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!

Mac Sabbath: Jihad Vs. McWorld (Halloween at GAMH with Captured! By Robots + Franks & Deans)


Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose reflects on Slim’s at 30 years (performing with Four Year Bender on Wed. 9/19)


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!

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Mon. Sept. 17, 2018 declared Slim’s Day in SF!


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!

SF Chronicle: Slim’s nightclub celebrates 30 years by looking back, moving forward


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

Read more HERE

Soundwaves TV #9 – Slim’s Pickings


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!

Watch HERE

Guitar Player Presents The Marcus King Band + Bishop Gunn (Tues. 9/11 – GAMH)


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

Review + Photos: The Family Crest + Goodnight, Texas rile up Great American Music Hall – The Bay Bridged


Last Thursday night, Great American Music Hall was a home-grown happy zone for hundreds of eager audience members and longtime fans of the Family Crest. Just a few days earlier, the band released The War: Act 1, their first major release in four years, and the crowd was riled and ready to celebrate.

Click HERE for the rest of The Bay Bridged's review!

 (photo: Kate Haley)

PHOTOS: Protest The Hero brings its ‘Fortress’ to Slim’s – RIFF Magazine


Protest the Hero brought its Fortress 10-year anniversary tour to a sold-out show at Slim’s on a bill of progressive metal bands that included Closure in Moscow and Thank You Scientist.

The Canadian headliners played Fortress from start to end, beginning with “Bloodmeat,” “The Dissentience” and “Bone Marrow” nonstop before finally addressing the packed crowd. Not that it mattered because concertgoers were already busy crowdsurfing and shouting along. The second part of the show included the most-loved songs from the album: “Sequoia Throne,” “Palms Read,” “Limb from Limb” and “Spoils.”

Following a few more album cuts, Protest the Her returned for an encore of “Sex Tapes” (from Scurrilous), “China Fish” (off subscription series Pacific Myth) and “Skies” (off 2013’s Volition).

Australian band Closure in Moscow, playing its first Bay Area show in eight years, blended post-hardcore and progressive post-rock, primarily sticking to the tracks off 2009’s First Temple. The band kicked things off with “Vanguard” and followed it up with “Afterbirth,” “Kissing Cousins” and “Deluge.” Six other hard cuts followed, concluding with fan favorite “Sweet#hart.”

Thank You Scientist opened the show with a six-song set that combined violin, saxophone and trumpet with heavy rock on cuts like “Wrinkle,” “Feed the Horses,” “Caverns”and “Mr. Invisible.”

Follow photographer Joaquin Cabello at Instagram.com/joaquinxcabello. - RIFF Magazine

Premiere: The Minnesota Child Lace Hope & Resilience into “Stay with Me” (Playing GAMH on Thurs. 2/1 with Mad Noise & Jessica + The Inscrutable Soul)


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Stay with Me,” the latest single off The Minnesota Child's upcoming (and first full-band) EP, Fireflies (independently out 2/1/2018). The pseudonym for Oakland, CA-based musician Ethan Buckner, The Minnesota Child’s heartland folk pop sound is reminiscent of LA’s The Morning Yells and Utah’s The National Parks (an Atwood favorite). But finding yourself in good company is not enough: The Minnesota Child stands out with a dazzling array of finely-executed harmonies and mesmerizing, poetic imagery.

Through some sort of musical magic, “Stay with Me” is a love song, a song of struggle, and a song of acceptance: From the heart, to the heart.

Take a listen HERE!

DoTheBay Has Your Chance to Win Tickets to Loco Tranquilo at GAMH on Sat. 9/2!


Loco Tranquilo is a San Francisco band based in the heart of the Mission district. Over the past two years, they’ve been gaining momentum within the Bay Area music scene, playing multiple shows each month and earning a devoted and diverse following along the way. Fusing hypnotic and colorful melodies with funky grooves and jazzy, primordial rhythms, the band is known for moving people on the dance floor while also tapping into the inner workings of the human experience. Their distinctive style of music is made to create unity through universal feelings. During each show, they strive to create dream-like atmosphere, ushering listener on a musical journey and provoking inward sensitive exploration and communal celebration.

Win tickets HERE (good luck!)

Watch Our Exclusive Premiere of Grieves’ The Weeknd-Like Jam ‘Gutz’ (Playing Fri. 9/1 at Slim’s)


About midway through Grieves’ woozy “Gutz,” you find yourself falling into sync with the track. There’s some weird alchemy, like maybe Grieves has found the mid-point between The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and acid jazz, that happens and you’re suddenly muttering “fuck you” along with the song’s hook. 

The song, off Running Wild, the Seattle-based rapper’s fifth proper full length, sees Grieves hit on something like the zeitgeist. Naturally, there’s plenty of broken glass, a young woman in lingerie, some knifeplay and even a surprise murder. Never say that your friends at Playboy bring you boring music videos.

Grieves tells us that the song is about never being able to get enough of another person.

“When it comes down to the matters of the heart, people can be just as addicting as any drug,” he says. “We tell ourselves ‘never again’, then we wake up in the same bed we promised we’d never return to. It’s complicated and intoxicating. That’s why this video complements this song so well.”

Listen to the song below.

Running Wild will be out August 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Pre-order the album here - Playboy

Broke-Ass Stuart Has Your Chance To Win Tickets To Shabazz Palaces on Fri. 8/18!


I’m super excited to bring you this giveaway because I love me some Shabazz Palaces. So, please don’t enter this giveaway if you intend on flaking. I will be sad.

Shabazz Palaces is an American hip hop duo from Seattle composed of Ishmael Butler a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz rap group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire, son of mbira master Dumisani Maraire. The pair anonymously self-released two EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New (referred to as Shabazz Palaces and Of Light, respectively) in 2009 before becoming the first hip-hop act to be signed to the Sub Pop label and releasing their debut full-length album, Black Up to wide critical acclaim in 2011.

Butler notes that the work of Shabazz Palaces differs from his previous work stylistically. He cites his primary influences as “abstract,” pulling from podcasts and mixtapes. Butler attributes the use of African percussion and jazz overtones to his family’s musical preferences.

Enter to win HERE! 

The Lumineers Light Up Slim’s (Mon. 5/22)


45 minutes into The Lumineers’ set at Slim’s on Monday night, the trio walked off stage knowing they’d be coming right back. That’s because, even in the intimate venue, the cheers for an encore were near-deafening. Not that the band is any stranger to the attention. Just days before playing the KFOG Special Acoustic Performance, they were opening for U2 at the Rose Bowl in LA for more than 95,000 music lovers. Humbly, lead vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz conceded the horde wasn’t necessarily for them, but they hoped they had some converts – to which the amped Slim’s-crowd responded “yeah you did!”

Wesley, Jeremiah Fraites (drums), and Neyla Pekarek (cello, piano) took the stage Monday night for the slightly smaller, yet completely enthralled audience. The folk-Americana bandmates were treated more like rock stars, with shouts from women and men throughout the show and interviews (“we love you!”) flying ubiquitously. Every song was a hit, almost evenly split between tracks from their debut record The Lumineers and sophomore album Cleopatra, which just went No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart.

Click HERE for the rest of the review!