Ever since he was a boy, Dustin Brown has understood that music is his calling. And though he struggled with formal lessons in his youth, it is clear that he has found his voice as the frontman of Portland-based electro-pop outfit NTNT.
Brown’s brainchild, NTNT is a genre-splicing amalgam of force and bubblegum, which Brown has described “sunshine thump.” The trio will bring their maturing sound to The Blank Club tonight, Dec. 3. Continue reading »
Nightlife lovers living in downtown San Jose will have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, as the seventh annual Black Friday party, hosted by F/X The Club founder Fil Maresca, will be held at the brand new SoFA venue, The Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio.
A venture of Sam Ramirez, owner of The Cardiff and El Guapo’s in Campbell, The Continental is so new that the F/X Club party—which will feature four DJs, spinning ’90s alternative and house music—is being billed as a “sneak preview” of the new club, which is slated to open officially sometime in December. Continue reading »
Cultivating a sound that draws upon a wide range of musical influences, running the gamut from reggae and ska to punk to soul and beyond, the Whiskey Avengers aren’t an easy group to categorize—and that’s just fine with them.
The Avengers—who formed in San Jose in 2006 but are now mostly based in the San Diego area—are more concerned with making good music and connecting with fans than with fitting neatly within the parameters of a specific genre. Continue reading »
“We came here to do one of two things,” Rafael Reyes, one half of the self-described “cholo goth” duo Prayers, declared, proudly bearing a tattoo-covered torso and neck through the opening of his unzipped leather jacket, Saturday night at Back Bar SoFA: “fuck or fight.” Continue reading »
Local DJ and producer Teeko has been on a hot streak. He was recently featured on A-Trak’s Short Cut series, played a Boiler Room set in San Francisco and his performance on RevoltTV’s 1s and Tuesday is now the show’s second most-viewed episode. Teeko plays keyboard and triggers samples live, whilst flexing his ample scratching and turntable skills over boom-bap beats—creating a sound that is, in some senses, old-school. And yet, Teeko’s work also feels entirely new—especially in comparison to the four-on-the-floor EDM of many of his comparisons. Continue reading »
The Hormones, a Bay Area-based all-female Ramones tribute band, headlined The Blank Club this weekend. The benefit concert was held to raise funds for local Roller Derby teams. Metro photographer Greg Ramar was on the scene to catch the action. Check out the photos below: Continue reading »
As a teenager, Rafael Reyes had to hide his love of dark, brooding bands like Christian Death and Joy Division, but not because he had overbearing parents worried that such music would warp their child. His story is a little different. He had to listen on the downlow because he was a gang member in a rough Chicano neighborhood in San Diego, where identifying as a goth would have carried potentially more serious consequences than getting grounded. Continue reading »
A few months ago, Con Brio guitarist Benjamin Andrews had a revelation: Con Brio is his favorite band—and not just his favorite among those bands that he’s played in—but his favorite in general. He’s making exactly the music he wants to make.
A lot of the recently buzzed-about R&B has sailed off to weirder, electronic places, but Con Brio’s lineage is clearer. The core rhythm section of keyboardist Micah Dubreuil, bassist Jonathan Kirchner and drummer Andrew Laubacher has been playing together since 2009, and after losing their previous singer last year, they added on Andrews and frontman Ziek McCarter. Continue reading »
San Francisco’s campy glam-poppers, Scissors For Lefty, may have been under the radar for the past six years but to say the group took a “break” isn’t entirely accurate. Since the band’s last EP, 2008’s Consumption Junction, they’ve been collecting lessons learned in the biz, making room for some life off the road and getting deeper and perhaps darker than they have ever before. Continue reading »