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Detroit Rock City
By Matthew Thayer (Oct 27, 2012)
Formerly known as the White Stripes' tour mates and punching bag, The Von Bondies are criss-crossing the country in support of their major label debut Pawn Shoppe Heart. More »
Kings and Queens of Art Rock
By Matthew Thayer (Jun 23, 2012)
In the good old days when the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's and TV on the Radio were just punky kids smashing brass monkey bottles down Saint Mark's Place and posing in front of the mirror, rockin' out to WFMU, Blonde Redhead was creating the sound that they would latch onto and twist into their own version of youthful agitation. More »
July 1st to July 15th
By Matthew Thayer (May 30, 2005)
Sometimes, at a concert, when a crowd is uniquely diverse, the music fresh and worldly, it astounds my most wary eyes and ears. Rachid Taha's (who was born in Algeria and lives in Paris) performance last week at the Great American was one of those times. The crowd -- a sold out amalgam of teens jumping on stage to pose for photos, forty somethings waiting for Bono and clubbers in the know -- all grooved to Rachid's blistering blend of Arab pop and western rock that collides on a European dance floor. The band was top of the world. The night was revolutionary as well as alienating as I spoke not a word of French or Arabic. More »
June 17th to June 30th
By Matthew Thayer (May 17, 2005)
Did the Coachwhips call it quits last Saturday at 12 Galaxies? They added mystery to their set by performing not on stage but in the upper reaches of the balcony, amps for the guitar only, creating the feel of a night of band practice with several hundred fans circled around. Early in the night, all girl quartet, T.I.T.S played a risky business inspired set of acerbic, Erase Errata style rock and roll. Clad in press white collared shirts and little else, they dedicated their set to the amazing Tom Cruise. More »
Remixed
By Matthew Thayer (May 03, 2005)
I spoke with Bebel from her home in Manhattan. More than an interview, this was a friendly conversation with the woman who introduced Brazilian bossa nova to a new generation of listeners. If you never knew, Bebel is the daughter of Joo Gilberto and Micha, the royalty of Brazilian's sensual pop music. Bebel's first album, [i]Tanto Tempo[/i], was an international best seller. Her second self-titled album was released last year. Our conversation took place on the eve of the release of [i]Remixed[/i], dance versions of Bebel's Grammy nominated sophomore album. More »
Released: May 10, 2005 on Lost Highway
By Matthew Thayer (May 03, 2005)
Yes, it is grand to live in the Bay Area, not only do we have the opportunity to congregate at the Fillmore, a club many musicians have acknowledged on stage as the highlight of their careers, but we are also lucky to relive these fleeting moments through Live at the FillmoreMore »
June 1st to 15th
By Matthew Thayer (Apr 27, 2005)
The Rickshaw Stop, on the edge of Hayes Valley, was the venue to catch some Dengue Fever. The Los Angeles-based band is fronted by Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol, whom has the voice of a siren guiding us to the stage. Camay b-boys stretched out as the band played an incredibly loose set of psychedelic surf rock. Dengue Fever is no gimmick and they are sick, so to speak, catch them if you can. More »
Label: Luaka Bop --- Released: April 2005
By Matthew Thayer (Apr 20, 2005)
David Byrne's third release under the World Psychedelic Classics series has little to offer the fan of flower power bands of the late 60's. West Africa is a melting pot of musical styles and the early 70's saw a true blossoming of a new musical style dubbed AfroPop. AfroPop is a blend of the popular music of the time; traditional West African music ( highlife, palm wine), Caribbean dance music and American funk and soul. The Funky Fuzzy Sounds collects the best of these moments in time, music that might otherwise be lost forever in an African studio basement. More »
May 16th to May 31st
By Matthew Thayer (Apr 12, 2005)
I am going to skip ahead and let it be known that the Mission Creek Music Festival schedule has flowed our way. Running from June 7th to the 15th, the week long celebration is crossing into its ninth anniversary. Catch over 50 local acts at your favorite Mission haunt. Find the complete band list at: http://www.mcmf.org. More »
May 6th to May 15th
By Matthew Thayer (Apr 06, 2005)
Trent Rezner's sobriety suits him well. Eleven years ago, I witnessed the mike stand mayhem that is chiseled into Nine Inch Nail lore. The last two nights at the Warfield were a different animal, Trent still desires the same love, but in a clenched fist, choreographed stage show kinda way. Trent pounced as stealthily as a black panther, his muscular biceps shining in the backlight all night long. We squinted and shouted, the light was on us to prove we were still fans. NIN worldwide tour is completely sold out. More »
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