Matt Crawford

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Her Heart is in San Francisco
By Matt Crawford (Jul 31, 2015)
Scotlandís Camera Obscura return to the United States this month following the April release of [b]My Maudlin Career[/b], an album full of heartbreak and disappointment, despite a few seemingly upbeat songs. The band stops at the Fillmore on June 8th. Tracyanne Campbell (vocals/guitar) spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from Scotland before her tour. More »
UK Duo Gets it Started
By Matt Crawford (Jul 31, 2015)
The Ting Tings 2008 trojan-horse debut [b]We Started Nothing[/b], has undeniably started something. The UK duo earned Appleís approval with a coveted feature spot on a recent iPod commercial, and the band now finds itself looking to upgrade to larger-capacity venues as many of its shows worldwide sell out in advance. The Ting Tings perform at The Fillmore on April 15th before heading south for Coachella. Katie White (vocals/guitar) spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from the road. More »
Not Punk Rock
By Matt Crawford (Jun 24, 2015)
MC Lars is not punk rock. He makes post-punk laptop rap. But, the Oakland-raised Stanford University graduate has some punk rock ties and he's calling out Hot Topic on his radio-friendly collaboration with The Matches "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock". He spoke with SF Station from the road in Pennsylvania. He performs with The Matches at Slim's May 28th. More »
The Deal From the Buckeye State
By Matt Crawford (Jun 24, 2015)
Whether she likes it or not, Kim Deal finds herself at the epicenter of U.S. politics as all eyes look to swinging Ohio during the presidential election. The Breeders frontwoman, also a member of a little indie band you might have heard of called The Pixies, has lived in the Buckeye state for the last five years. Deal spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from her home. She performs with The Breeders on November 13th and 14th at Slimís. More »
Genre-Bending Brazilian Returns to SF
By Matt Crawford (Jun 24, 2015)
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Curumin brings his eclectic mix of soul samba, funk and other genres back to U.S. soil this month with a tour that stops January 22nd at Slimís, where he will be joined by label mates Blackalicious, Tommy Guerrero and Lateef. The S„o Paulo resident released his second album [b]JapanPopShow[/b] with Bay Area record company Quannum Projects last year. More »
Beatboxing in the Afterlife
By Matt Crawford (Jun 15, 2013)
Tim Barskyís [b]The Bright River[/b] is yet another in a long line of these oddly mesmerizing and imaginative works on the afterlife. More »
The Audacity of Hype
By Matt Crawford (Mar 26, 2013)
Alternative Tentacles, the Bay Area record label that helped launch influential punk band the Dead Kennedys, celebrates its 30th anniversary starting November 5th with Incest-a-Thon, a three-night stand at the Great American Music Hall. The shows will feature label owner and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, along with several of the labelís acts from over the years. After primarily focusing on his spoken word career for many years, Biafra released [b]The Audacity of Hype[/b] with his new band in October. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview. More »
More Than a Handful
By Matt Crawford (Mar 26, 2013)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the latest band to rise in short order from obscurity in Brooklyn to darlings of the internet, have the sincere, fuzzy indie-pop thing down. The band returns to San Francisco less than two months after its last gig here for a show September 18th at Great American Music Hall. Kip Berman (vocals/guitar) spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from New York about the bandís quick jump in popularity after the February release of its self-titled LP, his love of Girls (the San Francisco band) and Jay Reatardís recent Twitter tirade. More »
Weird and Simple
By Matt Crawford (Mar 26, 2013)
After spending most of this year touring the U.S. and Europe and recording new songs, Sleepy Sun vocalist Brett Constantino is regrouping in the shadow of the Sierras, shoveling dirt and working on landscaping projects on his parentsí property. ďItís so beautiful up here,Ē he says. ďItís a different kind of paradise.Ē Whatís next? More touring this summer, more recording and eventually maybe enough money to afford a permanent residence, Costantino says. But first, a celebration of the official release of the bandís debut album, [b]Embrace[/b], at Great American Music Hall on June 19th. More »
Rocking Like a Hurricane
By Matt Crawford (Mar 26, 2013)
Rock íní roll is alive and well with King Khan and the Shrines, the Berlin-based outfit that returns to San Francisco with its big-band psychedelic boogie March 28th at Great American Music Hall. Khan spoke with SF Station shortly after his tour started during a phone interview from New York. More »
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