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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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.”
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One of the leading lights of modern garage rock, singer and guitarist King Khan brings his electrifying psychedelic soul revue King Khan And The Shrines to the Great American Music Hall Wednesday night.
For this return to GAMH, King Khan and the Shrines will be joined by Australian psych-pop songwriter Gabriella Cohen and snotty SF punks The Control Freaks (led by THE RIP OFFS guitarist Greg Lowery). - KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area
While Shellac band hasn’t released any new music since its acclaimed 2015 effort Dude Incredible (its first in seven years), that won’t keep fans from turning out in large numbers to witness one of the most intense post-punk acts working today. Ahead of an appearance at the eclectic Desert Daze Festival in Southern California this weekend, Shellac plays two nights at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco starting Wednesday night with support from experimental Brooklyn-based indie-rock duo Buke and Gase. - KPIX / CBS SF BayArea
I missed being part of the world-record show for the number of attendees at the Watkins Glenn jam in 1973, as I was born a few years too late. Luckily, there was a 45th anniversary celebration at the Great American Music Hall last Thursday that satisfied the fans that were there in '73, as well as those new to the party.
Bay Area musical powerhouses from the Freestone Peaches, with Matt Hartle, Sunshine Garcia Becker, and Henry Kaiser came together to play a tribute show that truly did this historic event justice. From the opening Grateful Dead jam to the Freestone Peaches effortlessly channeling the Allman Brothers, the gig was unstoppable. - The Bay Bridged
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South of Market music club Slim's is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week with a lineup of shows while highlighting its rich history as a hub for music in San Francisco.
The anniversary week lineup includes locals The Brothers Comatose, and singer-songwriter Ben Morrison, who once worked at the club, wrote about a couple of his most memorable experiences on the job as a skinny security guard. - RIFF Magazine
We love you, Ben! Excited to see you on our stage (again) tomorrow with Four Year Bender!
Everyone at our Built to Spill show just saw the presentation, and now we want to share with you... today was just declared Slim's Day here in SF!
Thank you to Mayor London Breed for the proclamation, and to Maggie Weiland, Executive Director of the SF Entertainment Commission, for announcing the exciting news to the Slim's crowd!
What an amazing way to kick off our 30th Anniversary Celebration!
Slim’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month the best way it knows how. Starting Monday, Sept. 17, the South of Market nightclub will host a weeklong concert series with more than a dozen acts, including indie rockers Built to Spill, thrash metal veterans Exodus, bluegrass outfit Brothers Comatose, the pop-punk band Aquabats and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop.
Since opening its doors in 1988, the low-profile venue at 333 11th St. has served as a nerve center for the San Francisco music scene. It’s the place where big-time acts like Radiohead, Bruno Mars and Beck staged their first Bay Area concerts.
The 500-person capacity club has also provided a home for local acts making their way into the world, left-field musicians who don’t quite fit into traditional rock clubs and road warriors simply seeking to reconnect with their fans in a more intimate setting (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg and Metallica all played shows there — often incognito — at the height of their careers). - SF Chronicle
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Hard to believe it was three decades ago that Boz Scaggs opened the SOMA club Slim’s with a blast of blues and boogie woogie. Soul is on the menu for the venue’s 30th anniversary celebration. Blues great Elvin Bishop is the headliner, but my money is on the incandescent soul crooner Wee Willie Walker, whose career has taken off in his eighth decade. Backed by the talent-laden Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, he’s been performing around the world, often joined by Oakland blues star Terrie Odabi Vocalist. With the powerhouse gospel combo The Sons of The Soul Revivers summoning the spirit, the program offers a serious salve for unsettling times. - Andrew Gilbert / San Francisco Classical Voice
Rounding out this amazing line-up on Fri. 9/21? Kid Andersen & Little Village Foundation's Jim Pugh!
A portion of the proceeds from this very special evening will benefit KPOO Radio.
Soundwaves returns to TV with a weekly dive into the Bay Area’s rich music scene. Hosted by Chasta, Soundwaves TV features music videos, live performances, guest musicians, DJs, and influencers from all four corners of the Bay.
This week, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the venerable music venue Slim’s in San Francisco. Chasta welcomes Dennis Juarez, the club’s operations manager and dirt is spilled! Some great stories are told, including the time time Prince announced a spontaneous appearance, and everything went crazy!
GP loves to share in the rise of prodigal talents, and Marcus King graced the cover of the September 2017 “Youthquake” issue because he dazzles on every level—chops, soul, creativity, and transcendental live performance. King and his band throw down jazz-tinged Southern rock and blues with a level of intensity and virtuosity that brings the early years of the Derek Trucks Band to mind. The slide virtuoso showed his respect for King by guesting on “Self Hatred” from the Marcus King Band’s self-titled sophomore effort that was released in 2016 and produced by Warren Haynes.
In late September the Marcus King Band debuted “Homesick” and “Welcome ’Round Here” heralding Carolina Confessions, produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) and scheduled for release October 5th on Fantasy Records. It showcases the 22-year-old King’s maturation as a songwriter and includes a co-write with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. - Guitar Player
Green Leaf Rustlers assembled last week for a run of shows that included a stop Friday at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. An audience recording of the August 31 performance by the group featuring guitarist/vocalist Chris Robinson, bassist Pete Sears, drummer John Molo, multi-instrumentalist Barry Sless and guitarist Greg Loiacono surfaced.
The concert began with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and ended with an encore featuring Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.” Between those Dylan tunes, the band played several additional coves, tackling the likes of New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Byrds, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Doug Sahm, Gram Parsons, Mel Tillis, Jimmy Reed, Willie Nelson, J.J. Cale and a few others. Taped and posted by Neil M, stream Friday’s GAMH show HERE.