San Francisco band The Soft Moon will be releasing their second LP, Zeros, on October 30th. Tour dates are set, and they’ll be hitting da bay – December 14th at Oakland’s New Parish, and December 15th in San Francisco at the Mezzanine. You can listen to the new single “Die Life” on their website to escape “Into the Depths.”
Willie K. will be performing at Pono Hawaiian Grill this Sunday, September 2nd at 7:00 PM. Whether he sings in Hawaiian, performs Blues, OPERA or flat out rock and roll, Willie K. can PLAY. You can enjoy the man, the music and the show, when you get down to Pono at 120 Union Street in downtown Santa Cruz this Sunday night from 7 til 9:00 pm. A word to the wise – get there early & claim a seat for this fantastic opportunity to see Willie K., ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp1unZLs__Mup close and lively!
Summer is the perfect time to put on your dancing shoes and go see your favorite artists performing live. The Catalyst always hosts a great collection of bands, and this season is no different. Here are some of the upcoming shows that KZSC DJs are most psyched about:
Aesop Rock on August 30th, Steel Pulse/Future Islands September 3rd, Arsonists Get All The Girls September 7th, Against Me! on Spetember 9th, Odd Future September 28th, and Yelawolf on October 12th.
Some exciting news for our friends over at Criminal Records: the fine ladies in “basement rock” band The Kut have been chosen to play in Olympic Park on August 30th as part of the Paralympics festivities. It’s always awesome to see an all female band such as The Kut get some great opportunities to show that men aren’t the only source of talent in the rock/metal genre. If you want more information, head over to their facebook page and show them some love!
1 KATATONIA Dead End Kings Peaceville
2 OBEY THE BRAVE Young Blood Epitaph
3 OVER YOUR THRESHOLD Facticity
4 CHARIOT One Wing eOne
5 ENCRUST From Birth To Soil Density
1 FACELESS Autotheism Sumerian
2 TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth Nuclear Blast
3 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
4 FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS Wasted Youth Artery
5 GYPSYHAWK Revelry And Resilience Metal Blade
6 LOUDNESS Eve To Dawn FrostByte
7 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
8 ATTIKA 7 Blood Of My Enemies Rocket Science
9 HONG KONG BLOOD OPERA Not For The Faint Of Heart Full Effect
10 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade
Remember Beck’s “The Information?” The album that provided stickers so you could create your own cover? Well Beck is back and taking it one step further, with his new album featuring 20 songs of sheet music – and it’s up to YOU to bring them to life. Beck’s website describes “Song Reader [as] an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track.” Keep an eye out for “Beck Hansen’s Song Reader” in December 2012. The album will be released by McSweeny’s, a San Francisco publishing company.
As you probably are aware, the Olympics just happened in London. All eyes were on the British athletes, who wanted to demonstrate their abilities on their home turf. As a cycling fan, I was most interested in the road race and time trial; in the latter England’s own Bradley Wiggins, winner of this year’s Tour de France, took a decisive gold. To honor this achievement, here’s some classic music from a couple of very important British artists:
Wire started up at the same time punk rock was sweeping through Europe. While the band certainly fit the punk template (kids who couldn’t play their instruments playing fast and aggressive music in short bursts), much of their music was a reaction to the image of punk and the rigid rules that seemed to be in place surrounding the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Clash. They rejected what they viewed as “too rock,” and instead created concise pieces unlike anything else at the time. “Brazil”, from their debut Pink Flag, embodies the band’s minimalist aesthetic, over as quickly as it began. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well, as it works best as a full work.
London’s very own Talk Talk may very well illicit initial thoughts of New Wave and Synth Pop, but when the early 90s came around, the band recorded some of the most compelling music ever released. 1991’s Laughing Stock is considered by many as one of the first ever “post-rock” albums. Released the same year as Slint’s monumental Spiderland, it helped usher in the genre made famous by the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky years later. Check out Talk Talk’s phenomenal “Ascension Day” above, and let the soulful slow build engulf you. Cheers!
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