Hospitality, UC Berkeley-based Waterstrider play Rickshaw Stop

Despite both being relatively new to the music industry, headliners Hospitality, recently signed to heavy-hitter Merge Records (Arcade Fire, Conor Oberst, Camera Obscura, etc.) and openers Waterstrider exhibited their strong musical artistry and immense potential last Thursday at the Rickshaw Stop, hosted by Popscene. However, potential should not be taken
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SF Opera Orchestra enchants at Zellerbach Hall

When the lights turn off and the audience quiets down, most would find themselves in a movie theater with a coke in one hand and popcorn in the other. However, this last Sunday, dozens of people crowded around the famous San Francisco Opera Orchestra in Zellerbach Hall waiting for the
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Japandroids: Celebration Rock

It’s a miracle that Celebration Rock even exists. After two unappreciated EPs, Japandroids’ debut album, 2009’s Post-Nothing, was supposed to be their swan song — a last ditch effort before exiting the stage and calling it quits. But Post-Nothing unexpectedly won the affection of both yearning critics and head-banging fans,
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Photo Gallery: Live 105’s BFD festival

Live 105’s annual music festival,  Big Fucking Day (BFD), rocked audiences this weekend. This gallery includes bands that performed on Saturday June 2: Imagine Dragons, Geographer, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, A B & the Sea, Silversun Pickups and Neon Trees.

Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

Jim Morrison is dead. Fucking sad, but true. Though, when he did ‘break on through’ to the other side in 1971 in that bathtub in Paris, Morrison left an indelible mark on music, pop culture and so on and so on, despite the fact that The Doors are consistently, and
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Rebecca Ferguson: Heaven

Rebecca Ferguson may have finished second on the seventh season of The X Factor UK back in 2010, but her debut album, Heaven, is first rate. The Liverpool native released Heaven in the UK in December of 2011 to great commercial and critical success, going platinum in both the United
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The Walkmen: Heaven

You can always count on the Walkmen to consistently deliver incredible albums. While the quality of their music has never changed, the mood of the band has certainly evolved over the past decade. Heaven is calm and pensive, with nothing that resembles the fiery angst of their 2004 hit, “The
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Regina Spektor: What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

When Regina Spektor composes lyrics, she doesn’t write them down. This can be a problem; lyrics slip through the cracks of memory like change between couch cushions. What she does manage to get down into a song, however, tends to be memorable, a sweet bit of candy for the ears.
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