The Growlers: A Look at Brooks Nielsen, his opinion on festivals, and how Ellen DeGeneres became their number one fan.

Seeing The Growlers for my third time, I didn’t know what to expect for this show, and this new album. My usual experience of seeing them live was high energy shows, songs from their albums Hung at Heart and Chinese Fountain, and funky dance moves from the lead singer, Brooks Nielsen. This time, the performance had a different atmosphere. The two musicians who worked with Nielsen on other albums such as Chinese Fountain, Scott Montoya and Anthony Perry, left the band before making it on tour. (Although Perry may return in the future)

And the different thing about the performance for me was The Growlers’ new album City Club. While the album has the same catchy guitar riffs, scratchy vocals from the lead vocalist Brooks Nielsen, and a fun/upbeat danceable quality, it’s a different sound than I’m used to. In a way, it was strange for me to see one of my favorite bands with with a “surf-rock” instrumentation, to give the essence of a pop-garage rock and 80s  infusion. They did play songs such as Someday, One Million Lovers, Pet Shop Eyes, and Chinese Fountain. And In this way, they satisfied my nostalgia  for an older sound. But now that I reflect, why should they have to? The Growlers are evolving as a band, and along with their new production with Julian Casablancas under Cult Records, their “genre” is completely evolving as well. While they still have the same goals and down home energy they had for their first three albums, their sound is a bit crisper now, more fine tuned, and has an upbeat production that is less “surf rock” and more inclusive of an eclectic mix of genres. (Including more beat production done on the computer, which Brooks will talk about later in our interview)

I’m all for nostalgia. To a point where sometimes I only talk about that one band’s “first album”. However, I realize that with some bands, the new evolution of genre needs to happen, and for The Growlers, it shows maturity, smooth production, and a completely new way of looking at what has been coined, “Beach Goth”.

Some amazing songs you can check out off their new album, ones that they also played at The Catalyst last week, include City Club, I’ll Be Around, and Night Ride.

Really, you can here more about the important stuff from Brooks Nielsen himself, who I had the chance to interview along with Parker Kaye, and Becca Mu. Me (Sydney Fishman) and Parker Kaye produced and conducted the interview.

The amazing photos of their tour of City Club at The Catalyst, are done by Parker Kaye and Becca Mu.

Here is the link to the interview. Cheers!









Tycho at Treasure Island Music Festival

As the sun peaked through on an otherwise stormy weekend, DJPK sat down and chatted with Scott Hansen, the frontman and creator of ambient electronic band, Tycho. This Treasure Island Music Festival set marked the end of Tycho’s Division Tour and homecoming to the Bay, promoting his Grammy nominated album, Epoch. Scott and DJPK talked about the inspirations of the new album, as well as themes and where the project is headed in the future. Scott will be in Los Angeles with the rest of Tycho tomorrow night to see if Epoch is dubbed Best Electronic Album of the year at the 59th edition of the Grammys.

Cherry Glazerr: Sold out show at the Catalyst 2/12


After three years since their last album, Cherry Glazerr is back in full force with their new album “Apocalipstick”. The new album is full of foot stomping, hard hitting rock reminiscent of the White Stripes and the Runaways.  They’ll be performing songs from this album and more with Slow Hallows and Sundried at the Catalyst this Sunday! Make sure to check out what will be an awesome show. KZSC will be covering the show with photos, an interview, and blogpost, so look out for that!


Hello all you jazzy listeners and KZSC supporters!

Here are the Jazz Charts for this week! Make sure you check out or jazz programming including shows like Clam Chops on Tuesdays at 12pm and Jazz Kitty on Saturdays at 12pm.

Peace and Jazz y’all.

Album Artist Year Label
True North Leslie Pintchik


Pintch Hard Records
Otis Was a Polar Bear Allison Miller


The Royal Potato Family
Astral Progressions Josef Leimberg


World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records
Day Breaks Norah Jones


Blue Note Records
You & I (Deluxe Edition)


No Format!
Shelter from the storm Barb Jungr


linn rocords
Carolina Carol Saboya


AAM Music
Harlem On My Mind Catherine Russell


Jazz Village
Language of the Heart D’erania


Everlove Music
Soul Eyes Kandace Springs


Capitol Records, LLC

Listen to Morganic’s EVERY SHADE OF BLUE, MONDAYS 8:30 pm – 10 pm!

Rest in Power to Mose Allison & Sharon Jones.

KZSC Show Reviews: Nicole Dollanganger, Teen Suicide, Elvis Depressedly

If you have the opportunity to see Nicole Dollanganger, Teen Suicide (or whatever name they change to), Elvis Depressedly, or Aeon Fux, go spend that money. They’re gems, all of them.

Many thanks to the good folks at the Vera Project for showing me live music isn’t a huge chore. Festivals are a whole different story, but this will be the year I go out to see some more shows more often.