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Monday, March 24, 2014

New Music Crawl Oakland Drops Beats Announces Debut Lineup

by Sam Levin
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Oakland's got another new music festival, and this one promises to take over more than ten venues in downtown on Saturday, April 19. Organizers of Oakland Drops Beats, which is being billed as the city's "first ever music crawl," just announced its debut lineup: Kev Choice Ensemble, B. Hamilton, Prozack Turner, Jel, and Odd Nosdam are among those scheduled to perform the free, all-day, all-ages event. Organizers said they took their inspiration from the Venice Music Crawl in Los Angeles and added "Oakland’s grit, soul, community, and culture," according to an announcement released today. Full lineup below.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three-Day Rock Festival, PRF West Coast, Coming to Oakland

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

A three-day rock show is coming* to Oakland in May. PRF West Coast, happening on May 2-4, will feature a lineup of local and nonlocal noise rock, punk rock, and metal bands, including locals Kowloon Walled City, Porch, Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow, Victory and Associates, Cartographer, Hurry Up Shotgun, Generalissimo, and the Loyalists, as well as Chicago’s Nonagon, Chico’s West by Swan, LA’s Cinder Cone, Toronto’s Practice Wife, and Austin’s The Gary, among others.

Oakland residents Benjamin Abraham and Conan Neutron (of Victory and Associates) are organizing the three-day show, which is slated to be held at new music venue Leo’s, located in the former Leo’s Pro Audio building at 5447 Telegraph Avenue, pending approval from the city’s planning commission on April 19. It will be the first West Coast iteration of PRF BBQ, which was first held in Chicago in 2009 and has since expanded to New York and other cities. The barbecue/music festival began as a way to bring together members of the online forum on ElectricalAudio.com, the website of the Chicago studio of famed rock producer Steve Albini. Although the online forum started as a way to discuss issues regarding recording, it “kind of morphed into this really organic community about DIY punk,” said Abraham, whose band, Methodist, played the New York PRF in 2011, when he was living there at the time. (PRF stands for “Premier Rock Forum” — a “sarcastic, inside joke which stuck,” said Abraham.)
click image Kowloon Walled City - SHANNON CORR
  • Shannon Corr
  • Kowloon Walled City

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Legionnaire Saloon to Host Monthly Metal/Punk Shows

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

A new monthly showcase of metal and punk bands begins tomorrow night at the Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). “First Thursday” will feature both local and touring acts, and the inaugural lineup will include locals NecrotBurning MonkAugurs, and Invertebrate

The man behind the concept is Matt Eiseman, who sings and plays guitar in Burning Monk and works at the bar. His goals are multifold: “I wanted to let people know that the Legionnaire is a venue,” he said. “There’s a shortage of venues in Oakland for heavier music. And a lot of the venues, like Eli’s [Mile High Club], the shows have to be over early. I thought it was a great venue to work with. I wanted to do something for the bands.”

Thus far, the Legionnaire Saloon has been more known for booking DJs and hip-hop acts. The bar was opened last year by rapper Prozack Turner and his wife, RaeAnne, who used to be partners in the Layover, with the intention of hosting more live music. As the Express previously reported, that was Turner's initial intention with the Layover, too, but instead that bar has remained more of a dance club. 

Eiseman insists the night isn’t a showcase for his band (though Burning Monk will play the first and third editions of First Thursday). Rather, he said, “My whole point of doing the shows is to give back to the community. I’m not trying to make money off of it — there’s not much money to make anyways. … I just want to see great shows. I want other people to be excited about it, too. I want it to be a community thing — make shows that everyone is excited about.” Eiseman added that he won’t take any cut of the door; after the bar takes 30 percent, the rest will go to the bands.

Among those already booked to play future First Thursdays are Oakland punk/rock outfit Lecherous Gaze (June) and Oakland sludge-crust band Bädr Vogu (July). The shows are held upstairs in a room above the bar. Tomorrow night’s show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $7. Bands interested in playing First Thursday can reach Eiseman via Facebook.

Oakland's Bädr Vogu.
  • Oakland's Bädr Vogu.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lineup for Fifth Annual Burger Boogaloo Announced

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Burger Records’ annual Burger Boogaloo festival was held for the first time in Oakland last year, drawing about 3,000 people, and it appears the success of that event has convinced organizers to again hold their two-day all-ages music fest in Oakland’s Mosswood Park. This year’s iteration, scheduled for July 5 and 6, will feature none other than legendary girl-group pioneer Ronnie Spector, as well as Long Island’s Milk ‘N’ Cookies (in its first West Coast appearance), Asheville, North Carolina’s Reigning Sound, SoCal’s The Muffs, and locals Shannon and the Clams (who also performed last year) and Nobunny. Other performers include Bananas, The Trashies, Phantom Surfers, Juan Wauters, La Sera, Chad & The Meatbodies, The Terry Malts, Wand, Danny James, Summer Twins, White Fang, Pookie and the Poodlez, Honey Power, Tina Boom Boom Lucchesi, and Russel Quan. This year’s ticket prices are slightly cheaper than last year: $35 for one-day tickets and $50 for weekend passes. Watch for more bands announced soon; in the meantime, get your tickets here.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Noise Pop 2014 Lineup Announced

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Mark Kozelek, Lord Huron, Bob Mould, No Age, Cayucas, Kinski, and Bottomless Pit are among the performers confirmed so far for Noise Pop's 2014. The music festival will take place February 25 through March 2, 2014 at venues throughout San Francisco.

Early-bird badges are on sale now for $125 (regular badges will be $150). This year, there will also be a limited amount of "super fan" badges; at $350, they'll give fans everything the regular badge has to offer, plus an official Festival merchandise package, drink tickets to select events, rideshare coupons, guaranteed entry to any non-seated show, and a Noise Pop Fest representative available for assistance during the Festival. An official announcement party will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1772 Market Street from 6-10 p.m.

Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon.
  • Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

3rd Annual Slaughter by the Water Announced

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

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.

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Total Trash to Take Place This Weekend in "Breathtaking Oakland"

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

We're extremely happy to report that the Total Trash hillbilly-rock festival, now in its fourth iteration, will take place in the usual sylvan settings. Weather forecasts predict idyllic conditions in Oakland this weekend (if you like fog, that is) as the lineup of roughly a dozen bands descends on the historic Continental Club this Friday, and Eli's Mile High Club this Saturday. Maybe it's a sign of the times that Oakland's old-school blues digs are now the domain of punk power trios and "succulent corn-eating contests." (Not kidding.) Either way, Total Trash founder and curator Marcos Ribak is pleased with the arrangement, and he's highlighting' the venues' history in festival press materials. "This place is amazing!" Ribak hooted in a recent Facebook post, pointing out that Continental Club once hosted Bo Diddley, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding. He promises to trash it up.

Marcos Ribak of Rock ’n Roll Adventure Kids
  • Marcos Ribak of Rock ’n Roll Adventure Kids
Shannon and the Clams, Guantanamo Baywatch, Rock ’n Roll Adventure Kids, and Burnt Ones all perform. For a full schedule and details, click here.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chris Garcia Fleeing to Los Angeles, Despite Our Protests

by Rachel Swan
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

We were saddened to learn that local comedian and Cal creative writing alum Chris Garcia is departing for drier, tonier, potentially more fertile pastures (depending on whom you ask) — namely, his hometown of Los Angeles. He said as much in a triumphal email, followed by an even more triumphal Facebook status update. Asked to defend the decision, Garcia issued a semi-formal statement: "I've noticed a serious shortage of multi-talented, big-hearted, and brash snaggle-toothed Cubans represented in Hollywood, so I'm doing the Industry a favor and filling that void."


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Treasure Island Festival Line-Up Announced

by Rachel Swan
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

And, as always, it's bifurcated into a day of dance and electronic music — headlined by Girl Talk — and a day of indie rock. Saturday's electronic-oriented lineup features locals The Coup and K. Flay, Public Enemy (making their 25th anniversary), glo-fi hunk Toro y Moi, and the famed Gregg Michael Gillis, who, press materials say, is the first artist to ever return to the festival. Sunday's bill will include Gossip, garage rocker Ty Segall, Best Coast, and headliner The xx.

Girl Talk
  • Girl Talk
A collaborative effort between Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, Treasure Island bills itself as the Bay Area's best "boutique" festival, meaning the lineup is highly curated, juxtaposing tentpole acts with obscure gems. This year is no exception. Two-day tickets are on sale now; look for single day tickets this Friday.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Art & Soul Lineup Announced

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

And this year East Bay Express helped quarterback the event, partnering up with the city of Oakland to bring additional arts programming from The Crucible, NIMBY, Oakland Underground Film Festival, Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, and a slew of other worthy organizations. Not to mention we booked the eponymous EBX Plaza Stage, which will feature DJ Dyloot, Metal Mother, Saviours, Vetiver, Forrest Day, Persephone's Bees, long-standing local hip-hop group Souls of Mischief, indie fourtet Churches, and Oceanography.

  • Dyloot
Then of course, there are the tentpole headliners: Luce and Blame Sally will perform at the KFOG Main Stage on Saturday, while R&B singers Kellye Gray and Lalah Hathaway will dominate Sunday's lineup, under the auspice of KBLX 102.9 FM. Saturday's lineup also features a Community Unity Gospel Stage capped by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, followed, on Sunday, by the Bay Area Blues Society showcase. It's a new spin on the usual format, and we're certainly thrilled to be part of it.

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