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Live Shots: Treasure Island Music Festival 2012

October 16, 2012
Music nerds talk lineups the way sports fans manage fantasy teams, particularly with festivals, where suddenly strategy becomes a part of catching a show....

UK producer Max Cooper doesn’t want to see computers in tight skirts

October 2, 2012
Over the course of a steady stream of heady mixes and original compositions, Max Cooper has been gaining attention in the electronic music world...

Live Shots: Wilco and Jonathan Richman at the Greek Theatre

September 26, 2012
What’s that thing that guitarists do in concert, where they get real close, face-to-face, and gaze down intently as if sizing up the other's...

Evil genius

Mark Mothersbaugh and Devo aim to infect commercialism from within

Live Shots: Buraka Som Sistema at the Independent

August 3, 2012
How much space does a person need to dance? If you’ve been to a packed, over-sold massive EDM show lately, the answer could be...

Retro future

Danish music producer Tomas Barfod moves forward without escaping his past

Live Shots: US Air Guitar SF Regional

July 16, 2012
The US Air Guitar Championships held their SF Regionals at the Independent Saturday night. As such, a sold-out crowd of air-thusiests and the competitors'...

Live Shots: Quintron and Miss Pussycat at New Parish

July 2, 2012
Peer pressure is the key to any good party. “Don’t leave, don’t leave,” Miss Pussycat called out from the stage Friday night at New...

Live Shots: The Mountain Goats at Swedish American Hall

June 29, 2012
“Oh god, I’m not remembering the third verse,” John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats said Wednesday at the Swedish American Hall, and continued to...

Live Shots: Spiritualized at the Fillmore

May 25, 2012
The guy working security at the Fillmore Wednesday night gave all the photographers in the pit the fingers. Two. Letting them know that rather...

Landlocked

Stockton's Surf Club devotes tidal wave tempos, vocal harmonies to young love

Live Shots: The Drums and Craft Spells at Great American Music Hall

May 15, 2012
“Let’s just have a good time tonight,” said Jonny Pierce, the singer of the Drums, one song into a sold-out show at the Great...

Live Shots: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Lumerians, Gramatik at 1015 Folsom

May 14, 2012
Fans of intentionally reclusive rock group Black Moth Super Rainbow had the opportunity to catch the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based band at 1015 Folsom on Friday....

Live Shots: Childish Gambino and Danny Brown at the Fox

April 23, 2012
It can be hard to take comedians and comic actors seriously as musicians. Particularly when you consider the questions posed by earlier models. Did...

Live Shots: Howler and the Static Jacks at Hemlock

March 28, 2012
Minneapolis’s Howler paused midway between playing songs from its debut album, America Give Up, to take requests from the audience at the Hemlock Tavern...

Live Shots: Bonaparte at Public Works

March 22, 2012
I felt a little bad about leaving one of my friends by himself, while I squeezed around snapping photos of Berlin’s Bonaparte last night...

Success won’t jinx Sharon Van Etten’s ability to write sad love songs

March 20, 2012
Ed. note – Ahead of Sharon Van Etten's long-sold out show in SF this week, Ryan Prendiville had the chance to catch up with...

Get ready for Bonaparte

March 16, 2012
So let’s just pretend I made a clever joke about Napoleon invading and just skip to the point: Bonaparte, an electro rock'n'roll circus led...

EMA deals with a tough crowd at Rickshaw Stop

March 2, 2012
No one likes to be shushed. The most intense shushing I ever endured was at the Independent, during an Owen Pallett show. I was...

Noise Pop Roundup 3: Flaming Lips, Veronica Falls, Matthew Dear, Archers of Loaf

February 29, 2012
MVP for Noise Pop coverage this year goes to Ryan Prendiville. See below to find out why – Ed. TUESDAY: The Flaming Lips at...

Promising newish acts at Noise Pop 2012: Surf Club and FIDLAR

February 26, 2012
He asked if there were drink tickets. The bartender nodded, saying that the band could have wine now, and then beers on stage. Neither...

Live Shots: Grimes, Born Gold, oOoOO, and Yalls at Rickshaw Stop

February 23, 2012
Cecil Frena described the lineup at Rickshaw Stop last night simply as "weird music." He should know. Performing with his synth-fueled electronic dance trio,...

Spanning time with the Flaming Lips

February 22, 2012
I ran into a temporal anomaly while driving. My first warning sign was the police cruiser with one headlight flashing its sirens behind me....

Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. solos as long as he damn well pleases

February 17, 2012
“Well you gonna know my name, by the end of the night,” Gary Clark Jr. sings during his take off Jimmy Reed’s blues classic,...