Happy Halloween, SF. Celebrate this week (after all the cobwebs are removed and the pumpkins rolled down the hills) with some brand new music from bands that are gracing us with their presence. This week’s mix includes tracks from Zola Jesus, Phantogram, City and Colour, Architecture in Helsinki, and Minus the Bear.
The Bay Area has officially been taken over by music! During this week between the TI Music Festival and the upcoming Bridge School Benefit, there are still tons of shows and concerts.
Brazil’s sassy dance-rock quintet is back on the scene with their third album, La Liberacion, and they are certainly letting freedom ring. The album is packed with even more spirit and exuberance than previous albums, and includes drop-ins from Ratatat and Scottish rocker Bobby Gillespie.
Five years after their first collaborative album, Heroes in the City of Dope, Zion I and The Grouch are back at it with a sequel, Heroes in the Healing of the Nation. The Grouch spoke with us about the project and poking fun at artsy vegan people during a phone interview from his home in Maui. Zion I and The Grouch perform at The Fillmore on March 19th.
Fading Parade, the fourth album from locals Papercuts (aka Jason Quever), is a little jangly, a lot melancholy, and a good place to start when you want to give old Morrissey a rest. There’s even a bit of Earlimart or The Stars of Track and Field in lead singer Quever’s quavering, whispery vocals.
With all the buzz about Willie Nelson’s medicinal intake and run-ins with the law, it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s a damn good singer and songwriter. The American icon is back in San Francisco tonight in the midst of his annual stand at the Fillmore. It’s a little bit country, but Willie’s got a whole lot of rock ’n’ roll in him, too. The 77 year old still keeps a hearty tour schedule, and he has collaborated with everyone from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg.