Reviews

Live Reviews

June 28, 2017
Air at The Masonic
The French electronic act brought background music to the forefront.
(SF Weekly)

May 16, 2017
Aimee Mann at The Fillmore
A perfect encapsulation of her nuance as a musical pessimist who wields her great sense of humor and songwriting prowess with equal force.
(SF Weekly)

Apr. 18, 2017
Radiohead at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre
Where were you when Thom Yorke danced in the rain?
(SF Weekly)

Apr. 17, 2017
Mitski at The Fillmore
Take her word for it: Mitski has played in some truly shitty situations.
(SF Weekly)

Apr. 9, 2017
Dreamcar at Great American Music Hall
How do you write about bands that don’t exist?
(SF Weekly)

Feb. 20, 2017
UnderCover Lauryn Hill Tribute at YBCA
Miss Faye Carol is guilty of a felony for stealing the stage with her irrepressible rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
(SF Weekly)

Jan. 3, 2017
Sleater-Kinney at The Masonic
In many ways, on Saturday night, it wasn’t so much what Sleater-Kinney was playing at any given moment but how they played it.
(SF Weekly)

Dec. 19, 2016
Green Day at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Slamming shoulders with crust punks below a few barren halogen lights, the sweat from Armstrong’s forehead splashing onto the crowd…
(SF Weekly)

Dec. 8, 2016
Living Legends at The Regency
On Tuesday night, Living Legends made their claim on the Bay Area’s hip-hop throne.
(SF Weekly)

Nov. 12, 2016
UnderCover Björk Tribute at The Independent
UnderCover Presents are secret agents in the war to keep local music empowered.
(SF Weekly)

Nov. 10, 2016
PWR BTTM at Rickshaw Stop
For 90 minutes last night, PWR BTTM gave us back the world we love.
(SF Weekly)

Nov. 4, 2016
Lauryn Hill & Nas at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
There is no value in distinguishing the singles from the deep cuts. Every song Hill played was the song we needed—she made sure of that.
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 20, 2016
Green Day at The U.C. Theatre
It’s been quite a while since seeing Green Day meant hoofing it over to Gilman Street and hoping you didn’t leave with a broken nose.
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 6, 2016
Bruce Springsteen at The Nourse
Speaking for just over an hour, Springsteen covered a lot of ground in his time on the Nourse stage.
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 3, 2016
Tegan & Sara at The Fox
When the lights go down between songs at a Tegan and Sara show, you never know what will happen next.
(SF Weekly)

Sept. 26, 2016
Jenny Lewis at The Masonic
She doesn’t take shit, and always gives everything.
(SF Weekly)

Aug. 25, 2016
Band of Horses at The Masonic
The steps in a Band of Horses show have long been choreographed, but here’s the thing: They never get old.
(SF Weekly)

Aug. 15, 2016
Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile at The Greek
Brittany Howard didn’t chat much between songs, but with a voice like that, why waste it on talking?
(SF Weekly)

June 17, 2016
Louis C.K. at The Nourse
What has set C.K. apart in recent years as one of the dominant forces in the world of comedy is his uncomfortable comfort with the truth.
(SF Weekly)

May 23, 2016
Adam Sandler at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sandler has never tried to present himself as anything but who he is: a guy who likes stupid laughs and has a ton of funny friends.
(SF Weekly)

May 18, 2016
Charles Bradley at The Fillmore
Charles Bradley may not look like a priest, but on Tuesday night at the Fillmore, he delivered a sermon for the ages.
(SF Weekly)

May 17, 2016
Beyonce at Levi’s Stadium
Marching down the catwalk with her entourage in tow, it was a moment that aptly summed up Beyonce’s thesis statement for the evening: that’s who they ask me to be, but here’s who I am.
(SF Weekly)

May 9. 2016
Explosions in the Sky at The Fox
The Texas post-rockers may not have any lyrics in their discography, but boy do they tell a story.
(SF Weekly)

Apr. 25, 2016
RuPaul’s Battle of the Seasons at The Regency
This wasn’t supposed to be about Prince.
(SF Weekly)

Apr. 19, 2016
Chvrches at The Fox
From the opening notes of “Never Ending Circles,” singer Lauren Mayberry proved that you pretty much can’t get too much of Chvrches.
(SF Weekly)

Mar. 14, 2016
San Francisco Tributes to David Bowie
On Saturday night, San Francisco took its turn at a eulogy with a pair of Bowie-themed events.
(SF Weekly)

Mar. 8, 2016
Animal Collective at The Fox
If drugs aren’t your thing, there’s a total legal way to get high: see Animal Collective live.
(SF Weekly)

Mar. 5, 2016
Prince at Oracle Arena
The Purple One keeps the Golden State Warriors’ home win streak intact.
(Consequence of Sound)

Jan. 2, 2016
The Decemberists at The Masonic
“A Decemberists’ New Year’s Eve is going to be a little dour. There will be murder. There will be death by drowning.”
(Consequence of Sound)

Dec. 7, 2015
Aimee Mann’s Holiday Show at Bimbo’s 365 Club
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and Ted Leo dressed as Frosty the Snowman laying out his campaign platform for unseating Santa in the 2016 North Pole elections.
(SF Weekly)

Nov. 13, 2015
Beach Slang at Rickshaw Stop
To say James Alex wears his heart on his sleeve would be to paraphrase his own words
(Consequence of Sound)

Nov. 9, 2015
El Vy at The Independent
What do we talk about when we talk about side projects?
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 26, 2015
Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheater
The Bay Area tradition turns 29 with help from Neil Young, The Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr., and Spoon.
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 19, 2015
Kurt Vile at The Fillmore
It was almost as though if one were to stare directly at Vile for too long, he might disappear in a puff of smoke and tangled curls.
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 5, 2015
Conor Oberst at The Fillmore
The evening’s spirit was something akin to a musical Socratic seminar.
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 5, 2015
Lil Dicky at The Independent
If you gave David Burd, aka Lil Dicky, a magic lamp, Sunday night’s concert at the Independent may have been one of his wishes.
(SF Weekly)

Sept. 18, 2015
Old 97’s at The Fillmore
Big Brown Eyes. The Barrier Reef. Caroline Lee. Timebomb. Whatever they want to call it, the Old 97’s have a lot of words for love.
(SF Weekly)

Sept. 3, 2015
Hey Marseilles at Brick & Mortar
When Anderson returned for a vociferously demanded encore, he demurely leaned into the mic and admitted, “it’s cool, we don’t have anywhere to go.”
(SF Weekly)

Aug. 24, 2015
Atmosphere at The Greek
Slug may be 42, but jumping on stage to the lit-fuse beat of “Puppets,” he was right back to his roots as a bratty twenty-something wise beyond his years.
(SF Weekly)

Aug. 10, 2015
Caribou at Outside Lands
Dan Snaith may be the nerd dad of EDM.
(SF Weekly)

Aug. 4, 2015
Ratatat at The Regency
If Monday is a night of rest, no one remembered to tell Ratatat.
(SF Weekly)

July 29, 2015
Jamie xx at Bimbo’s 365 Club
The talented English DJ spins away EDM prejudices with a truly remarkable performance.
(Consequence of Sound)

July 27, 2015
Morrissey at San Jose State University
It’s been 31 years since The Smiths’ debut album was released, but Morrissey’s voice is still a supple and transfixing entity.
(SF Weekly)

July 12, 2015
Death Cab for Cutie at The Greek
There is a doppelganger problem at Death Cab for Cutie shows.
(Consequence of Sound)

Jun. 19, 2015
Brian Wilson at Mountain Winery
Who he is as a live musician in 2015 is impossible to separate from who he will always be as a composer, singer, innovator, and yes, icon.
(SF Weekly)

June 10, 2015
Neon Trees at The Fillmore
Neon Trees held the middle school prom you wish you could’ve had.
(SF Weekly)

June 8, 2015
Sufjan Stevens at The Fox
These fans will follow Sufjan anywhere.
(SF Weekly)

Jan. 25, 2015
Patti Smith at The Fillmore
I would not want to fight Patti Smith.
(Consequence of Sound)

Nov. 12, 2014
Blonde Redhead at The Regency
Blonde Redhead itself defies genre even within the makeup of the band.
(Consequence of Sound)

Sept. 20, 2014
Beck at The Masonic
Few musicians can be better categorized by the concept of “live music roulette” then Beck Hansen.
(Consequence of Sound)

June 14, 2014
The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) at Great American Music Hall
The musical siblings host a family reunion.
(Consequence of Sound)

Apr. 5, 2014
Fitz and the Tantrums at The Fox
Fitz and the Tantrums aren’t sponsored by Red Bull, but see them live and you’ll wonder if they don’t have a lifetime supply of the stuff backstage.
(Consequence of Sound)

Mar. 6, 2014
The Pizza Underground at Neck of the Woods
Macaulay Culkin’s Velvet Underground cover band serves up the cheese.
(Consequence of Sound)

Feb. 19, 2014
Band of Horses at Palace of Fine Arts
Valentine’s Day is never the right to time to see a show by your lonesome.
(Consequence of Sound)

Dec. 17, 2013
Andrew Bird at Congregation Sherith Israel
For those who’ve never seen Andrew Bird live, the experience of watching him layer tracks atop one another until a song springs to life with the release of a pedal is spellbinding.
(Consequence of Sound)

Sept. 10, 2013
Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Great American Musical Hall
For almost two hours, the band controlled the evening’s mood, taking us from the crescendo of a cymbal clash to the lull of ethereal static and back again.
(Consequence of Sound)

Aug. 26, 2013
Rhett Miller at The Chapel
It might be a good idea for Rhett Miller to add a portable defibrillator to his concert rider.
(Consequence of Sound)

July 13, 2013
Rogue Wave at The Independent
Zach Rogue does not benefit from the mute button being pushed.
(Consequence of Sound)

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Festival Reviews

Aug. 8, 2016
Outside Lands 2016 Festival Review: From Worst to Best
(Consequence of Sound)

May 31, 2016
Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016
(SF Weekly)

Feb. 29, 2016
Festival Review: Noise Pop 2016’s 10 Best Sets
(Consequence of Sound)

Oct. 16, 2015
Oddball Comedy Festival Doesn’t Need a Laugh Track at the Shoreline 
(SF Weekly)

Oct. 19, 2015
Treasure Island Music Festival 2015 Review: From Worst to Best
(Consequence of Sound)

Aug. 10, 2015
Outside Lands 2015 Festival Review: From Worst to Best
(Consequence of Sound)

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Album Reviews

Dec. 11, 2016
Various Artists – La La Land OST
A stunning elixir of golden age romance and timeless melodies.
(Consequence of Sound)

Oct. 23, 2016
Lady Gaga – Joanne
An inconsistent stab at genre promiscuity can’t hide the voice and the heart at the core of Gaga’s talents.
(Consequence of Sound)

Oct. 12, 2016
Moby & the Void Pacific Choir – These Systems Are Failing
Electronic pioneer returns with a fiery eulogy for the future.
(Consequence of Sound)

Aug. 21, 2016
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things (Volume 2)
On the second volume of their score, the Survive duo channel their own “Upside Down”.
(Consequence of Sound)

Aug. 11, 2016
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things (Volume 1)
The brilliant score to Netflix’s surprise summer hit is a world unto itself.
(Consequence of Sound)

Aug. 7, 2016
Hockey Dad – Boronia
Australian duo insist upon what surf pop can and should be.
(Consequence of Sound)

June 30, 2016
Nice as Fuck – Nice as Fuck
The new supergroup from Jenny Lewis is a bold gamble that mostly pays off.
(Consequence of Sound)

June 7, 2016
The Lonely Island – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping OST
The Lonely Island are good at being dumb, but they’re even better at being secretly smart.
(Consequence of Sound)

May 29, 2016
Catfish & the Bottlemen – The Ride
The lads from North Wales play it safe on their sophomore album.
(Consequence of Sound)

May 15, 2016
Islands – Taste/Should I Remain Here at Sea?
Nick Thorburn and co. release two albums that together mend the fractured halves of a broken heart.
(Consequence of Sound)

Apr. 28, 2016
Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur
Zach Rogue and co. continue to work to find themselves.
(Consequence of Sound)

Mar. 30, 2016
Methyl Ethel – Oh Inhuman Spectacle
…another group is laying its claim to the Land Down Under.
(Earmilk)

Mar. 21, 2016
Bob Mould – Patch the Sky
The Hüsker Dü frontman’s resurgence continues.
(Consequence of Sound)

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Book Reviews

Oct. 16, 2015
Metallica (33 1/3) by David Masciotra
(Consequence of Sound)

July 8, 2015
Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack (33 1/3) by Andrew Schartmann
(Consequence of Sound)

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Film Reviews

Nov. 9, 2015
Film Review: Spotlight
At a moment when print journalism finds itself dangerously close to extinction, Spotlight is a film that reminds its viewers of what a valuable and vital enterprise it can be.
(Consequence of Sound)