Demonstrating a dedication to authentic Americana, the Fancy Dan Band trekked all the way from the Bay Area to Nashville to record its debut album over three manic days. It worked. Not that Born Fancy is a country record -- rock, gospel, and folk are equally at home -- but it feels windswept with Midwestern dust, true to the troubadour tradition.
At Cafe International (508 Haight St., San Francisco) on Mar. 21. 7 p.m., free
Mike Patton fans who've longed for his '90s alt-rock band Faith No More to reunite are finally getting their wish. According to Rolling Stone, the band, which broke up nearly eleven years ago, is officially reuniting but only to play dates in Europe this summer. However, Patton's upcoming appearance at Coachella could mean a possible surprise performance. The full announcement after the jump.
Take it from the band itself: We got rhythm, we got soul, we got class, we got something to build upon, goes the chorus to the second track. Blending live hip-hop (drums, bass, keys, and sax) with Jurassic 5-style group raps (Lexx Luthor, MicBlake, and Soulati trade freely), Raw Deluxe delivers an exuberant hybrid of jazz, funk, and hip-hop.
At the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco) on Mar. 6. 10 p.m., $10
This San Francisco trio excels at something few bands do well: melodic, driving, intermittently heavy rock. The combination looks ideal on paper, but in practice often reduces to formulas and predictable dynamics. Low Red Land, however, escapes cliché by expressing angst without whining and hope without entirely trusting it.
At the Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Feb. 27. 9 p.m., $9.
Lead singer Daniel Martin-McCormich screams in "The Man in Your House" like Kurt Cobain in Nevermind's "Territorial Pissings." But Mi Ami isn't looking to revive grunge; its bent is more toward noise, with subtle, elusive undercurrents of melody and rhythm shaped by both bass and percussion that flow beneath a jagged, tense surface of high-pitch guitar and vocals.
At the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on Feb. 27. 9:30 p.m., $7.
One thing this Walnut Creek husband-and-wife team doesn't lack is enterprise. Thom and Sarah Kilts have released three full-length albums in three years, each featuring a medley of styles approximating a Celtic folk/indie-rock hybrid. Funk basslines, looped riffs, and Thom's best Eddie Vedder impersonation, among other experiments, pepper When Time Stops with unpredictable moments.
"El Corrido de Barack Obama," a Mexican folk song dedicated to President Barack Obama (allegedely the first corrido ever written for a U.S. president) is now available in an English-language version. The same folks (Vesper Public Relations, who're evidently working the case) say that this is the first corrido ever recorded in English. Aw, Barack, what an honor!
For more on the song and its origins, please see our previous post. As for the song, click that little player on the left. It's actually not that bad, though it can be hard to understand all the lyrics with singer El Sinaloa 21's accent. The ones I can understand are pretty rad, like The economy was too damaged / Everyone united together / People from different races / We give him all the support.
This video provides an elegant visual supplement for the first single from Incredibad, the debut album by Berkeley comedy group the Lonely Island. Very hooky.
Ah, the one-man band: dweller of street corners, hero of talent shows, lover of tambourines. San Francisco's Ty Segall does use a tambourine (duct-taped to the front of his bass drum), but pairs it with a crashing hi-hat and a massively overdriven guitar to create a raw, dirty rock sound that could just as well come from a '60s garage trio or '70s punk band.
The Oakland Merchant Leadership Forum is calling for music-related businesses in Oakland to register on the Shop Oakland website. Throughout February, the OMLF is focusing on music businesses as one component of its 2009 Indie Revolution, a year-long campaign to promote local independent businesses and artists in the East Bay.
For details, see the full release below.