Coming To Oakland Metro Operahouse

Coming To Oakland Metro Operahouse

Thursday, April 17th

Queens Of The Stone Age, Warpaint at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

There aren’t a whole lot of bands that nearly everyone can agree on as “good.” Queens Of The Stone Age have managed to find that perfect balance where everyone seems to like. They are embraced by indie kids, mainstream rock fans, metal heads, and pretty much all rock fans in between. Never underestimate the power of a solid riff.

DRMS at The Chapel

Friday, April 18th

Motörhead, Graveyard at The Warfield

When you type Motörhead in on your iPhone, it automatically adds in the umlaut. That’s how important this band is- so important that your phone knows to give them the respect they deserve.

Surfer Blood, French Cassettes at The New Parish

Saturday, April 19th

Municipal Waste, Negative Approach, Fucked Up, Impaled, The Shrine, Kicker, Conquest For Death at Oakland Metro Operahouse

For the low price of $26 a piece, we’ve got one of the best heavy music line ups you could ever create. This is an epic show, and you should go. Not going would be a bad move.

Ellie Goulding, Conway at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Sunday, April 20th

Rufus Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright-Roche at Palace Of Fine Arts

There are a handful of songwriters that are so good out their craft, it hurts. Rufus Wainwright is one of those extreme talents that can do no wrong.

Monday, April 21st

tUnE-yArDs, Yalls, Tambo Rays at The Chapel

It’s been far too long since Merrill Garbus has graced our eardrums with new music. Happily, she’s pulled out two amazing new singles, as well as a show at The Chapel. This is going to be a great homecoming from one of the best ever.

The Men, CCR Headcleaner, Gun Outfit at Rickshaw Stop

Wednesday, April 23rd

The Dandy Warhols, The Warlocks at The Independant

Portland psych rock heroes The Dandy Warhols have kept a rather low profile for the last few years… However, they keep stretching out their 13th anniversary of 13 Tales Of Urban Bohemia well into it’s 14th anniversary with the release of a live recording of that record, as well as another leg of a tour spotlighting that classic record.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox at DNA Lounge

 

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Lady and The Tramp

Lady and The Tramp

On Saturday night, the San Francisco Symphony continued their fantastic film series with City Lights (1931), Charlie Chaplin’s timeless romantic comedy. Conducted by Richard Kaufman, the orchestra performed the entire film score in perfect sync with the film playing overhead.  The music, written by Chaplin, is a wonderful mix of joyous and romantic motifs that fit well with the variety of urban locales on screen.  The score can at times recall Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” written just eight years before City Lights was first released.  The audience at Davies Symphony Hall ate the whole evening up, cheering as often for the orchestra as they did for The Tramp himself.

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Film Review: Cuban Fury

by Gordon Elgart on April 11, 2014

This movie will dance its way into your heart … or something like that.

Nick Frost stars in the Nick Frost vehicle, Cuban Fury

Nick Frost stars in the Nick Frost vehicle, Cuban Fury

There’s a type of comedy movie called the star vehicle. It’s an old fashioned concept, but basically, it’s when you take a funny person and write a movie around him that plays to his strengths as a comic actor. That’s what Cuban Fury is. It’s a chance for Nick Frost to do Nick Frost things with a strong supporting cast, and as this sort of film, it absolutely works.

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At this time last year, I had no idea who Haim were. They barely a blip on my radar, as they were simply an LA band, and there are dozens of those. It wasn’t until Summer when I finally “Falling,” and was blown away. And, like the rest of the world, when I heard Days Are Gone for the first time, I thought to myself, “Wow. This is amazing!” I never thought a record of soft rock could be so impressive. Of course, they weren’t going to be kept secret. They managed to sell out two nights at The Fillmore in less time than it took me to learn the proper pronunciation of their name. (Rhymes with time)

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Film Review: Draft Day

by Chad Liffmann on April 11, 2014

Warning: This film may offend filmmakers, women, and football fans.

Kevin Costner contemplates his previous decision to be in this film.

Kevin Costner mulls over his decision to be in this film.

What’s wrong with the above image?  That’s correct, those black and white photos on the wall behind Kevin Costner are photographs of football, not baseball.  Kevin Costner has starred in some of the greatest baseball movies of all time.  He’s well known for his love of our national pastime. So why take a crack at a football movie?  It’s hard to blame the filmmakers for attempting to bring some entertainment value to the behind-the-scenes world of football, specifically the strategizing and efforts put into the bizarre tradition that is the NFL draft day.  Such a behind-the-scenes attempt worked for Moneyball (2011).  But Draft Day falls flat because the storyline is carried on the shoulders of contrived characters, a pathetic depiction of a female executive in the sports world, and very poor editing choices.

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Hey look! It's an actual neutral milk hotel!

Hey look! It’s an actual neutral milk hotel!

As with every April, it’s a really full week of shows. Enjoy!

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Instant Reactions to the 2014 Outside Lands Lineup

April 8, 2014

I took to the internet this morning to start discussing the Outside Lands headliners and lineup with the Bay Area music nerds, and to get some instant reactions from the Spinning Platters staffers. The 2014 Outside Lands lineup doesn’t look like every other festival lineup happening this summer, and that’s no surprise. We’ve always been […]

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Film Review: The Raid 2

April 7, 2014

The action stuff works so incredibly well, you’ll want a fan edit removing everything else. Gareth Evans knows how to shoot an action scene. This is a high compliment coming from me, because it’s so rare. He knows not to do too many quick cuts, he knows where to put the cameras, and he knows […]

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Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 4, 2014
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Captain America is in a post-Avengers world. The surprise 2011 hit, Captain America: The First Avenger, succeeded because the iconic yet campy superhero received a modern injection of cinematic energy and solid storytelling.  The main reason for the Captain’s successful re-emergence into mainstream pop culture was the charisma and multi-generational appeal of actor Chris Evans.  Evans […]

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Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

April 4, 2014
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Now on the beaten path. (Warning: ‘Volume I’ spoilers immediately ahead.) Last we left Joe, she had just been broken down with the tragic realization that she couldn’t feel anything.  Her years of sexual escapades and experimentation had left her suddenly numb, cold, distant, and depressed…and this is the new Joe that we get to follow […]

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