British art rockers Django Django performing new tunes (Sat. 4/28 at GAMH with Ofelia K)


British art rock quartet Django Django appears at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday, April 28, hot off the heels of two weekends in the desert at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (or the first-ever Beychella, if you will). The group — producer-drummer David Maclean, vocalist-guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon and keyboardist Tommy Grace — is known for its genre-bending ethos, featuring strong rockabilly, Jamaican dancehall and pop influences.

The band is on tour following the release of its third full-length album, “Marble Skies,” which recalls much of the homespun charm that characterized Django Django’s 2012 self-titled debut, an album recorded in Maclean’s bedroom. With the latest work, the group steps away from the expansive sound of its second album, “Born Under Saturn,” to create new material that is well-honed and attentive. Los Angeles indie pop artist Ofelia K supports. - SFGate

Alice Glass now solo, seeing herself and music more clearly (Sat. 4/28 at Slim’s with Zola Jesus + Pictureplane)


Near the end of a 20-minute phone call from Los Angeles, Alice Glass, the former frontwoman of the electroclash band Crystal Castles, goes quiet. She says she has been feeling “a little bit frazzled” throughout the interview.

(That’s only been occasionally apparent with a few hesitant pauses and asides like “Does that make sense?” or “No, wait …” or “I’m just trying to put into words ...”)

“I really didn’t do a lot of interviews before,” Glass says. “It’s just something I really want to do more of because I remember reading different music magazines and things when I was a kid, and it made me really interested to learn about new music.”

Given the circumstances under which she left Crystal Castles, that sentiment has a deeper significance: Alice Glass has found her voice, and she’s ready to use it.

Click HERE for the rest of SFGate's interview!

Three Must-See Acts This Week: Ho99o9 (Playing Wed. 4/25 at GAMH with 3TEETH & Street Sects)


Hip-hop relies on constant experimentation, and the brutally intense punk hip-hop duo Ho99o9 (pronounced horror) sound unlike any other artist either in hip-hop or punk. Rappers and longtime friends theOGM and Eaddy formed the group in Newark around 2012, equally influenced by figures like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Rob Zombie — and these unlikely antecedents can be heard in the duo’s blistering releases. Ho99o9 earned a cult following with two thunderous EPs in the years leading up to their 2017 debut album, United States of Horror. It’s 45 minutes of unhinged aggression, with a sonic range that includes hardcore punk anthems to heavy industrial beats, with both theOGM and Eaddy taking turns spitting violently unforgiving bars. Although technically a hip-hip duo, Ho99o9’s mosh-friendly sound is likely to appeal to those who follow hardcore punk rather than hip-hop. But hip-hop fans should still give the duo a listen, as Ho99o9’s shocking and socially critical lyricism along with their boisterous presence make them unique in either genre. - SF Weekly

Heavy Doom Band Headlines Great American Music Hall (Windhand plays Sun. 4/22 with Ruby the Hatchet)


Windhand returned to action earlier this year with a new split album with fellow Virginians and occult rockers Satan's Satyrs that ramped up the hypnotic psychedelic elements to the band’s sound. In addition to reuniting with Jack Endino in Seattle to record their forthcoming fourth album Eternal Return slated for release this fall.

For the group’s current tour to promote the split album, Windhand returns to San Francisco to headline the Great American Music Hall Sunday night. The group is joined by thunderous Philadelphia-based heavy prog/psych crew Ruby the Hatchet, who released their latest effort Planetary Space Child on Tee Pee Records late last summer. - Dave Pehling

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Buttertones respect those who came before (Playing Tues. 4/17 at Slim’s with SadGirl)


For a band like the Buttertones, there’s a natural push and pull between nostalgia and looking ahead. Much of their sound is rooted in the past, with influences like punk rockers the Cramps, avant-garde singer-songwriter Scott Walker and the surf-rock and rockabilly of the 1960s and ’70s. And yet, the band manages to make listeners feel very much in the present

Click HERE for the rest of the SF Chronicle preview!

Wax Idols to give Bay Area first live preview of new album (Sat. 4/14 at GAMH with pardoner & Humid)


Wax Idols have a big night ahead on April 14, when they will headline the Great American Music Hall to play their upcoming album from start to finish.

The show will be the first chance for listeners to get a full live preview of Happy Ending a month before its release. The Oakland band will be joined by local bands pardoner and HUMID.

“It’s a cool way for us to showcase all the work we have been doing the last few years and where we’re at as a group now which we’re really proud of,” said bandleader Hether Fortune. “It’s important to us to give the Bay Area people who have supported the band from the beginning the first opportunity to hear the record and have a unique experience.”

Click HERE for The Bay Bridged's preview!

 

Q&A: Gene Evaro Jr. (Playing Slim’s on 4/13 with Handmade Moments & Brett Hunter)


Groove Soul artist Gene Evaro Jr.’s signature brand of folk electro-funk is making its way to Slim’s in a few days. The show is just days after the release of his third LP Like it’s 1965, which sees him blending Paul Simon folk songs with some deep funk from bands like Sly & The Family Stone. We wanted to learn more about this hot artist, so we reached out to him to talk about how he describes his music, what his main influences are and whether living in the desert has an impact on his music.

Click HERE for Music in SF's interview!

SF Weekly: Three Must-See Shows This Week: Fisher, The Soft Moon, and Elohim (Playing Sat. 4/7 at Slim’s – Presented by Goldenvoice)


Frequently used as a name for God in the Hebrew Bible, Elohim is a fitting moniker for the mysterious musician who crafts innovative electronic pop. Elohim’s life has been infatuated with music since she began playing piano at the age of five and learning to sing four years later. This early means composition came naturally to Elohim, something that can be heard on her self-titled 2016 debut EP, which contains hypnotically addicting tracks like “She Talks Too Much” and “Xanax.” Although Elohim prefers to remain out of the public eye, with clear pictures of her impossible to find, her lyrics share intimate struggles with anxiety, relationships, and materialism. After spending much of 2017 quietly recording around Los Angeles, she’s set to release her first studio album, which is also self-titled. From the singles released so far, Elohim’s idiosyncratic pop reveals its evolution through playful and lushly produced singles like “F*ck Your Money” and “Hallucinating,” a departure from the dark themes explored on her prior EP. A breath of fresh air in pop music, Elohim has created a striking, and potentially chart-topping, sound that is singular to her. - SF Weekly

Live This Month: April 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts (including The Family Crest – 4/12 at GAMH & Alice Glass – 4/28 at Slim’s)


In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We've got a whole wealth of great local bands in this month's mix, with new music from Healers, The Family Crest, and Sandy’s joined by new-to-the-podcast acts Down 2 Earth, Shame Waves, Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist, and Moon Daze.

Electronic artists also make a big impression in this set. In addition to the Rostami/Blomquist track, enjoy synth-driven sounds from Alice Glass, Yaeji, and Lou Rebecca. Or, if you're looking for something heavier, check out Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's new sci-fi concept album, as well the dense, sample-driven rock of Kraus.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts! - The Bay Bridged

Take a listen HERE!

Alice Glass embarks on first solo tour (Playing Slim’s Sat. 4/28)


Alice Glass recently debuted a Zola Jesus remix of "StillBirth," Glass's debut single from 2015. She will also be starting her first solo tour, and also recently released a new track, "Cease and Desist."

Glass's solo tour is a new chapter in her career since her departure from Crystal Castles and the dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by former bandmate Ethan Kath in response to her abuse allegations.

The Snowblood Tour will feature performances from Zola Jesus on select tour dates. Pictureplane will be accompanying Glass for the entire tour, which will come to Slim's on April 28. - The Bay Bridged

Alt-Country Hero Rhett Miller Performing in San Francisco (Fri. 3/23 at Slim’s)


Rhett Miller came to fame as the lead singer and primary songwriter for the Old 97’s, one of the most important — and flat-out best — alt-country acts to arrive in the ’90s.

The Dallas outfit has delivered so many good albums over the years, including 1997’s “Too Far to Care” and 1999’s “Fight Songs.”

Miller is also an accomplished solo artist. And he actually released his first solo album — “Mythologies” — well before he was a member of the Old 97’s. (He was still in high school at the time of its very limited release.) There was far more buzz for Miller’s second solo effort, “The Instigator,” which was released on the major label Elektra in 2002.

Miller showcases his solo material (and hopefully some Old 97’s tunes) on March 23 at Slim’s in San Francisco. Matthew Ryan opens the show. - The Mercury News

Californicorns Release New Album at Great American Music Hall (Thurs. 3/22)


Next Thursday, funk-rock band Californicorns headline Great American Music Hall to release their newest album, Warm Oakland Nights. Originally the in-house band of beloved local performance arts mecca PianoFight, this 10-piece band raises the temperature of every room they're in with "shredded gnar and sultry croon" as their tools. They'll play the new album in its entirety Thursday night.

Click HERE for The Bay Bridged's article!

The Rise of Soul Ska: Celebrating the Release of “Propaganda” at GAMH on Fri. 3/23


The hottest band in Marin right now?

That just may be Soul Ska, a nine-piece, multi-racial musical collective launched in 2014 by keyboard player Jonathan Korty, one of the erstwhile teenage musicians who formed the popular instrumental funk band Vinyl in Mill Valley in the 1980s.

Soul Ska headlines the Great American Musical Hall on Friday night, celebrating the release of “Propaganda,” a debut album with seven original songs recorded at Allegiant Studios in San Anselmo and produced by David Simon Baker, who has also worked with ALO, Jackie Greene and Mother Hips.

The last time Soul Ska played the Great American they opened for the English Beat, one of the British bands that sparked the ska revival in the 1980s and ’90s. Since then, Korty says, “We sold out every show we did, including Sweetwater, a Rancho Nicasio barbecue and a bunch of festivals, including the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. It’s been a great three years. For a band coming out of Marin, we’re one of the few that can headline the Great American right now. We’re definitely on the rise.”

Read the rest of the Marin IJ's article HERE.

Metallica Tribute Act Tops Bill At Slim’s (Sat. 3/10 with The Butlers + Union Jack & The Rippers)


A trio of headbanging cover bands gather in San Francisco Saturday night to entertain hard rock and metal fans when renowned Metallica tribute Masters of Puppets plays with local heavy hitters The Butlers and ’80s metal masters Union Jack and the Rippers.

Click HERE for the KPIX CBS Bay Area preview!

Close Harmony Comes Naturally to The T Sisters (Playing Fri. 3/9 at GAMH with Megan Slankard & The Wreckage, Conspiracy of Venus)


The three Tietjen sisters -- older sister Erika, and twins Chloe and Rachel -- have been playing together since they were kids growing up in Berkeley. As my Do List co-host John Vanderslice notes, they specialize in tight, intricate harmonies within an Americana framework. Sometimes the instrumentation is sparse, and sometimes it's bright as Technicolor, like when they have a full string band. The songs are originals, and a mix of folk and pop covers. The sisters worked with legendary Bay Area bluegrass queen Laurie Lewis on their first album. But their real claim to fame is that they sang "The Star Spangled Banner" to open a San Francisco Giants game a few years ago.

The T Sisters co-head a fantastic bill to celebrate International Women's Day, along with Megan Slankard and the Wreckage, and the all women chorus Conspiracy of Venus at the Great American Music Hall on March 9. - Cy Musiker / KQED Arts