To people familiar with The Dum Dum Girls, it is no surprise that the quad girl group has been compared to acts like Vivian Girls and Best Coast. They all embody the mix of quintessential California pop, grungier early punk and a nod to ‘60s “bad girl” bands like the Shangri-La’s and the Ronettes.
When I get on the phone with Dengue Fever drummer Paul Smith, the band is driving up the 101 Freeway towards San Luis Obispo, noting the lovely weather. Only a week into their month-long U.S. tour, the band’s twitter posts are already commenting on how “rather quickly” they’re moving and it is somewhat surprising how cheery and relaxed Smith sounds.
One of the most hyped, hated and adored new artists of 2011, Bay Area-raised Kreayshawn has been on a non-stop path to success since May when she first performed live at SOM. She returns New Year’s Eve at The Regency Ballroom for her biggest local concert to date.
At the end of May, Kreayshawn and her White Girl Mob performed live in San Francisco for the first time in what was clearly the start of something huge. Less than three months later, the girls have refined their swagger with a coordinated performance and true stage presence.
You never got to see The Smiths in their heyday, and you missed Morrissey at Coachella in ’09. Heaven knows you’re miserable now. But don’t panic. The Moz turns 52 this Sunday, and you can dance alone in your underwear to “This Charming Man,” or head to Slim’s Friday night and celebrate with a bunch of other Smiths fans.
Hailing from a small town called Tuam in county Galway on the west coast of Ireland, The Saw Doctors are arguably one of Ireland’s biggest bands. Grab a pint and celebrate the return of Slim’s liquor license at their show this Friday.