Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Wolf Parade with Deep Sea Diver at Neptune Theatre 8/8/2016

Wolf Parade were always going to be a band that would age well. With all of the members having hands in other projects at any given time, it wasn’t ever that farfetched of a concept to see them moving away from Wolf Parade, so when it happened in 2011, they did the opposite of whatRead more…

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 3

Reviews written by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner [IKW], Victoria Holt [VH], and Morgen Schuler [MS]. Find Morgen Schuler’s complete photo coverage of day 3 here, and Victoria Holt’s complete photo coverage of day 3 here. Kamasi Washington Everyone says that Outside Lands in cold. Everyone was proven wrong on Sunday. Sure, it’s San Francisco in the summer, soRead more…

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 2

Everyone says that Outside Lands is cold. Well, it turns out that everyone is right. Today temperatures peaked at 56 degrees, a difficult temperature to adjust to in early August. But Saturday’s crowd was out earlier and in fuller force than the previous day. The merch booth did a steady business selling festival blankets, whichRead more…

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Pickathon 2016: Sunday

With one more day of paradise ahead of them, Pickathon attendees spend the day diversifying their interests. Sure, there is plenty of incredible music to take part in later on, but throughout the experience, it’s the culture of Pickathon that dominates, winning over those who don’t regularly participate in music festivals or anything of theRead more…

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 1

Cool, cloudy. Evening rain giving way to a damp smell of eucalyptus, wood chips, cigarettes, weed, and fried foods. The crowd at Golden Gate Park’s polo field is sparse in the early afternoon. But this lush green space is going to swell with some 70,000 music fans by days end. The ninth annual Outside LandsRead more…

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Pickathon 2016: Saturday

Friday evening brought plenty of good sleep. For those at Pickathon who were sung to sweet dreams by Yo La Tengo’s intimate stripped down set the night before, or for those who danced themselves to exhaustion at Ty Segall, a few hours of rest were well appreciated. After all, there is very little on SaturdayRead more…

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Live Review: Whitney with Michael Rault at Sunset Tavern 8/2/2016

It’s a rare opportunity to see a band as hyped as Whitney at a venue as intimate as the Sunset Tavern. Or as frontman Julien Ehrlich noted with an off-the-cuff affect he deploys for most his on stage thoughts, “This show’s been sold out a long time.” No surprise there. With the June release ofRead more…

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Pickathon 2016: Friday

You won’t believe the golden light you wake up to crawling out of your tent at Pickathon. The tree-lined hills of the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon make you feel like you are in an other-worldly paradise. Taking a light walk around the Back 40 to enjoy the surroundings, among the sleepy collection ofRead more…

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Pickathon 2016: Thursday

Pickathon is a music festival from another time. Coming down from Seattle, you find yourself coming across the breathtaking Columbia Gorge, taking exit 17 off of I-205 straight onto Woodstock Drive, and maybe that’s no mistake. The closer you get to Happy Valley, the further back in time you seem to go. Once you reachRead more…

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Live Review: Yoni & Geti with Go Dark and Special Explosion at Crocodile 7/26/16

Yoni & Geti‘s Testarossa project is one of the most refreshing albums of the year, full stop. It brings two repeat collaborators together for a project that plays into each of their strengths with twice the strength and precision of any previous joint efforts by a mile. Furthermore, it’s a largely story-driven endeavor. Testarossa findsRead more…

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