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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

"Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try... It's really been a liberating and freeing time... I made the decision to spend time on…
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Music, Hear This Charli XCX: Show Preview

Charli XCX: Show Preview

Music fans have long recognized the word "post-grunge," thanks to Nickelback, Seether, and friends. With the arrival of Charli XCX, "Disney Grunge" should be pushing its way into the lexicon, too. The 20-year-old Hertfordshire, U.K., singer, born Charlotte Aitchison, uses…
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Music, All Shook Down All Shook Down: Crystal Castles, Mistah F.A.B., and Maus Haus Rile up the Regency

All Shook Down: Crystal Castles, Mistah F.A.B., and Maus Haus Rile up the Regency

Better than: Your usual…
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Music, All Shook Down Isn't Your Average Music Fest

All Shook Down Isn't Your Average Music Fest

Looking at the list of performers for this year's All Shook Down Music Fest, you could be forgiven for thinking it's a bit strange. At the top of the list is Crystal Castles, a dark synth-pop duo whose best-known song,…
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Music, All Shook Down Announcing <i>SF Weekly</i>'s All Shook Down Music Fest 2011, Featuring Crystal Castles

Announcing SF Weekly's All Shook Down Music Fest 2011, Featuring Crystal Castles

Hey, San Francisco, the All Shook Down Music Fest is returning for 2011. Different place, different vibe, same goal: to put some of the best local musicians together in one showcase, capped off with a big headliner. On August…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Crystal Castles Batter the Warfield, Broken Limbs and All

Friday: Crystal Castles Batter the Warfield, Broken Limbs and All

Crystal Castles  Suuns Friday March 4, 2011 @ The Warfield Better than: Asphyxiation and/or skin-hooks. Alice Glass has a crutch and she's not afraid to use it. The Crystal Castles vocalist broke her ankle in Tokyo, and she's onstage at…
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Music, All Shook Down Things We'd Like To See Google Do for Music: NextBuzz, the NextMuni for Buzz Bands

Things We'd Like To See Google Do for Music: NextBuzz, the NextMuni for Buzz Bands

So Google's new Instant Search function has the web-literate world all atwitter over why, exactly, we need Google's new Instant Search function. Self-involved music scribes that we are, we got to wondering how this technology could benefit us directly, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos From Last Night: Crystal Castles at the Fox Theater

Photos From Last Night: Crystal Castles at the Fox Theater

Crystal Castles(The Hard Summer Tour)August 6, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandFrom the look of these photos, Ethan Kath and Alice Glass of Toronto electronic/noise duo Crystal Castles did not hold themselves back too much while destroying eardrums last night at…
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Music, All Shook Down Seu Jorge and Almaz' Samba-Pop, the Trainwreck of Lil B, and EL-P's Independent Mind

Seu Jorge and Almaz' Samba-Pop, the Trainwreck of Lil B, and EL-P's Independent Mind

What happens when a bunch of skilled musicians get together in a room and just start playing -- with no regard for whether what comes out will be marketable? Check out the gorgeous new collaboration between Seu Jorge and Almaz…
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Music, BeatBox Crystal Castles: Show Preview

Crystal Castles: Show Preview

California-based electronic festival brand Hard is making things easy for fans of bassline wonkiness. The monthlong Hard Summer is launching from Oakland with headliners Crystal Castles and a bill that includes U.K. producers and DJs Rusko and Sinden plus Moscow's…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Succeed in Indie Music? Five Formulas For a Blog-Worthy Band

How to Succeed in Indie Music? Five Formulas For a Blog-Worthy Band

Maybe you won't admit it -- at least to your would-be fans -- but we all know it's the truth. No matter how stunning your lack of ambition may be, no matter how much you say you like sharing a…
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Music, BeatBox Clipped Tones and Casios

Clipped Tones and Casios

Working off a template of 8-bit shock, Toronto duo Crystal Castles turns the myoclonic twitches of Atari chips and Super Game Boy blips into dancefloor fodder. Strap an EEG to Crystal Castles' oscillators, and spike waves of vintage Skinny Puppy,…
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