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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Stratford 4 Reunite at Rickshaw Stop Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Sitting with the members of the Stratford 4 around a table at the Casanova Lounge even for a brief period of time somehow just confirms they’re all in a band together: bassist Sheetal Singh, singer/guitarist Chris Streng, guitarist Jake Hosek, and drummer Andrea Caturegli. It’s not just even in the talk, but the look — four stylish people, each with their own individual approach but somehow in sync — and it’s just as easily heard in the way that answers are traded back and forth, how reflections on their work together balance individual ambition and how that ties together with the other members.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

L7 and Frightwig Play the Regency Ballroom Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 4:08 PM

MARY SCANLON
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When Donita Sparks first approached her former L7 bandmates about the possibility of reuniting this past year, she wasn't sure what the response might be.

"We had not been in the same room together since 2001 — and with Jennifer [Finch] since 1996," says the singer/guitarist over the phone from Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mordred Resurrect Metal Memories at Bottom of the Hill

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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Many San Francisco venues have the advantage of being centrally located or near areas with lots of foot traffic. Other venues, like Bottom of the Hill (located at 17th & Texas Streets), are located off the grid and only draw folks to the area that already made plans well in advance.

Talent buyer Ramona Downey, who has done a splendid job of booking local, regional, national, and international talent for years, hit yet another home run Friday night when she booked the Bay Area's once dormant Mordred to play a warm-up date before its European tour.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Listen to The Sonics' New Single and Get Hyped for Friday

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 12:42 PM

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It's a reunion no one really expected, but it's here. The Sonics play the Fillmore Friday, May 8, in support of their new album This Is The Sonics. It is the Washington band's first studio album since 1966's Boom, and comes 50 years after their 1965 debut Here Are The Sonics, but the 70-year-old rockers go as hard as ever on this new slab of vinyl. 

The Sonics' legacy was built off playing harder, angrier, and more menacingly than any of the mid-'60s garage rock peers. Some call them the first punk band, others point to their influence in paving the way for hard rock, grunge, and other northwest sound bands. Or, as the YouTube user who uploaded one of the band's most powerful songs, "Psycho," eloquently described his reaction to hearing The Sonics for the first time, "[it] blew my fucking brains straight out my ass." 

Which — although very crass — isn't the worst description of the Sonics howling rock 'n' roll attack. Listen to the single "Bad Betty" below and see if you can keep your brains in place.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Flamin’ Groovies: Shake Some Action Live

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:57 AM

ANNE LAURENT
  • Anne Laurent
When the Flamin’ Groovies went into Rockfield Studios in Wales to record Shake Some Action with producer Dave Edmunds in 1972, they had no idea they’d be making a classic. The San Francisco-based band was just doing what came naturally, cutting the best new songs in their catalogue, with the best producer available. “We moved the band to London when the rock scene in the U.S. began petering out,” says guitarist and songwriter Cyril Jordan, one of the band’s founding members. “Some bands change their style to sound like whatever’s on the charts. The Groovies just wanted to play rock ’n’ roll. We never changed. One time, Carl Perkins told me that rock always comes back stronger every time they say it’s dead, so we kept rocking.

“We moved to England to record at Rockfield Studios with Dave Edmunds. They had a signature sound, like Sun Studios had with Sam Phillips and Gold Star had with Phil Spector. They had a unique placement for the echo on the tracks after compression. You could instantly tell if a song had the Rockfield sound.”

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Death Grips Announce World Tour That Is Maybe Actually Happening, Will Maybe Play the Fillmore July 25

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM

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, the Sacramento noise-punk-hip-hop crew that's elevated the act of trolling one's own fan base to an art form, have announced a world tour, which runs fairly contrary to the group's decision last July to "break up." 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Good Week For Deadheads: Reunion Talk, a Panel Discussion, and a KPFA Auction

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:14 PM

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The ghost of Jerry Garcia looms large this week. As the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's formation approaches, we got news of a handful of reunion shows — billed as their last — with all four living members, set for Chicago July 3, 4 and 5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, where Garcia played his last-ever show. 

But for those of you who feel like that's a kind of a thumbed nose at the Bay Area (the band was formed in Palo Alto, with its first shows in Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Berkeley; it would take about three years to list all the other S.F.-centric Dead lore here), there are a couple of pretty solid consolation prizes.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy New Year, Indeed: Sleater-Kinney Will Rock The Masonic May 2

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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  • Oh, how we've missed you: Sleater-Kinney will play the Masonic May 20.

Yes, it's a ways off, but we've been waiting with baited breath for Sleater-Kinney to announce a Bay Area date ever since the legendary indie rock trio made a million former teenage riot grrls all pee their pants simultaneously in October, when the band announced it would be re-forming to release No Cities To Love  — the first S-K record in a solid 10 years —  on Jan. 20, 2015.

Carrie, Corin, and Janet will make their way to The Masonic May 2 after a whirlwind of a world tour, and presale tickets — which we're guessing will go very fast — will be available at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 11, through the band's website or the Live Nation mobile app. Tickets for the general public will be available at noon on Friday, Dec. 12

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wilson Phillips' Still Holding On Represents the Worst of Music and Television in 2011

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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Unless you are a blogger who subjects yourself to terrible television for a living (like me), you probably didn't bother tuning in last Sunday for the premiere of Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, the show where a once-popular female trio (three of whose members are the offspring of famous musicians) try to restart their music career.

Was ever there a more desperate title for a TV show? Not that we can recall. But, hey, at least it's fitting, because the content of this thing flailed around like a drowning drunk man. You know that Ricky Gervais movie, in which he lives in a world where lying hasn't been invented yet? Well, watching Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On is like getting a glimpse into a world where nobody recognizes irony as a concept. They say things like "It's been a while since we've all performed together, so to get the juices really flowing, we're headlining..."  -- What? What are you headlining? This had better be good! -- "We're headlining the Utah State Fair. This is a real test." Not even kidding.
 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Black Sabbath Is Maybe (Not!) Getting Back Together, Or Something

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

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We're not really sure what's going on here, but something stinks.

Former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly told the British Birmingham Mail that the original Black Sabbath lineup would be back for the first time since 1979 with a new album next year.

''It's all been very hush-hush," Iommi supposedly said. "Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he's being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going, 'Well, I never say never.'"

Big news, yes?

Well, maybe not.

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