John Vanderslice – White Wilderness
Released on Dead Oceans January 25, 2011
John Vanderslice is the Timmy Lincecum of the San Francisco music scene. Though slightly older and favoring a croquet mallet to a baseball bat, Vanderslice is just as much of a hometown hero to many and provides just as much — if not more — of an escape for listeners and show goers alike.
*Update: 3 day passes are now sold out
The days of predictions for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are over. That’s right folks, the moment has finally arrived! As always the headliners aren’t always the biggest reasons to the travel hundreds of miles away from civilization to the dry desert of Indio California. Although Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and Kanye West will be drawing large crowds from all over the country we’re excited to see Empire of the Sun, the triumphant return of Death From Above 1979, Cold War Kids, Animal Collective, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Broken Social Scene, PJ Harvey, The Presets, She Wants Revenge, HEALTH, Yelle, Menomena, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Cold Cave, Glasser, Moving Units, and Skrillex.
Of course we’ll be making a trip to Indio…know anyone who has an extra spot in their van?
April 15th, 16th & 17th in Indio, CA
Full Lineup and ticket info:
Get pumped for Chromeo’s upcoming gig at the Fox Theater with “I’m Not Contagious,” off of the duo’s iTunes Live from Montreal release that was just made available today. Tix are still available for their February 18th show in Oakland, but act quick, other stops on the tour are already sold out.
Lia Ices — Grown Unknown
Released on Jagjaguwar 1/25/11
It is no easy task to try and describe Brooklyn’s latest breakout sensation Lia Ices. After some hunting around, I discovered I was not alone with this sense of confused wonder and adulation. The New York Times describes her as “pristinely strange”; Pitchfork marvels at her ability to “flit gracefully between sultry, come-hither coos and emotive yelps,” comparing her to Cat Power, Feist and Tori Amos; and Spin.com takes the cake with this wholly referential and cutting-edge comparison, “Joanna Newsom’s pot-smoking, college-dropout sister.”
SF Station has the hookup and wants to send you and a friend to DJ Jazzy Jeff featuring Skillz at Mighty this Friday. Since his days with the Fresh Prince, Jazzy Jeff has taken his solo career to new heights, and he’s ready to blow the socks off San Francisco, yet again. Sign up to win after the jump.
The story of Sweet Apple is actually quite heavy. Most super-groups are formed from within a cloud of selective reminiscence and envisioned potential, but Sweet Apple came together in the wake of tragedy and despondence. Future front man John Petkovic had just lost his mother to a long and horrid illness, and he was beginning to spiral quickly into the den of self destruction. One unexpected phone call later and bassist Dave Sweetapple and drummer J. Mascis (Mascis fronts Dinosaur Jr. and both are in the band Witch) convinced Petkovic to get started on some songs for their new project Sweet Apple.
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