Get your glow sticks out and put away your work suit. Trey Anastasio is on his way to the Fox Theater for a Winter tour. Known for bringing smiles and exceptional tunes ranging from “experimental jazz, pop, reggae, metal, classical and barbershop music” it will be a memorable night to say the least.
Limited Fan Presales for his March 5th appearance began this morning and will end Thursday January 20th at 5:00 PM EST at http://treytickets.rlc.net
Curious what you might be in for? Here’s a free download of the entire live set of Trey Anastasio and the Scorchio Quartet Live From Princeton:
If your only plan this weekend was to cry into a beer mug about how you missed Manchester in the 80s, consider a reschedule. Saturday night, local quintet Magic Bullets bring its Moz-meets-Orange Juice jangle pop to Slim’s in an opening slot for San Diego’s Crocodiles. Their Facebook fanpage lists “FUN” as their only band interest — we’re holding them to that. Cute sweaters, nerdy glasses and a general feeling of ennui not included, but surely welcome.
Introducing Darwin Deez (nutz! had to say/write it), the New York pop singer, primed to pop with his self-titled debut album that drops February 22nd. His jingles are infectious, his videos are playful, together crafting a character that will catch boppers’ attention. Already buzzing across the Internet with his single, “Bad Day,” with notable remixes by UK rapper Chiddy Bang, and New York producer, Javelin — Darwin Deez is one of the promising risers of 2011.
After a two-month hiatus, Lights Down Low returns to SOM. tomorrow with Gant-Man, the Chicago DJ who help create the ghetto house sound that is now more commonly called juke. With more than 15 years in the game, he has established himself as an international DJ with gigs around the world. He recently reflected on his first rave experience in an interview with SF Station: “When I first went to a rave I thought to myself, ‘Wow, what the fuck is this? All these people with glow sticks, multi-colored hair, big bell-bottom pants, and they look like they’re high on more than just weed.’” Read more
Four years ago, The Ambassador set up shop in the Tenderloin, kicking off a run that continues today with great weekly specials, good tunes, and many amazing nights. Tonight, it celebrates four years of living the good life while Ruby Skye welcomes LA Riots and Adultnapper wakes up the neighbors at Vessel.
Could one of these “leaked” Coachella posters be correct? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate. With the official Coachella lineup set to be released any day now, rumors are rampant all over the web. In various blogs and forums possible headliners include: Arcade Fire, Kanye West, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Strokes, U2, Modest Mouse, and Kings of Leon.
Chicago rapper Kid Sister is dropin’ it like it’s hot with Kiss Kiss Kiss, a brand new mixtape presented by Fool’s Gold. Look out for her colab with Gucci Man “Gucci Rag Top,” and production from Green Velvet, Carte Blanche and Scoop Deville. Get more background with the interview we did a few months back, before her show at Rickshaw Stop. Download the mixtape for free as long as you’re ok with giving up an email address.
Fashion, art, dance music — what else could you ask for on a Wednesday? How about cupcakes and Swag Bags for the ladies? Get ready for the launch of Obey the Kitty at Vessel tonight. Hollywood’s own DJ Cobra will be in the house along with J Million. Let your wild cat out! More info
Southern California punk rock vets Social Distortion return next week with their first album in six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Listen to the album for free before it’s January 18th release via the band’s SoundCloud stream, and for every 100,000 tracks that are streamed, the price of the album drops $1 on Amazon. Social D returns to San Francisco for shows at The Warfield on February 3rd and 4th. More info
The legacy of legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti continues to thrive in 2011 with a vinyl box set due out February 1st. The set includes six Fela albums selected by the Roots drummer and producer Questlove, with original album artwork and vinyl label design. The rare original releases are hard to find and expensive, so unless you are a serious collector, this is your only vinyl option.
Count your ones, pump your breaks, and get ready to chill-ax in a major way with Transported SF: Chill Bus. The party starts at The Bus Stop Gallery at 8pm before the bus heads to an undisclosed outdoor location. No need to stress if you are an early bird, party organizers promise a prompt, “chill” return at 11:11pm. Tunes are supplied by Dr. Toast and Fkir Elderfae, and BYOB. More Info.
French dance-pop outfit Yelle are looking for a strong start in 2011 with the first single off of their second album Safari Disco Club. The title track was released this morning, and more should be on the way as we approach the album’s March 29 release date. A follow-up to 2007′s Pop-Up, look out for “sonically deeper, multi-layered, and emotionally more diverse” songs on the new album, according to Yelle’s publicist.
Yelle “Safari Disco Club”
With all the buzz about Willie Nelson’s medicinal intake and run-ins with the law, it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s a damn good singer and songwriter. The American icon is back in San Francisco tonight in the midst of his annual stand at the Fillmore. It’s a little bit country, but Willie’s got a whole lot of rock ’n’ roll in him, too. The 77 year old still keeps a hearty tour schedule, and he has collaborated with everyone from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg.