Upcoming Live Shows Archive

  • Well, this is a jam packed weekend kids, no doubt about it. There is so much action going on its unbelievable and I’m not just talking about what will be happening in peoples pants, rather, what will be happening at venues across the valley. The kicker for me is that my beloved Jeepster is in the garage and I will be damn lucky if I surface at all this weekend. Thus I encourage everyone to make the most of this incredible list of shows that I will most probably miss. Although, I must admit when I see a lineup like...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, this is a jam packed weekend kids, no doubt about it. There is so much action going on its unbelievable and I’m not just talking about what will be happening in peoples pants, rather, what will be happening at venues across the valley. The kicker for me is that my beloved Jeepster is in the garage and I will be damn lucky if I surface at all this weekend. Thus I encourage everyone to make the most of this incredible list of shows that I will most probably miss. Although, I must admit when I see a lineup like...

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  • (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

    All The Pretty Things…

    (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

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  • Alright, this happens more often than I like. Really, this post is just for me, because no one reads blogs on Saturdays. It also struck me as curious that none of my other allies in supporting the local scene picked up on either of these shows in their “Concert Picks For The Week”, so I thought I’d talk about them here, where no one would read it. Usually when I have a show vs. show conflict it’s Crescent vs. Last Exit Live or Rogue vs. Sail Inn, but this time it’s a house show vs. the super secret Parliament. And...

    Two Amazing Shows, Same Time, Saturday

    Alright, this happens more often than I like. Really, this post is just for me, because no one reads blogs on Saturdays. It also struck me as curious that none of my other allies in supporting the local scene picked up on either of these shows in their “Concert Picks For The Week”, so I thought I’d talk about them here, where no one would read it. Usually when I have a show vs. show conflict it’s Crescent vs. Last Exit Live or Rogue vs. Sail Inn, but this time it’s a house show vs. the super secret Parliament. And...

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  • I suppose one of life’s hardest lessons is that all things must pass. We’ve learned that around this town recently, either with the passing of friends or with the dissolution of some of our favorite bands. One of the bands I hold in the highest esteem is finally calling it quits after nearly five years of aural bliss that I can recall. At least they are doing it in style and having one final send off at Crescent Ballroom this Saturday, joined by There Is Danger and Dry River Yacht Club. That lineup alone should make Crescent your destination for...

    Whisperlights Final Show

    I suppose one of life’s hardest lessons is that all things must pass. We’ve learned that around this town recently, either with the passing of friends or with the dissolution of some of our favorite bands. One of the bands I hold in the highest esteem is finally calling it quits after nearly five years of aural bliss that I can recall. At least they are doing it in style and having one final send off at Crescent Ballroom this Saturday, joined by There Is Danger and Dry River Yacht Club. That lineup alone should make Crescent your destination for...

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  • One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

    Rubber Brother Records Takes The Crescent!

    One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

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  • It’s not often you find a debut EP from a band that you are so stunned with, that in the afterglow of listening to it you discover it’s all demos. So is the case with Celebration Guns, though what would you expect from former members of Wizards of Time, NEBA and Tiger Heist?  Apparently, lead singer Justin Weir recorded most of this “demo debut” using Garageband, but you wouldn’t know it from first listen. “Hold Still” opens the Quitter EP and recalls The Strokes when they were vital and they mattered, which means to say you have a brilliant hook...

    Celebration Guns – Quitter EP

    It’s not often you find a debut EP from a band that you are so stunned with, that in the afterglow of listening to it you discover it’s all demos. So is the case with Celebration Guns, though what would you expect from former members of Wizards of Time, NEBA and Tiger Heist?  Apparently, lead singer Justin Weir recorded most of this “demo debut” using Garageband, but you wouldn’t know it from first listen. “Hold Still” opens the Quitter EP and recalls The Strokes when they were vital and they mattered, which means to say you have a brilliant hook...

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  • When I first heard Blanche Beach, I very nearly lost my mind. Why? Well, mainly because this is the kind of music I was built for, the kind of music I live for, the music that gets my gears going. If I made music, this is pretty much what it would sound like. Strange to say, sure, but they’ve apparently saved me the time of picking up a guitar again. Composed of members of The Tremulants, Midnight Vitals, Dogbreth and Drainbow—this is something of a local indie supergroup and the results are stellar. The first two songs on the EP...

    Blanche Beach

    When I first heard Blanche Beach, I very nearly lost my mind. Why? Well, mainly because this is the kind of music I was built for, the kind of music I live for, the music that gets my gears going. If I made music, this is pretty much what it would sound like. Strange to say, sure, but they’ve apparently saved me the time of picking up a guitar again. Composed of members of The Tremulants, Midnight Vitals, Dogbreth and Drainbow—this is something of a local indie supergroup and the results are stellar. The first two songs on the EP...

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  • Last April the up and coming band All My Friends announced they were breaking up and calling it quits, this was fresh on the heels of the news that they had completed their second collection of recordings, which caused some confusion to say the least. So, with a sense of propriety and a lack of sobriety, the band held one last party to celebrate the death of All My Friends. Seemingly halfway through the set, they said goodbye and dashed off stage, only to return ten minutes later, in different outfits covered in blood. While the breakup was a ruse,...

    The Thin Bloods and “The Death Of All My Friends”

    Last April the up and coming band All My Friends announced they were breaking up and calling it quits, this was fresh on the heels of the news that they had completed their second collection of recordings, which caused some confusion to say the least. So, with a sense of propriety and a lack of sobriety, the band held one last party to celebrate the death of All My Friends. Seemingly halfway through the set, they said goodbye and dashed off stage, only to return ten minutes later, in different outfits covered in blood. While the breakup was a ruse,...

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  •   What’s going on this weekend, well, holy hell the weather is here and the time is apparently right for good shows at every freaking venue in town…it’s overwhelming to say the  least and the choices are nearly impossible to make. I’m probably not going to help out with this matter, I have my own list of bands I want and need to see over the next three days, but no matter what you do, I highly recommend you get the hell out and see some live music. Or just get out…Autumn is here and it appears to be sticking...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

      What’s going on this weekend, well, holy hell the weather is here and the time is apparently right for good shows at every freaking venue in town…it’s overwhelming to say the  least and the choices are nearly impossible to make. I’m probably not going to help out with this matter, I have my own list of bands I want and need to see over the next three days, but no matter what you do, I highly recommend you get the hell out and see some live music. Or just get out…Autumn is here and it appears to be sticking...

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  • So, how many bands do you know that can squeeze five brilliant songs into less than nineteen minutes?  Turns out that Playboy Manbaby has done just that. Yes, Robbie Pfeffer and his crew have achieved something most unique and wonderful in the world of brevity. I was actually stunned, as I had been waiting for their new release to discover that it would barely cover the totality of a traditional commercial slot. Nevertheless, Obsessive Repulsive is pretty brilliant. That’s just on the thought of “Beer Gut” alone, “‘Cause it ain’t getting better than it is right now” which can either...

    Playboy Manbaby-Obsessive Repulsive EP

    So, how many bands do you know that can squeeze five brilliant songs into less than nineteen minutes?  Turns out that Playboy Manbaby has done just that. Yes, Robbie Pfeffer and his crew have achieved something most unique and wonderful in the world of brevity. I was actually stunned, as I had been waiting for their new release to discover that it would barely cover the totality of a traditional commercial slot. Nevertheless, Obsessive Repulsive is pretty brilliant. That’s just on the thought of “Beer Gut” alone, “‘Cause it ain’t getting better than it is right now” which can either...

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