San Francisco
Hop on the train, the Railroad Earth train
If you haven’t yet seen or heard of Railroad Earth, don’t delay a minute longer; stop everything you are doing (even reading this) and listen: Railroad Earth’s music is progressive bluegrass; they incorporate an interesting combination of stringed instruments with drums (which is rare for bluegrass), but they periodically weave in other fantastic instruments such as the flute, piano, saxophone and of course the pennywhistle. RRE purposefully defies any categorization, describing themselves loosely as “playing rock on acoustic instruments.” They have had notable success since their debut at Telluride Bluegrass festival in 2001, and still boast an enthusiastic following of...
Morning Gloryville SF: Rave your way into the day!
Morning Gloryville is midweek a.m. rave. It starts at 6:30 am and lasts for four hours. Similar to Ecstatic Dance, it’s a substance free event and promotes a practice of its own called, “conscious clubbing.” Morning Gloryville was founded in 2013 by event organizer Samantha Moyo and contemporary dancer Nico Thomas. Their brainchild began in Shore Ditch, East London and has sprung up in 15 different cities- including Berlin, Barcelona, Dublin, Melbourne, Tokyo and New York- since its inception. The San Francisco chapter I was about to embark on marked this city’s 6th episode....
Gonzo debrief from Phish, night two, at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco
  It was early in the evening when I first noticed the icky stick to the floor upon my shoe. I wondered how I was supposed to dance in these conditions and hoped the crowd surrounding me would continue to spill their drinks; I’ll take slide over stick anytime when it comes to dancing on an auditorium floor.  Set 1: Crowd Control, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Wingsuit, Water in the Sky, Plasma, Halfway to the Moon > Poor Heart, Gumbo -> Sanity > Run Like an Antelope Set one came with a few realizations and so did I during that nasty Gumbo>Sanity>Run Like An Antelope. These are my notes. 1. Phans who buy...
Phreshly Converted Phan: Phish San Francisco
Check out the hyperlinks for complete set lists!  It all started when Prints Charming stimulated my inbox with a surprise text on Thursday:  “Are you in the Bay?”  He said.  “Phuck yeah,” I thought then quickly replied, “Yes, and I’d love to see you!” Two texts later I was making dinner for this Twarriour (tour-warrior) and laughing at his stouries. Ah, phresh tales from the Canada border patrol…Toronto must have been great! My last Phish show happened in Charleston, 2010. I went both nights and I’m sorry phans, but that shit left me bored. For three years I had next to no interest in seeing...
Undercover Presents Radiohead: Kid A
It takes a special group of musicians to successfully cover an album like Radiohead’s Kid A. Before attempting to transcend this music one must understand its ethereal and dark qualities.   In an ongoing collaboration, produced by Undercover Presents, 10 of the Bay’s most talented bands came together to celebrate the album with the respect it deserves. Each act performed one song off of the album with their own colorful flavor added. For three sold out nights UCP lined Radiohead fans out the door and around the corner of San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop.  I found my way through the venue’s red...
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