Metric

Metric

Metric

It’s a little jarring when your relationship with a band isn’t reflected by the show you see them put on. I’ve had this happen before; when I saw Marina and the Diamonds the first time, I was surprised to see a woman playing an intimate set at a piano. I was confused; where was the pop dance sarcastic and snarky dance diva I’d fallen for? I learned to love this other aspect of her, however, because being a fan means being open to compromise and loving new angles on bands you like. Metric has flirted with so many genres and sounds over their long career that I didn’t know what to expect from their show. I had no doubt that they would deliver a hell of a performance, and looked forward to watching them put their raw emotion and technical versatility on display.

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Playing all of his biggest hits in San Jose...

Playing all of his biggest hits in San Jose…

Thursday, October 17th

An Evening With Lionel Richie at SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion)

Yes. Lionel Richie. Everyone needs to see Lionel Richie before they day. I saw him in Austin a last year, and he killed with a high energy, two hour set that started at 11:30 at night. Every song is a classic, and he’s one of the finest performers out there. There is nothing more fun you could do this night than dance all night long. (all night)

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Push The Feeling at California Academy Of Sciences

Friday, October 18th

Paramore, Metric, hellogoodbye at SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion)

Paramore’s “brand new eyes” was a one of the best albums of 2009. It was a glorious peace of emotionally dynamic guitar rock. However, I didn’t know how deep those emotions ran until learning that half the band left during the tour for the record. It required Paramore to take stock if itself, and managed to take four years to produce a follow up. What we got was one of their most aggressive and ferocious record to date.

Braids, Hundred Waters, Kodak To Graph at Rickshaw Stop

Saturday, October 19th & Sunday, October 20th

Treasure Island Music Festival at Treasure Island

There is never any reason to do anything other than Treasure Island Music Festival if you are in town the weekend of said festival. It is the best music festival in America. Of course, you should read this for maximum enjoyment! The best part is that there is no overlap. So you don’t need to decide between Animal Collective and Sleigh Bells or Tricky and Atoms For Peace. It’s the best value for your festival dollar.

Monday, October 21st

The Sounds, Gemini Club at The Fillmore

I bet you forgot about The Sounds. They’ve put out several wonderful records filled with Blondie-inspired dance rock, and they aren’t showing any signs of stopping. Just because radio station programmers have decided to stop getting behind these wonderful Swedes doesn’t mean you should. I think you should be shaking your booty at The Fillmore tonight, because Mondays are hard, so your Monday night should be pure bliss.

Hunx & His Punx, Wet Drag at The Chapel

Tuesday, October 22nd

Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck w/ Al Jardine & David Marks at The Paramount Theater – Oakland

It’s official. There are now more original Beach Boys touring with Brian Wilson than touring in the actual Beach Boys. This show is, essentially, an extension of last year’s epic Beach Boys reunion tour, only instead of Mike Love, we’ve got guitar legend Jeff Beck. Which means that this show might actually be better than last year’s tour.

Laura Marling, Willy Mason at Great American Music Hall

Wednesday, October 23rd

Au Revoir Simone, Genuis, CALLmeKAT at Slim’s

Fact: Au Revoir Simone took their name from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. If that’s not enough of a selling point, then just listen to their super fun brand of synth pop:

Fred Frith, Patrice Scanlon, Grex at The Knockout

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All Photos by Misty Brewster

All Photos by Misty Brewster

Fauxchella is a brutal time for music fans. The night Metric played at The Fox, we also had to contend with like minded bands How To Destroy Angels and Savages playing across the bridge. It was a tough night of you enjoy powerful women fronting danceable rock bands. And, as much as I truly love this band, I was thinking hard about what I was missing. I didn’t want to feel buyers remorse. Deep down inside, I knew this was the right place to be. And the sold out crowd at The Fox tonight knew it, too.

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Appearing at The Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, April 24th

More prime Fauxchella shows making it really hard to get a good night’s sleep on a school night. But you only live once, eh?

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All Photos by David Price

Live 105 has managed to put together, once again, a fantastic line up for their annual holiday spectacular. So much so, that they had to split it into two days. One day was a bit more “new wave” oriented, and another day was purely guitar driven. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to check out the first night, the “guitar” night. It was, surprisingly, one of the most interesting and diverse arena rock shows I’ve ever been to, filed with a wide array of guitar music, from acoustic folk to earnest, working class punk, all the way to classic blues rock. I don’t know how they are going to one up this one:

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Auditioning for the band opening for Kopecky Family Band on Sunday.

I know that December tends to be a time to purchase gifts for friends and family members. But Shopping kind of sucks. Instead, go to a show?

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‘Tis the Season to be Winning: The Ultimate Holiday Giveaway Guide

December 9, 2010

Okay, I promise you I’ll never consider pursuing a career as a copywriter with the headline above but I just can’t help myself; some of the premiere products and services in the music tech space are giving back to the community in a generous way this Holiday season and I’ve decided to round up some […]

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Show Review: Metric, Codeine Velvet Club and Nico Vega at the Fox Oakland, 3/24/10

March 26, 2010

Wellll, damn. If I wasn’t worshiping at the shrine of Metric already, last night’s show at the Fox Theater easily convinced me: this band is fierce and invincible. Their live set was a tight performance; it seems doubtful that there was more than a moment where they didn’t hold the audience firmly in their grasp. […]

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Our 30 Favorite Photos from SXSW 2010

March 24, 2010

While the photos on this post are all by David Price, he’s in Vegas this week, so all the text here is simply an … Editor’s Note: Our photographer, David Price, dealt with inconsistent lighting, security that weren’t all on the same page, a lack of photo pits, and plenty of cameras in his face […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 3/24/10-3/30/10

March 24, 2010

After all the chaos that was Spinning Platters’ visit to Austin, TX for a bit of SXSW action, it’s time to come home and do what we did while we were in Texas, see a bunch of great live bands. Many of them we will be seeing again.  So, fire up those ear plugs and […]

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