The Darkness return to North America – Announce LA (2/19) and SF (2/21) shows

“Darklings of the new world… we’re coming to get you!” The Darkness have announced North American tour dates for their reunion tour and they will be coming to California in February. They will play the House of Blues in Hollywood 2/19 and the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco 2/21. After exploding into rock stardon with their 2003 debut Permission to Land (featuring “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”), The Darkness quickly gained notoriety for their classic rock influences, guitar riffs, and elaborate stage performances. The band began to fall apart after the release of their second album, 2005’s One Way Ticket to Hell … And Back (which is an underappreciated record), and Frontman Justin Hawkins left the band in 2006. The Darkness has not played in North American since, and here is your chance to see them in two amazing venues! Ticket information and more after the jump. (more…)

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Show Alert: M83 @ The Fillmore 4/22

M83 has just announced their spring tour for 2012, and it all kicks off in our beautiful city by the bay.  Not only is M83 choosing to launch the tour in San Francisco, they are bringing the show to the legendary Fillmore.  If you are one of the many that believe M83 is currently putting on one of the best live concert events around, then you will not want to miss this performance at the historic San Francisco music venue.  The show is almost 6 months away, but tickets go on sale this Sunday! (more…)

Show Alert: Ozomatli @The Fillmore SF 12/16 & 12/17

Tis’ not only the season to be jolly, but to also get your dance on at one of the most historic venues in modern music history… the Fillmore SF! Ozomatli will be featured on both Friday and Saturday night just in time to dance off the Thanksgiving gluttony while still allowing enough time to pick up those last minute gifts (including the signature Fillmore free concert poster). Sheer scheduling perfection. (more…)

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Did Metallica’s Fan Club ticket distribution work for their Fillmore shows?

This past summer, Metallica announced that they would be playing four very intimate and special shows at the legendary Fillmore in their hometown of San Francisco.  Tickets for a show like this would easily sell for upwards of $1000 on the secondary market.  Knowing this, Metallica went with a Fan Club model of distribution.  In theory, if you joined the Metallica Fan Club you could attend all four Metallica shows for $19.81 (1981 was Metallica’s first official year as a band).  Now that’s a Black Friday deal worthy of pepper spray!  But did this model of distribution work?  We dig deeper to talk to fans and find out who scored tickets and who didn’t. (more…)

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Show Alert: Black Box Revelation w/ Beady Eye @ The Warfield 12/2 & The Wiltern 12/3

Most websites would probably put Beady Eye as the lead band in this post, but not us.  We’ll be in attendance at The Wiltern show to obviously catch a listen to Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye, but we will really be there for the opening act Black Box Revelation.  The Belgian duo has been gaining fans overseas at an increasing rate, and now it’s the States that get a listen.  In support of Beady Eye, this is Black Box Revelation’s first proper US tour.  Ticket info for their stops at The Warfield and Wiltern after the jump. (more…)

Live Review: Blind Pilot & Gregory Alan Isakov @ Great American Music Hall 11/20

The Great American Music Hall is a gorgeous, ornate venue that has hosted many great acts; turns out, it is also the perfect spot for a beautiful indie-folk show. Blind Pilot, of Portland, Oregon, first caught my attention in 2008, after Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski completed a West Coast tour from Bellingham, Washington, to San Diego, California, entirely on bicycles. Instruments, gear, and all. Seriously. The now-sextuplet has toured tirelessly since then, and their practice is evident in their captivating live performance. Gregory Alan Isakov, from Boulder, Colorado, is probably the perfect support for Blind Pilot. On Sunday night, fans at Great American Music Hall were treated to a special, solo set by Isakov. The stripped down, opening performance set the tone for a great evening of indie-folk music. Continue reading after the jump for a full review of Blind Pilot and Gregory Alan Isakov’s show! (more…)

Show Alert: Chris Cornell @The Palace of Fine Arts SF 12/15

Rabbits Black has been paying close attention to the Soundgarden reunion over the years, the alleged new Soundgarden album release in 2012, and the solo endeavors of their front man Chris Cornell. Well, the not-so-intoxicated party has yet to stop as Cornell continues his solo tour at the Palace of Fine Arts SF Theater in mid-December just following the well awaited solo release of Songbook, set to hit the shelves next Tuesday 11/22. There may or may not be streams of 3, yes count them, 3 tracks off of Songbook along with a full track listing following the transport … you will just have to click and see. (more…)

Venue Review: Yoshi’s San Francisco

For those of you music heads out there that, on occasion, wish to branch out and experience new artistic forms of musical expression, this place will definitely not disappoint. Yoshi’s Jazz club and Japanese restaurant is the premier spot to hit up when the time comes to celebrate an anniversary, graduation, new job, or just the need for a classy night out. There are 2 locations in the Bay Area, Downtown Oakland in Jack London Square and San Francisco’s Fillmore district. The Oakland venue has been around since 1997 and has hosted some legendary musicians for all sorts of genres over the years. The San Francisco club has only been open since late 2007, but has already established itself as the most proper jazzy night out in the city.