Music Features

Steady WATERS

San Francisco's Van Pierszalowski picks up where Port O'Brien left off

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MUSIC Van Pierszalowski's story writes itself: musician finds love in picturesque European city, swims in fjords, writes a fuzzy grunge-inflected record about it and his travels, and calls the band WATERS (appearing Thu/10 at the Fillmore). "I met a girl," he says from the road. "And I just wanted to get back over there. It was a place to work on songs, refocus."

Even his story before the present wrote itself: young man travels to Alaska to fish with his father and creates chilly, acoustic folk soundscapes, names the band Port O'Brien after an Alaskan Bay.Read more »

Regenerate me

Punk supergroup OFF! sets off musicians from Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Hot Snakes, and more

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MUSIC Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats was in Keith Morris' tip-of-Los Feliz living room one afternoon when he turned to Morris — Black Flag co-founder and longtime Circle Jerks vocalist — and asked: "Keith, if you were going to start a new band, who would you play with?"Read more »

Star search

Copperwire's Meklit Hadero waxes intergalactic about her new hip-hop space opera

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MUSIC Singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero's album On a Day Like This garnered tons of praise and cemented her status as SF's flower-adorned local celebrity. As a TED fellow and the Red Poppy Art House's former artistic director, Hadero also established an ability to cross-pollinate her far-reaching talents.Read more »

Summer camp on wheels

Two local bands are touring the Bay Area on bikes, and invite you to ride along

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MUSIC While Rupa Marya of Rupa & the April Fishes and Gabe Dominguez of Shake Your Peace are crossing their fingers for cloudless, sunny days ahead during their joint week-long bicycle trek around the Bay Area, in some ways, they were brought together by a storm.Read more »

Alter egos

Labelmates St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs play with characters

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MUSIC At first blush the music of St. Vincent, the alter-ego of accomplished guitar hero Annie Clark, and that of live looping sensation tUnE-yArDs, born Merrill Garbus, don't appear to have a lot in common.

Sure, they share a gender, a label, and an impulse for quirky alias and chimerical shape-shifting, but Clark's complex guitar-and-synth driven compositions and Garbus' polyrhythmic ukulele and percussion spree emerge from completely different musical impulses and backgrounds.Read more »

Weird me out

King Buzzo on longevity, lion taming, and Melvins Lite

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MUSIC Here is a partial list of not quite idioms, butchered sayings, and quasi heartfelt beliefs the Melvins' Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne peppered throughout a conversation during a phone call last week from his home in Hollywood.

"We can't be lion tamers all the time." "You can accuse me of a lot of things, being lazy isn't one of them." "When in fear, or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." "Treat me right, I'll be your best friend. Treat me wrong, you don't exist."Read more »

Rollercoaster

Hop on the Bear in Heaven thrill ride

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MUSIC "I get frustrated when things are repeating in life," says Jon Philpot of Brooklyn trio Bear In Heaven. "I feel like I'm always trying to find ways to push people into doing things that maybe they don't feel comfortable with or haven't done before."Read more »

Dream Layers

Dark nightmares inspire pop-prog Brooklyn act Chairlift
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MUSIC Unable to resist a siren song with dark underpinnings, hanging low with heartbreak then taking you higher? Let Chairlift co-founder Caroline Polachek love you down when it comes to "Take It Out on Me," off her Brooklyn band's second album, Something (Kanine/Sony).Read more »

Marathon of sound

Eight hours of wildly eclectic acts -- and perhaps a giant flute or two -- at this Sunday's fifth annual Switchboard Music Festival

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MUSIC There is just no easy way to define longtime Oakland band, Faun Fables. But here goes: send a classically-trained dark folk duo into the brush and bramble of a snow-tipped forest as part of a nefarious fairy tale, then ask them to sing for their supper. See? It's difficult.Read more »

Extra points

Link follows the princess through the four-movement Legend of Zelda symphony

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MUSIC If the triumphant theme to 1986-released video game The Legend of Zelda sends a knowing shiver down your spine; if you've ever spent hours obsessively clicking homemade remixes and covers of the soundtrack on Youtube (oh hey Deadmau5); there's finally a highbrow spot for you among the upper crust: "The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour" is making its exultant, geeked out way to Davies Symphony Hall this week.Read more »