Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Your Daily Lick: Judgement Day

by Kirsty Evans
Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Peacocks/Pink Monsters (self-released)

Peacocks/Pink Monsters will remind you that metal’s roots lie in classical music just as much as in the blues. Not just in the sense that the album features extensive use of violin and cello — the structure and arrangement is heavily classical-influenced, too. There have been a surfeit of instrumental metal bands lately, but Judgement Day is up there with Boris and Russian Circles among the best of them.

At Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco) on February 26. 9 p.m., $12

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Huge Metal Show Coming to Oakland! Mastodon, High on Fire, Baroness to Play Fox Theater May 8

by Kathleen Richards
Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

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Heads up, metalheads: In case you missed the San Jose stop of the Dethklok/Mastodon/High on Fire tour, an even bigger lineup is headed this way. Just announced: Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, High on Fire, Baroness, Priestess, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra, and Bison BC will play the Fox Theater in Oakland on Saturday, May 8. Billed as "The Missing Link," this monster show is not to be missed! Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 25th at 10 a.m.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Your Daily Lick: Addison

by Kirsty Evans
Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Lay The Buddha Down (self-released)

This EP will make you wish Addison would hurry up and release a full album. With crunchy, jagged rock guitars and melodic vocals, “Freeze Out” falls at the heavier end of the indie spectrum. Addison has been around for a while and it shows — its sound is tight and well arranged. Catchy and immensely likeable.

At Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco) on February 19. 9:30 p.m., $10

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Friday, February 19, 2010

New Rock Bar in Oakland Opening Tonight

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

There’s a new rock bar in town, and it’s called Heart & Dagger Saloon, located at 504 Lake Park Avenue, between Lakeshore and Grand avenues. Occupying the space that once housed the Serenader, the remodeled bar will offer pool, pinball, a back patio, drink specials, and door prizes at its official grand opening today (going on now till 2 a.m.) and tomorrow (noon to 2 a.m.). The cash-only bar promises “cheap drinks, good music [via DJs and jukebox], and a laid-back atmosphere.”

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Gear Swap at Gilman on Sunday

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

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Looking for that elusive part for your amp? Or how about a new guitar? At the 7th Bay Area Musicians and DIY Electronic Swap Meet, you’ll be able to buy, sell, and trade amplifiers, instruments, gear, parts, books, recording equipment, and anything else musical or electronic. It happens Sunday, February 21, at 924 Gilman. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Those interested in selling should arrive by 10 a.m. to secure space. There’s a $10 fee to sell. For more details, go here.

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Your Daily Lick: Rykarda Parasol

by Kirsty Evans
Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM

For Blood And Wine (self-released)

Imagine that Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen had a baby and raised her in a cool dive bar — that baby would be Rykarda Parasol. With a deep, throaty voice and some deliciously nasty lyrics, she’s a great antidote to all that is banal and tedious in the current music scene. Think dark cabaret — it’s awesome stuff.

At the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on February 18. 9p.m., $8

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Your Daily Lick: Aaron Germain

by Kirsty Evans
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Before You Go (self-released)

Veteran bass player-for-hire Aaron Germain proves his skill on this release. Even if progressive jazz isn’t really your thing you have to admire the degree of technical prowess on display here. Germain is a talented musician, and he’s assembled an impressive collection of locals to back him up here.

At Rassella’s (1534 Fillmore St., San Francisco) on February 22. 8 p.m., TBA

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Your Daily Lick: Lila Nelson

by Kirsty Evans
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

We Never Came (self-released)

This short but sweet EP is a perfect little taste of what Lila Nelson can do. With a style that blends folk, pop, and indie and a softly lovely voice, Nelson is a classic old-school singer-songwriter in the Joni Mitchell tradition. In a sea of throwaway pop idols it’s nice to see a few real musicians still around.

At Subterranean Arthouse (2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) on February 21, 8 p.m., $10

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Stripmall Architecture to Unveil New Songs Feb. 19 at Retox Lounge

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

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One of the Bay Area’s better music outfits, Stripmall Architecture, will unveil some of its new material for the first time at the Retox Lounge (628 20th St., San Francisco) on Friday, Feb. 19. The band, featuring Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom of Halou, will not only play songs from its forthcoming album, Feathersongs for Factory Girls, but will also offer a limited number of promo copies of its new single “Radium Girls” with drink purchase; 100 numbered, limited-edition 11x17 posters to ticket holders; and display its album art for its remix project. Bella Lune and Razor Skyline will also perform. Don’t miss it. 9:30 p.m., $8

<a href="http://stripmallarchitecture.bandcamp.com/album/radium-girls">Radium Girls by Stripmall Architecture</a>

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Record Release Party for Addison on Friday

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

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Bay Area alternative band Addison will celebrate the release of its Lay the Budda Down EP at Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., SF) on Friday, Feb. 19. The band opens for the Junior Panthers with the Hi-Nobles. 9:30 p.m., $10.

Addison's "Lay the Buddha Down":

Addison's “Freeze Out” from last year's EP of the same name:

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