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All Shook Down Music Festival 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Neon Indian's Alan Palomo on Why Chillwave Is Old, and Why His Live Show is Like a Cover Band

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Neon Indian's Alan Palomo
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We had a quick chat with Neon Indian's Alan Palomo ahead of his performance this Sunday at SF Weekly's All Shook Down Music Festival. (Which, coincidentally, is the day after Palomo's 22nd birthday.) Palomo told us why Neon Indian's live show is like a Neon Indian cover band, which Scandinavian city the next Neon Indian album may be recorded in, and why you shouldn't consider Palomo an introvert, even if his music is made in the bedroom.

How do you describe the Neon Indian sound -- and do you squirm at being thrown under the chillwave umbrella?

That's always been kind of a tough thing to define. I know that plenty of Internet entities and publications have taken every liberty to do that for me. It always just kind of seemed like psychedelic electronic tape music. I didn't necessarily think of it as being something new. The Internet has a really nasty habit of wanting to put things under a microscope and write as if things are just now happening.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Watch Neon Indian's Spider-iffic New Video, See 'Em in North Beach on Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 10:05 AM

No word yet on whether Neon Indian's Alan Palomo will add the giant spider from this funky new stop-motion video for "6669 (I Don't Know if You Know)" to his live show for Sunday's performance at the All Shook Down Festival. But while we sort that out, enjoy, here, the creation myth of said spider, and note that Palomo is still putting out videos for an (admittedly great) album (Psychic Chasms) that came out last year. That's a marvel, not a complaint -- watching the iron spider enter the world to the metallic bleeps of this tidy, groove-driven NI track is all pleasure. Unless, of course, you're an arachnophobe. But even if eight-legged, ten-eyed, giant black crawly things generally give you the wrong kind of goosebumps, you have to admit that this fake one is sort of cute. Buy him a beer Sunday and we bet he won't bite.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Presenting the All Shook Down Music Festival Schedule

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Here you have it, San Francisco (and Bay Area) music fans: the long-awaited schedule for this year's All Shook Down Music Festival. As you've probably heard by now, the All Shook Down Festival will bring a boatload of local musical talent to stages in North Beach on July 25. Neon Indian, Janelle Monae, and a few others are performing on a large outdoor stage on Green street, while more than two dozen outfits -- from a huge variety of genres -- will perform in eight venues around Grant and Green. You can check out every stage with a single wristband that costs less than some burritos we've had. (They're currently $12, but next week wristbands go up to $16.) V.I.P. packages are also available at a person-of-regular-importance price.

Obviously, we're excited. (Can you tell? Can you tell?) The schedule is set up so that locals play through the early part of the afternoon, and mostly take a break during the headliners, who will perform from 4:20 to 7 p.m. on the outdoor stage. After the outdoor music ends, shows in the clubs will continue deep into the night.

How will you sustain yourself through all this awesome music? With food -- there will be plenty of stands serving delicious grub -- and beer, of course. (Fat Tire brewer New Belgium is bringing the suds.)

Check out the full schedule after the jump, and start planning your day at All Shook Down.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Janelle Monae Walks the Tightrope Again with Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 2:21 PM

We can't wait to see Janelle Monae perform at our All Shook Down Music Festival later this month, but in the mean time she's given us something to tide us over: a revamped and remixed version of her video for "Tightrope," featuring Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B.

Less theatrical than the original "Tightrope" video with Big Boi -- it was filmed on a minimalistic soundstage in black and white -- this version scales back the chorus so as not to overshadow Lupe and B.o.B.'s lyrics, and lets us appreciate a hip-hop remix that focuses on vocals instead of instrumentals. Given Monae's singing talent, it's impressive she can also keep up with the two rappers' flow.

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