reading]
Roots rocker Angel Olsen: Such uncertainty is a bit of an awkward problem, seeing as how Olsen, 27, has developed an unparalleled knack for making people drop everything they're doing and listen. During live performances, her voice flutters with uncanny grace between a shout and a warble, and her enormous, feline eyes fixate on some indistinct point at the back of the room. Audiences tend to gape with the sort of unflinching, be-Ritalined focus that's normally reserved for Olympic ski-jumping or fights in a high school cafeteria. When she plays the Great American Music Hall on March 3, expect this dynamic, which one critic dubbed "Angel Olsen Syndrome," to permeate the venue... [continue reading]
Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and lows from the week in S.F. music.
And we recommend Noise Pop shows!
Papercuts, Vetiver, and the Donkeys at the Chapel, Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Shabazz Palaces, Cities Aviv, and Extra Classic at Slim's, Thursday, Feb. 27.
No Age, Hindu Pirates, and Creative Adult at Bottom of the Hill, Friday, Feb. 28.
Throwing Muses and Mark Eitzel at the Jewish Community Center, Friday, Feb. 28.
... and a NOT-Noise Pop show: