Live Review: Naked Fiction @ 50 Mason Social House 11/3

Ever wish you could join Don Draper at a cozy little lounge, sipping on some fine whiskey? You might have some trouble making that date with Don (we hear his schedule is pretty packed), but Naked Fiction will carry you back to the soulful, jazzy lounge vibe so prevalent in the 1960s. Carmen King fronts the San Francisco locals, and her years of experience as a jazz singer shine through each song. Backing Ms. King’s captivating voice is a six-piece ensemble, consisting of a violin, viola, upright bass, guitar, keys, and drums. Read more and check out some of their music after the jump. (more…)

Live Review: Chromeo @ HOB in SD 10/17

Chromeo makes me want to untz untz untz untz.

Entering the tail end of their Night Falls tour, Chromeo played to their third sold-out crowd at House of Blues, San Diego, in as many appearances. Admittedly, I am a funkateer at heart, and had high expectations for Dave 1 and P-Thugg. The duo did not disappoint. There is something special about watching a band as they enter the crest of their fame. You could see the pure joy and awe in Dave’s eyes as he peered across the crowd of 1,000 dancing bodies. Playing mostly songs from their two most recent releases, Fancy Footwork and Business Casual, Dave and P had the crowd under a spell of funk rock. Chromeo have created a special niche of dance rock that oozes of sex appeal, and their live show benefits from their years of stints at music festivals around the world. (more…)

Lollapalooza 2011: Review + Highlights

In 1991, Perry Farrell solidified his position in music history—as if he really needed any help—by creating what many have come to call our generation’s Woodstock. After experiencing a few different incarnations, Lollapalooza celebrated its 20th anniversary this past weekend in Grant Park. Here is a look back at everything you need to know about this year’s Lolla!