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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Fantastic Negrito's Tiny Desk Concert

Watch: Fantastic Negrito's Tiny Desk Concert

This is pretty gratifying to see: Oakland's Fantastic Negrito, who beat out nearly 7,000 bands from around the country with his submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, has been enjoying the fruits of his labor — including some great…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Meat Market's "Hole"

Listen: Meat Market's "Hole"

This…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's Your First Anti-Gentrification Anthem of 2015: "Mission, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"

Here's Your First Anti-Gentrification Anthem of 2015: "Mission, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"

Well, this was probably inevitable. Joining the ranks of POW!'s "Hi-Tech Boom" and Persia's "Google Google Apps Apps" is this adaptation of LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," featuring lyrics about how the Mission…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

The pretty couple standing next to me are losing their minds. They love it. "What is this place?" Laughing, grabbing each other by the lapels. "Look at that! And that! They have music here? This is awesome. What is…
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Music, All Shook Down Go Down the Rabbit Hole (and Around San Francisco) in This Video for Waterstrider's "Calliope"

Go Down the Rabbit Hole (and Around San Francisco) in This Video for Waterstrider's "Calliope"

It’s been a big start of 2015 for Oakland’s Waterstrider. Shortly after the new year, they dropped the enchanting “White Light” and now they’ve come roaring back with “Calliope,” the second single off their newly announced debut LP, Nowhere Now,…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: DJ QBert's <i>Jellyfish Lazer Face</i> Is Turntablism Porn

Moment of Truth: DJ QBert's Jellyfish Lazer Face Is Turntablism Porn

Welcome back to Moment of Truth. If you’ve been reading recently, you know we launched our new hip-hop column with a candid interview with Hieroglyphics’ Pep Love about the state of hip-hop in the Bay. Moment of Truth will continue…
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Music, All Shook Down Favorite Venue Closing? Try a Pedicab

Favorite Venue Closing? Try a Pedicab

Juuust kidding. But this video from a sunny Sunday in the Mission (16th and Valencia, to be specific) featuring S.F. indie blues-rock quartet Eyes on the Shore shows just how far a band can go with some instruments, a…
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Music, All Shook Down Stream Creative Adult and Wild Moth's New Split 7-Inch

Stream Creative Adult and Wild Moth's New Split 7-Inch

Got a case of the Mondays? On your third cup of coffee but still can't wake up? Oh wait, sorry, that's us.  If you're in the same Monday boat, go ahead and treat your ears to a little musical caffeine…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Fangs on Tina Turner, Their New Record, and the Power of Female Drummers

Happy Fangs on Tina Turner, Their New Record, and the Power of Female Drummers

In front of lawn chairs and glow-in-the-dark ping pong tables, Happy Fangs recently played a 21-plus event for Hanukkah — Night at the Jewseum at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. "For the past year I've been this weird Contemporary Jewish…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley

Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley

I met Kyle Lesley at Occupy San Francisco, in October of 2011. The local musician had abandoned his sublet, quit his job, and sold all his stuff to live on the streets downtown. "Everyone would create, share food, and do…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: The Dodos' "Retriever"

Listen: The Dodos' "Retriever"

Local favorites the Dodos have always been experts at making the kind of indie rock whose melodies and hooks belie something much more complex just under the surface, and with 2013's Carrier, the S.F. duo finally brought a lot…
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Music, All Shook Down Two Gallants Kick Off World Tour With Hometown Shows in February

Two Gallants Kick Off World Tour With Hometown Shows in February

S.F. roots duo Two Gallants are hometown sweethearts for a reason: That naked anguish in Adam Stephens' voice, the monster blues-guitar hooks, and of course, their penchant for getting into trouble (see: Houston, 2006).  No matter the reason, we've been…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Because What's a Hero, Anyway?

Music Heroes: Because What's a Hero, Anyway?

Welcome to the first installment of a brand new column here at All Shook Down, a space I'll be calling Music Heroes. I've been writing about Bay Area music for more than 10 years, so you can trust me…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Erase Errata's "My Life in Shadows"

Listen: Erase Errata's "My Life in Shadows"

We've barely had time to catch our breath after jumping for joy when Sleater-Kinney announced their S.F. show (now two dates, May 2 and May 3) at the Masonic. Now, another of our favorite badass lady trios has announced its…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Lil B Releases "I Can't Breathe"

Listen: Lil B Releases "I Can't Breathe"

Never one to shy away from controversy, Berkeley rapper/riddle wrapped in an enigma Lil B released a new song yesterday on YouTube called "I Can't Breathe." A cathartic seven-minute sprint through the ways, both personal and political, that American…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Katie Day's Hauntingly Pretty Cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness"

Watch Katie Day's Hauntingly Pretty Cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness"

Looping's a crazy thing, innit? "Pursuit of Happiness," Kid Cudi's self-aware 2009 party anthem — or chronicle of a person's thinking as they veer into a drunk and drugged out downward spiral, depending on how you spin it — is…
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Music, All Shook Down Marty O'Reilly on Northwestern Snowstorms, European Graveyards, and Capturing the Feeling of a Live Show

Marty O'Reilly on Northwestern Snowstorms, European Graveyards, and Capturing the Feeling of a Live Show

Maybe you caught them recently at Outside Lands, or one of the hundred-odd shows that Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra have played this year, stretching across the States to as far as Europe. Since late 2012, the unusual…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Ensemble Mik Nawooj Take On Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M."

Watch Ensemble Mik Nawooj Take On Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M."

Covering Wu-Tang Clan — especially in a manner that does the seminal hip-hop crew justice — is no small task. So what have we learned from composer JooWan Kim, the founder and director of Ensemble Mik Nawooj? Having an entire…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: J. Kick Pens an Elegant Elegy for Our Twenties In the Mission on <i>Rent Control</i>

Listen: J. Kick Pens an Elegant Elegy for Our Twenties In the Mission on Rent Control

Lamenting the changing face of San Francisco on account of the recent influx of wealth is, well, hardly an original topic in the city these days. One silver lining? Anger, sadness, and nostalgia usually make for compelling music. But singer-guitarist…
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Music, All Shook Down Useless Eaters' Seth Sutton on Thinking Outside the Box and His Memphis-Born Bullshit Detector

Useless Eaters' Seth Sutton on Thinking Outside the Box and His Memphis-Born Bullshit Detector

Last week, SF-by-way-of-Memphis punks Useless Eaters’ released their fifth full-length album, Bleeding Moon. On Saturday you’ll have a chance to not only see the band's dynamic live act, but you can grab your own vinyl copy, out on Castle Face,…
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