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Seattle’s McTuff Bring Their Stuff to Sonoma County

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015

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Formed in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ great Jack McDuff, the three-part funk revival outfit McTuff are making some of the most jaw-dropping jams in their hometown of Seattle, or anywhere for that matter. The group is comprised of Hammond organist Joe Doria, guitarist Andy Coe and drummer Tarik Abouzied, and together the tightly-knit trio have been getting crowds grooving and moving at huge festivals and tiny clubs alike, always pumping out high-energy and exceptional musicianship.

Tonight and tomorrow, McTuff bring their stuff to Sonoma County, performing at Zodiacs in Petaluma this evening, and moving up the road to Bergamot Alley in Healdsburg for a Friday night blowout. The band will be playing a lot of selections off their latest release, 2015’s “Volume 3: The Root.” Click on the track below to get a feel of the smoothly addictive melodies the group has to offer and get out to the clubs for some jazzy fun.

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Phil Lesh is Battling Cancer

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015
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Photo by Stuart Levine

Grateful Dead founding member and Terrapin Crossroads owner Phil Lesh announced late last week that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

Lesh made the announcement on the Terrapin Crossroads website, stating he was diagnosed early in October and that he has spent the last several weeks being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fortunately, Lesh indicates that the tumors in his bladder were not aggressive and that recent surgery to remove the cancerous tissue has been so far successful. From the venue’s website, Lesh writes:

I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.

So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.

Obviously, this prognosis is encouraging news, though Lesh will have to cancel his two upcoming shows with Chris Robinson, originally scheduled for Oct 24 and 25 at Terrapin Crossroads. More info and the complete statement from Lesh can be found here.

Our thoughts are with Lesh and his family, Get well, Phil!

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Listen to a Perfect New Single by the Imperfections

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015

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Northern California slacker-art house garage band the Imperfections fall somewhere between the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth in the underground rock spectrum. Their heavy distortions screams rock and roll, yet their tight rhythms and addictive hooks display a pop sensibility that’s practically (college) radio friendly.

Active since 2013, the band already has two nicely fuzzed and noisy albums under their belt, and last month, the Imperfections released their latest single, “Maureen.” An upbeat and lo-fi ditty, this throwback power pop song is toe-tapping and sunny with an awesomely off-kilter guitar solo that gets slightly shoegazing.

Tonight, the band plays Spancky’s Bar in Cotati with fellow North bay acts Flyover States and Bucc Nyfe. You can get more details of the show by clicking here. And get in the mood by listening to the single below.

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Trails & Ways Get Visual in Mill Valley

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015

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Oakland’s indie pop outfit Trails & Ways spent four years toiling in their bedroom recording set up, perfecting a bubbling, shimmering brand of ethereal pop music infused with the bossa nova sounds that songwriter Keith Brower Brown soaked up in his time in Brazil.

Those toils came to fruition this past summer when the band released their debut full-length album, Pathology, on indie label Barsuk Records. Praised for it’s infectious melodies, DIY aesthetic and sweet samba rhythms, the album is a gem.

This week, Trails & Ways bring the pop to Marin, in a special show at Sweetwater Music Hall on Friday, Oct 16, presented by the Mill Valley Film Festival. For the occasion, Trails & Ways is getting visual. The band worked with San Francisco visual artist and director Gonzalo Eyzaguirre and developed a system that takes the live stage feed from the band’s instruments and translates the audio signals into ever-changing visual shapes and patterns that plays simultaneously with the music.

To get a taste of what’s in store, watch the band’s recent music video for “Jacaranda,” directed by Eyzaguirre, and featuring a slew of trippy visuals that perfectly match the spacey music. For more information on the upcoming show, click here.

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Moonalice Headlines Upcoming Rocktoberfest

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015
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Bay Area psychedelic rock and roll veterans Moonalice are making their way to the Healdsburg Memorial Beach to play Rocktoberfest this weekend. A popular sight at major festivals like BottleRock Napa Valley and venues like Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Moonalice’s extended jams and inventive melodies recall the hey days of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene from the ’60s.

Made up of guitarist Barry Sless (David Nelson Band), multi-instrumentalists Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship) and Roger McNamee (Doobie Decibel System) and drummer John Molo (Bruce Hornsby), Moonalice are this time around raising money and awareness for water safety.

That’s right, though it’s dry as a bone out there right now, the impending El Nino event this winter is expected to top the dam at the Russian River’s Memorial Beach, potentially putting inexperienced swimmers and unsuspecting beach-goers in danger. In addition to information, money raised from food and refreshment sales at this event will be used to purchase life vests for youth who swim along the Russian River.

Moonalice rock the beach at Rocktoberfest on Saturday, Oct 17, at Healdsburg Memorial Beach Park, 13839 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg. 1pm. Free. Moonalice.com.

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Bolinas Hosts Surf & Sound Sessions

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015

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With the world’s largest ocean at our feet, California and the North Bay have long been champions of coastal cleanups and environmental awareness. It’s a topic that’s never far from our headlines. Just this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that bans micro-beads in California by 2020, as those beads are found to pollute the waters and harm the wildlife.

The good news is that everyone can help keep our beaches and coastal areas clean. This weekend,  nonprofit Project AMPLIFI is hosting a special Surf & Sound Sessions in Bolinas, pairing two nights of live music with environmental cleanup efforts. Artists and their fans will have the chance to surf together, help clean beaches together and share their appreciation of the nature around us.

Tonight, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas welcomes Latin reggae band Bachaco and the surf funk of San Francisco’s the HA (Human Assembly). Tomorrow night, Oakland indie pop band Trails and Ways performs off their recent gem of a record, Pathology; while This Old Earthquake bust out the acoustics for their driving americana.

Cleanup efforts will be taking place on Stinson Beach on Saturday and Bolinas Beach on Sunday, both in the afternoon so you have a chance to sleep off the effects of the night before. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

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Lucius Teams with Lagunitas

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015

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Brooklyn indie pop group Lucius has been steadily rising through the musical ranks ever since their 2013 album Wildewoman shot to tops of many critics’ lists with infectious melodies and the stunning harmonies of duel vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig.

Last year, Lucius performed at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma as part of the brewery’s Summer Concert Series. Apparently, that experience was so good that the band has been looking to work with Lagunitas again. Today, Lucius announced they’re teaming with the North Bay brewer for a tour. From their website:

“Since playing a memorable show in Lagunitas’ backyard last summer (which ended with an an audience-sourced video that captured the last song of the night), Lucius x Lagunitas has been thinking of ways to recreate that same communal feeling.

So, here we are, thrilled to announce that next month, just before Thanksgiving, Lucius x Lagunitas will team up for a week of shows in the Pacific Northwest. All tickets sales will be donated to a local nonprofit in each city.

The four-date tour hits Washington and Oregon before it concludes at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma on November 21. The concert will be a benefit for the theater, and will boast beer sales for 21-and-over attendees, something rarely done at the venue. Tickets go on sale Friday and more info can be found here.

Click on the video below to watch that crowd-sourced video from last year’s show at Lagunitas and hear why Lucius is one of the most enchanting groups performing today.

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The Tenors Ready to Croon & Swoon Santa Rosa

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015

 

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Canadian operatic pop quartet The Tenors are just about to embark on a massive 70-city North American tour in support of their latest classical-meets-contemporary album, Under One Sky. Powered by the impeccable voices of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray, the Tenors are an unstoppable live concert experience that’s both sweeping in it’s larger-than-life scale and emotionally moving in it’s intimate musical moments.

Under One Sky is a mix of originals alongside new interpretations of familiar favorites. For the multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal group, it’s another cross-over hit that’s undeniably passionate and talented.

Kicking off the tour this Wednesday, the Tenors take the stage at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on Friday, October 10, with special Meet & Greet and VIP packages available.

Tickets and info are available here. For a preview of the Tenors live in concert, check out the emotionally-packed performance the group gave recently for their song, “My Father’s Son.”

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PBS Animates Tom Waits

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

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PBS Digital Studios is awesome, if for nothing else then their collaboration with Blank on Blank in a video series that takes old interviews with musicians and celebrities, from Lou Reed to Ray Bradbury, and lovingly animates those recordings in eye-popping interpretations.

This time, they’ve outdone themselves with the help of an old interview with Tom Waits. The longtime West Sonoma County resident, here recorded in 1988, talks about a variety of subjects with his signature growl and humorous perspective on life. Not much else to tell, just watch and enjoy the heck out of this one. It’s a gem.

Hammerhead Swims into Santa Rosa Next Week

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015
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If you were (or are) a fan of noise rock, you were (or are or should be) a huge fan of Hammerhead. The Minneapolis-based trio formed back in the not-so-halcyon days of 1991 and unleashed a flurry of pummeling rock and post-punk heaviness upon the country for six years before disbanding. Though, like a bad penny, the band turned up once again, regrouping in 2010. Since then, they’ve been expanding and compounding on their throttling experimental sound, and last month Hammerhead released, New Directionz, their first full-length album in almost 20 years.

New Directionz is one of those rare gems of a return album for a reunited band. It both revels in the same rumbling, punishing bass lines and searing, dissonant guitars of the group’s early days, and progresses the sound in new and interesting ways. There’s definitely more nuanced post-punk atmospheres throughout, a darker edge to the fuzzed-out noise, yet there’s still that old familiar thundering rhythm to bang your head along to.

Hammerhead continue to be unapologetic and awesome, and with the new record they are taking the show on the road for a massive tour with another immense figure in noise rock, Qui. The Los Angeles duo of Matt Cronk and Paul Christensen have themselves had a bit of an on-again-off-again tenure, though it looks like their as strong as ever these days. Much more angular, vocally-melodic and playful, Qui nonetheless possess a raw and exciting sound and provide a perfect alternative pairing to Hammerhead.

Next Saturday, Oct 10, Hammerhead and Qui both invade Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to play the Arlene Francis Center. Also joining them on the bill is Hot Victory, an experimental drum duo out of Portland that put on amazing, space-oddity shows and features former Santa Rosa rock star Caitlin Love (Desert City Soundtrack / the Lead Veins). Kicking off the night is Eat My Shit, the electronic solo project from PRIZEHOG’s Vern Acular.

You can get more details of the show here and preview Hammerhead’s new album below.