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Lisa Butterworth

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By Lisa Butterworth (Aug 26, 2015)
Well, here it is again, the hallmark of Hallmark holidays. A day of exculpation, it can be used as an excuse to get schmoopy over your significant other or to get blitheringly sauced because you don't have one. But whether you need a table for two or will be sitting at the bar Saturday night, Valentine's Day is also a great excuse to go shopping, for your honey or yourself. More »
Indie pop tunesmith storms the Fillmore
By Lisa Butterworth (Jul 31, 2015)
I wish I could say I've been listening to Badly Drawn Boy for years, that he was one of my favorite artists before Hugh Grant and Hollywood got a hold of him. I'd like to be able to say I cringed as his name exploded on the music scene, hung my head in disappointment as his shows began selling out in hours because I had known him first and now my love would be diluted by his mainstream popularity. But I can't. More »
By Lisa Butterworth (Jul 12, 2015)
The two seemingly disparate bands on this bill, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC), whose signature sound includes big, fuzzy guitars, and The Rapture, who fall somewhere in between post-punk and no wave, actually have a couple of things in common. More »
By Lisa Butterworth (May 06, 2013)
You may think you've never heard the homegrown beats and sleazy lyrics of Peaches. If you've seen Sofia Coppola's highly touted, well-deserved new film Lost in Translation, you're wrong. There's a scene where the camera finds Bill Murray's character sitting somewhat uncomfortably with a nonplussed look on his face in a swank, sterile exotic dance club. As the Japanese women shake their asses, you hear it in the background... More »
Love songs worth listening to
By Lisa Butterworth (Mar 26, 2013)
Maybe it's the rolling green hills or the constant drizzly days of life in the outskirts of Dublin. Perhaps it's the pastoral nature of County Kildare where Damien Rice grew up or simply the luck of the Irish. Maybe he's just been dumped one too many times. Whatever it may be, those of us in search of satisfying songwriting can be thankful that something inspires Rice to create beautifully wistful songs perfect for the smitten and heartbroken alike. More »
Plus M Ward and A Band of Four & The Golden Age
By Lisa Butterworth (Mar 26, 2013)
Rilo Kiley sound like your first kiss and your last broken heart. Hopeful sounding hooks and honest lyrics sit alongside purging ballads about the tribulations of love lost, an irresistible dichotomy that's brought this quartet from friends living rooms to the opening slot on Superchunk's tour. From the Dawson's Creek soundtrack (not to be held against them) to headlining the Great American Music Hall. More »
at Great American Music Hall
By Lisa Butterworth (Mar 26, 2013)
If the San Diego music scene were likened to high school, Creeper Lagoon would be the varsity quarterback, Hot Snakes would be the punk skater kid perennially stuck in detention, and the Black Heart Procession would be the guy who smokes cigarettes across the street during lunch - the one who wears eyeliner and is always doodling in a sketchbook. He wears mismatched converse and hangs out in the art room all day. He's usually alone unless he's sharing a smoke with Pinback, the two are kindred spirits though Pinback is a bit more well-adjusted. More »
By Lisa Butterworth (Oct 27, 2012)
It's not so bad being Jolie Holland right now. Her new label has re-released her homegrown album Catalpa, she just finished an intense recording session for her upcoming full-length and she recently found out Nick Cave is a fan. Take into consideration her hauntingly beautiful voice and striking songwriting skills and her life sounds damn near perfect. More »
the Stratford 4
By Lisa Butterworth (Oct 27, 2012)
Sometimes you see a band in San Francisco and wonder why they're not bigger than they are. You wonder why they're opening a bill rather than headlining the Fillmore. The Stratford 4 is one of those bands. I keep waiting for their faces to grace the cover of Magnet or Spin, or hell, Rolling Stone. But they still seem to be one of San Francisco's best-kept secrets. More »
A Salute to San Francisco's Live Music Venues
By Lisa Butterworth (Jun 23, 2012)
San Francisco is a city bursting with live music every night of the week. With so many shows and so little time one must ask, "What makes a good show great?" Invariably one will answer, "Why, the venue of course!" The right band at the right venue can turn a mediocre performance into the live set of a lifetime. When you live in a city where the music scene is so prolific you actually have to pick between bills, a venue preference can make or break your night. Here is an extremely subjective list of one music lover's venue favorites (and not-so-favorites). More »
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