The latest in MTV-fueled, baby-faced pop rock is about to hit the West Coast. Moms, hold onto your daughters, A Rocket to the Moon is coming to San Francisco on April 6th alongside Valencia, Anarbor and Runner Runner. Lead singer Nick Santino took a moment to answer some questions in the midst of the busy show schedule.
Brooklyn’s Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers are about to embark on a four week tour with Acid Mothers Temple. We caught up with Shilpa, the group’s lead vocalist, blues driver, and harmonium pounder in the midst of SXSW madness. Catch her and the Happy Hookers on March 24th at Bottom of the Hill.
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.
The crowd was intimate but enthusiastic last Thursday night at Bottom of the Hill when Minneapolis natives Peter Wolf Crier took the stage. I have been admiring the simple dynamics on their latest release Inter-Be (Jagjaguwar) for a while now, and was looking forward to seeing how something as atmospheric and stripped-down would translate in a live setting.
Eric Andrew Kuhn and Robin Joyce Landy, the duo behind Silian Rail, grew up together in Durham, North Carolina (cute alert!) and then happened upon one another while partying in this fair city (fate alert!). What this joyous union created is a mixture of experimental indie, post-rock, free form, free jazz, “Freebird,” and freaking awesome.