Noise Pop is the music festival for people who hate music festivals, i.e. the all-day, drag-out, beer-guzzling, bro-fest that many of the weekend-long music festivals have become. Noise Pop 2013 will take place over six days, Tuesday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 3, 2013, and today organizers announced an initial lineup that includes Berkeley resident Toro Y Moi, San Francisco's Rogue Wave, and experimental DJ extraordinaire Amon Tobin.
Pay reverence to Art Murmur's roots as a gallery walk: Go out tonight, get tipsy, and buy art. Then stumble into a new First Friday tradition and catch some live music. There's something to satisfy everyone's taste:
There are two types of people: Those who think Cam'ron's "Oh Boy" with its repeated vocal sample of boy-boy-oh-boy is a work of art and those who think it's incredibly annoying. If you're in the former camp (slowly raises hand), check out the producer responsible for those beats (and Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls") — NYC's Just Blaze — at The New Parish, 9 p.m. $12, $15. — Whitney Phaneuf
Mission Creek Oakland, the Oakland edition of the San Francisco arts festival that showcases local bands, will hold the second edition of its new monthly music series at The Uptown this Thursday, November 29 (9 p.m., $5). The lineup is a trio of synth and indie rock duos, with Oakland's Believe headlining, joined by Santa Rosa's Teenage Sweater and Oakland's LESSONS.
Indie-pop producer Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, has said his recent move to Berkeley inspired his forthcoming album, Anything in Return. Hear for yourself at his weekend-long listening party and art show at Public Works, running three consecutive nights starting tonight, Friday November 16.
On display all weekend will be thirteen original drawings by Bundick, created to correspond with a specific song off the new album, which will be playing on nearby headphones. If Bundick's DJ set, Sunday from 5-11 p.m., is anything like his recent performance at Treasure Island Music Festival, expect lots of disco and funk. The album's out January 22; in the meantime, here's a sneak peak:
High on Fire frontman Matt Pike is officially of out rehab and "healthy," according to the Oakland metal band's publicist, and, to celebrate, the band just released a video for "Fertile Green" off its new album De Vermis Mysteriis. In a statement, Pike, who was recently spotted at Oakland's Art & Soul Festival (which the Express co-produced) to watch friends/fellow Oaklanders Saviours perform, said in a statement: "As I acclimate back to society, I realize the beast within is even sharper and stronger!"
As we previously reported, Pike entered rehab back in June for a drinking problem, just after performing with his old band Sleep at the Fox Theater, which caused High on Fire to have to cancel its appearance on the Mayhem Festival tour.
The band announced it will perform a handful of dates in Australia in September.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that there's this little festival happening this weekend in Downtown Oakland called ART & SOUL (full disclosure: the Express is co-presenting). But it's not just a two-day affair; there's before-parties, after-parties, and before-before parties (hello First Friday!). We realize it might be a bit overwhelming, so we've compiled this condensed guide for y'all:
Party on a boat, er, aircraft carrier, y'all. Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn are among the bands scheduled to perform at the third annual Slaughter by the Water show, happening Saturday, August 25, aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda. Testament's Chuck Billy will host, and a headliner and other acts will be announced later.
Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Bands start at 5 p.m. and go till 2 a.m. There will also be free access to the pier from noon to 9 p.m., which includes a Pier Stage entertainment (bands?), food vendors, and retailers. Parking is free.
Roughly a year since opening a "gourmet gastropub" and nightlife venue in Jack London Square, the owner of Vitus has decamped, and he's taken the most of the club with him — including a full bar staff, a couple months' worth of bookings, and even the twinkly marquee sign that was featured in a January Express cover story. It now bears the name of Vitus' predecessor, Dukes R&B.
"Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher"
According to HuffPo, Owens was talking "excitedly" about recording the band's third album in May, so clearly his decision was a recent one — and one that must be for pretty serious reasons considering how much success the band has seen in the last few years. No doubt we'll hear more soon...
We were saddened to hear about the death of Jeffery Davis, aka Jef Leppard, guitarist for the hardcore band Voetsek, former member of STFU, sound man at Oakland Metro Operahouse, recording engineer at Lennon Studios, and beloved member of the Bay Area punk scene. He was killed Sunday evening after his motorcycle hit a gray Audi in San Francisco's Richmond district, SF Appeal reports. Davis' wife Nikki had been sitting behind him on the motorcycle. When it struck the Audi at the intersection of Fulton Street and 30th Avenue she was ejected and critically injured.blog posts from close friends she remains in the ICU at SF General Hospital, where she is able to communicate through sign language and written notes. Nikki incurred several broken bones and internal injuries, but she appears to be lucid and even managed to flip the bird to a petulant relative.