Matt Crawford

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The Element of Surprise
By Matt Crawford (Jan 25, 2009)
Sound Tribe Sector 9, the five-piece instrumental band from Santa Cruz that has built a following with crazy light shows, visual art and space-out jams, is back on the road in support of their latest LP [b]Peaceblaster[/b]. STS9 kicks off its tour on February 26th with a four-night stand at the Fillmore. Drummer Zach Velmer spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from Santa Cruz. More »
Alt-Rock Vet Strikes a Keynote at Noise Pop
By Matt Crawford (Jan 20, 2009)
Bob Mould is a busy guy. In addition to a solo career that has produced nine albums during the 20 years following the breakup of HŁsker DŁ, he regularly co-hosts Blowoff, a reoccurring DJ gig usually held in clubs on the east and west coasts. He is also working on an autobiography, prepping for high-profile gigs at Coachella and Carnegie Hall, and participating as a keynote speaker and performer at this yearís Noise Pop festival. He will join Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr./Sebadoah/Folk Implosion) at the Swedish American Music Hall on February 27th for the keynote discussion at the festivalís Industry Noise conference. More »
Mountains out of Molehills
By Matt Crawford (Jan 16, 2009)
Annuals, the sextet that emerged from North Carolina with the critically acclaimed 2006 debut [b]Be He Me[/b], is back on the road in support of [b]Such Fun[/b], a solid sophomore release that teeters between mid-tempo rock, whimsical string and piano melodies, and sawdust honky-tonk arrangements. Frontman Adam Baker spoke with SF Station during phone interview from the road in Louisiana. Annuals perform at Slimís on February 21st. More »
Bringing it Back
By Matt Crawford (Jan 06, 2009)
San Quinn has been bubbling at the surface of the Bay Area rap scene for more than 15 years with gritty tales of turf life in San Francisco's Fillmore District, but he still struggles break out of the bubble that keeps most Northern California rappers out of the national spotlight. The rapper is hoping that will change with [b]Scokland[/b], his collaboration with Keak da Sneak, an Oakland rapper in a similar situation after the hyphy movement failed to catch on outside of California. San Quinn spoke about his neighborhood and his new album with Keak during a phone interview. More »
Historic Movie House Re-Emerges as Mid-Size Music Venue
By Matt Crawford (Jan 03, 2009)
The landscape for Bay Area performance venues changes February 6th, when Oaklandís Fox Theater, after decades of dormancy and deterioration, hosts Social Distortion. More »
Hoping to Make History in D.C.
By Matt Crawford (Jan 03, 2009)
As Barack Obama makes history with his first term in the White House, D.C. rapper Wale is hoping to do the same. After lighting up the internet with a couple of free mixtapes that had many proclaiming him the "next best thing" in hip hop, the rapper is aiming to put his hometown on the map with his debut LP this spring. Heís already caught the attention of Jay Z, Lil Wayne and producer Mark Ronson, who helped him land a deal with Interscope Records through his Allido imprint label. Wale performs with his band at Mezzanine on January 31st. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from Washington the day after Obamaís inauguration. More »
Sensual Healing
By Matt Crawford (Dec 30, 2009)
Odds are, whether you wanted to or not, youíve encountered Ne-Yoís music at some point in your life. In addition to numerous R&B hits of his own, heís left his mark on pop music with chart-topping songwriting collaborations with Rihanna, Beyonce and others. He performs at Oaklandís Paramount Theater on February 6th before heading to the Grammys in L.A. on February 8th, where he is nominated in six categories, including Album of the Year for [b]Year of the Gentleman[/b]. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from a tour stop Nottingham, England. More »
Genre-Bending Brazilian Returns to SF
By Matt Crawford (Dec 22, 2009)
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 »
The Eagle Has Landed
By Matt Crawford (Dec 02, 2009)
Like the thick fog that swallows San Francisco on winter mornings, [b]In Ear Park[/b], the second LP from New York duo Department of Eagles, is comforting and unsettling all at once. Recorded in a New York church, the album meanders from flowering guitar arrangements to light-footed folk stomp in a reverb-drenched haze. Fred Nicolaus, one half of the duo that includes Daniel Rossen (also a member of Grizzly Bear), spoke about the album and the bandís first extensive tour during a phone interview from Manhattan. The band performs at Cafť du Nord on January 25th. More »
Two Native Sons
By Matt Crawford (Nov 19, 2008)
San Franciscoís native sons Two Gallants will share their last performance of the year -- and likely their last show together for several months -- with local fans on December 26th at The Fillmore. After recording and touring behind their self-titled third LP, released September 2007 on Conor Oberstís Saddle Creek label, the duo is ready for a break to work on other projects, according to singer/guitarist Adam Stephens, who spoke with SF Station during a phone interview. More »
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