Dr. Dog kicks off four-night residency at The Indy

A few simple strums of the guitar quickly turned into a campfire harmony to Dr. Dog’s opening number “California.” In no time, the sold-out crowd sang along: “And the heart keeps bringing you home / To California, where the warm sun shines / California, hear the windblown chimes / CAL-I-FORN-I-A / Though you’re far away, your … Continue reading Dr. Dog kicks off four-night residency at The Indy

Battles surprise indy crowd with Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus

Watching John Stanier smash his five-piece Tama Artstar II drum kit is pretty unbelievable. Sweat poured off his forehead as his thick greying hair flung back and forth to the rhythm of his hands. Half-glancing at his super-high crash, it’s as if Stanier was warning the high-rise cymbal right before smashing the brass so hard … Continue reading Battles surprise indy crowd with Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus

Eels Electrify the Regency

“Life is hard, and so am I. You better give me something, so I don’t die.” It’s been 23 years since “Novocaine for the Soul” plunged its way into Eels fans’ hearts. The song’s opening lines still relate, and their live rendition gave the classic tune a much darker twist. If you asked the hundreds … Continue reading Eels Electrify the Regency

Better Oblivion Community Center, a folksy pair

The collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, Better Oblivion Community Center (BOOC), came to rock the sold-out crowd at August Hall on a Friday night. Backed by a full band, the duo ripped through an exciting set of music from their eponymous debut record as well as some deep cuts from Oberst’s and Bridgers’ back catalogues. … Continue reading Better Oblivion Community Center, a folksy pair

Prism Bitch packs a powerfully loving punch

Prism Bitch packs a powerful punch. Sporting a blue stripped track suit, vocalist Lilah Rose collapsed to her knees, her feet pressed against her back as she violently played guitar on the floor. Bassist Lauren Poole, in matching yellow joggers, screamed into the mic before kicking the air Chuck-Norris style. The energetic band dominated the … Continue reading Prism Bitch packs a powerfully loving punch

Jim James’ solo acoustic set embraces rainbow power

The Fox’s stage is nestled between two giant golden Buddhas. They glistened in the dimly-lit room as ushers guided fans to their seats. Instruments sat center stage, chairs filled the orchestra pit and mezzanine floor, and black drapes blocked the doorways. Everyone inside Oakland’s iconic theatre was ready for a spiritual experience. A barefoot Jim … Continue reading Jim James’ solo acoustic set embraces rainbow power

Interpol closes tour by honoring the hits

Rest assured. There was chemistry. Fitted in slick black suits, Interpol stoically stood before the crowd, fog whirled around them, and dark blue lit the stage. The ominous opening chords to "Pioneer to the Falls" (Our Love to Admire, 2007) set the mood for their final night of tour at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. Frontman Paul … Continue reading Interpol closes tour by honoring the hits

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

The Postal Service ignites nostalgia at the Greek Theatre

The Postal Service’s "Give Up" shifted the emo-indie world of 2003 to a happier place. Its words resonated with the aching hearts of teenagers everywhere, but its "techy-beats" morphed ever-fashionable, emo tears into really bad, white kid dance moves. Still, the album was uplifting, much like Friday night’s 10-year reunion show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. … Continue reading The Postal Service ignites nostalgia at the Greek Theatre

Mumford & Sons play before a sea of spectators at the Greek

Standing atop the peak of Berkeley’s Greek Theater, a sea of golden-lit limbs swayed beneath me. Couples cuddled, friends danced and I watched, enjoying the striking union of sight and sound. It’s no surprise that Mumford & Sons sold out three nights at the Greek in less than 30 seconds. The English folk-rock foursome have … Continue reading Mumford & Sons play before a sea of spectators at the Greek