The name of this San Francisco duo's third full-length couldn't be more apropos; its layered and looped guitar and vocal lines weave their way in and out of one another in short segments. The math-rock-inspired approach is certainly experimental, but it works - there's enough space between the instruments to maintain intrigue and enough heft to carry real weight.
At the Rock Make Street Festival (Treat Ave. between 17th and 18th sts.) on August 23. noon, free
A 7 p.m. zoning board meeting in Berkeley tonight will address the possibility of rezoning Berkeley's UC Theater, which has been empty since Landmark Theatres abandoned it in 2001, to allow it to be converted into an all-ages, multi-genre live music venue. Business partners David M. Mayeri and Dawn Holliday, who run Slim's in San Francisco, will request a use permit modification from the zoning board tonight, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet. They've also encouraged members of the public to speak in support of the project at tonight's meeting. It takes place at 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, on the second floor.
A decade after its fade from the mainstream, alternative rock persists. The reason is clear: angst, melody, and distortion are like bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Oakland's female-fronted Robots of Fury employs more shoegaze than grunge, which keeps things fresh and results in some transcendent passages - or, in the case of "Temporary Fixation," four whole minutes.
Guns N' Roses mined Stone Temple Pilots to form Velvet Revolver, so it'd hardly be crazy to imagine AC/DC doing the same with, say, Queens of the Stone Age. This is precisely what Oakland hard rockers the Long Thaw recall, plus perhaps some Dinosaur Jr. and Soundgarden on the margins. It's the sort of rock that begs to be taken at face value, and we'll oblige.
T-Bone Burnett, who produced Robert Plant's Grammy-winning Raising Sand, works modern roots magic on quintessential San Francisco rock/blues/jam band Moonalice, whose members have gigged with Phil Lesh, Jefferson Airplane, and Boz Scaggs, not to mention Bob Dylan. It goes without saying that they can play; the songs, likewise, are unflinchingly solid.
At Union Square Park (333 Post St., San Francisco) on Aug 16. 2 p.m., free
This isn't your hipster neighbor's nu-folk. The Old Jawbone presents a rather pure strain of old-time folk, beginning with a shimmering cover of "Cotton-Eyed Joe" on mandolin, accordion, guitar, double bass, and knee slaps. Musicianship is superb throughout, but Sylvia Herold's bright, clear voice, seemingly built for storytelling, can't help but steal the show.
At Le Bateau Ivre (2629 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley) on Aug. 19. 7 p.m., free
Starting at 5 p.m., we'll offer live streaming video from the Best Of the East Bay party at the Oakland Museum of California. But sorry, no beer. You'll have to come to the party for that.
Just announced: Tenacious D will replace the Beastie Boys at Outside Lands, closing out the festival Sunday night.
Anyone who doubts that kids can rock properly should check out this compilation of songs by local teens and their surprisingly cogent young bands. Produced by advocacy-minded youth organization Future Builders, the collection features songs by Red House, the Audiophiles, Please Quiet Ourselves, and twelve more, including Piedmont's prodigal sons Dizzy Balloon. Proceeds benefit Oakland's Ella Baker Center.
The moniker In Reverent Fear didn't seem to suit this refined San Francisco pop/rock quintet. Its new name, Stomacher, is slightly less imposing, but also more ambiguous. The music is arguably ambiguous, too - at times dim and wispy, others bold and operatic, its components are continually in flux. It drags a bit, but the mystery makes it worthwhile.
At Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco) on August 7. 8:30 p.m., $13-$16