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...

The Delfonics - "Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics"

Don’t let the name of this album confuse you. This is a William Hart solo album, with Adrian Younge producing, playing the instruments, and co-writing the songs. Well, maybe it’s better framed as an Adrian Younge solo album with William Hart singing and writing most of the lyrics. Whatever the case, it’s definitely not a Delfonics album. William Hart was the founding member of the Delfonics, a group whose r...

09 Apr 7:46 PM 0 Read More...

Interview: Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls

Last Tuesday night I went to my first Hi-Dive concert and had the pleasure of seeing Parenthetical Girls. Before the show I interviewed the lead singer, Zac Pennington. I told him that the rainy weather outside felt oddly fitting for a band like his and he said it felt just like their hometown, Portland, Oregon. It was an intimate show and Zac wasn’t afraid to step down from the stage and dance with the audience an...

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