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Music, White Lung's New Record, <i>Paradise</i>, Is The Canadian Punk-Rock Band's Most Accessible Album Yet

White Lung's New Record, Paradise, Is The Canadian Punk-Rock Band's Most Accessible Album Yet

Guitarist Kenneth William has been asked so much about White Lung's "new" sound that's he's beginning to wonder if the punk-rock band accidentally created a pop masterpiece with its latest album, Paradise. "I wouldn't even know how to make a…
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News, Feature Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

Beach House Makes Dream-Pop That is Perfect For Twilight

Though the sun may shine intermittently during the day at Outside Lands, by the evening, the fog drifts into Golden Gate Park and the wind kicks up, casting a mystical glow over the event. It may be less than ideal…
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Music, All Shook Down Royal Headache Is A Perfect Name For This Garage-Rock Band From Sydney

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

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…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonic Triggers: Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain"

Sonic Triggers: Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain"

Like everyone else who has been changed unalterably by the spell of music, there are songs in my past that are indelibly attached to specific moments in my life. I remember being 16 years old and picking up my…
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Music, All Shook Down Psych-Metal Band Baroness Talks About Making Jams That Appeals to Broader Audiences

Psych-Metal Band Baroness Talks About Making Jams That Appeals to Broader Audiences

Every music genre has its gatekeepers. These are the devotees who take it upon themselves to determine the boundaries and definitions of their beloved music, as well as who is entitled enough to join their exclusive flock. While each of…
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Music, All Shook Down Keep It Heavy: New Jersey Punk Band, Titus Andronicus, on Using A Lot of Guitars And Writing Candid Lyrics

Keep It Heavy: New Jersey Punk Band, Titus Andronicus, on Using A Lot of Guitars And Writing Candid Lyrics

The first time I saw Titus Andronicus was in 2008, when the New Jersey punk band made their San Francisco debut at the Hemlock Tavern. Patrick Stickles, the brilliant and mercurial songwriter for the band, looked sallow and gaunt…
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Music, La Vida Frisco: San Francisco Rapper Adam Vida Explains His Recent Name Change and How to Keep it Local

La Vida Frisco: San Francisco Rapper Adam Vida Explains His Recent Name Change and How to Keep it Local

Mission District native Adam Traore has been a firsthand witness to the upheaval San Francisco has experienced in the past decade. High housing costs and a new generation of tech workers have displaced many of the people with whom Traore,…
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Music, All Shook Down Peter Bjorn and John's New Album <i>Breakin' Point</i> Proves They've Got More Hits Beyond 2006's "Young Folks"

Peter Bjorn and John's New Album Breakin' Point Proves They've Got More Hits Beyond 2006's "Young Folks"

The familiar sound of siren-like whistles opens up “Breakin’ Point,” the title track to power pop trio Peter Bjorn and John’s sixth album. For fans of the Swedish group, that whistling is a clarion call to the band’s most famous…
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Music, All Shook Down Chicago Band Whitney Will Make You Fall in Love With Falsettos

Chicago Band Whitney Will Make You Fall in Love With Falsettos

A catchy song will find its way into your head, returning incessantly despite your best wishes. A good song will keep you coming back for more. But then there are the truly great songs that captivate you with their perfection.…
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Music, Hear This M83 @ The Fox Theater

M83 @ The Fox Theater

I've literally only done like two genuinely cool things in my life, and one of them was seeing M83 perform for a crowd of about 20 people at a tiny club in Burlington, Vt. And now that M83 (the recording…
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News, Feature Who to Hear: Dominant Legs

Who to Hear: Dominant Legs

There is a need for pop in the music world. Not pandering, market-researched, radio-friendly compositions calculated to be hits, but expertly crafted tunes that make you think and move your feet. Ryan Lynch of Dominant Legs is a prime purveyor…
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Music, All Shook Down Atmosphere is The Name of The Game Monday Night at Rickshaw Stop

Atmosphere is The Name of The Game Monday Night at Rickshaw Stop

While indie rock is an absurdly ambiguous and vast term, bands that fall under the all-encompassing umbrella can typically be categorized by two main forms of live performances. One batch usually ascribes to visceral, foot-stomping gigs while the other…
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Music, All Shook Down Car Seat Headrest's Journey From Bandcamp Musician to Signed Artist

Car Seat Headrest's Journey From Bandcamp Musician to Signed Artist

With his baby-faced cheeks, big glasses and geeky wardrobe, Will Toledo hardly looks like a grizzled music veteran who has already produced 12 albums. And yet, he has. For the last five years, the 23-year-old has released his albums…
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Music, All Shook Down Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of <i> Black Sheep Boy </i>

Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of Black Sheep Boy

Black Sheep Boy, the third album from Austin, Texas indie-rock band Okkervil River is a tempestuous, inclement creation—or, one might say, a recording born under black clouds. It is unquestionably forlorn, and Will Sheff, the band’s founder and frontman,…
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Music, Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker: Stephen Malkmus Matches Smarts With Silliness

Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker: Stephen Malkmus Matches Smarts With Silliness

Stephen Malkmus isn't very impressed with the current state of film. He's not reading or hearing anything that moves him too much, either, and he's baffled by the Internet's ubiquitous impact on modern life. It's safe to say that Malkmus,…
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