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Noise Pop 2018: February 19 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2018 03:39pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2018

Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 25! Throughout the week, check out different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts from national music acts and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Tune-Yards, Built To Spill, Ty Dolla $ign, Real Estate, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Superchunk, Rostam, Shabazz Palaces, Dengue Fever, No Age, The Coathangers, The Fresh & Onlys, and so many more!

Check out the full schedule of events and more HERE. There are two ways to attend the fest this year -- buy a badge and get into everything or pick and choose by purchasing tickets to individual shows and films.

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SF Sketchfest Presents Epic Rap Battles of History & Smells Like the '90s: A Night of '90s Music + Comedy

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 11, 2018 07:26pm | Post a Comment

SF Sketchfest

The San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest is back for its 17th year and runs January 11-28th at venues around the City. Amoeba Music is proud to co-present two stellar musical events: Epic Rap Battles of History Live and Smells Like the '90s: A Night of '90s Music and Comedy!Epic Rap Battles of History

Epic Rap Battles of History Live
Great American Music Hall
Jan. 26th (two shows: 7:30 & 10:00 pm)
Tickets
The record-breaking digital series Epic Rap Battles of History, created by Peter Shukoff (aka Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (aka EpicLLOYD), features comedic rap battles between historical and/or pop culture figures - such as Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking, James Bond vs Austin Powers, Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates, and Jim Henson vs Stan Lee. The series, which airs on the YouTube channel /ERB, is currently the most-viewed format on YouTube on a per-episode basis. The series has garnered over three billion views and more than 14 million subscribers, and has been nominated for numerous awards including the Emmys. Musician, comedian and actor Nice Peter, and comedian and emcee EpicLLOYD first met freestyling on a porch in Chicago. EpicLLOYD recruited Nice Peter to join the improv comedy group Mission IMPROVable, which he helped found at the University of Massachusetts and later expanded across the country. In 2009 the improv group began the M.i. Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA and after separate moves to Los Angeles, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD connected again in the comedy circuit performing at the club.In 2010 Nice Peter, already a well-established YouTube personality, suggested that one of the live segments he, EpicLLOYD and MC Mr. Napkins (Zach Sherwin) were performing—an improv rap show that featured comedic, poignant altercations between two characters suggested by the audience—was better suited as a digital format. Tapping into his growing YouTube fan base, Nice Peter went to his channel subscribers for potential matchup ideas. Premiering on Nice Peter’s channel in September 2010 as Epic Rap Battles of History, John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly, the first battle in the series, was an instant hit. It was Episode #2 though, Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader, that became a viral sensation—with now over 96 million views. Epic Rap Battles of History has since featured appearances from hugely popular stars including Weird Al Yankovic, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Key & Peele, Rhett and Link, George Watsky and DeStorm Power, among others.

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Twelve Great Post-Rock / Psychedelic / Jazz / Avant-Garde / Experimental Albums That Are Perfect For Thinking About Life & Other Important Stuff

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 9, 2018 07:47pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

This list is a bit eclectic musically, with a number of styles and genres represented. However, the albums here are held together by a common thread: they all contain music that is excellent for thinking. Sure, you can think while listening to pretty much anything, but these 2017 releases are guaranteed to take your mind on a journey through inner space. They will undoubtedly lead you to some interesting places, so check them all out and see where your mind goes... just close your eyes, relax, and float away on a cloud of sound.

Cornelius, Mellow Waves

12.  Cornelius - Mellow Waves (Warner Music Japan)

A triumphant return for this Japanese artist, his first new proper (non-soundtrack) album since 2006's Sensuous. As the title perhaps indicates, this new one finds him mellowing a bit, but his penchant for slightly skewed pop music is still here. Some odd time signatures lead to interesting places, and his distinctly Japanese sensibilities are on full display again. Overall, this is an enjoyable and pleasant ride through the universe of quirky electronic-tinged pop we are used to from him. Although it might not be his best record, it is a very strong effort, and it fares quite well when compared to his earlier masterpieces Fantasma and Point.
Do Make Say Think

11.  Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation)

Twelve Great Song-Oriented Albums of 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 8, 2018 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

I'm generally not that into traditional "song-oriented" music, finding myself more interested in music that is either instrumental (Ambient, Electronic, Experimental, etc.) or music that features singing in languages other than English (International and global sounds, both old and new). This year, however, I found myself enjoying a lot more music in this vein than usual. Here are a dozen great new albums from 2017 that worked wonders within the confines of rock/pop/folk music, bringing a freshness to the craft that makes them all deserving of recognition and attention.

Acetone

12. Acetone1992-2001 (Light in the Attic)

Nice career-spanning retrospective from this underrated California-based group. Their lazy, laid-back music fused indie rock with folk and country influences, and this well-curated compilation mines their catalog and comes up with some real gold.

 

Noir City 16: Film Noir from A to B, January 26 - February 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 7, 2018 03:09pm | Post a Comment

Noir City

Noir City, the most popular film noir festival in the world, returns to San Francisco's majestic Castro The Man Who Cheater HimselfTheatre for its 16th edition, January 26-February 4, 2018. "Film Noir from A to B" presents 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or "B" film. All but one of the films will be presented in glorious 35mm.

The Film Noir Foundation's latest restoration will also receive its world "re-premiere" on the night of Saturday, February 3: The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950 shot on location in San Francisco! Thanks to the generosity of Noir City patrons and donors, the Foundation was able to fully fund the restoration of this film after the only existing print was lost to "vinegar syndrome."

Returning as producer and host of Noir City is Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation and the man known internationally as the Czar of Noir, not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' new franchise Noir Alley.

In addition to the 12 chronologically-programed double bills, Noir City will feature three book signings: a panel of Noir City e-magazine contributors will sign copies of This Gun For Hirethe new 2018 Noir City Annual 10 on Saturday, January 27; Alan K. Rode will sign copies of his new biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, following his presentation of Curtiz's The Unsuspected on Wednesday, January 31; and on Saturday night, February 3, veteran local photographer Fred Lyon will sign his book, San Francisco Noir, a collection that captures the noir spirit of the City by the Bay.

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