This year's SF Popfest culminated in last Saturday's doozy of a Slumberland Showcase, boasting 10 bands in eight hours' time for a day-to-night festival of jangly art-pop for the twinkle-toes in all of us. Despite the draw of bigger names like 14 Iced Bears and the June Brides' Phil Wilson -- both of 1980s UK pop and C86 fame -- it's safe to say that a few local bands truly represented and made us all proud, possibly even stealing the show. Read more »
MUSIC The shroud of mystery surrounding Terry Malts is no accident. It turns out that all three band members are also core members of another local band (plus a few instrumental switcheroos) that has received some notoriety over the years, even snagging a spot on the soundtrack of one of those beloved television shows about WASP-y rich kids.Read more »
San Francisco's Weekend is scheduled to hit up The Independent next Thurs/19, after a spell touring with the legendary post-punk band Wire. With fuzzed-out reverb-laden guitars, pounding rhythms, haunting vocals, and bass melodies that would make Peter Hook blush, this band has been all over the indie radar, drawing praises from every corner of the blogosphere. Pitchfork rated the trio's 2010 Slumberland release Sports an 8.2/10, to which friends the Young Prisms twatted -- excuse me, tweeted -- in response, "Weekend was robbed. Should've been an 18.2." Can we get an Amen? Read more »
Eat and talk politics with fellow revolutionaries at this fundraiser for the International Socialist Organization and its causes — the movement to stop war and occupation, the fight against racism and immigrant scapegoating, and the struggle for the rights of workers, women, and the LGBTQ community.
A lot of bands these days have been resurrecting the C86-like pop music sensibilities of the jangly guitar heroes from the 1980s and early '90s, either sounding familiar and welcome to some, or new and au courant to others, as in the past. Captured Tracks, a small label out of Brooklyn, New York, has a few such bands under its wing, two of which played energetic, danceable sets at Slim’s last Thurs/5 – Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils and Seattle’s Craft Spells. San Francisco’s Melted Toys completed the trifecta, opening the night with pure pop bliss.
Nick Waterhouse knows what he likes, and as the old adage goes: "If it ain't broke don't fix it." Recording entirely in analog on vintage equipment -- including an original Muscle Shoals mixer -- and performing with beautiful tube amps and old guitars, his attention to detail and historical accuracy pays off. The result is a classic R&B sound that at times is gritty and raw and at others smooth and viscous as warm molasses. Read more »
Robert Reich — UC Berkeley professor of public policy, former U.S. secretary of labor, and best-selling author — asks the question, "Will corporate social responsibility stop a race to the bottom in labor standards?" Come hear what the man The Wall Street Journal called one of the "most influential business thinkers" has to say.Read more »