Dump - "Superpowerless"

Being raised as a millennial, for whatever reason, has acutely (and perhaps completely inaccurately) defined my understanding of nostalgia. Growing up immersed in and surrounded by friends, schoolmates, colleagues--imagine a serious-looking kindergartner with a crisp tie and a briefcase--who were born in the early to mid 90s spawned some sort of warped cultural understanding of our collective childhood. Of course it ...

15 Apr 6:11 PM 0 Read More...

Thee Oh Sees - "Floating Coffin"

Thee Oh Sees began (originally The OCs) when California band Coachwhips split up. What started as a one man project of acoustic and noise explorations eventually grew into a full band changing names a couple times with the same theme eventually evolving into Thee Oh Sees. On this album, Floating Coffin, they are John Dwyer, Mike Shoun, Brigid Dawson, and Petey Dammit (not to mention the help they got from the extreme...

12 Apr 1:50 AM 3 Read More...

Phosphorescent at the Hi-Dive

After ten years under the name Phosphorescent, Matthew Houck might be headed for the big-time. The band released their seventh album Muchacho last month, and people are getting behind it in hordes. It’s no wonder their show at the Hi-Dive sold out well before the doors opened, leaving many out in the cold (or, more likely, drinking at the lovely Sputnik next door, where I enjoyed one-too-many pre-show cocktails). ...

11 Apr 10:05 PM 0 Read More...

The Joy Formidable at the Gothic Theatre

Ritzy Bryan, lead singer of the Joy Formidable, is an undisputed, reincarnated Goddess of the Rock. The Welsh, London-based group lit up the stage with fellows Guards and Fort Lean at the Gothic Theater. And I, being one of the true believers, made sure I was there. The band has been fairly quiet in the past year, only leaking out the occasional single. But in January they released their new album Wolf’s Law;...

10 Apr 6:31 PM 0 Read More...

Tartufi at The Armoury

Upon entering the Armoury, I felt I was in the wrong place for a show featuring San Francisco's Tartufi and locals School Knights. It turns out the new venue doubles as a football (soccer) themed bar and was packed for the Mexico vs USA match. As the match wrapped up, the bands immediately began to load in. Tartufi was up first and began to piece together their elaborate setup. Having seen the band previously, I was ...

10 Apr 5:55 PM 0 Read More...