There are all sorts of obscure holidays - National Oatmeal Month (January), Hug Your Cat Day (June 4), Admit You're Happy Month (August) - and here's another one to add to the list, Record Store Day. Started in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates local, independent, and hopefully-not-to-soon-be-extinct record retailers, where they sell those CD and record thingamajigs. Participating East Bay stores include Amoeba, Rasputin, 1-2-3-4 Go!!! Records, Down Home Music, and Mod Lang. Presiding over this very important day is Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes, to coincide with the vinyl-only release of EODM's Heart On. So take the day off, or take a long lunch break, and peruse those bins.
When: April 18, 2009
In 2004, Malian desert blues/rock group Tinariwen first came to the Bay Area with a show at the Great American Music Hall. Since then, they've returned almost every year for shows at Yoshi's or the Palace of Fine Arts. When they appeared again last night at the Palace, many in the audience applauded upon the emcee's mention of that first show -- a testament to the fact that Tinariwen is the sort of band that earns lifetime fans from the first listen.
Beyond being composed entirely of solo accordion pieces, Rob Reich's debut release has another rare quality: it features music composed in four different centuries. From Bach's 1723 piece "Invention No. 6" to Reich's 2008 originals; from traditional and classical to klezmer and folk; The Balancing Act delivers a salient vision of the accordion's incredible adaptability.
Reich's Nice Guy Trio performs at Red Poppy Art House (2698 Folsom St., San Francisco) on Apr. 23. 8 p.m., $10
Around 3,000 lucky music fans spilled onto Telegraph Avenue hoarse-voiced and half-deaf Tuesday night after having seen the third, coveted last-minute Green Day show to rattle the Bay Area in the last week. The East Bay-rooted, platinum-selling pop punk trio debuted the entirety of their highly anticipated new LP 21st Century Breakdown for 75 minutes, then delivered another hour of their greatest hits to wild acclaim. "Tell your Mom and Dad 'I'm not going to school tomorrow, fuck it,'" lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong told the all-ages crowd clad in tight denim and punk spikes.
It's all Green Day all the time in the Bay Area these days (if you don't know what I mean, check this out [show @ the Fox last night], and this [at the Independent a few nights ago], and also this [the new album], and finally this [the American Idiot stage production at Berkeley Rep]. Well have we got another piece of news for you: the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland just announced it's hosting Green Day tonight. Tickets are only available at the door starting at 8 p.m., first-come first-served. So if you're a big fan and want to catch them in their most intimate venue yet (compared to the Fox and the Independent, that is), better line up now. Tickets are $20. 21 and over. May the best man and woman win.
This pastiche of ambient and found sound, electronics, and avant-garde instrumentals may initially feel a bit too patchwork. But over repeated listens, its crafty experimentalism becomes nothing but beguiling. Juicy would work well as soundtrack music or in an abstract sound installation, yet much of it stands on its own as high-grade album material.
If I told you there was a Bay Area band that evoked the Velvet Underground singing like the Zombies on far too many downers, you'd probably respond, "Wow, rad!" Not so fast. Jason Quever's Papercuts are heavy on the stylish, chic, mellow California drug haze, but light on just about everything else. They certainly have their place, but empty psych-pop is still empty.
At Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco) on Apr. 24. 9:30 p.m., $10
Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment have announced the dates for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival, the third annual. As usual, we get one day (and two alternating stages) of electronic and dance music and another day (again with two stages) of national and local indie rock. The dates are Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, with the dance music on Saturday and the rock on Sunday. Pencil 'em in on your calendar, because if past years are any indication, this should be another memorable event in an unparalleled location.
Earlier this morning, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival organizers finally announced what we've all been waiting for: the lineup for their second annual three-day festival in Golden Gate Park. As previously announced, Outside Lands will take place this year August 28-30. Tickets go on sale next Sunday, April 19th. As for the line-up, see below ... but we'll tell you we're particular psyched about Ween, Beastie Boys, the Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Raphael Saadiq, the Dirtbombs, and Extra Golden. Also notable is the inclusion of local artists like Saadiq, the Dodos, the Morning Benders, SambaDa, and John Vanderslice. Radness!
In its third surprise show in the past week, Green Day will play the Fox Theater in Oakland's Uptown tomorrow night, April 14. Tickets go on sale tonight at 5 p.m. The East Bay boys played a show at the Independent on April 7 and at the DNA Lounge April 9 in San Francisco. Both nights the band unveiled songs from its forthcoming new album, 21st Century Breakdown, which hits streets May 15. It's a big year for the band, which, in addition to releasing the follow-up to 2004's hugely successful American Idiot, will also stage a theater production of that effort at Berkeley Rep in September.