Art in Motion: Arcade Fire performs Funeral in its entirety for the first time

It started to snow just before Arcade Fire greeted an electrified, sold-out crowd at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. Small, white, paper flecks fell from above, artwork from their first album, Funeral, swirled on the backdrop — the red hues mirrored off all seven dangling disco balls. There wasn’t an inch of floor-space between the stage and … Continue reading Art in Motion: Arcade Fire performs Funeral in its entirety for the first time

Planet Booty celebrates the skin you’re in

I remember the euphoric sense of freedom I felt the first time I saw Planet Booty perform at Oakland’s Starline Social Club. Leaning against a pillar, I watched the already fervent crowd cry for more as the electro-funk R&B trio exercised their right to funk. By the end, frontman Dylan Germick stood smiling before the rowdy mob in … Continue reading Planet Booty celebrates the skin you’re in

Bohemian folkers, one tight-knit family

Home is where the heart is. What started as a sibling ensemble, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, quickly morphed into a five-person show, equipped with a tap-dancing drummer, a stand-up bassist and a slide guitarist. Lauren Brown, a self-taught drummer, began tapping for the band in 2010, a few short years after brother-sister duo … Continue reading Bohemian folkers, one tight-knit family