Local Licks 

This week, we review Parker Street Cinema, Sky Pilots, Here Here, and Jimmy Leslie

Parker Street Cinema, Music, in the Blood (Abandoned Love Records). If making beautiful, dramatic music sound effortless is a pinnacle of achievement, then San Francisco experimental rock trio Parker Street Cinema falls a couple important steps below its idols. Fleeting moments of transcendence yield to a sense that the band is overthinking.

Sky Pilots, Enjoy a Day Off (Ghost Mansion Records). Post-hardcore put through the San Francisco spinner: palatable, progressive, and reluctant to push anything too hard.

Here Here, The Boy with an Orange (self-released). Even down to frontman Christian Lyon's soothing vocals, seven-member San Francisco group Here Here sounds a lot like Pinback, just without the snap, and with a whole bunch of violin, accordion, trumpet, banjo, and mandolin.

Jimmy Leslie, Surfin' the Swamp (Concurrent Records). The vibe is steady, the sound is clean, and Leslie's bright guitar work rarely missteps. Still, only when the band loosens up and just jams does this New Orleans funk/San Francisco rock hybrid really click.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Local Licks

  • Local Licks

    This week we review French Cassettes, Big Tree, and North Home.
    • Sep 18, 2013
  • Local Licks

    This week, we review The Dodos, TaughtMe, and The Severely Departed.
    • Sep 11, 2013
  • Local Licks

    This week, we review Felsen, Al Lover, and The Family Crest.
    • Sep 4, 2013
  • More »

Author Archives

  • Recreation Calendar

    Our annual guide to Northern California's summer recreation season.
    • May 21, 2014
  • Green-Energy Storage: 'The Next Big Thing'

    For California to reach its ambitious climate-change goals, it must figure out how to deliver electricity when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.
    • Sep 4, 2013
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Holiday Guide 2016

A guide to this holiday season's gifts, outings, eats, and more.

Taste, Fall 2016

Everything you need to know about dining in and out in the East Bay.

© 2016 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation