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
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