The Men of La Mancha (self-released)
This little slice of classic honky-tonk country is nothing you haven’t heard before, but it’s a lot of fun. Lyrics are as wistful, hopeful, and witty as expected, vocals are charmingly just rough enough. Misisipi Rider was a DJ pick on KALX for good reason.
Cream Factory Records will hold the first installment in its summer series tomorrow night. The event, held at the Black Repertory Theater (3201 Adeline St., Berkeley) will feature DJ Robbie spinning tracks from the Townbiz soundtrack and forthcoming Bootcamp compilation featuring Tony Hall aka the Ghetto Vet, DOS 4, Elroy Ya Boy and guests, Hazmatboyz, Val-T, Yella Yezz, Incredible Drop Knock, and LePlum. Also on hand: MCs Rocke III and Pharoah Powell, and comedy by Lothario Lotho. Plus dancing and salsa lessons. Friday, May 28, 8 p.m., $20 VIP Pre-Party Sip & Salsa, $5 general advance, $10 at the door. 510-652-2120.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong talks about American Idiot Broadway show, Rock Band video game, and more, with Terry Gross. Listen here.
The San Francisco Outside Lands Festival (August 14 and 15 in Golden Gate Park) line-up isn't set to be announced until Tuesday, June 1, but it seems no one told that to Spin Magazine. The new issue has arrived in mailboxes, and tucked in 2010 festival guide is a side bar that lists Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, and Phoenix as the headliners of this year's festival, along with Al Green, The Gossip, and Mos Def and Talib Kweli's BlackStar as a couple "don't-miss" acts.
Here's the video for "Stephen Colbert" by San Francisco's Inu, a new project featuring producer Count (Radiohead, DJ Shadow, New Order, Halou), Zoe Keating (Rasuptina, Imogen Heap, Dresden Dolls), and Tim Hingston (Nyles Lannon). Inu's debut album Not For Anyone will be released June 29.
The Bay Area may be known for hippies, yuppies, and foodies, but apparently it's also home to an unusually large pool of charismatic and talented air-guitarists. We've produced more than a few winners in the US Air Guitar Championships, so you won't want to miss this year's regional finals on Saturday, June 5, at the Fillmore. Hosted by former world finalist Bjorn Turoque and presented by Live 105, the event will produce a winner that will go on to compete at the national finals in New York on July 22 (and, if he/she's lucky, the world finals in Finland in August), as well as Live 105's BFD on Sunday, June 6, at Shoreline Amphitheater. 9 p.m., $20.
With the mission of trying to get alterna kids to dance, Swing Goth celebrates its third anniversary on Friday, June 11, at DNA Lounge. Set to perform at the "Death Rock Sock Hop" are Lee Presson and the Nails, Fromagique, and Barry Syska's Fantasy Orchestra. Plus there will be free dance lessons. Doors at 7:30 p.m., dance lessons with Brian Gardner from 8-9:30 p.m. Bands start at 10:30 p.m. $15, $20. Swing Goth happens every first, third, and fifth Tuesdays at El Rio, and every second and fourth Tuesdays at Blue Macaw.
One of Ear Bud's all-time favorite local bands, Captured! By Robots, will wrap up its 2010 theme-less tour on June 5 at Bottom of the Hill. The thirteen-year-old band — lone human JBOT and robots DRMBOT0110, GTRBOT666, AUTOMATOM, and the HEADLESS HORNSMEN, plus TAWHNN (The Ape Which Hath No Name) and SOTAWHNN (Son of the Ape Which Hath No Name) — usually create themes for their tours: there was the Teddy Bear Orchestra tour, the re-enactment of the Ten Commandments tour, the Dubya tour, the wedding tour, and last year's Motivational tour. But this year, JBOT, or more likely, the robots who dominate him, decided against a theme. Regardless, count on the band's usual entertaining black-metal-reggae-rock mix and plenty of verbal abuse by the 'bots.
San Francisco's Sonny & The Sunsets have been added to the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival July 16-18 at Chicago's Union Park, it was announced today. The local band is filling the spot for Sweden's jj, who canceled. Songwriter Sonny Smith recently completed his 100 Records Project, in which he commissioned artists to create 100 different record covers for 100 albums by fictional bands he made up and wrote the songs for (200 total). Fellow SF outfit Girls also play the fifth annual music festival, as well as former locals WHY?.
The entire Pitchfork lineup: (Friday) Modest Mouse, Broken Social Scene, Robyn, Liars, El-P, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Sharon Van Etten; (Saturday) LCD Soundsystem, Panda Bear, Wolf Parade, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Raekwon, Titus Andronicus, WHY?, Delorean, Real Estate, Bear In Heaven, Free Energy, The Smith Westerns, Dm-Funk, Kurt Vile, Freddie Gibbs, Sonny & The Sunsets, and Netherfriends; (Sunday) Pavement, Big Boi, Major Lazer, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Beach House, Girls, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Cass McCombs, Here We Go Magic, Surfer Blood, Local Natives, Washed Out, Best Coast, Cave, and All.