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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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  • Steve Glashier
  • Shopping

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 year, and followed it up this year with Why Choose, an even stronger sophomore effort. We chatted with the disco-inspired punkers ahead of their Saturday, August 13 show, about making the album, their favorite venues to play at, and that time they won over a group of football-obsessed bros. 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 2:02 PM

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  • Marina Chavez
  • Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is an artist whose lyricism revels in the dark alleys of existentialism and identity crisis, yet is somehow simultaneously sprinkled with comic relief in the bluntest of ways. His most recent album b’lieve i’m going down…, released on Matador Records last September, was widely-lauded as one of the greatest albums of 2015, gaining recognition from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and accolades from Rolling Stone for being "his most introspective tapestry yet."

With his Bob Dylan-esque vocals and tight guitar picking, Vile has a way of flirting with the complexities of life, but the 36-year-old is quick to remind us that things don’t always have to be so serious. In advance of his August 12 and 13 shows at The Greek Theatre, we chatted with the indie artist about the highlights of his most recent tour, April Fool's jokes, and wallabies vs. kangaroos. 

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Folk From Avalon: Globelamp On Songwriting, Le Tigre, and Broken Teeth

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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  • Angela Izzo
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Elizabeth Le Fey arranges her life in epiphanies.

The singer-songwriter experienced her first epiphany in Los Angeles at 15 courtesy of a babysitter who took her and a friend to see Le Tigre at the El Rey. That night, Le Fey  learned what powerful feminist rock looked like, and managed to get a hug from Kathleen Hanna. The next day, she stopped shaving her legs. Though the majority of her fellow classmates were oblivious to Hanna and the Riot grrrl movement, the show sparked a miniature feminist revolution within her high school friend group, led to the the creation of her now-defunct punk band Meowkins, and armored her against the torrents of sexist attacks she would later endure.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Quick, Fast, and In a Hurry: Chris Shaw Joins Ty Segall and Charles Moothart as GØGGS

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 9:05 AM

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GØGGS is aword that means many things: It's the name of a band, the title of a record, and one of the nine songs on said record. There is just one thing that GØGGS most definitely is not: a side-project.

The band features singer Chris Shaw of Memphis-based punk-rock outfit Ex-Cult, indie darlng Ty Segall, and Charles Moothart, a key figure in the Bay Area garage noise revival scene. What started as a conversation between Shaw and Segall when Ex-Cult opened for the latter three years ago has finally found its way to acetate, and Shaw is eager to ensure no one dismisses GØGGS as a temporary flight of fancy.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Diana Ross's Musical Daughter, Rhonda, Is "The Best Kept Secret Of The Ross Family"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 3:58 PM

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In advance of her upcoming show with her mother Diana, we spoke with jazz singer-songwriter Rhonda Ross about her career as a singer-actress, making money on the side, and what it's been like to follow in her mother's footsteps. 

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Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Oliver Lake Makes Music Filled With Soul

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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Saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake has been playing music for more than 50 years, but he’s never gotten used to visits from what he calls the Holy Ghost.

“Sometimes I’m playing and it’s not me, he says. “The Holy Ghost takes over and I think, ‘Where did that come from?’ ”

The 73-year-old Arkansas native helped found the internationally-acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet in 1977, with fellow luminaries Julius Hemphill, David Murray, and Harniet Bluiett. His list of jazz collaborators is long and stellar, and includes Donald Robinson, the great Bay-Area-based drummer, who will join him for a performance on Thursday, July 28, at The Outsound New Music Summit. The duo first met and played together in Paris in the early seventies.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Royal Headache Is A Perfect Name For This Garage-Rock Band From Sydney

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 11:02 AM

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  • Luke Stephenson
  • Royal Headache

When a band makes multiple stops in the same city within a year, the second gig usually acts as a de facto victory lap — a way of thanking the fans for making the first show so memorable.

Royal Headache — a combustible, volatile, and completely thrilling garage-rock band from Sydney — are making their encore appearance in San Francisco for a slightly different reason.

The band’s blistering performance last August at the Rickshaw Stop was vintage Royal Headache: Lead singer Shogun ripped off his shirt and blasted out his immeasurably-soulful vocals, the band’s rhythm section provided an immediate, no-frills punk atmosphere, and the packed crowd ate it all up.

However, the band’s merchandise manager also drunkenly abused audience members, the setlist featured a couple of songs that were abandoned at midpoint, and the band eschewed an encore.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

M. Ward Gave Me Shit After The Warriors Lost Game 7

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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  • Sarah Cass
  • M. Ward

I listen to M. Ward on some of my worst days. His relaxed, soothing croon is perfect for calming me down. Whether my head is pounding from too much whiskey from the night before or my heart is broken by some girl I probably shouldn’t have dated in the first place, Ward’s trademark brand of serene, Americana folk and blues rock has always been there for me, getting me through some of the toughest mornings of my life. On those mornings, when you’re angry that the day outside your window is so beautiful, tracks like 2006’s “Post-War” or 2012’s “Wild Goose” help ease that pain, pushing me to complete the simple, yet incredibly painful task of just getting out of bed.

So it only makes sense that I chatted with Ward the day after the Warriors lost game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

This Way Of Feeling: Big Thief Talk Songwriting, Vulnerability, And Growing Old

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 10:05 AM

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Like any other profession, there are myriad reasons people become musicians. Drugs, booze, and groupies are among the most famous, as is the sort of validation that comes only from a crowd screaming your name. Making buckets of money was a valid reason in the pre-Napster era, and traveling is still an appeal. Some individuals, however, become musicians because they have no other choice, as if writing songs is their lone conduit to some unspoken human truth that sustains them when nothing else can. Adrienne Lenker falls into this final category.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Poppet Makes Electronic Baroque-Pop That is as Weird as it is Wonderful

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 10:24 AM

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  • Sabrina Araujo
  • Poppet

Most of the time, when you hear an artist described as being "emotionally honest," they're usually an NPR-approved indie-folk singer-songwriter or that guy from your high school who just discovered Bright Eyes and his dad’s acoustic guitar.

Not so with Poppet. The Olympia, Wash. native makes "emotionally honest" music that recognizes that trauma and pain, especially in regards to heartbreak and love, are universal experiences and that we can all find meaning in expressing and connecting with both. 

“When people cry during my shows that’s almost the biggest compliment to me,” Poppet says. “Because sometimes I’m almost crying. My performances are definitely very intense.”

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