Kat Von D Teams Up With Dark-Synth Master IAMX On “Stardust” Video (Playing Mon. 5/7 at GAMH)


Sure, Nine Inch Nails and Goldfrapp are awesome, but Chris Corner, the visionary operating under the banner of IAMX has been creating consistently game-changing works over the course of 14 years and eight albums.

His recently released LP Alive In New Light finds him continuing to cut his own swath in the electronic-rock realm with maximum amounts of mystery and allure. Helping Corner bring the dark this time around is none other than Kat Von D, whose many roles as tattoo artist, reality TV star, cosmetics entrepreneur and vocalist has firmly placed her in the popular culture continuum. Today, AP is exclusively premiering the video for “Stardust,” the lead-off track from Alive In New Light, which also features vocals by Von D. - Alternative Press

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Albert Hammond Jr. Goes In Utero (Playing Tues. 3/6 with The Paranoyds at GAMH)


It’s quite possible that Albert Hammond Jr. holds the distinction of being the first musician ever to be inspired by a fingernail.

In November 1979, his mother was rushed to the hospital, suffering a miscarriage. While that baby, Francis, was born too premature to live, Albert arrived five months later. The one-time Strokes guitarist and solo artist had always known this part of the story, but it was only last year that his aunt informed him that when he was born, so was a fingernail — the one piece of his twin to greet the world alongside him.

Francis Trouble, Hammond’s fourth solo record, is due out on March 9 from Red Bull Records. It is named in honor of the twin he never knew, and reflects his reaction to receiving a truly surreal revelation.

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CBS SF Talks To Earthless Guitarist Isaiah Mitchell (Playing Thurs. 3/1 at GAMH)


One of the most celebrated modern psychedelic rock bands, hard-rock power trio Earthless has been expanding minds and dropping jaws with their intense live shows ever since first coming together in San Diego in 2001. Formed by celebrated drummer Mario Rubalcaba (veteran of such bands as Hot Snakes, Rocket from the Crypt, Black Heart Procession and Off!), former Electric Nazarene bassist Mike Eginton and gifted guitarist Isaiah Mitchell (Nebula, Howlin’ Rain, Golden Void), the group got its start with an improvisational approach to heavy instrumental psychedelia that nodded to the jam-oriented grooves of Cream, Jimi Hendrix and live Led Zeppelin as well as the explorations of modern Japanese psych purveyors like Acid Mothers Temple and more obscure ’70s riff alchemists like Dust and the Groundhogs.

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Photos: The Lovemakers at the Great American Music Hall (The Bay Bridged)


Valentine's Day was made extra special in San Francisco as the Lovemakers, vverevvolf, and Breakdown Valentine spread the love at the Great American Music Hall. The concert was a celebration of Bay Area music which even Cupid would've been proud of.

Breakdown Valentine created a beautiful distraction by searching for paradise. vverevvolf, on the other hand, concluded that love is simply murder, after having played some cruel games. The Lovemakers invited us all to shake that ass, because everyone's fighting the same damn fight!

Wednesday night was an evening of great music, lots of dancing and plenty of music to fall in love with. Check out the gallery HERE and see if you can find your next musical infatuation!

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Alleyne

Teenaged Grace VanderWaal sings beyond her years (playing Tues. 2/20 at Slim’s – SOLD OUT!)


Suffern, New York singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal has never had a past-life regression — in fact, she’s not even sure what one is. But chances are, this prescient, ukulele-strumming 14-year-old — who started writing songs at age three, won season 11 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” at 12 and composed or co-wrote every song on her soulful 2017 debut, “Just the Beginning” — has been through the world before. Her raspy, seasoned style on intricate tracks like “Moonlight” and the anti-authoritarian “Sick of Being Told” has the self-assurance of some vintage vaudevillian vet. “I’ve never had a regression, but I can truthfully say that I don’t bond very well with other 14 year olds,” she says.

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Noise Pop: Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds gets melodic, looks inward (playing Wed. 2/21 at Slim’s with Single Mothers, Milk Teeth, Long Knives)


In their native England, where all five of its albums over 15 years debuted within the Top 20 on the U.K. chart, genre-morphing post-rock, punk and emo band Enter Shikari has graduated to headlining arenas. On tour in the U.S. this month, in support of 2017’s The Spark, the band from the north of London will be playing rooms much smaller, perhaps none as small as Slim’s in San Francisco, which will host Enter Shikari during Noise Pop next week.

Click HERE for RIFF Magazine's preview!

Front Country serves up a musical blend it calls ‘roots pop’ (playing Sat. 2/17 at Slim’s with The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, Ben & Alex Morrison of The Brothers Comatose)


The front country is where the wilderness intersects with the city — as opposed to the back country. Likewise the Nashville-based, San Francisco-sown musical ensemble bearing that moniker brings an urban sensibility and sophistication to the classic string-band format, walking a line between tradition and innovation that they refer to as “roots pop.

Front Country intersects with the city of San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a co-headlining show The with Sam Chase & the Untraditional at Slim’s.

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Drive-By Truckers Refuse to Peddle Dixieland Mythology (Playing Wed. 2/7 & Thurs. 2/8 with Lilly Hiatt at GAMH)


At last year’s Country Music Awards — an event long famous for gaudy outfits, oversized cowboy hats, and ever-escalating displays of mindless patriotism — Sturgill Simpson made news for busking outside the Nashville gathering and telling anyone who would listen that “Donald Trump is a fascist fucking pig.”

That Simpson was able to perform that act without being physically accosted — a low bar, undeniably — is a testament to how outsider voices are increasingly more tolerated in the insular and conservative world of country music. Acts such as Simpson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Miranda Lambert have been loath to regurgitate the company line preached by the genre’s standard-bearers.

While country music has always had its brand of anti-establishment figures (a legacy that includes Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard, and the genre’s pioneer, Hank Williams) this latest cadre of interlopers seem to trace their lineage to one group in particular — Drive-By Truckers.

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Jawbreaker at the Great American Music Hall Jan. 14, 2018 – Photos by Matthew Kadi / SF Weekly


Jawbreaker brought the latest chapter in its reunion to The Great American Music Hall. They have added at least one song to each set of this string of shows. That night it was ‘Housesitter’. San Francisco can be a very uptight music scene but the band cracked that and the audience were screaming the lyrics to every song, the highlight being ‘Condition Oakland.’  Blake broke a string and the crowd kept the song going by singing. Photos by Matthew Kadi

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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!

Alan Doyle going strong post-Great Big Sea (Playing Fri. 1/19 at GAMH with Donovan Woods)


For longtime fans of Newfoundland combo Great Big Sea, frontman Alan Doyle has some good news and some bad news. On the upside, he has a rollicking new solo effort out, his third — the Bob Rock-produced “A Week at the Warehouse” — which captures Great Big Sea’s kinetic Celt-rocking spirit. On the downside, when the band’s original member Sean McCann left in 2013 after two decades, he and co-founder Bob Hallett discussed amicable ways to continue without him. “We couldn’t come to an agreement so there was nothing left to do but move on,” says Doyle. “So it’s all good, everybody seems to be quite happy doing what they’re doing, and the door is still wide open.”

Click HERE for his interview with the SF Examiner!

Breakout band Wallows kicks off headlining tour in SF (Playing Wed. 1/24 at GAMH with Hazel English – Goldenvoice Presents)


There’s an ease that comes across when you talk with Wallows, the Los Angeles alt-rock trio fronted by “13 Reasons Why” star Dylan Minnette. As befits friendships that have lasted since school days, there are inside references and attempts to crack each other up. If there are nerves about the band’s launching its first nationwide tour — as the headliner, no less — they’re nowhere to be seen.

“It’ll be the first time we’ll be playing a show knowing that tomorrow we’re going to have to drive 10 hours to another city,” says Cole Preston, the band’s drummer. “But I think all of us, more than nervous, are really excited. We’ve all been friends since we were pre-pubescent booger weirdos, so it’s about time we all pile into a van.”
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Guitar Player Presents Tommy Emmanuel January 11 and 12 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco—Win Tickets!


Tommy Emmanuel graced the cover of GP’s August 2017 issue celebrating the top acoustic players of all time, so ’nuff said about his otherworldly ability. Tommy is the cat tons of players turn to for inspiration, and there’s no better way to appreciate Emmanuel’s ninja-like technical precision and exhilarating execution than to catch him live. He’s currently on tour heralding a star-studded record of collaborations, Accomplice One [CGP/Thirty Tigers], which will be released on January 19th, and GP is proud to present a pair of shows in San Francisco on January 11th and 12th.

The first glimpse we got of Accomplice One was Emmanuel and JD Simo putting their stamp on Otis Redding and Steve Cropper’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” and Simo happens to be the opening act on this leg of Emmanuel’s tour, so it’s likely they will perform “Dock of the Bay” and more together during this two-night stand at the historic Great American Music Hall. A Guitar Player Presents promotion will be in effect onsite Thursday night—January 11—with free magazines and D’Addario goodies available at the GP table. Tickets are nearly sold out for these special seated shows at the Great American, so get yours right now here. - Guitar Player

It’s time for the sixth annual Western Winter Formal in San Francisco (with The Easy Leaves this Sat. 1/6 at GAMH)


If it’s January – which, believe it or not, it actually is – then it’s time for The Easy Leaves to perform in San Francisco.

The Northern California country-rock act hosts its sixth annual Western Winter Formal at the Great American Music Hall on Jan. 6.

So grab your tuxedo and Stetson hat (or, whatever else sounds like proper Western Winter Formal garb to you) and get ready to boogie with The Easy Leaves.

To get a taste for the band, we recommend checking out “Get Down,” which is our favorite Easy Leaves number.

The evening’s lineup also includes Western Centuries, Alison Harris and DJ Golden Graham. - Jim Harrington / The Mercury News