POP/ROX presents Better Than Something, the feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jay Reatard, plays at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on August 17. This intimate portrait brings us incredibly close to his complicated punk-rock world in Memphis, Tennessee.
Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, $10. Get tickets HERE!
Have you ever sat slumped at your miserable computer at your excruciating job, staring blankly at an Excel spreadsheet that mocks your very existence but really secretly hoping that a heavy metal band would come and whisk you away to a magical land of booze and Satan? Sure, we all have.
Thursday, July 21st, office drones of San Francisco had their rockin’ prayers answered as the band Live Evil drove throughout the city in their Mexican party bus named Lola, picking up stray souls from their jobs for the third annual Walk Out To Rock Out. Whether you call it a public service or a public nuisance, Walk Out To Rock Out is a load of fun and Live Evil is the musical equivalent of a barrel of monkeys. Frontman Laurent Martini (who comes across like the love child of Nikki Sixx and Serge Gainsbourg) and his band of merry party animals strive to be the earthly incarnate of the spirit of rock & roll. Turning private nostalgia into performance art, all Live Evil songs were actually written by Martini during his teen years. This band’s mission of prolonged adolescence brings home the message that rock & roll, at its very core, is about divine youth. That and we’re never too old to rock.
Live Evil’s party bus started at the bar Zeitgeist at 9:00am. From there they picked up people on street corners and from office buildings, stopping at Union Square’s historic Gold Dust Lounge for a spontaneous show full of mayhem, madness, and confused tourists. They departed the Gold Dust at 2:00pm for The Hotel Utah where they played till 8:00pm.
I caught up with Live Evil’s Walk Out To Rock Out at the Gold Dust Lounge. Enjoy the mayhem and get on the bus!
C. Spencer Yeh / David Horvitz
Friday, August 5, 2011
Doors 5:00 PM / DJ (Matt Thompson) / Performance 7:30 PM
Tickets available at the door - $7
Join us for an evening of sonic exploration and social engagement with artists C. Spencer Yeh and David Horvitz. Brooklyn-based Yeh (who also performs under the long-running identity Burning Star Core) is a solo artist and improviser who uses violin, voice, and electronics. He has collaborated with Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Thurston Moore, and Jandek among many others. Yeh will be performing solo improvisations on violin and voice utilizing the open space of BAM/PFA’s Gallery B. Horvitz, also based in Brooklyn, is a photographer and performance artist whose activities include the 241543903 project, A Wikipedia Reader, and guided food tours. In the prankster tradition, he stages surprising interactions that replicate the online experience. His absurdist social-practice approach to art making will take full advantage of BAM/PFA and the L@TE audience.