Monthly Archives: February 2011

Photos from Noise Pop: Battlehooch, Nobunny, Exray’s and The Downer Party at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco

I’m no longer a Noise Pop virgin (I was going to say something about having my cherry Noise Popped, but it just sounded gross), having attended last night’s show at Bottom of the Hill featuring local bands The Downer Party, … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Live it Up” by Nobunny

These are the posts where I gush about some song that I’ve got a huge crush on at the moment, and you put up with it and listen because you’re a good friend. “Live it Up,” Nobunny Disconcerting rabbit masks … Continue reading

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Going On Sale: Prince, Lil’ Wayne and other major Bay Area concerts

Prince is a busy guy. There are pancakes to serve, freaks to get on, etc. I assume that’s why he waited until today to announce that he’ll be playing two shows at Oakland’s Oracle Arena in less than a week. … Continue reading

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For anyone who has wondered how grindcore connects to crossover thrash, The Map of Metal is your ultimate extreme reference guide

Having covered music in smallish Michigan towns has given me a considerably deeper understanding of the various subgenres of heavy metal than I might have otherwise. I’ve done my share of profiles of bands that identify themselves as metalcore, folk … Continue reading

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Why’d You Name Your Band That?: Hercules folk/R&B band 19diamonds

All The City Lights is proud to introduce a new feature, Why’d You Name Your Band That? As you can perhaps predict, this feature involves conversations with Bay Area bands about the origins of their names. The band 19diamonds graciously … Continue reading

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For your viewing pleasure, a year’s worth of concert photos taken with a lousy, cheap cell phone

For a long time, I resisted making the move from film to digital photos, but I am now the owner of digital camera. That means, as I start attending more concerts in the Bay Area, I’ll start posting snapshots from … Continue reading

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How’d They Miss THAT?: The Builders and the Butchers construct, slaughter folk-rock at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill

It’s perfectly understandable. There’s so much music happening in the Bay Area in any given week that there’s bound to be at least one concert that deserves a shout-out but failed to get any press. This humble blog feature is … Continue reading

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Going On Sale: Rihanna, Elvis Costello, Keith Urban and other major Bay Area concerts

The busiest musician in California at the moment has to be Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, who has launched a new, Golden State-based project named the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The band has four San Francisco shows—none of them back-to-back, … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Under the Gun” by Apex Manor

These are the posts where I gush about some song that I’ve got a huge crush on at the moment, and you put up with it and listen because you’re a good friend. “Under the Gun,” Apex Manor Among the … Continue reading

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Psst, Super Bowl advertisers: Nice use of classical music, but mix it up some with these alternate masterpieces

I only watched half the Super Bowl (unfortunately a half that included Black Eyed Peas), and I really only half-watched that portion. But my attention snapped back to the screen whenever I heard a piece of music I recognized, such … Continue reading

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