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Father John Misty at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park

By on Oct 4, 2013 in Bay Area, Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music, San Francisco |

About an hour ago Father John Misty, whom some of you better know as J Tillman of Fleet Foxes, played a free show at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Check out these screen grabs from the show.

Fake Blood and Alex Metric

By on Jun 22, 2013 in All, Bay Area, Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music, San Francisco |

Sadly I wasn’t able to get tickets to the Bag Raiders, Classixx and RAC show a few weeks back. So I’ve picked up tickets to Fake Blood an Alex Metric as a consolation prize. And as consolation prizes go, it’s sure to be better than a red ribbon. Fake Blood While last month’s featured DJs are known for dreamy remixes heavy on synth, Fake Blood builds bangers. My absolute favorite mashup of 2010 was when Coda Collins put Luciana’s sassy vocals over Fake Blood’s banging track “I Think I Like It“. Coda Collins adds a sexy Bond-girl touch to the track, but the compulsively-danceable retro refix is entirely Fake Blood. Fake Blood vs Richard Vission – I Think I Like That (Coda Collins Smash Up) Another Fake Blood remix I love is their take on Hot Chip’s “Touch Too Much”. I like Hot Chip but their songs can be long or...

Bag Raiders, Classixx and RAC play the Mezzanine this Saturday

By on May 30, 2013 in Bay Area, Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music, Playlists, San Francisco |

A good friend just told me that June 1st three fantastic DJs—Bag Raiders, Classixx, and the Remix Artists Collective—are going to be at the Mezzanine. All three of these DJs should be on your must-see list, as they’re consistently putting out memorable remixes of indie bands you already love (or should).
But don’t take my word for it, have a listen for yourself.

We Are All Accelerated Readers

By on Jul 11, 2010 in Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music |

Here’s a little snippet from my journal from the night of the Los Campesinos show June 26, 2008. Definitions! skanking: V.  The dance you do at the Los Campesinos! show when you are hysterical with joy and you have leg room. pogo: V.  The dance you do at the Los Campesinos! show when you are packed like Mentos in a Coke bottle with other joyful fans. mosh:  V. What happens when the whole crowd fizzes over, bounding off walls and fleshy sweaty bodies all singing “It’s you…It’s me…It’s dancing!”. drum solo: N. When the drummer for Los Campesinos runs into the audience and the whole audience keeps the beat with hand claps. the Jane Fonda Workout: N. What you get when you pogo through the cacophonous segment of “We Throw Parties You Throw Knives”. thirsty: Adj.  How I feel when I see Tom Campesinos! sweat. ugly: Adj.  What your...

Pics from Phantogram with The Antlers at the Independent

By on May 7, 2010 in Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music | 2 comments

I confess I enjoyed the energy of the opening act, Phantogram, more than The Antlers. The Antlers were still satisfying, but you can’t quite pogo to mourning music. I would have taken more pictures but I killed my camera’s battery on Phantogram. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.  I must say the sound quality at the Independent was outstanding. I didn’t even need earplugs for the first act. Mouthful Of Diamonds by Phantogram Download now or listen on posterous 01 – Mouthful of Diamonds.mp3 (7073 KB) When I’m Small by Phantogram Download now or listen on posterous 02 – When I’m Small.mp3 (7297...

Flo has Lungs

By on Apr 19, 2010 in Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music | 4 comments

Now I understand why Florence and the Machine’s album is called “Lungs.” I haven’t witnessed a performer hold a note that long since I saw EnVogue in the seventh grade.  I usually attempt to pay attention to all aspects of the performers but to no avail. She was captivating. As these photos show, Flo had my undivided attention. I managed to get two poor quality photos of the keyboardist and guitarist. I didn’t manage to get any pics of the enormous harp. That thing must have been ten feet tall.  Not a lot chit-chat on stage. Part of her stage presence is a sense of drama, which doesn’t go well with a ton of stage banter. She covered her face with a scarf and sang under strobe, like something that flashes on the screen in a horror movie. Then she could make that same dress light and dainty, her red hair swirling and bright. Someone in the...