An album named Angel makes me think of a one of few things: An alt-rock band that has found the Lord, a Nordic pop group's debut album, or Mariah Carey. Pure X's third album is (thankfully) neither of those things.
Review & Photos: Arctic Monkeys, Mini Mansions @ Fox Theater, 9/26/13
Arctic Monkeys roared through a raucous set during their first of two sold-out nights at the Fox on Thursday.
Blank Realm's Psych Pop to Take Over The Hemlock
Indie darlings from down under, Blank Realm, will bring their laid-back psych-pop to the Hemlock Tavern
Review & Photos: Palma Violets and Guards @ The Independent 4/23/13
I had been in The Independent for about 7 minutes on Tuesday night, when an eager British guy came up to me and told me to come with him.
Interview: Perfume Genius Likes Being More In-Your-Face
Perfume Genius was just as charming during our phone interview as I had hoped. The solo project of Seattle-native Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius is having a moment.
Interview: Lynne Angel of Tartufi Discusses 'These Factory Days' and The Band's Evolution
"Okay here’s the deal," lead singer of Tartufi, Lynne Angel tells me over the phone. The San Francisco band is currently on tour across the country in support of their latest album, These Factory Days.
Interview: UK's Palma Violets Get Ready to Raid Berkeley, Treasure Island
"The one thing we really want to do is go to a toga party," said Will Doyle. Palma Violets' drummer is lamenting about the college partying experience the young band has forgone to instead tour the world.
Review: Father John Misty, White Fence @ The Fillmore, 6/21/13
If you've seen Father John Misty three or four times like I have, you may know he has a fiery stage presence and isn't too shy to make sardonic small talk in between songs.
DIIV Playing Great American Music Hall on Thursday
DIIV are set to take the stage at Great American Music Hall this Thursday, May 1. Having remained quiet since releasing the lo-fi, reverb-soaked Oshin in 2011, the band are rumored to be releasing new material sometime this year.
Noise Pop 2014: Courtney Barnett Playing Sold Out Show at Rickshaw Stop
As the maddening goodness of Noise Pop 2014 rolls in, and shows sell out left and right, it's no surprise that tonight's Courtney Barnett show at Rickshaw Stop is sold out (you can still get in if you buy a badge).
Interview: Yuck's Max Bloom on Becoming a Frontman, Recording 'Glow & Behold'
"Dress smart casual, but don't wear too much aftershave." Max Bloom, guitarist of Yuck is giving me wardrobe advice ahead of the band's show at The Independent this Wednesday.
Review: The War on Drugs at the Independent
Releasing arguably one of the best albums of 2014, Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs played the final of their two sold-out shows last night at The Independent.
Review & Photos: Yuck 2.0 visits The Independent
A band continuing without their original frontman is bold. It's gutsy and noteworthy, but something was just off on Wednesday night.
Review & Photos: The Horrors @ The Fillmore
The Horrors have been playing music together for nine years. The band formed in England in 2005, and over the course of their four albums have gone from the punk-infused Strange House (2007) to the textured, layered sounds of Luminous (2014).
Review & Photos: Temples Delivers Psych to Crowd of Believers at The Fillmore
Last night, Temples, Wampire, and Fever the Ghost played to a densely-packed but not-quite sold-out crowd at The Fillmore.
Legendary Shoegaze Band Ride Reunite to Play The Warfield
Earlier this year, shoegaze fans had their hearts skip a beat with the news of a Ride reunion tour. Formed in Oxford, England, Ride's blend of melodic noise led the quiet charge of the shoegaze music scene in the 90s.