It’s Feb 1st, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re still not motivated to make plans or find the perfect Valentine hookup for the holiday weekend, the marching snare, thumping bass, and clean synth line from this track by DJ Bam Bam should get you going.
The Fleet Foxes just announced a new album scheduled for release May 3rd, and an accompanying tour that will stop in the Bay Area at the Fox Theater (where else!) on May 5th. Helplessness Blues follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut, which was named the best album of that year by Pitchfork, among other accolades.
There’s something welcoming about a no-frills rock band. On their new album, Parallel South, local trio Jake Mann + The Upper Hand bring a mix of melodic pop and the best of 90s guitar bands, with singer-songwriter Mann’s layer of grainy, sometimes Dylan-esque vocals landing on top of the pot.
If there’s been a little too much sunshine in your life this winter, take the opportunity tonight to darken up your week with brooding New York rockers, Interpol. The band just kicked off it’s North American tour a few days ago, and tix are still available for its return to SF at The Warfield tonight.
With the official release of her debut LP, Charlatans At The Garden Gate, arriving this week, Tristen Gaspadarek is poised for a potential breakout year. Her mix of pop, rock, and Americana influences has already created a buzz in Nashville, where she moved after leaving her hometown in the Chicago area, and it’s likely to catch on as she takes her show on the road for most of the year. We caught up with after her gig in Fort Worth, Texas, in a phone interview. Catch her San Francisco debut at Rickshaw Stop on February 2rd.
With weather this warm, Groundhog Day doesn’t matter much this year. So here’s something else to populate that February 2 slot: Head to Dolores Park Cafe for a set from LA-based quintet Goldenboy, fronted by former Elliott Smith member and Bright Eyes touring musician Shon Sullivan.
Girls n Boomboxes are primed to get the party started opening for The Toxic Avenger tomorrow at Mezzanine, and they’re fighting for your right to get down: “The entire rave/techno/electronic thing here in the U.S. is still taboo for those people who are stuck on non-electronic music. Some day, people will open their mind,” they told SF Station’s Christina Li in a recent interview. Check out the Girls n Boomboxes NSFW tmblr feed for more info on what these guys are all about and get more info on the show.
The mother ship touches down in San Francisco at Yoshi’s tonight with the godfather of funk, George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic. Clinton has reached living legend status with a stage show that is otherworldly, and classics like “Atomic Dog,” “Flashlight,” and “We Want the Funk.” At a recent show at The Warfield, Clinton was accompanied by a roller-girl backup singer, a guitarist in diaper, another guitarist with a Hannibal face mask, and about 20 other people on stage. We’ll have to wait and see what he brings to Yoshi’s, a much smaller venue.
The Most Extravagent Single in History? That’s what Datarock is claiming with Catcher in the Rye, set for for release on March 21st. If you shell out the clams and purchase, you get a designer toy with a USB stick with 110 tracks, 1,500 photos, 20 music videos, and a new hour-long concert film. Added bonus, the toy was designed by Brian Flynn of Hybrid Design and San Francisco’s own Super7. If you just want to hear the new tune, listen below.
[audio:http://girlieaction.com/music/datarock/downloads/Catcher_In_The_Rye.mp3] Datarock “Catcher in the Rye”