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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Mazzy Star Moans Approvingly About "California"

Watch: Mazzy Star Moans Approvingly About "California"

So Mazzy Star, whom you know from your time with alt-rock radio (if not from any "just before bed" playlist you made when you were, say, 16), has a new album coming out next week, its first in 17 years.…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Dreamy, Lady-Fronted Bands From the '90s That Should Reform

5 Dreamy, Lady-Fronted Bands From the '90s That Should Reform

Yesterday, our inner teenage selves swooned at the news that Mazzy Star is going to be releasing new material for the first time in 17 years. The band's fourth full-length, Seasons of Your Day, will be out September 24. But,…
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Calendar, Night&Day You've Gotta Give 'Em Hope

You've Gotta Give 'Em Hope

The voice of Mazzy Star joins forces with one of My Bloody Valentine, and they're backed up by a sweet and moody Irish indie rock band. Hope Sandoval's most recent record, Through The Devil Softly, was recorded with the partnership…
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Calendar, Night&Day Would Shed

Would Shed

Moody country with a warm, sweet feel is Two Sheds’ stock in trade. A shuffling beat, philosophical lyrics, and ringing guitars plus string instruments and maybe a Rhodes or SK1 keyboard is what the Sacaramento quartet does best. Singer and…
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Music, Reviewed Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler

The cover of Marissa Nadler's sophomore disc, The Saga of Mayflower May, resembles a Victorian daguerreotype hanging upon a wall covered in richly patterned floral wallpaper. Way I see it, for this record Nadler has assumed the persona of Mayflower…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Having previously released four seasonally themed records, each with a different band, the Dreams by Degrees label has turned its attention to colors. Curated by the S.F. imprint's co-founder Jonathan Lee and Tarentel guitarist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Blue features 13 artists…
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Music, Reviewed Thee More Shallows

Thee More Shallows

Recorded in a Tenderloin rehearsal studio between midnight and 9 a.m., Thee More Shallows' A History of Sport Fishing dutifully captures the mood of a city stumbling into morning. Whether you're coming down from all-night revelry or a caffeine-stoked cram,…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

It's an all too common club experience. As some artist softly pours his heart into a subtle folk tune or ambient noise suite, an oblivious audience member yammers at a volume that would be completely inappropriate at, say, a theatrical…
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Hear This

Sue Garner Like Mazzy Star's first album, or Kristin Hersh's Hips and Makers, Sue Garner's To Run More Smoothly is a personal record, a set of songs so affecting and intimate that they demand an audience of one. Late-night loneliness,…
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Dolor by Numbers

Mazzy Star, Sunshine Club Slim's Saturday, Dec. 21 Cosmic, sulky, deliberate of tempo: Mazzy Star has its act down cold ... leaving no room, unfortunately, for warmth. Detachment is what makes Mazzy Star both alluring and annoying. To a stuffed…
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Kiddie Primer

Live 105 Green X-mas Concert Fiona Apple, Failure, The Lemonheads, Mazzy Star, Allen Ginsberg, Orbital, The Eels, Republica, Cake, Beck, The Chemical Brothers Cow Palace Sunday, Dec. 15 Fourteen-year-olds crawled the floor of the Cow Palace like mylar-coated army ants…
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