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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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.

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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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Full Show Audio: Green Leaf Rustlers Perform In San Francisco (JamBase)

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.

SF Weekly Photos: ohGr, Lead into Gold, and Omniflux at Slim’s, Wednesday August 15, 2018

Nivek Ogre is one of the most well-known figures in Industrial music, particularly for being the frontman of the influential and long-running band Skinny Puppy. Ogre brought his side project, ohGr, to Slim’s in San Francisco this past Wednesday, August 15th, in celebration of their latest album, ‘Tricks’.

Paul Barker, of Ministry and Revolting Cocks fame, brought his own solo project Lead into Gold as direct support for the night, with opener Omniflux also joining Barker onstage. - SF Weekly

Photos: Geoffrey Smith II

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Soccer Mommy at Slim’s, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (SF Weekly photos)

Performing a sold-out show at Slim’s this past Wednesday, July 18th, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks celebrated the release of their latest album, ‘Sparkle Hard,’ performing a set that was heavy on new material, but still featured a handful of older classics such as ‘It Kills,’ and ‘Jenny and the Ess-Dog’. The band also treated Pavement fans to retooled versions of “No Tan Lines” and “In the Mouth a Desert.” Nashville indie rock quartet Soccer Mommy opened the night.

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PHOTOS: The Get Up Kids bring fever emo dream to Slim’s – RIFF Magazine

Emo legends The Get Up Kids returned to San Francisco after three years Sunday, playing Slim’s with new EP Kicker in hand. The concert was an exercise of satisfaction. The Get Up Kids helped to pioneered the emo sound with nostalgia, joy and melancholy. The band is an ideological leader of its subsequent explosion at the outset of the 2000s. Sunday, the band took fans back to the naive conflicts of adolescence and brought them back, for one night, to a more innocent time.

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SF Sonic: Interview with Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra, founder of seminal punk band Dead Kennedys and one of the most influential figures in the Bay Area music scene, burst into the spotlight in 1978 when he unleashed his quivering voice and biting social commentary on the masses with the release of “California Uber Alles,” followed by “Holiday in Cambodia,” on the band’s own label, Alternative Tentacles. His frantically dramatic and maniacal stage presence, coupled with the sardonic humor he used to convey the sheer truth of his words, solidified him as an instant punk rock legend. After four albums with Dead Kennedys, and subsequent collaborations on over a dozen more with bands like The Melvins and D.O.A., he is now three albums deep with his current band, Guantanamo School of Medicine. Known as much for his political perspectives as his outrageous stage antics, Jello is a sought-after speaker well-known for his spoken word art and revered for his notoriously tongue-in-cheek – but legitimate –1979 campaign for San Francisco mayor at age 21.

Just days away from his 60th birthday, Jello spoke with SF Sonic about the importance of voting in local elections, just how the 2016 presidential election was rigged, how the right could be on the verge of legally rewriting the Constitution, and how “staying mad” is the key to lasting idealism.

For his birthday, Jello put on a terrific show at the Great American Music Hall. The photos here are from that show. (Photos by Raymond Ahner)

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Morbid Angel Brings On the Heavy at Slim’s – SF Sonic Review

Few death metal bands have had as much history under the belts as Morbid Angel do. Although they have had endless line-up changes over the years, they are now in their thirty-fifth year as a band and not only continue to churn out records but tour the world in support of them, all while remaining one of the most influential bands in death metal history. They recently released their ninth studio album Kingdoms Disdained, and are currently touring behind it, stopping off at Slim’s in San Francisco recently to deliver the metal to their longtime Bay Area fans. - SF Sonic

Photos by Raymond Ahner

IAMX with Kat Von D at the Great American Music Hall, May 7, 2018 – SF Weekly

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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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.

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 (photo: Kate Haley)

SF Sonic: Russian Circles Captivate the Great American Music Hall

Russian Circles put on another one of their mind-blowing live shows to the delight of the sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall on a Thursday night. The trio of bassist Brian Cook, guitarist Mike Sullivan, and drummer Dave Turncrantz have developed into one of the most interesting and captivating live bands in the rock/metal underground: combining raging heavy metal, atmospheric post-rock, and deep electronic textures.

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All photos by Elizabeth Gohr.

SF Sonic: Prong Crunch Up Slim’s (3/31/18)

Although Tommy Victor and Prong may be thirty-plus years into their career, it most certainly doesn’t stop them from absolutely steamrolling their way in and out of venues across the world, and their recent show at Slim’s in San Francisco was no exception. Supporting their twelfth studio record, Zero Days, the band returned to the venue for the first time in almost twenty years and picked up right where they left off.

Check out SF Sonic's review of the night HERE!

All photos by Raymond Ahner

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.”

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REVIEW: Rhett Miller lights up Slim’s with intimate gig – RIFF Magazine

If Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller was aiming for a high degree of difficulty going into his show on Friday night at Slim’s, he succeeded at setting the bar high. The stage wasn’t draped in an elaborate set, Miller wasn’t flanked by a backline of musicians and there weren’t any complex light shows. Miller hit the stage with his guitar, his voice and stories and anecdotes spanning nearly three decades.

Miller proceeded to dive deep into his songbook of Old 97’s and solo material as he serenaded the Bay Area crowd for more than an hour and a half. Miller opened his set with a rousing performance of “Doreen,” off of 1994’s Hitchike to Rome. The show was a special opportunity for fans to see Rhett Miller in an intimate club setting instead of the larger venues or festival lineups that comprise the Old 97’s itinerary.

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