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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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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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.
Chris Corner’s synthpop / dark electronic pop project IAMX stopped by San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall this past Monday, May 7th, in promotion of their latest album, ‘Alive in New Light’. Touted as, ‘An Evening with IAMX’, the show featured moody, minimal electronic music and projections setting the tone before the band hit the stage, as well as an extended performance celebrating the band’s discography. - Geoffrey Smith II / SF Weekly
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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.”