Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2016-06-08 – 2016-06-12

June 8, 2016

Did you vote yesterday? Hope you did. This week in The Bay Area we have fevers, spirits, and, well, Canadians. And now, let’s preview. I vote for previewing. Let’s preview now. Previews ahoy.

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Show Review: At The Drive-In with Le Butcherettes at The Warfield, 6/3/2016

June 7, 2016

It took 15 years to happen, and it was worth every moment. Ten were spent wondering, with all involved working on new projects, exploring music and art in numerous forms. Two passed, with excited fervor and mild confusion, as they returned to the fold, thrust into the spotlight on unsteady feet and with only a […]

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Show Review: Baroness with Youth Code at the Regency Ballroom, 6/2/2016

June 6, 2016

Near-death experiences have often been labeled as the reason behind sudden shifts in artistic mindsets, philosophy, spiritual beliefs, and overall lifestyle changes. For the men of sludge-psych heroes Baroness, who experienced their own brush with the beyond in a horrific bus crash in Bath in 2012, it almost spelled out the end of the band, […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 Festival Journal, Day 3

June 3, 2016

You’re reading Day 3. Have you checked out Day 1 and Day 2 as well? I don’t know why, but Day 3 always seems to be the day all my friends attend BottleRock. This year was no exception. Two friends came up from the South Bay, not wanting to miss a moment. While I waited […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 Festival Journal, Day 2

June 3, 2016

You’re reading this year’s Day 2. Don’t forget to check out Day 1 too! Day 2 got a bit of a late start, but once inside, I wasted no time at all stopping by Lagunitas for a cold Aunt Sally, which is easily my favorite beer they make, since it’s the least hop-driven! I went […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 Festival Journal, Day 1

June 3, 2016

Before I get into all the details of the gloriousness that was this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley, please allow me a moment, not just to digress but to explain why this festival is so important to me. I was born in Napa. As many Napa kids do, I moved away in my early 20s seeking […]

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Film Review: The American Side

June 3, 2016
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Buffalo-set film noir attempt falls flat “You had me at death ray, “ one character says to another in writer/director Jenna Ricker’s new film The American Side, expressing his interest in an unfolding mystery. Too bad the audience won’t feel the same way while watching this convoluted, ridiculous attempt at modern film noir, set against […]

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Film Review: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

June 3, 2016
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Raps and riffs its way to gold, but far from platinum. 10+ years ago, “Lazy Sunday” took the internet by storm and injected the Berkeley-based comedy musical trio, The Lonely Island, into the mainstream. Since then, they’ve been responsible for countless popular SNL Digital Shorts and a handful of award-winning comedy albums. Now, their first feature-length film, Popstar: […]

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Show Review: Refused with The Coathangers and Plague Vendor at the Fillmore, 5/26/2016

June 2, 2016

Four years later, it’s no longer a reunion — Refused are reborn as something new It’s really hard to find a concert that was better, and more well-attended, than the 2012 show at the Warfield that marked the triumphant return of the Swedish hardcore giants known as Refused. Alumni and newcomers from all scenes of loud, […]

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Show Review: Violent Femmes at the Fillmore, 05/11/2016

May 25, 2016

Nothing would have made the Violent Femmes a better band, because they were perfect. Gordon Gano sings like he’s a sick cat and has been drunk-crying all day; he has a kind of nasal whine, full of defeat, with a timbre as refined as cheap whiskey with generic Cherry Coke. I love his voice like […]

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