Category Archives: Bay Area Music

Shows, tickets, things to do.

Rankstravaganza 2014: My 30 favorite songs of the year

I basically haven’t posted anything new to this blog since my 2013 year-end roundup. It’s been a busy year full of new challenges and responsibilities, but I’ve continued to listen to new music and compulsively keep track of what got … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Elsewhere on the Web: My “Bay Area Mixtape 2013″ featured on the official Avenue Live blog

I meant to do a post as part of my End of the Year Rankstravaganza specifically focused on Bay Area bands and musicians. Of course, I didn’t get around to it. As it got later and later in January, I … Continue reading

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Report From the Show: Pink Martini at Stern Grove, SF, 08.11.13

There may be other shows where a 12-piece band performs songs in English, French, Spanish, Italian and I think Japanese. There may be other shows where you’ll find an inordinate number of audience members wearing pink feather boas and playing … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: The Dread Crew of Oddwood @ NorCal Pirate Fest, 06.15.13, Vallejo, Calif.

I don’t want to oversimplify things, but any band with a headbanging bouzouki player is going to get a hearty thumbs up from me. (Bouzoukis, as you are no doubt aware, are traditional Greek instruments, but the name has come … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Love Our Lake Festival, 06.09.13, Oakland, Calif.

I’ve lived in Oakland for about two and a half years now. In that time, there have been some truly gorgeous days, weather-wise, but I have never seen more people strolling around Lake Merritt than I did today—even though highs … Continue reading

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An ATCL First: VIDEO (and a photo) of the Redwood Mountain Faire, 06.01.13, Felton, Calif.

Yup, the Redwood Mountain Faire pretty much met every single one of my expectations, including the fact that it was a totally chill way to spend a late afternoon/early evening—lounging on a blanket, sipping some craft brews, watching the hippies whirl around. Continue reading

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Report From the Show: Cloud Cult with JBM at The Independent, SF, 05.09.13

I can’t think of a better show for my first outing as a dad than Minneapolis chamber-folk-electro-enviro-orchestro-pop-rock band Cloud Cult. Continue reading

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You Really Ought to Go See Kate Kilbane Perform Her Pop-Rock Opera Based on a Gruesome Greek Myth

It was worth the price of admission just to watch the girl, maybe 9 years old, in the front row—her mouth agape, her eyes filled with wonder—bewitched by the story of a young woman struggling to control both the powerful magic and emotions roiling inside her. Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Trampled By Turtles with honeyhoney at The Fillmore, San Francisco, 01.17.13

The boys from Duluth play a sort of blunt-force bluegrass, pounding out notes with all the brutal honesty of a garage band that has just discovered Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. Continue reading

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Report from the Show: The Mountain Goats, The Fillmore, San Francisco, 12.14.12

John Darnielle didn’t avoid the issue. He met it head on. When he came out on the stage in San Francisco on Friday, before he played a note, The Mountain Goats‘ singer-songwriter acknowledged what was on everyone’s mind. Because, as … Continue reading

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