Show Alert: God Is An Astronaut @ Bottom of the Hill 8/20 & Troubadour 8/21

Three years is a long time.  It may feel short in the grand scheme of things, but in three years a lot can change.  For the Irish post-rock band God Is An Astronaut, it’s been three years since they have played a show in the United States, and they bring along with them this time a few new things for fans.  Supporting their 2010 release Age of the Fifth Sun, the soaring instrumentals of God Is An Astronaut touches down this weekend in California. (more…)

Show Alert: Wooden Shjips @ The Echo 8/18 & Bottom of the Hill 8/19 FREE

Wooden Shjips, the psychedelic space rockers from San Francisco, just released their third full album West.  We’ll have a review up soon, but for now we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to see them live for FREE in Los Angeles and San Francisco this August.  Once again, the word FREE is sponsored by an alcoholic beverage company (see Lady Sinatra’s show alert) who is paying your entrance to see Wooden Shjips.  Don’t miss out on the guestlist! (more…)

Live Review: Thomas Dybdahl @ Brick and Mortar SF 7/29

Fresh off of his stint as one of the highest acclaimed up and coming Norwegian artists, Thomas Dybdahl decided it was time to debut in the US as a headlining act to accompany the latest of his 5 studio releases, Songs (2011). His style is difficult to define and I am not sure if it is because he is still experimenting with different sounds and styles, or that their essence is truly unique enough to be in a class of its own. One thing is for sure, the live performance I witnessed on Friday 7/29 at the Brick and Mortar in SF was joyous, blissful, and just a great overall musical experience.

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Live Review: Queens of the Stone Age @ The Catalyst 7/26

Nestled in a coastal nook about 30 miles South of San Jose CA there exists a small beach, ice cream, and surfboard community with creative eateries and a proper downtown. Santa Cruz CA also happens to host a hip little joint called the Catalyst Club on Pacific Avenue, right in the middle of that befitting downtown proximity. I am thoroughly surprised that this venue with a capacity of around 800 is still standing after Queens Of The Stone Age tore the roof off of it last night. (more…)