The lineup for this year's Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival has been announced, reports the Bay Bridged. The long-running indie music festival, now in its fourteenth year, will be held July 9-11 in Oakland and July 14-18 in San Francisco at various locations. Among this year's performers are Star Machine, Family Matters, Mark Matos and Os Beaches, Rykarda Parasol, T.I.T.S., Extra Action Marching Band, Persephone's Bees, The Fresh and Onlys, Grass Widow, Brian Glaze and the Night Shift, and Los Murderachis. For a complete schedule of shows, go here.
SFJAZZ has announced its complete lineup for this year's season, which starts September 14 and runs through November 20 at various venues around the City. Tickets to the general public go on sale Sunday, July 11. The headliners after the jump...
Also, just announced: The Morning Benders will play October 16 at the Fillmore. $20. Click here for tickets.
C’mon C’mon (self-released)
Countrified, folksy pop predominates on C’mon C’mon. It’s a diverse album, held together by Manousos’s distinctive voice. There’s a hint of Elvis Costello to that voice, and to the music too — the lyrics often have a melancholy tone, leavened with wit. It’s hard to make music about feeling sorry for yourself without being a drag to listen to, but Manousos pulls it off.
We Come in the Name of Jesus (Five Point One Records)
Awesomely uplifting stuff from the local gospel act that had the number 1 gospel single in America a while back. Vocals are rich and satisfying, with complex interwoven harmonies from the three ladies. Although We Come in the Name of Jesus is a gospel album, there’s nothing staid or dull about it —it’s wonderfully engaging and a whole lot of fun.
Yoshi’s’ San Francisco location started off with a bang when the jazz venue opened its doors in December 2007. But since then, the venue has consistently lost money, according to co-owner Kaz Kajimura. Thanks to some recent management restructuring and programming changes, however, Kajiumura reports that Yoshi’s SF finally made money in the first quarter of 2010.
“It is very, very challenging but I think it’s turning around finally with the economy coming back,” said Kajimura. “We actually made money in the first quarter. That hasn’t happened in a long time.”
There’s nothing particularly unique about Times 4, but what they do they do well. Eclipse is classic smooth jazz, all deceptively simple rhythms and trumpet and saxophone solos. You either like this kind of music or you don’t.
Everything Gets Better (Fortune)
King Midas in Reverse is a throwback, in a good way. There are a lot of classic 80s and 90s Britpop influences in evidence on Everything Gets Better, particularly on the almost eerie, spaced-out vocals and the open, airy production. It’s a mellow sort of album — a little downbeat but not depressing — and it feels refreshingly clean and simple. The Chris Isaac-style guitar on a few tracks is a nice little local touch.
The Independent, which typically hosts shows nearly every night of the week, doesn't have anything on its schedule from July 3 to August 4. But the calendar is full as usual after that, until September 30. Sarah Fink of Another Planet Entertainment, which runs the venue, declined to comment on the issue.