January 29, 2010
Like to light up at some of your favorite hot spots in San Francisco? Smokers should be aware of a non-smoking ordinance currently under review that will attempt to ban smoking on the patios of places such as the Hemlock Tavern, Bottom of the Hill, Thee Parkside, El Rio, Eagle SF, Lucky 13, Zeitgeist and many more.
Those interested voicing their opinion can speak out this Monday, Feb. 1, at city hall in room 263 at 2 p.m.
This movement of smoking bans is spreading across California, with Los Angeles smokers recently losing their ability to light up in outdoor cafes and food courts after a city council meeting on Jan. 20. Other locations that have already banned smoking in outdoor dining facilities include Burbank, Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Santa Monica.
The Hemlock Tavern is attempting to create a grandfather clause to exempt current smoking patios at bars. For more information on general smoking rights, visit www.smokinglobby.com.
Jazz and soul was alive and well this past Saturday as several bands took the stage to celebrate the release of Boston's own Love in Stockholm's brand new video “Ordinary Man.” Close friends (and media alike) joined the band right before the scheduled concert to get a peek at the vid for their latest single, which was shot over only a couple days. The video, which features the band pouring their hearts out in a performance under a stream of Christmas lights, was followed by a live acoustic performance of the same song – which was one of the most intimate moments of the evening (if not the only one).
Opening up was the powerful Joy Daniels. Equipped with tight instrumentation and a stage presence comparable to quite frankly nothing else, Joy shook the audience with songs that were not only upbeat and melodic, but packed with a powerful message as well. Songs like “Crazy” and “Do You Know What It's Like” packed an off-the-wall (and considerably brief) set right before Re-Up hit the stage. Combining soul with their own eclectic view of hip-hop, the audience was completely consumed with their relaxed-but-passionate demeanor as they crooned songs like the bittersweet love ballad “Still” and the ultra-slick “Bad Motherfucker.”
Following them were the Phix and the energy completely shifted from that of a laid-back concert-goer to a wild dance party. The Phix are masters of taking genres and flipping them on their heads. Fusing hip-hop together with pop, a little bit of rock and adding a dash of auto-tune sounds like too many ingredients in the pot to actually produce something you can successfully consume, but somehow they pull it off flawlessly. Cruising through tunes like “Boomerang” and “Fell in Love (In the Club)” with endless amounts of energy, they provided an interesting contrast to the final act of the night, Love In Stockholm.
The last band of the evening was greeted to a packed room of true fans or intrigued listeners, and rose to the occasion practically without breaking a sweat. Fusing soul and beats that can't help but make you move, the boys put their acoustic side away and kept up the high-paced energy anointed to them previously by the Phix. Playing songs like “Don't Be Fooled” and “The Collector” from last year's Too Much Love EP, LIS gave it their all and the audience were quite appreciative. Trumpets mixed with harmonicas mixed with guitars and soulful vocals perfectly channeled their core sound of R&B/jazz. Overall, the boys put on a show they could be proud of.
-Review and photos by Candace McDuffie
January 28, 2010
Vaus – The Floating Celebration
Derek Frank- Let the Games Begin
Mass Solo Revolt- Bend in Time
The Besnard Lakes- Are the Roaring Night
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The Hammond Group- Bailout!
Jennie Arnau- Chasing Giants
The Organ Beats – Sleep When We Are Dead
Faith and the Muse- :ankoku butoh:
Three Day Threshold- Straight out of the Barrel
Joey Stuckley- So Far
Tokyo Rosenthal- Ghosts
Cagle and Nash- Soul Complete
Libby Johnson- The Perfect View
Trades- The Short Version
La Chansons- The King and Queen of the Dance Floor
Aloha- Home Acres
Joy Kills Sorrow- Darkness Sure Becomes This City
January 26, 2010
My Flea Circus – Flee Flaa Floo
DJ Rap – Synthesis
Rafter – Animal Feelings
Dave Daniels – Just Like Ghosts
Judgement Day – Peacocks/Pink Monsters
Okapi – Love Him
Chris Pureka – How I Learned To See In The Dark
Jennifer Leonhardt – Minstrel’s Daughter
Randal Bramblett – The Meantime
Çatarina dos Santos – No balanco do mar
The Villains – self-titled
Brendan Kelley – Music From the Motion Picture
7 Million Jigawatts – Taking Flight
The Strange Boys – Be Brave
Absinthe Rose – Diggin Ditches & Escaping Holes
Zamza – Manga Rock
Chris Laubis – Balance
Peggo – In Love
Melanie Mitrano – All Things Gold
Jes Perry – The Way That I Feel
Jamie McLean Band – Completely
Cinetrope – Once I Ruled The World
Jesse Liam – Father From A Man
Memphis 59 – Ragged But Right
Jonathan Badger – Unsung Stories From Lilly’s Days as a Solar Astronaut
Josiah Wolf – Jet Lag
The American Dollar – Atlas
Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness – Lots of Fun!
Blair – Die Young
Jimmy Landry – New Day
The Greening – (She’s So) Electric EP