matthew thayer

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Enjoyment at the Fillmore
By Matthew Thayer (Jul 31, 2015)
The best experience in life for a "world music" lover like myself is to be immersed. Gnawa, the hottest, undiluted regional dance-trance music, is performed nightly in the main square of the Moroccan city Marrakech. Gamelan music always sounds sweeter on the lush island of Bali. Backpack through Eastern Europe and you may find yourself invited to dance the polka at a village wedding. At the Fillmore, we will be treated to the best of both worlds as King Sunny brings a traditional Nigerian party to one of San Francisco's best dance floors. More »
Schooled in the Finer Points
By Matthew Thayer (Jul 31, 2015)
Nathaniel Merriweather and Chest Rockwell haven't disappeared since we last heard from them in 1999. It's been a long time since the boys put out their first concept album, "So... How's Your Girl?". Chest begs to differ, "Between making the five-part video tape/DVD series, running and actually teaching at the Handsome Boy Institute, and the lecture tours -- now you're probably saying to yourself, "Wow, it came kinda quick." The quick is last years instructional long play, "White People", and our favorite teachers will lecture live at the Fillmore next week. More »
A Night of Dreamy Pop Campfire Songs
By Matthew Thayer (Jun 24, 2015)
Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche (pronounced "Lurk-eh", not "Lurch") made his name with his second album Two Way Monologue and a string of sold out shows earlier this year. In October, the gifted crooner was nominated for an MTV European Music Award and chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. More »
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 »
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 João Gilberto and Miúcha, 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 »
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