Music

Reggie Watts melts minds at SF Sketchfest's Reggidency kickoff

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“Welcome to [SF] Sketchfest,” Reggie Watts said, in what appeared to be his natural voice, “it’s going to be a big night for all of you guys.” The first night of his four-part “Reggidency” at the comedy festival was billed as being Just the Music but from before Watts took the stage at Yoshi’s SF – giving himself an introduction from behind the the curtain and then launching into a series of characters that wavered from pseudo-unintelligible to borderline familiar (Japanese? Jesse Jackson? Vallejo-ean?) – it was clear that label was Just a Guess. Read more »

Tycho

On the Rise: Graphic designer Scott Hansen creates danceable soundscapes, keeps riding the 'Dive' wave

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It felt like we were all on the verge at Tycho's (www.tychomusic.com) December show at the Independent, the breaking point of something momentous, a perfect merging of visuals and sounds. In an effortlessly cool -- though I'm sure highly engineered -- production, Tycho, a.k.a graphic designer Scott Hansen, played synthesizers with live guitars and drums out front of a screen splashed with fuzzy orange surf images, rolling waves and crashing water.Read more »

Bands on the Rise 2012

Moombahton mavens, doom metal masters, post-apocalyptic art wavers: 12 local music acts you need to know this year

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC There's no underlying theme running through the 12 acts profiled here other than geographic: they all reside somewhere in the Bay Area. Well, that and we think they'll break huge this year. Or at least, deserve a larger audience in 2012. It's not based on buzz or hype, I can assure you of that. It's about their artistic output, innovation, and listenability, the grand scheme of the band's lifespan (just how many EPs did they record?), and the current cultural zeitgeist as we see it.Read more »

Le Vice

Le Vice: The hybrid pop foursome boasts Rick James basslines and swaggering rhymes

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Drop that plate of Black Eyed Peas and mush your M.I.A. to the side. OK, nothing quite that dramatic. But if you're looking for brightly polished hybrid pop that sounds like the bigtime but still tugs at indie sensibilities and non-ironic heartstrings, Le Vice (www.facebook.com/officiallevice) has you, from its Rick James basslines to its swaggering rhymes. Read more »

Silver Swans

On the Rise: Seasoned SF musicians lay claim to chilly synth with Forever

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When is the cover better than the original? When the original is by newbie/vitriolic web backlash victim Lana Del Rey, and the cover is a sensual send-up by seasoned San Francisco duo Silver Swans (silverswans.bandcamp.com). The local act split open the pop song — "Video Games" — slowed it down, and filled it with chilly synth floating below breathy vocals.Read more »

Black Cobra

On the Rise: The doomy metal duo keeps pounding it out

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Last year was epic for Black Cobra (www.blackcobra.net); the duo toured with a reunited Kyuss Lives, closed out the night at Yerba Buena's awesome art-meets-metal live show, and released Invernal. The album, full of pummeling hardcore, saw vinyl release last month on Southern Lord, thus kicking of another doomy year for the act that got together way back in 2004 when drummer Rafa Martinez (formerly of Acid King and Gammera) was living in LA and ex-Cavity guitarist Jason Landrian was in NYC.Read more »

Terry Malts

On the Rise: Secretive chainsaw pop favorites finally release debut full-length 'Killing Time.'

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Terry Malts (www.facebook.com/terrymalts) had me at "Your love makes me nauseous," a line from its upcoming release. The Guardian covered the band before, but this year something has shifted. The previously secretive act (the trio still posed for us with bags over their heads, though I can assure you, all three have faces) is stepping one pinkie toe out into the public sphere; at least, it's finally releasing its debut LP, Killing Time, Feb. 21 on Slumberland Records. Read more »

Future Twin

On the Rise: The Mission group incorporates the sound of mopeds into its 'psychedelic grandma rock' 

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The two females in Future Twin (www.futuretwin.com) — Jean Yaste and Stephanie Rose — met one another in a moped gang called the Lockits, another member of the band was in a moped crew called Treats of the Loin; I'm not sure if you can concoct a greater back-story than that but I'd be hard-pressed to find one. Read more »

Jhameel

On the Rise: The androgynous classical virtuoso uses social media to spread his R&B-tinged pop

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Jhameel (www.jhameel.com) once said to me, "I only have one life to do this." As cliché as it might seem, it feels like the Oakland-based classical pop virtuoso is living his dream. Near the end of last year he began releasing a new song a week on his site in a series dubbed Waves (available now on Spotify). In the next couple of months, he'll release another wave, this time of collaborations, and there is a super-secret major release coming in the spring.Read more »

Seventeen Evergreen

On the Rise: Thrifted sweater-loving San Francisco duo embraces 'the polarity of life'

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Seventeen Evergreen (www.seventeenevergreen.com) occasionally sounds like evil video game music to me. The San Francisco band consists of Caleb Pate and Nephi Evans, both writers-producers who sing and play drums, synths, and Asiatic stringed instruments among other contraptions. Read more »