Iconic Stoner-Doom Trio Sleep Rings In New Year At Great American


For this run of San Francisco shows at the Great American Music Hall starting Saturday, Sleep will be joined by three different like-minded heavyweight bands each night. On Saturday, long-dormant, cello-driven post-metal group Grayceon plays songs from IV, its first new album in five years. On Sunday, Neurosis leader Scott Kelly performs with Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, his doomy industrial side project with producer/synth player Sanford Parker (Corrections House, Wreckmeister Harmonies), while celebrated heavy duo Big Business joins the party on New Year’s Eve. - KPIX / CBS SF Bay Area 

Fishbone still at top of alternative heap (Fri. 12/21 at GAMH with Diego’s Umbrella & The Crooked Stuff)


Throughout Fishbone’s 30-year career, the ska-punk band from South Central Los Angeles has tirelessly produced genre-busting albums and headlined frantic college festivals, only to watch its support acts — such as No Doubt, Sublime and Jane’s Addiction — speed by to stardom.

 Lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher — who this year reunited with original Fishbone members drummer Philip “Fish” Fisher, guitarist John Bigham and trombone player Chris Dowd — continue to press on unabated and rocking ferociously.

“I feel like I’m in a time machine and time is standing still,” Moore says. “We see people standing in the front row of our shows, they go off, get married, come back with their kids — all this stuff. I think, wow, that’s how long we’ve been around?”

 The band performs Friday, Dec. 21 at the Great American Music Hall. - SF Chronicle

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

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

Click HERE for the rest of CBS SF Bay Area's preview!

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!

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

Click HERE to watch the new video!

Best Music Docs Of 2017 (See Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk Here At Slim’s On Sat. 12/23!)


Long before Green Day and Rancid became household names and 924 Gilman St. morphed into a West Coast CBGB's, the Bay Area's not-quiet-on-the-Eastern-front cities were churning out punk rock groups by the dozens. Corbett Redford's surprisingly thorough doc traces the scene's evolution from its early days crawling out of San Francisco's shadow to being dubbed the Next Seattle. Worth its weight in tattered Xeroxed 'zines. - Rolling Stone

Track Premiere: Cannibal Corpse, “Red Before Black” (Playing Tues. 11/14 & Wed. 11/15 at Slim’s)


We haven’t had a chance to dive into the lyrics of the title track from Cannibal Corpse’s new album Red Before Black yet, but we would like to imagine that Corpsegrinder and crew are suggesting that red, and not black, is the most brutal color of all. Cannibal Corpse know a thing or two about being brutal — this is the band that popularized death metal and once named an album Kill (all other bands should just stop trying; that is THE definitive death metal album title, QED) — so perhaps we should listen to them and just start wearing all red all the time instead of black. Black is so boring anyway!

MetalSucks is pleased to premiere “Red Before Black” to the world today.

Take a listen HERE!

Jukebox the Ghost to bring spirit of Queen, Halloween to San Francisco (Playing Fri. 10/27 at Slim’s)


“I trick or treated longer than I should have,” admitted Ben Thornewill, keyboardist of Jukebox the Ghost, in an interview with The Daily Californian.

“I remember one time, walking down the street in a full puppy dog costume that I had for no good reason, and a neighbor friend of mine who was a year older opened the door with his girlfriend next to him.” He was 17. “I thought, I should just die now.”

These days, Thornewill has traded puppy dog ears for a Freddie Mercury mustache. And on Halloween, you won’t catch him trick or treating — instead, you’ll find him on stage, tickling the keys to everybody’s favorite Queen songs.

Jukebox the Ghost is a trio from Brooklyn whose power pop balladry can be at times lighthearted, other times existential (or even apocalyptic, à la first album Let Live and Let Ghosts). Its fan base is dedicated, if modest. The band has never cracked the mainstream, but its appeal lies more in its consistently good pop rock music throughout the past 11 years, and of course, in its wicked streak of humor.

This sense of humor is how Jukebox the Ghost’s annual HalloQueen concert series came to be.

Click HERE for the rest of The Daily Californian's article, and be sure to pick up tickets for Friday's show with Vandella soon!

Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes Make Their US Debut At Slim’s This Friday! (7/28)


Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes are an Afro-roots Reggae band from Nigeria. The band was formed by Rex Suru in 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. Blending the West African rhythmic Afro-beat with Jamaican Ska Reggae, Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes are the quintessential showcase of Afro-roots Reggae. The music promotes spiritual, political, and social themes; at its core, it is pulsating and moving. All songs are original compositions by Rex Suru. The band will be performing in the United States for the first time Summer 2017 (including their very first US performance here at Slim's on Fri. 7/28!)