Reunited Post-Punk Band Hot Snakes Plays New Year’s Eve At Slim’s

Reconvened powerhouse post-punk band Hot Snakes returns to San Francisco Monday night for a New Year’s Eve show at Slim’s, playing songs from it’s latest acclaimed Sub Pop album Jericho Sirens.

Hot Snakes will be joined by a pair of Bay Area punk favorites: rising SF outfit Culture Abuse and talented young guitarist Tony Molina.

Click HERE for the full KPIX article

REVIEW: Sleep launches three-night residency at GAMH (RIFF Magazine)

Without a word of introduction, the trio unleashed a tsunami of sludgy, down-tuned guitar fuzz, snarling bass and thundering drums. The simple three-note riff sounded like the best part of a Black Sabbath song, played at the wrong speed, for roughly 15 minutes.

To call the music “heavy” would be an understatement. The super-massive sound emanating from the stage had a gravity all its own. The band’s movements were labored, as if struggling to push the colossal sounds up a steep hill.

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Iconic Stoner-Doom Trio Sleep Rings In New Year At Great American

For this run of San Francisco shows at the Great American Music Hall starting Saturday, Sleep will be joined by three different like-minded heavyweight bands each night. On Saturday, long-dormant, cello-driven post-metal group Grayceon plays songs from IV, its first new album in five years. On Sunday, Neurosis leader Scott Kelly performs with Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, his doomy industrial side project with producer/synth player Sanford Parker (Corrections House, Wreckmeister Harmonies), while celebrated heavy duo Big Business joins the party on New Year’s Eve. - KPIX / CBS SF Bay Area 

REVIEW: Redd Kross and Dale Crover Band keep it in the family at Slim’s (Wed. 12/19)

Wednesday was a busy night for drummer Dale Crover and bassist Steve McDonald at Slim’s. The pair did double duty; McDonald joining openers Dale Crover Band on bass, and Crover drummed for seminal glam-punk band Redd Kross during its headlining set.

Even though brothers Jeffrey and Steven McDonald formed Redd Kross 40 years ago, the band shows no signs of slowing down. The quartet’s lively 90-minute set featured shredding guitars, rock-and-roll poses, endless hair flipping and pounding percussion as it blasted through hits and deep cuts from throughout its storied career.

Thank you all for joining us last night! Read on for the rest of RIFF Magazine's review...

Veteran Ska/Punk/Funk Band Fishbone Comes To Great American (Fri. 12/21 with Diego’s Umbrella & The Crooked Stuff)

Last year found Fishbone reuniting its classic-era late ’80s line-up with longtime stalwarts Norwood Fisher, “Dirty” Walt Kibby and kinetic frontman Angelo Moore once again teaming with Fisher’s drum-playing brother, guitarist Bingham and keyboardist/trombonist Dowd. Since then, the revitalized group has been tearing up stages and appearing at a variety of festivals over the past year in addition to sharing stages with contemporaries like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Living Colour.

The group brings it’s 7th annual Crazy Glue X-Mas Tour to San Francisco this Friday, headlining the Great American Music Hall with support from local gypsy rockers Diego's Umbrella and SF electro-funk crew The Crooked Stuff. - KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area

LA Pop-Punk Pioneers Redd Kross Play Slim’s (Wed. 12/19 with Dale Crover Band)

Anchored by the McDonald brothers Steven and Jeff for the better part of four decades, Redd Kross brings its mix of punk energy and pop hooks to Slim’s Wednesday night with support from legendary Melvins drummer Dale Crover fronting his own band.

With major plans looming for 2019 including the reissue of the band’s long out-of-print ’90s albums Phaseshifter and Show World on Jack White’s Third Man Records and a new album for Merge, Redd Kross is currently touring the West Coast with support from Melvins drummer Dale Crover (who — like bassist McDonald — plays in both bands) and his own group. A powerhouse musician who has occupied the drum stool for bands including Nirvana and Acid King as well as such supergroups as Fantomas, Shrinebuilder and the aforementioned OFF!, Crover also recorded and toured for years with his own outfit, Altamont.

Last year, Crover released The Fickle Finger of Fate on Joyful Noise Recordings. His first proper solo album since the Melvins issued their individual efforts styled after the solo recordings  of Kiss in 1992, the new songs range from brief drum experiments to angular yet melodic heavy rock athems. The drummer steps out in front with a guitar strapped on when the Dale Crover Band (which also features McDonald on bass) plays its first San Francisco show at Slim’s Wednesday night before Redd Kross performs its headlining set. - KPIX / CBS SF BayArea

Fishbone still at top of alternative heap (Fri. 12/21 at GAMH with Diego’s Umbrella & The Crooked Stuff)

Throughout Fishbone’s 30-year career, the ska-punk band from South Central Los Angeles has tirelessly produced genre-busting albums and headlined frantic college festivals, only to watch its support acts — such as No Doubt, Sublime and Jane’s Addiction — speed by to stardom.

 Lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher — who this year reunited with original Fishbone members drummer Philip “Fish” Fisher, guitarist John Bigham and trombone player Chris Dowd — continue to press on unabated and rocking ferociously.

“I feel like I’m in a time machine and time is standing still,” Moore says. “We see people standing in the front row of our shows, they go off, get married, come back with their kids — all this stuff. I think, wow, that’s how long we’ve been around?”

 The band performs Friday, Dec. 21 at the Great American Music Hall. - SF Chronicle

Oakland gospel choir spreads message of unity through holidays, and around the world (Mon. 12/24 at Slim’s – 2 performances)

Terrance Kelly and the Choir star in a new documentary, "One Voice," and ready for their annual holiday concerts.

Dec. 24 with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble has been a holiday tradition since we first opened our doors in 1988!

Click HERE to read the San Jose Mercury News' article.

Honky-tonk Whitey Morgan fuels with alcohol (Fri. 11/30 at GAMH with Alex Williams)

Outside of old “Leave it to Beaver” reruns and Boston police reports, one rarely hears the name Whitey these days. But grizzly singer-guitarist Eric Allen, a native of Flint, Mich., had his reasons for choosing the name Whitey Morgan for his honky-tonk stage persona in 2005. Whitey was his basketball nickname at his mostly-black elementary school (he took it in good humor) and Morgan was the last name of his late grandfather, who changed his life when he willed him his guitar and vintage country and Western record collection. “Let’s face it — Eric Allen is just not a very good stage name. But Whitey sounds like some kid from the ‘50s, some knucklehead from down the street,” says Morgan, who fronts the bluesy band The 78’s. Their fourth album “Hard Times and White Lines” was released in October.

Click HERE for his SF Examiner interview

Celebrated Doom-Metal Act YOB Returns To San Francisco (Sat. 12/1 – Slim’s)

One of stoner/doom metal’s leading lights returns to the Bay Area Saturday when Oregon-based trio YOB shares the stage with fellow Northwestern metal experimentalists Khôrada and local avant metal group Ails at Slim’s.

YOB played several Northern California shows this past September with a massive doom-metal tour featuring SF trio Acid King and Sacramento outfit CHRCH, but the group brings the new material back to the Bay Area Saturday en route to an appearance at the Decibel Metal and Beer Festival in Los Angeles Sunday. For this Saturday night gig at Slim’s in San Francisco sponsored by online metal radio station Gimme Radio, Scheidt and company will be joined by Portland, OR-based crew Khôrada. Formed by members who had made a name for themselves in boundary-pushing metal band Agalloch (guitarist Don Anderson, bassist Jason Walton and drummer Aesop Dekker) alongside former Giant Squid guitarist/singer Aaron John Gregory, Khôrada creates a dramatic and atmospheric style of metal with heavy prog-rock elements on its recent debut album Salt. Opening Oakland quintet Ails is the latest project featuring former Ludicra vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitar player/vocalist Christy Cather.

Click HERE for KPIX CBS SF BAYAREA's preview!

John Waters’ Gift To San Francisco: Demented Holiday Cheer (Thurs. 11/29 at GAMH)

“I’m a vaudeville performer,” says Waters. “I do my job, which is to go out into the world, observe unfathomable behavior and report back to the great unwashed public, my audience.”

This year, “A John Waters Christmas” returns to the Great American Music Hall on Nov. 29, and like his friend singer Johnny Mathis’ holiday performances, Waters’ Christmas show has become a perennial favorite. - San Francisco Chronicle

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Review: KT Tunstall Goes Beyond Her Hits at the Great American Music Hall (RIFF Magazine)

Even if you don't think you know KT Tunstall, you definitely know two songs from her 2005 debut album, Eye to the Telescope: "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," and "Suddenly I See" were in just about every movie and TV show from 2006 to 2008. That's barely an exaggeration; the songs' on-screen appearances included The Devil Wears Prada, Ghost Whisperer, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, The Hills, So You Think You Can Dance, the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood and Dancing With The Stars - on two separate occasions. If you were alive in 2006 you're familiar.

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KT Tunstall making new albums and movie music (Fri. 10/19 at GAMH with Maddie Ross)

With her U.K.-chart-scaling 2016 comeback “KIN,” Scottish folk-rocker KT Tunstall understood how far she had come since her punk-fueled 2004 debut “Eye to the Telescope.” And she trusted her instinct, which — after divorcing bandmate Luke Bullen — made her leave her home in London for California’s Venice Beach and take Skywalker Ranch courses in film scoring. Those led her to her new sixth album, “WAX.” The cinematic effort includes the “Telescope”-evocative single “The River,” co-produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy. She suddenly saw that it was part two of a trilogy dealing with the spirit, body and mind. “In my 20s, I thought I knew everything, and in my 30s, I was anxious, because I realized I don’t know anything,” she says. “But in my 40s, it was like ‘Aha! I see you now!’ and none of it mattered anymore.”

Click HERE for her interview with the SF Examiner!

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