Is San Francisco's Garage-Pop Phase Over?
From the latest SF Weekly:
Thee Oh Sees are on hiatus, and the best new rock bands in S.F. don't sound much like them.
Garage Is Over: S.F.'s youngest, most innovative, and boundary-pushing musicians don't relate to the "Dwyers and Segalls" -- nor their goofier kitsch-rocker contemporaries -- because that music doesn't speak to the very arduous and frustrating experience of living as an artist in one of the most economically unequal regions in the country. The forces driving away certain high-profile figures of the psychedelic garage-pop scene are a potent catalyst for others who make a different kind of music. The most original and vital new rock music in S.F. today reflects the city's current tension and volatility. [continue reading]
Rickshaw Stop Turns 10: And thus, 10 years ago this month, a music club was born among the forest of car-repair shops between Civic Center and Hayes Valley, at 155 Fell St., near Van Ness, and christened Rickshaw Stop. White and co-owner Waldo Williams flew in actual rickshaws from Vietnam and China to decorate the place. They reclaimed a lot of old building materials from a former Catholic fraternity that was being demolished down the street to make way for the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music. None of the trimmings matched. There was no coherent aesthetic. They didn't care. [continue reading]
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