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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zach Schwartz, Frontman of Rogue Wave, On Moving To San Rafael, Appearing In The Movies, And Why It Sucks To Be A Musician Nowadays

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Rogue Wave frontman and founder Zach Schwartz for an article on the band's newest album, Delusions of Grand Fur. For a good half-hour, Schwartz and I chatted about all manner of things, much of which didn't make it in to the print article. 

Because Schwartz is such an interesting guy — and had so much to say — I figured I'd publish his unused quotes here on All Shook Down for its own, separate article. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Five Things I Learned About Love From Charlie Wilson

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Uncle Charlie can teach you a thing or two about L-O-V-E.
  • Uncle Charlie can teach you a thing or two about L-O-V-E.

It was the night of Valentine’s Day and I was sitting next to my boo at Oracle Arena watching the Grammy-nominated singer Charlie Wilson. Flanked by four back-up dancers in light-up L.E.D. suits, Wilson had just finished singing the song, “Charlie, Last Name Wilson” and was, for the first time that evening, addressing the audience.

“Fellas, if you’ve got the most beautiful-est girl with you in the world tonight, I want you to stand up,” he said to the crowd.

Practically everyone in the packed venue stood up. Except my guy.

“But if she’s just butt ugly, don’t stand up,” Wilson added.  

As someone who is both shy and stubborn, I turned to my boo (who is also stubborn, but not shy) and told him it was okay if he didn’t stand up. The woman behind us, however, was not as okay with it and politely nudged him and asked, “Why you not standing up?”

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This Is What Going To A Sold Out Kelela Show Is Like

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM

"...and I'd do anything for the high..." - CREDIT: CHRISTOPHER CASEY
  • Credit: Christopher Casey
  • "...and I'd do anything for the high..."

The last (and only) time Kelela performed at The Independent was in 2012 when she opened for Solange. Back then, she was but a burgeoning low-fi R&B singer, and, as she confessed during Monday night's performance, was so green that she felt like she was "going to barf" for the entire performance. But things have changed a lot for the 31-year-old crooner from D.C. Since then, she's released a mixtape and an EP (Cut 4 Me and Hallucinogen, respectively) and collaborated with a slew of artists, ranging from 20-year-old Chicago singer/rapper Tink to electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy. Heck, even Bjork is a fan of hers. 

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Reporter's Notebook: Notes From Live 105's Not So Silent Night

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Silversun Pickups at Not So Silent Night. - CREDIT: ERIC PRATT
  • Credit: Eric Pratt
  • Silversun Pickups at Not So Silent Night.

After a long week including the El Nino hail storm of the century that every person in San Francisco can’t stop talking about, it was time for LIVE 105’s annual Not So Silent Night. Switching from two nights to one night this year, Oracle Arena was packed with eight back to back sets. Writer, X X, ventured out to the event on Friday night and provided All Shook Down with notes from the event:

- New York-based alt-rock band, X Ambassador, who released their debut album, VHS, this summer, kicked off the night with a decent happy hour crowd on the floor. Lead singer, Sam Harris, got noticeably emotional while playing the song "Unsteady," and the crowd started to fill in the floor just in time for their hit, "Renegades."

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