<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - The City]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/the-city http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:21:57 -0700 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:21:57 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Coachella Performers Swing Through Bay Area This Week]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:58:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/coachellaqotsa.jpg

Several performers who played at Coachella last weekend will stop in the Bay Area this week before returning to Southern California for the second round of the music festival on April 18-20.

Here's where to catch some of the highlighted acts closer to home - some of them are sold out as indicated with an asterisk, but you can always try third party sources such as Craigslist and Stub Hub:

4/14 The Warfield: Chance the Rapper*
4/15 The Independent: Laura Mvula
4/15-16 The Fox Theater: The Knife*
4/17 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium: Queens of the Stone Age
4/17-18 The Fox Theater: Empire of the Sun (4/17 show is sold out)
4.17-18 The Fillmore: The 1975
4/18 Greek Theater: Disclosure*
4/19 The Fox Theater: Broken Bells*
4/19 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium: Ellie Goulding and Rudimental
4/20 The Fillmore: Bombay Bicycle Club

Watch the live broadcast of Coachella all next weekend online via AXS TV.


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Musicians Need a Kick]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:12:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/f670f398ff753fc50e499ee8afa3468e_large.jpg

Kickstarter is always an interesting place to survey the state of independent music, for many artists use the crowdfunding platform for help pursuing the dream. It's a great feeling to support creative freedom. Here are some locals who can use your help right now:

• Oakland's hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj is very close to reaching a goal of $10,000 needed to record an EP. There are seven days left, with the current tally standing at $9,470.

• San Francisco's Karyn Crisis, former lead singer of Crisis, wants to record her solo album Gospel of the Witches. With eight days left in her campaign, she's raised $6.648 of a $15,000 goal.

• Fairfax country-rockers The Real Deal also want to record a full-length album. Dottie Escue and Tom Huebner also double as the acoustic Americana act Of Like Mind. With 10 days left in their campaign, they've raised $2.550 of a $5,999 goal.

• Oakland's Eight Belles Band, the self-described "Fleetwood Mac meets Patsy Cline meets Roy Orbison with a sprinkling of Karen Dalton," wants to keep the throwback vibe going by recording a sophomore album on vinyl. With 22 days to go, their current total is $2.481 of a $7,500 goal.


Photo Credit: Davide Tiso]]>
<![CDATA[App of the Day: The James Hetfield Soundboard]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:35:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/181232332.jpg

The powerfully gruff vocal stylings of Metallica frontman James Hetfield are legendary, and now you can have them in your pocket on demand.

The James Hetfield Soundboard website, where you can click on some of his most famous phraseology, has been a fan favorite for a few years, and was introduced as an app for Android phones in December by developer Hjortur Lindal.

Get the fuel, the fire, that which you desire — the free James Hetfield Soundboard for Android.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Buda Mendes]]>
<![CDATA[Outside Lands 2014: Kanye, Tom Petty and More]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:24:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tom-petty-kanye.jpg

There will be a Yeezus sighting in Golden Gate Park this summer, as Outside Lands reveals that Kanye West will headline this year's music fest on August 8-10.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 10 on the official website. Three-day general admission passes are $255, and will jump to $275 after this initial release; the sale of single day tickets has not yet been announced.

The slate also includes prominent acts such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Arctic Monkeys alongside Bay Area artists like Mikal Cronin, Finish Ticket and Tycho.

Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands attracts more than 65,000 attendees per day and has reportedly raised more than $8.3 million for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

More artists are expected to be added to the lineup, but here is what has been revealed so far:

Kanye West
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Killers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Arctic Monkeys
Death Cab For Cutie
The Flaming Lips
Ray LaMontagne
Trucks Band
Cut Copy
Tegan & Sara
Duck Sauce
Ben Howard
Lykke Li
Paolo Nutini
Capital Cities
Kacey Musgraves
Local Natives
Jenny Lewis
John Butler Trio
The Kooks
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers
Boys Noize
Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)
Deer Tick
Holy Ghost!
Dum Dum Girls
The Soul Rebels
Gold Panda
Christopher Owens
Big Freedia
Jagwar Ma
Greensky Bluegrass
Imelda May
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Valerie June
Mikal Cronin
Vance Joy
The Brothers Comatose
Gardens & Villa
Jonathan Wilson
Tumbleweed Wanderers
Courtney Barnett
Bear Hands
Finish Ticket
The Districts
RayLand Baxter
Night Terrors of 1927
Trails and Ways

Photo Credit: Left: Jim Grant. Right: AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer]]>
<![CDATA[Five Reasons Why Carlos Santana Deserves World Ambassador Status]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:36:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/454343081.jpg

Okay, we know we can't nominate Carlos Santana for President, but he really should be a world ambassador of some sort. There are more than five reasons why, but these are the ones that cannot be denied:

5. He had his own wine line that was immortalized in rap

Production has ceased on the three varietals of Santana DVX Sparkling Wine, but they live on as the stuff of recorded legend. Lonely Island's "Santana DVX" features the Bay Area's own E-40 rapping as Carlos Santana on a wacky but tight tune.

4. He makes neat women's shoes

Seriously, have you seen them?

3. He rescued his old band member from the streets

Last year's local feelgood story of the year had to be when Santana was reunited with his old bandmate Marcus Malone after he saw him on news report about homelessness in Oakland. Dare you to watch it and not get emotional.

2. His nonprofit consistently helps children in need

The Milagro Foundation gives grants to organizations helping children have access to better health care and education across the world.

1. He performed on this year's World Cup Official Anthem

FIFA announced that the new football tune that will rock Brazil features none other than Santana with Wyclef, Avicii, and Alexandre Pires — so he already has a theme song ready. Gooooooooal!

Carlos Santana brings the Corazon Tour to Shoreline Ampitheatre on July 27. Tickets ($42-178) are on sale now.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Trims and Animal Super Species Headline Our Next Free Party]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:30:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/thetrims.jpg

This month, The City welcomes The Trims and Animal Super Species to the stage at our free party on April 24 at Milk Bar (1840 Haight Street) in San Francisco. Both of these bands share the mission to rock and make you dance, so this promises to be a fun one.

Ready to party?

Use this link to RSVP, which will score you access to a hosted happy hour with drinks and appetizers from 7-8 PM and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag.

While you're there, "like" our Facebook page to stay in touch with all our latest stories. Love can come later.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Trims]]>
<![CDATA[Blackalicious, DJ Shadow and More Reunite]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:30:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/lyricsbornreunion.jpg

Los Angeles rap group Jurassic 5 reunited last year after more than six years apart. And now that the spirit of getting the band back together is in the air, the six-member troupe has invited a Bay Area record label to bring its main acts on the same stage. The Word of Mouth Reunion Tour stops at Berkeley's Greek Theater on July 11.

Quannum Projects was born in 1992, and its marquee artists DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker have since carried intelligent beats and rhymes across the world.

It's incredibly rare to find them in the same city at the same time, let alone on the same bill, so this promises to be a special celebration of some of California's most thought-provoking contributions to hip-hop.

Presale tickets for the Word of Mouth Reunion Tour go on sale at 10 AM on April 3 on Ticketmaster; use the password "quality" to gain access. The general sale follows at 10 AM on April 4.

General admission is $42.50.

Psst, pass it on.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Graham Denholm]]>
<![CDATA[The City Live at Hotel Utah]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_17781.jpg The City party with Exhausted Pipes and Everyone Is Dirty on March 28 at Hotel Utah]]> <![CDATA[DJ Platurn Shares His Sushi Grooves]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:20:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/platurn_rooftop.jpg

Further proving that food is the new music, Oakland mixmaster DJ Platurn has dropped a tasty mixed set of food songs called The Main Ingredient V1.

The 54-minute mix shows off rap and soul's respective penchants for using sushi and other food as metaphors for subjects like money, beauty and power. With a blend of artists like Prince, Jay-Z, Ice T and Nina Simone, Platurn says he's trying to achieve the audio equivalent to umami, the Japanese word for the elusive "fifth taste" that's not quite sweet, sour, salty or bitter but somehow a combination of all of the above.

The Main Ingredient V1 is available for purchase as a digital album on Bandcamp and can also be streamed for free on Mixcrate.

The project is a collaboration with Sushibar, a restaurant from Corpus Christi, Texas. But Platurn shares his top recommendations for sushi around these parts:

DJ Platurn's Top Five Bay Area Sushi Restaurants

1. Koryo: 4390 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland; 510-594-0661

2. Ichiro: 412 15th Street, Oakland; 510-452-1994

3. Coach: 532 Grand Avenue, Oakland; 510-834-7866

4. Sushi Ran: 107 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; 415-332-3620

5. Ozumo: 161 Steuart Street, San Francisco; 415-882-1333 and 2251 Broadway, Oakland; 510-286-9866

Photo Credit: Courtesy of DJ Platurn]]>
<![CDATA[RSVP Now for The City's Free Party]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:45:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/exhaustedpipes.jpg

It's time to RSVP for The City's next free party on March 28 at Hotel Utah (500 Fourth Street) in San Francisco. This month, we welcome Exhausted Pipes and Everyone is Dirty to the stage for live performances.

If you haven't checked out one of our free monthly events, this is the perfect time to get acquainted with our showcase of local live music.

Ready to party with us? Use this link to RSVP, which will score you access to a hosted happy hour with free drinks and appetizers from 7-8 PM before the music kicks off.

The RSVP will also offer you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag and share a code for 10% off an Uber ride there for first time users of the car service. While you're there, "like" our Facebook page to stay in touch with the latest from The City.

See you March 28 at Hotel Utah!

<![CDATA[Kraftwerk's Three Night Stand in Oakland]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:00:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/Kraftwerk+Fox-001.JPG German electronic music pioneers brought three sold-out nights to Oakland's Fox Theater.

Photo Credit: Josh Keppel]]>
<![CDATA[Remembering Kraftweek: A Week of California Kraftwerk Shows]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:16:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/kraftwerkethan.jpg

The iconic German electronic act Kraftwerk has been predicting the future and influencing music for more than 40 years. The heavily sampled group, which is stylized as a band of robots and is led by founder and sole original member Ralf Hutter, has an audible, architectural consulting role in current styles like techno and hip-hop.

Before stopping in the Bay Area, Kraftwerk performed eight concerts last week at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the stunning symphony center in Los Angeles designed by Frank Gehry. Diehard fans from Northern California and beyond flew to Southern California to watch some (or even all) of these special performances, each of which were held in 3D and included special collectible glasses. One enthusiast dubbed the cultural adventure "Kraftweek."

Each of the LA shows included the entirety of a full-length album followed by a selection of Kraftwerk's best known international anthems ("Trans Europe Express," "The Model," "Radio-Activity," "Numbers," "Tour de France," "Autobahn," "The Robots"). The arrangement was different for each show and all of the visuals were expansions upon common space and robot themes that have been used in Kraftwerk films and videos since the early Eighties, an elegant evolution of an unwavering theme.

The three concerts at Oakland's Fox Theater that followed on March 23-25 were different by design since no full-length albums were performed and there was the addition of standing general admission on the floor (reserved seating was in the balcony). They were also different in experience — it was hard not to jump out of the Walt Disney seats during the many uptempo moments, but it wasn't allowed at those shows.

There was a tradeoff to standing, especially for the vertically challenged: The three dimensional effects didn't make as much of an impact from obscured views while standing at a height below the projections. (Also, we saw someone faint and get wheeled out.)

But more importantly, hundreds of fans in Oakland got the wonderful chance to dance, and the audience rewarded the robots with louder and freer screams and applause than were heard in Los Angeles.

The Bay Area gave proper respect to a highly influential act.

Photo Credit: Ethan Jenkins]]>
<![CDATA[Danity Kane Starts Reunion Tour in San Francisco]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:41:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/danitykanesf.jpg

Danity Kane, the platinum-selling female pop group assembled by Diddy in 2005 on the MTV reality series Making The Band, has chosen San Francisco as the starting point of a new reunion tour.

The singing and dancing act was selected from thousands of contestants from around the country who competed in two seasons of Making The Band. Danity Kane went on to sell in excess of one million copies of each of their two albums (the 2006 self-titled debut and 2008's Welcome to the Dollhouse) before Diddy disbanded the group on television in early 2009.

Four of the five original members — Dawn Richard, Aundrea Fimbres, Aubrey O' Day and Shannon Bex — have announced that they will come back together for the nationwide No Filter Tour, beginning at The Fillmore on May 16.

Danity Kane is also preparing new material, telling Billboard that they expect to release an album before the end of this year.

Tickets to the Fillmore show are $50 and are on sale at 10 AM on Friday (March 28) on Live Nation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jason Kempin]]>
<![CDATA[Romanowski's Art Celebrates Sampling Culture]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:16:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/romanowskipianobox.jpg

REC is a new exhibition from San Francisco DJ, producer and visual artist Romanowski (Roman Pierre Federico).

The show presents the work of a multi-faceted musician. Recordings of his original albums and DJ sets are available at the show, but his love of music transcends the audio form into the impressive stencil work and collages of found objects that celebrate the sonic form. The two mediums share a connectivity via the aesthetic of sample culture, where a collection of disparate parts combine into an original new idea.

REC is on display at Luna Rienne Gallery (3318 22nd Street) in San Francisco through April 28.

Check out the video featurette on the show below:


REC: New Work by Romanowski from Luna Rienne on Vimeo.


Photo Credit: Romanowski]]>
<![CDATA[Chuy Gomez Returns to Radio]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:40:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jesuschuygomez2.jpg

Local radio station Latino Mix 105.7 started playing an endless loop of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" on March 14 in a stunt that lasted for three full days, trended nationally on Twitter and made it to the top of Reddit.

The mystery of why this was taking place was revealed at 5 p.m. on March 17, when veteran local radio DJ Jesus "Chuy" Gomez broke the loop to announce the frequency is now Univision's Hot 105.7 FM.

Gomez, who was an on-air personality on KMEL 106.1 for more than 20 years, was suddenly dismissed from the station last August. Now, after remaining at his other longtime gig on local television's daily California Music Channel, he's back on air from 3-7 p.m. with mixed music assistance from DJ Mind Motion, who also worked with him at KMEL. Further DJ slots are being solidified.

Hot 105.7 is close to the dial to 106.1, and both appear to have similar playlists to start. You'll hear Drake and Beyonce, for example, on both stations.

The new station may have an advantage in that it also broadcasts on the 100.7 FM frequency. 105.7 is the stronger signal for the Peninsula and South Bay, while 100.7 should be less staticky for San Francisco and East Bay listeners. You can also listen online or on a mobile device via the Uforia Musica app.

By the way, Nelly himself called Gomez during his first show to congratulate him and the launch of a new outlet for hip-hop and R&B.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chuy Gomez]]>
<![CDATA[Five Lessons We Learned at Prince's Oakland Concert]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:34:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/PrinceFox.jpg

Prince performed a sold out concert at Oakland's Fox Theater on Saturday. The electric performance that was announced just three days in advance commanded prices of $300-1000 once tickets hit secondary seller sites such as StubHub.

Mr. Nelson's show left us with some important takeaways to share:

1. His band 3RDEYEGIRL can rock

The trio valiantly keep up with his unquenchable energy on stage, nimbly shifting between blues, funk and pure rock. They also can switch everything up with a quick hand motion from their bandleader and roll with esoteric song arrangements, such as the opening "Let's Go Crazy," which included interpolated parts of Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." He knows how to pick 'em. Check the show's full setlist.

2. People are still really, really into Prince out here

No sooner had "Let's Go Crazy" finished when a dazed woman was being dragged by her shoulders and heels out of the fray. Prince can be too much to handle, but we didn't expect it to happen so quickly.

3. He doesn't get sick of playing "Purple Rain"

Prince announced as much, adding, "This is the kind of song that, when people sing together, things happen." 

4. It was Sly Stone's birthday

"I don't celebrate birthdays, but today is Sly Stone's day," he said. He explained how much of the funk he got from Sly and thanked Oakland for giving him the gift of Sheila E. A few minutes later, the New Power Generation horns came onstage and helped him with a rousing cover of the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)."

5. Don't worry, he will be back

The rumored second show on Sunday never materialized, but he told the audience that he plans to return to the Bay Area soon. The new rumor is that it could be as soon as this week.

Photo Credit: Tamara Palmer]]>
<![CDATA[Prince Plays Oakland's Fox Theater This Weekend]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:04:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/169083254.jpg

A Prince concert at Oakland's Fox Theater on March 15 was quickly announced and sold out around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, but there's still hope if you want to see his royal funky highness in the Bay Area.

It won't be a cheap affair, though. Tickets were initially $99.50 for general admission on the floor and $199.50 for a seat in the balcony, but floor space is currently going for $250 on the online ticket marketplace StubHub.

Prince performed a surprise concert at the Palladium in Hollywood last weekend. He treated the crowd to a three hour and 40 minute set that included his unstoppable hits as well as deep catalog cuts for die-hard fans.

Rumors of a second show being added at the Fox for Sunday (March 16) are so far unsubstantiated, but it would be wise to keep visiting the Fox website and Twitter feed for any possible announcements.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller]]>
<![CDATA[Neil Young Starts Digital Music Business]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:42:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ponomusic.jpg

The Bay Area's latest music technology mogul is none other than Neil Young, who is introducing a new company called PonoMusic.

Pono is both a digital music store offering high-quality audio from major labels and a new playback device with a price tag of $399. The twist is that the songs are all artist-approved studio master recordings with between 6 and 30 times the resolution of an MP3 file.

The PonoPlayer, available beginning on March 15, offers 128GB of memory, enough to hold 1000-2000 songs.

Should Apple be afraid? Would you buy a digital music device from Neil Young? Please feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pono Music]]>
<![CDATA[Listen to DJ Shadow's Prog Rock Remix]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:49:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/142962823.jpg

San Jose born and Davis educated DJ Shadow (born Josh Davis) offers up a curveball of a free remix today, a dramatic rework of Supersister, a Dutch prog rock band from the Seventies.

Supersister keyboardist Robert Stips has been a favorite sample source for DJ Shadow a few times over the years, cropping up in his "Organ Donor Remix" and "Rabbit In Your Headlights" by UNKLE, a collaboration with London's James Lavelle.

Listen to Supersister's "Dona Nobis Pacem (DJ Shadow Remix)" below:


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Karl Walter]]>
<![CDATA[Save The Date: The City's Next Party is March 28]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*129/kellypatricduganeveryone.jpg

The City likes to party all the time, party all the time, and we're excited to welcome Exhausted Pipes and Everyone is Dirty to our next free event on March 28 at Hotel Utah (500 Fourth Street) in San Francisco.

Ready to party with us? Use this link to RSVP, which will score you access to a hosted happy hour with free drinks and appetizers from 7-8 PM before the music kicks off.

The RSVP will also offer you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag and share a code for 10% off an Uber ride there for first time users of the car service. While you're there, "like" our Facebook page to stay in touch with the latest from The City.

Check out videos from Exhausted Pipes and Everyone is Dirty below:



Everyone Is Dirty - Mama No!!! from Dalton J. Rooney on Vimeo.

Photo Credit: Kelly Patrick Dugan]]>
<![CDATA[Shannon and the Clams Play Both Sides of the Bay]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:23:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/5607058930_492eb220df_z.jpg

Oakland trio Shannon and the Clams (singer/bassist Shannon Shaw, guitarist Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson on drums) was raised largely on teenage death anthems of the 1960s. But Shaw still counts Kermit the Frog as one of her favorite singers, so you know the gloom isn't too thick here.

In fact, this band offers quite a bit of whimsy within its honest, homegrown sound, which fits right into the Bay Area's obsession with garage music, and its image. It's not unusual to see Shannon and the Clams pretending to be Trekkies or members of the Lollipop Guild.

Catch Shannon and the Clams live at the New Parish in Oakland with Calvin Love and Al Lover on March 5 and the Knockout in San Francisco with Mane and Marriage + Cancer on March 11.

Photo Credit: Flickr/bekah_cope]]>
<![CDATA[E-40's Son, Issue, Makes Album About Tea]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:58:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/emaristevens.jpg

Nineteen-year-old Emari Stevens grew up in a musical family; his father is multi-platinum selling rapper E-40 and his brother Droop-E is an acclaimed producer. Between aunts, uncles and cousins, there are many albums in the Stevens clan.

But Emari Stevens, recording under the name Issue (and hiding his face behind a mask), is the first one to dedicate a full-length to the subject of tea. There's little to no reference to his father's slanguistics, tales of street life or his signature "start-stop-and-go-scoot" delivery flow, as E-40 describes it. Instead, Issue's beats are blissed out and his rhymes are reflective of a dreamer's optimism. He doesn't care when he doesn't keep in time with the music, in fact he even points it out with humor.

The irony of the son of a rapper named after his ability to consume 40-ounce bottles of liquor (and who has recently launched a wine line) being a teetotaler is not lost on us.

Listen to Liquid Wisdom on Soundcloud.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Issue]]>
<![CDATA[Moistboyz Crush SF On Way to Mill Valley]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:15:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Moistboyz.JPG
I don’t know what the Moistboyz guitars ever did to them. I don’t know what transgression they committed that causes the Moistboyz to pound, smack, and thrash them in such a phantasmagoria of bone crushing heavy metal riffage. This was guitar string S and M. 
If you’re a metalhead and you only see one show this month, this year, make it be Monday night’s Moistboyz show up in Mill Valley at Sweetwater Music Hall.
Fans of high-energy rock got their fill Saturday night when the Moistboyz rocked the socks off Slims.
Most people know of the Moistboyz because of their lead guitarist, Mickey Melchiondo who was the head axeman in Ween, a band he co-founded with lead singer Aaron Freeman. The two were such a pair that Mickey was known as Dean Ween while Aaron went by Gene Ween.
For roughly 28 years Mickey provided Hendrix-worthy guitar riffs to Ween's eclectic mix of genres and built a huge and loyal fan base in the process.
I saw almost all their Bay Area shows and for about 20 years there, they were the best live band you could see. Sadly, all that ended in 2012 when Aaron left the band to pursue a solo career and Ween was left in limbo.
Since then Mickey, who owns a couple of fishing boats on the East Coast, has mainly made his living giving guided fishing tours. But anyone who has ever seen him play knows that this man's God-given talent was to shred his axe on stage and now finally after too long, we get to see him again.
The Moistboyz are not new, in fact they've been around since 1991 and have put out five albums since then. Mickey started the band with vocalist Guy Heller.
This time out Mickey and Guy hit the road with a lineup that includes Mondo Generator bassist Nick Olivieri and drummer Michael “Hoss” Wright, along with guitarist Stephen Haas, who mixed the band's new album known simply as Moistboyz V.
The band describes themselves as a "dirt rock duo" and are known for their “brutal charging riffs and songs that fuse classic metal with an outlaw country vibe”.
Fans of punk and heavy metal will love their music as well as any fan of Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page. An average Moistboyz song has a pummeling guitar sound that races along until Mickey jumps in with a face melting guitar lead that elevates the whole song into a kind of spiritual transcendence. It's tight crunchy inspiring stuff.
Saturday night at Slims after an opening act by drums and guitar duo Qui, the Moistboyz hit the stage like a freight train of ass-kicking guitar with Guy Heller’s stream of consciousness vocals and shirtless shimmying providing an almost Iggy and the Stooges style spectacle.
The whole show was a roaring speed freak ride equal parts punk and metal with a twist of glam. Like Ween, the music covered many genres but all of them were heavy, hard, and high energy.
They played hits like “Paperboy” and a particularly crunchy “1.0 F--k No” which was an amazing crescendo of the show.
It was all breathlessly fast and furious, a real adrenaline O.D. I spent a lot of the show just staring and listening in awe to the godlike splendor of Mickey’s shredding guitar.
Catch the band on Monday night up in Mill Valley at Sweetwater Music Hall if you missed the San Francisco show. This band will slice your brain up into strips, fry it up like bacon and serve it to you for breakfast.

Photo Credit: Josh Keppel]]>
<![CDATA[Photos from The City Live at Tupelo February 2014]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:10:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/CITYSOUNDSfeb27-541.jpg Photos from The City and Jack Daniel's hosting another great show in North Beach.]]> <![CDATA[Saving Cadence and Le Vice Play Our Free Party Tomorrow]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:24:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*134/savingcadence.jpg

We're looking forward to seeing you from 7-10 PM tomorrow (February 27) when Le Vice and Saving Cadence perform live at The City's free party at Tupelo (1337 Grant Avenue) in North Beach.

RSVP now to receive drink tickets, a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag, and a discount code for 10% off your Uber ride to the event. See you tomorrow at Tupelo!

Watch Saving Cadence's video for "Finally Alive" below:


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Saving Cadence]]>
<![CDATA[Last Minute Tips for Noise Pop]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:42:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/eitzelgeisenbauer.jpg

Noise Pop runs tonight (February 25) through March 2. Here's some tips to make the most of San Francisco's annual music festival, which takes place in various venues throughout the city:

• General badges are now sold out, but many individual shows still have tickets available. Browse the complete schedule here.

• Highlights of shows with tickets still available include the Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton Live Show (2/26 at The NWBLK), Social Studies with Aan, Farallons and Max and the Moon (2/27 at The New Parish), Mark Mulcahy with Mark Eitzel, Vikesh Kapoor and Whiskerman (2/27 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall) and Mikal Cronin with Blood Sister, Old Light and Vertical Scratchers (3/1 at The Chapel).

• If you still want to try and score a general badge, download the YPlan app for iPhone or Android. There, you'll have a shot at one or a waiting list for one.

• Noise Pop is still offering the Super Fan Badge ($350) that includes all the amenities of the regular badge plus merchandise, drink tickets, coupons for rideshare services and the concierge/assisting services of a rep from Noise Pop throughout the fest.

Photo Credit: Flickr/geisenbauer]]>
<![CDATA[Forget IKEA, Let Lookwright Build Your Record Holders]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:12:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/MiniMilkoProductShotFront.jpg

One of the biggest surprise international music stories of the week was about how an announcement that IKEA plans to discontinue a popular shelf for vinyl records sparked a social media outcry.

Even though the Swedish company later clarified that it will release a new line of shelving in the appropriate dimension for records, the reaction to the story showed how loud and proud vinyl lovers can be. If you'd rather look now to local purveyors to find a housing solution for your platters, consider the Bay Area's own Lookwright, a maker of special and custom crates.

Lookwright offers containers that fit both 7-inch and 12-inch records. The company can even discuss more complex custom storage options for both records and turntables.

Prices start at $55.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lookwright]]>
<![CDATA[Morrissey to Open U.S. Tour in San Jose]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:02:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/IMG_1844Morrissey.jpg

Here we go again.

British rock icon, vegan hero and always-entertaining singer Morrissey has scheduled a Bay Area concert for May 7, the first stop of an upcoming U.S. tour, according to reports.

Stop us if you've heard this before -- because you have: Morrissey in 2012 and 2013 announced no less than three shows that were all canceled for "health problems," SF Weekly reminds us.

Tickets for the show at the National Civic Center in San Jose went on sale Friday morning.

Will he play? One way to find out.

Photo Credit: Dan Chusid]]>
<![CDATA[Hardkiss Looks Back to Move Forward]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:30:02 -0700 1991.]]> 1991.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/hardkiss1991.jpg

Hardkiss Music is readying the release of a new album called 1991, and to call it highly anticipated would be an understatement.

Back in the actual '90s, the name Hardkiss was synonymous with deep dance music culture in the Bay Area. Scott, Gavin and Robbie Hardkiss were brothers in rhythm, if not actual blood, and served as unofficial international ambassadors for the sounds that were bubbling up in the region.

A 1994 compilation, Delusions of Grandeur, served as the most sizable Hardkiss calling card. The trio had not publicly released anything together in years, but the possibilities always seemed to loom.

But with Scott Hardkiss' sudden and untimely passing in 2013, it seemed as though the legacy had lost a main artery; read our tribute to Scott Hardkiss for reflections from friends and colleagues. Instead of closing the book, however, Gavin and Robbie pushed themselves to continue work they had recently started with Scott and keep recording, which they did in San Rafael.

The album is named after the year that Hardkiss was created, and its songs capture the freewheeling and positive feeling of classic anthems from the era.

Hardkiss has gotten the support of fellow independent record labels to release the album's singles and is now turning to the public for crowdfunding support to give the album its widest potential audience. You can support the label and artists by pre-ordering vinyl albums (which come with MP3 digital downloads) and merchandise packs here.

Check out the 1991 album preview below:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hardkiss Music]]>
<![CDATA[Four Offbeat Shows Happening This Week]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:20:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/8110666995_8b26557ca6_b.jpg

It's a particularly interesting week for offbeat concerts here in the Bay Area. Here are four quick pick recommendations of off-the-radar local bands if you want to think outside the usual over the next few days:

February 19

The Soft Offs describe their sound as what happens when "decades of hardcore collide." The band plays with No Limbs, Apogee Sound Club and Severe Bass at Eli's Mile High Club.

February 20

The left field instrumentalists of Oakland Active Orchestra usher in the three-night experimental celebration known as the Active Music Festival at Uptown. Other bands scheduled to perform over the course of the fest include OrkestRova, Moe! Staiano and Ensemble, Black Spirituals, Tastyville, Horaflora, Key West, and Beauty School.

February 21

The bassist from American Steel is about to move to Berlin, so the local punk group's show with Arliss Nancy at Bottom of the Hill will be the last chance to catch them live for a long time.

February 22

SF-based country group The Bitter Diamonds will pour out a little liquor with Moonshine Maybelline and Dear County at The Starry Plough.

Photo Credit: Flickr/dominicotine]]>
<![CDATA[Five Local Musicians Who Need a Kick]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/derekrolando.jpg

For the uninitiated, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site where the public can donate to cultural projects and businesses. A monetary goal is set for a project, but it won't be funded unless at least that amount is raised in a set time period (typically 30 days).

Take a look at some current Kickstarter initiatives involving Bay Area artists and support local music:

Derek Rolando & Desert Chant hopes to raise $6,000 to record an album with members of Santana.

Robert Strom has already surpassed his goal of $10,000 five times over to assist in creating a musical evening dedicated to cabaret legend Mabel Mercer.

Front Country is looking for help to record a debut album of progressive bluegrass.

Mark Nelsen seeks the means to create a proper video to his self-described "neuro psych pop" single.

Jane Kim is recording a debut EP of soul songs that she says are reminiscent of Adele, Sara Bareilles, and Norah Jones.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Derek Rolando]]>
<![CDATA[The City SF Sounds- Kingsborough and The Jaded play Maggie McGarry's]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:09:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/kingsboroughint.jpg The City's host Amanda Rivas interviews Kingsborough for our new season!]]> <![CDATA[Le Vice, Saving Cadence Headline Next Free Party]]> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:38:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/levicetupeloparty.jpg

Le Vice and Saving Cadence are the performing musical guests at The City's next installment of our monthly free party, taking place on February 27 at Tupelo (1337 Grant Avenue) in San Francisco.

It's now even easier to join us at our fun showcases of local music! Uber has partnered with The City to offer 10 percent off your next ride to our event. RSVP for the Uber discount code, to reserve a couple of free drink tickets and to earn a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. Who loves ya, baby?

And for a preview into the sound and story of our awesome and energetic returning headliners, watch the video interview with Le Vice and The City's Amanda Rivas.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Le Vice]]>
<![CDATA[Fear FestEvil Draws Fans of Metal and Horror]]> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:46:44 -0700 The Mummy, part of Kirk Hammett's collection.]]> The Mummy, part of Kirk Hammett's collection.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/fearfestevilmummy.jpg

Metallica's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is one of the world's leading collectors of horror movie memorabilia. And after two years of showing off a selection of his film posters and costumes at music events in an exhibit called Kirk's Crypt, he took a huge leap into organizing his own horror and music gathering called Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil, which took place February 6-8 in San Francisco.

Musical performances at the Regency Center included Death Angel and Exodus, legendary local bands with whom Hammett worked before his days in Metallica, while a "Celebrity Asylum" held autograph and picture sessions with actors and directors from classic flicks like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Day of the Dead. Panel discussions brought together a diverse lineup of speakers, including the descendents of horror pioneers Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff.

But the runaway star of the show had to be the offerings from Hammett's collection. He's got incredibly valuable artifacts that date back to the early 20th century and spill into almost every room in his house, including the creature that protrudes from Sigourney Weaver's chest in Alien and a full-sized Bride of Frankenstein mannequin, but he's refreshingly not scared to touch anything.

"I love to play with my stuff," he says. "I have this one costume that Boris Karloff wore in a film called The Black Cat from 1934. I was so lucky to be able to acquire that and once it arrived, I couldn't help myself. I put the costume on and walked around and I thought, 'Wow, it fits!' It was magic."

He's also slipped his fingers into the infamous Freddy Kreuger gloves from the Nightmare on Elm Street series. "Freddy Kreuger gloves, when you put 'em on, are really fun. There's something about having those knives at the end of your fingers, just waiting to slash something. I used to have a butterfly knife but it's not the smartest thing to play with when you are a guitarist."

Hammett notes that Fear FestEvil drew attendees from as far away as Norway and Australia. Many looked like fans one would see at a Metallica show, while others dripped with zombie makeup and gore. 

"Heavy metal and horror are cousins," he says. "There's a lot of horror elements that have been used in heavy metal for a long time ago. I mean, Black Sabbath was named after a movie. And that was the amazing thing. I was a horror fan and then I became a music fan and then I discovered hard rock and heavy metal and I'd see all these little pieces of imagery or song titles or lyrics borrowed from horror films throughout all these heavy metal bands. They're made up of the same ingredients. For me, a good horror movie is fun, dynamic, exciting to watch, peaks and valleys. A good heavy metal song, for me, is the same way — exciting to listen to, peaks and valleys, really fun and energetic."

Photo Credit: Tamara Palmer]]>
<![CDATA[Steve Perry May Want to Reunite With Journey]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:57:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*125/steveperryjourneysf.jpg

At last week's Guitar Center Drum-Off in Los Angeles, former Journey lead singer Steve Perry expressed that he'd like to get back together with his old bandmates after 16 years apart, reports Classic Rock Magazine.

"Bands are the most amazing things," Perry said in a red carpet interview with Artisan News. "The older I get, the more I do realize how important what we had all together and how it worked [was]."

"We're trying," he replied when asked about working with former colleague Neal Schon, with whom he is said to have a difficult relationship. "It's tough, and I can only do so much."

Of course, Journey has a current lead singer named Arnel Pineda, who inspired a 2013 documentary called Don't Stop Believin'; read our interview with him. Classic Rock points out the Schon has said that the band could be open to working with both vocalists.

Watch the clip with Perry below: 


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jason Kempin]]>
<![CDATA[Ask Metallica's Hammett A Scary Question]]> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:04:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/fearfestevilkevinwinters.jpg

Reminder: Metallica's lead guitarist is taking over Regency Ballroom on February 6-8 for the music and horror extravaganza called Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil.

The itinerary intermingles scary film luminaries with live music sets from the likes of Death Angel, Carcass and Orchid. Hammett will perform an encore with his original band Exodus. Highlights from his personal collection of horror memorabilia, much of which was documented in his 2012 book Too Much Horror Business will be on display as well.

We'll be sitting down one-on-one with the ringleader himself at the FestEvil this weekend and thought this would be a good time to open the floor to you. Want to know what Hammett's all-time scariest scene is or the mone piece of memorabilia he still wants most? Leave your question here and we may pose it to the man himself.

There are still some tickets left ($37.50 per day or $70 for two-day general admission).



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter]]>
<![CDATA[Brick and Mortar Music Hall Does Lunch]]> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:21:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/1-beef-pho.jpg

Brick and Mortar Music Hall is about to become a serious player in the local lunch world. The San Francisco concert venue will daylight as a cash-only afternoon restaurant hosted by Rice Paper Scissors beginning on February 10.

Rice Paper Scissors, which offers homestyle modern Vietnamese food, has up until now been operating as a roaming pop-up venture for the past three years. The cooking and concept by Katie Kwan and Valerie Luu even attracted the attention of celebrity food personality Anthony Bourdain, who featured Rice Paper Scissors in an episode of his Travel Channel series The Layover.

The lunch menu averages $6-13 and includes items such as fried egg sandwiches, beef pho and vegan yellow curry made with local produce, all served with slow-drip Vietnamese coffee and fermented ginger beer.

Initial hours for eat-in and takeout lunch service will be Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but will eventually be expanded to each weekday. Weekend brunch service is also a future possibility.


Photo Credit: Andria Lo]]>
<![CDATA[The City Live at Maggie McGarry's]]> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/CITYSOUNDSjan30-109.jpg Photos from this month's free party with Kingsborough and The Jaded.]]> <![CDATA[Pink Floyd Tribute Band Plays Pulse Live]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:57:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/houseoffloyd.jpg

San Francisco has many cover bands, but House of Floyd is one with a unique mission. The group's mission is to emulate Pink Floyd's best live performances, when the classic rockers veered from the recorded arrangements and had a lot of fun.

On Feb. 7 at Yoshi's, House of Floyd will cover Pink Floyd's Pulse as it was performed at Earls Court in London in 1994. This doubles as a greatest hits show since the live double album contains Floyd classics including "The Wall," "Comfortably Numb" and the entire Dark Side of the Moon album. Tickets are $24 for Pulse part 1 at 8 .m., $18 for Pulse part 2 at 10 p.m., or $35 for both shows.

Check out House of Floyd's rendition of "Comfortably Numb" below:


Photo Credit: Courtesy of House of Floyd]]>
<![CDATA[Tiny Opera Has Big Goal]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:51:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*135/derektamblackboxbaroque.jpg

What might be the world's tiniest opera is coming to San Francisco.

The inaugural production from SF's Black Box Baroque ensemble with conductor Derek Tam will be Handel's 1733 opera Orlando for the 50-seat Boxcar Theatre on March 15.

A current Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $2600 to help with the production costs of the 18th century affair, a tale about a torrid love triangle that drives one man to madness and the mercy of a magician. At press time, there are $1461 in pledges.

The musicians of Black Box Baroque have diverse resumes, performing with companies such as Opera on Tap: San Francisco, Opera San Jose, SFCM Baroque Ensemble, Pocket Opera and SacroProfano, to name a few. Conductor Tam is a historical keyboardist who also serves as the assistant conductor with Symphony Napa Valley.

Tickets to Orlando are $20 ($15 for students).


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Derek Tam]]>
<![CDATA[Dean Ween Brings His Guitar Back to the Bay]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:35:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Dean+Ween.jpg

Ween fans cried a collective tear when singer Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) announced the duo’s split May 2012.  Since then, guitarist Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) has undoubtedly spent more time working as a fishing guide than a musician.

For those who have taken advantage of Mickey’s Guide Service, an afternoon of angling on the East Coast with one of your favorite guitarists is a great way to spend the day.  That said, it’s hard to escape thoughts that Melchiondo’s time would be better spent with a six-string in his hand, as opposed to six rods.

Thankfully, Deaner has another band he’s been playing with since the early 1990s.  The same year Ween released their second album, The Pod (1991), Melchiondo and vocalist Guy Heller started the Moistboyz.

This dirt rock duo has just released their fifth album, Moistboyz V, and they are hitting the road with two Bay Area stops:  Slim’s in San Francisco on Saturday, March 1, and Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Monday, March 3.

On this tour, the lineup consists of Mondo Generator bassist Nick Olivieri and drummer Michael “Hoss” Wright, as well as guitarist Stephen Haas joining Melchiondo and Heller.

The Slim’s show is only $16, and LA’s Qui opens with a set at 9 p.m. (I can’t figure out if Jesus Lizard singer David Yow is still in Qui or not.  Best to get there early just in case.)

The Moistboyz have been described as a ferocious mix of charging riffs, fusing classic metal with an outlaw county vibe.  Their set will include fan favorites Carjack and The Tweaker, as well as choice selections from the new Moistboyz V album.

Photo Credit: Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents]]>
<![CDATA[Sheila E. and Friends Give Back]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:50:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/155112244.jpg

Oakland-born Sheila E. has a special beat in her life — healing troubled local youth through music.

The legendary percussionist, who first broke out internationally in the early Eighties with Prince with songs like "A Love Bizarre" and "Glamorous Life," is part of a multi-generational dynasty of musicians who came of age in Oakland and continue to record together decades later, the Escovedo family.

Sheila's 13-year-old foundation Elevate Hope funds programs that help disadvantaged and abused children to have therapeutic activities centered around music, including learning how to play instruments and use digital equipment.

She has partnered with 51Oakland to create a new nonprofit called Elevate Oakland, which is planning a first annual benefit concert in order to further the mission of providing music and arts therapy.

The show is set to star Michael Franti, Judith Hill, Ozomatli, Orianthi, and Goapele and will take place on February 8 at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

General admission tickets range from $75-125, while VIP packages start at $500.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla]]>
<![CDATA[Party With The City on Thursday]]> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:55:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/kingsband.jpg

They've rocked the house at our free monthly parties before, so we're bringing back Kingsborough and The Jaded to play live for The City's first bash of the year. Join us from 7-10 PM on January 30 at Maggie McGarry's in North Beach.

We're thrilled to begin our second year of free events — and this week is the perfect opportunity to start your monthly exploration of live local music. 

Ready to party? Use this link to RSVP, which will score you access to a hosted happy hour with drinks and appetizers from 7-8 PM and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, "like" our Facebook page to stay in touch with all our latest stories.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kingsborough]]>
<![CDATA[DJ QBert Pushes Format Boundaries]]> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:09:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/djqbert.jpg

The Bay Area's own DJ QBert has long been a world champion ambassador of mixing, so it's only appropriate that his latest release pushes the boundaries of music formats.

He's running a Kickstarter campaign in order to recoup the costs of recording and creating his new album Extraterrestria. There are ambitious plans to release the album in several formats, including a series of limited edition vinyl records shaped like puzzle pieces and scattered across an international network of distributors to encourage fans to hunt for them all. There will also be an vinyl album release with a gatefold sleeve design that will fold into a DJ controller, from which users can manipulate MP3 files of the songs.

At press time, QBert has raised $24,988 of a $100,000 goal, with 24 days to go. While he has raised a lot of pledges so far, he must reach his goal in order to receive any of the funding. He's offering some amazing incentives to donate, including private DJ lessons, associate producer credits and music packs featuring new and rare releases.

QBert will appear live on the Internet tonight (January 21) thanks to the Boiler Room, which will broadcast him and other locals at 7 PM tonight.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of DJ QBert]]>
<![CDATA[Shoreline Announces Country Megaticket Lineup]]> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/timmcgraw.jpg

Shoreline Amphitheatre will play host venue to 10 huge country music shows this year, and promoter Live Nation is offering them all in one package with the Country Megaticket.

The package allows fans to secure the same seat for each show and to enjoy the perks of VIP parking and a pre-party with private bar and free food at each show. The cost is $999 for seats in the first section of the venue, $849 for the second section, and $299 for lawn.

The full schedule consists of Tim McGraw (May 10), Toby Keith (May 31), Lady Antebellum (June 15), Dierks Bentley (July 31), Miranda Lambert (August 9), Rascal Flatts (August 23), Keith Urban (September 6), Blake Shelton (September 13), Jason Aldean (September 27), and Luke Bryan (October 18).

Country Megatickets go on sale at 10 AM on January 24 on Megaticket; individual shows will go on sale throughout the year.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Rick Diamond]]>
<![CDATA[Google Bus Immortalized in Song]]> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:33:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/01-16-2014-google-bus.jpg

Produced by El Kool Kyle for Baylando Records, Cachebox's "Google Bus Song" is a hilarious skewering of the controversial tech transportation that has come to symbolize privilege and division in the Bay Area.

"I'm on the Google Bus, you're on BART," they taunt at one point. "I smell sweet success, you smellin' farts." No word on whether Cachebox will turn their satirical genius on Google's new ferry service next.

Check out the song and video below:


Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Female KISS Tribute Band Needs Style Help]]> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:10:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/kisserneedscostumes.jpg

Kisser, the Bay Area's very own female KISS tribute band, needs your help.

Amy Frehley, Cindy Stanley, Bassy Stacy and Paula Criss have launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to try to raise money to produce and release an album and update their look with fresh new outfits.

With almost $1500 raised at press time, the band is close to reaching the goal of raising $2000. But the ladies desperately need more donations because Kickstarter will only fund projects if the entire amount is met or exceded.

Kisser is offering some rocking reward premiums for donating at least $5, including a private show for people who pledge at least $500.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kisser]]>
<![CDATA[Dance Card: Your Weekly Club Planner]]> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:41:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/452972591.jpg

There's a party going on around here every night of the week. Bookmark this page as a guide to some guaranteed fun recurring weekly events:

Monday: Hit up Motown on Mondays at the Legionnaire Saloon for old-school soul jams with Platurn and guests.

Tuesday: Tuesday Night Jump at Verdi Club has been hipping people to swinging roots music since 1999. Old music from the 1930s-1950s never gets old.

Wednesday: Hump day needs to be celebrated with house music and its eccentric cousins at Housepitality at F8 with Michael Tello, Miguel Solari and friends.

Thursday: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences follows a different musical theme every week, making for a fresh experience every time. Plus, you get to see wondrous creature and learn scientific-like things.

Friday: Space boogie up, down and all around like a Six Million Dollar Man at Bionic at Underground SF with Jason Greer, Solar, Nikola and Mozghan.

Saturday: Bootie SF at DNA Lounge with residents A Plus D and guests has become a classic choice for letting loose on the mashup tip over the past decade and change.

Sunday: End your week of dancing much in the way you started it, grooving to throwbacks at Sweater Funk at the Knockout.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area World Guitar Show Rocks On]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:30:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/guitarworld.jpg

If you're a guitar nerd, or aspire to be one, you might consider checking out the Bay Area World Guitar Show on January 11-12 at Marin Center in San Rafael.

The gathering is a time to buy, sell and trade guitars and amps, with no limit on how much stuff you can bring to do any of these actions. It's open to amateurs and entry-level enthusiasts, who have an opportunity to discover professional sellers, manufacturers, collectors and other seasoned exhibitors.

Admission to the family-friendly event is $20 for adults; children 11 and under are free.


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller]]>
<![CDATA[Del the Funky Homosapien Releases Free Album]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:08:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/delthefunky.jpg

Del The Funky Homosapien has kicked off the new year with a gift to his multi-generational international fans.

The Oakland rapper and producer from the Hieroglyphics crew has released a free album, Iller Than Most, via Soundcloud. On it, he assumes the alias of Zartan Drednaught Cobra.

The album is "futuristic and fun — but still on some hip-hop sh*t," writes the man born Teren Delvon Jones.

The next scheduled show for the Hieroglyphics is on January 25 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Del The Funky Homosapien]]>