The War on Drugs: “I resist what I cannot change, But I wanna find what can’t be found” (October 6, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

The War On Drugs certainly gave me A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO I AM at the Hearst Greek Theater in Berkeley last Friday. They mentioned being super excited to headline the Greek (it being the place where they first saw one of their greatest idols, Neil Young), and we certainly felt that energy. Having listening to their new album (‘A Deeper Understanding‘) non-stop for the past month, I was SLAYED when seeing it COME ALIVE last night with standout performances of Up All Night (LOVE THE KEYBOARD INTRO), Pain, Holding On, Nothing to Find, and Thinking of a Place (among many other hits). One of my favorite lyrics from the album is “I resist what I cannot change, and I wanna find what can’t be found,” and could not help but BELT IT OUT when the time came. I was in a serous tizzy the entire 2-hr set (continuous, no breaks), just STUNNED by Adam’s insane guitar work and the ethereal sounds emerging from his extended jam sessions with the bassist, keyboardist, drummer, and saxophone player (especially cool). His signature yelps (“Whoop!”) heightened all of our senses and kept us smiling (and yelping back!) the whole way through. MAD PROPS to The War on Drugs for keeping me UP ALL NIGHT, LOST IN A DREAM, THINKING OF A PLACE, DISAPPEARING with RED EYES (TO THE WIND), and HOLDING ON to zero PAIN with NOTHING TO FIND AN OCEAN BETWEEN THE WAVES. They certainly didn’t leave “Tangled Up In Blue” (it was one of BEST SHOWS I’ve been to ALL YEA), but this epic Bob Dylan cover did. It so happens to be my favorite Dylan’s track, and I made it known in my serous sing-a-long. It fills me with pride to think that the musical genius that is Adam Granduciel is also Philly born and Bred. Him and Kurt Vile PHEED PHILLY the PHINEST music PHEVER. He said that he was happy to be back in ❤

 

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Capsized (Playlist: Sept 24, 2017)

Capsized

CREATED BY ERICA ANDREOZZI

FRESH NEW PLAYLIST (56 songs) inspired by recent shows/sets (Sylvan Esso, Flock of Dimes, Wild Cub, Future Feats, Maggie Rogers, Plini, Haim, Milky Chance, Manchester Orchestra, Tigers Jaw, Foxing, Henry Jamison, Gracie and Rachel, The Decemberists, Asgeir, Public Service Broadcasting). There was additional influence from recent track/album releases by The National and War on Drugs (Both are SO FREAKING GOOD), as well as Trevor Hall, Frightened Rabbit, The Head and the Heart, Fatherson, LCD Soundsystem, Good Old War, and my friend Alexa-J! I also included tracks by new discoveries: Future Feats (opened for Wild Cub), Sinkane, Vista Kicks (opened for Milky Chance), Foxing (opened for Manchester Orchestra), Tusks (opened for Asgeir), and Frendship (whose CAPSIZED TRACK I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF and who I can’t wait to see next month in SF).

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Previous Playlists: Creature Comfort, I Know You Know, Feeling Electric, Wake Up, Oceans Away, and more…

(In order to access the playlist, you have to press the 3 vertical dots in the upper right hand corner and select download. You can then cancel the download immediately and still have access to the playlist. If you are still having uses, let me know and I can send you a link to download the tracks!)

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  1. Up All Night- The War On Drugs
  2. Alaska-  Maggie Rogers
  3. Just Past The Point Of Breaking- Fatherson
  4. Capsize- Frenship
  5. The Fruitful Darkness- Trevor Hall
  6. Somewhere- Wild Cub
  7. Birthplace- Flock Of Dimes
  8. Cities in Wonder- Future Feats
  9. Real Peach- Henry Jamison
  10. Right Now- Haim
  11. Day I Die- The National
  12. 1000 Nights- Frenship
  13. Always- Fatherson
  14. Semaphore – Flock Of Dimes
  15. Holding On- The War On Drugs
  16. Firebird- Milky Chance
  17. Gotta Get Away- Vista Kicks
  18. Don’t Dream It’s Over- The Head and the Heart
  19. Speak- Wild Cub
  20. Pain- The War On Drugs
  21. Nights like tonight- Future Feats
  22. Everything Is Happening Today- Flock Of Dimes
  23. Forest- Fatherson
  24. Through a Glass- Henry Jamison
  25. Fire- Wild Cub
  26. The Pit- Public Service Broadcasting
  27. What I Know- Trevor Hall
  28. Follows- Tigers Jaw
  29. Roadless- Frightened Rabbit
  30. The Joke- Flock Of Dimes
  31. The Moth- Manchester Orchestra
  32. Fires- Future Feats
  33. Oh Baby- LCD Soundsystem
  34. Cold Blue Rain- Milky Chance
  35. Sons & Daughters- The Decemberists
  36. Dog Years- Maggie Rogers
  37. June- Tigers Jaw
  38. The Medic- Foxing
  39. Turtleneck-  The National
  40. Knives- Matoma & Frenship
  41. The River- Good Old War
  42. Sleeping Over- Fatherson
  43. (Un)comfortable- Gracie and Rachel
  44. Walking Away- Haim
  45. Favorite Song- Sinkane
  46. My Heart, Your Heart- Trevor Hall
  47. Nobody Else Will Be There- The National
  48. The Grocery- Manchester Orchestra
  49. Toronto- Tusks
  50. Every Piece Matters-  Plini
  51. Down By The Water- The Decemberists
  52. All Out- Public Service Broadcasting
  53. Rewind-  Sylvan Esso
  54. Part of Me- Good Old War
  55. Electricity (feat. Alexa J)- Muzikm4n
  56. Dreaming- Asgeir

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Asgeir: “Oh, how I long for light.. A light that won’t leave me.. Never to go away”: The Fillmore in SF (Sept 1, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

It had been 3 years since I last saw Asgeir, the incredibly talented artist who was my initial hook into the Icelandic music scene. Amped by the recent release of Asgeir’s beautiful album (‘Afterglow’) and his slay-worthy covers of Adele, Abba, Nirvana, The National, and others as part of his unique #asgeirstraigttovinyl project (taking requests from all over the world and recording them straight to vinyl for 24 hr straight), I could hardly contain myself for their show at The Fillmore last night. They delivered a flawless performance from start to finish (75 min) without any interruption, making it easier for the crowd to be whisked away to another world (including the security guard who told me his mind wandered to a far away place). I think we all sported an Asgeir “afterglow” after hearing ‘I Know You Know’ (“Oh, how I long for light.. A light that won’t leave me… Never to go away”) and ‘Torrent’ (my favorites across both albums) come alive right in front of our eyes. Torrent was the first song in Asgeir‘s collection that had me hooked, and the fact that he saved it for the encore was super special. The drums and keys in that one are so freaking awesome! I am so happy that they came to San Francisco to serenade us with their “stardust,” and I look forward to more of it at Iceland Airwaves Music festival in November! Check out my previous review of Asgeir from 2014 and my recent playlist inspired my his track ‘I Know You Know.” 😀

 

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Sylvan Esso: “I was Gonna Die Young, But now I Gotta Wait for You”: Fox Theater in Oakland (Aug 23, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

The amazing Sylvan Esso making sure that we PLAY IT RIGHT before leaving the Fox Theater – Oakland after their stacked set, including hits from their new album, ‘What Now‘: Die Young, Radio, Glow, Kick Jump Twist, Just Dancing, and Signal. Their epic encore triggered a massive dance party after the closing of the show. First time I’ve ever witnessed such a phenomenon at that venue (and I go there ALOT). Amelia and her fluid, infectious moves had us all wishing we could “just dance,” for not many people can GLIDE ON STAGE the way that she does (not even close!). It was cool to also meet two videographers beforehand that were filming footage for a Sylvan Esso documentary. What an awesome idea! It was also cool to learn that Amelia’s family was originally from the SF Bay Area. Towards the end of the set, she mentioned that the Fox Theater was “her grandfather’s favorite,” and that many of her cousins (he had 11 grandchildren!) were in the audience that night. The unique lighting design on stage (<< >>) is tattoo that Amelia, Nick, and Jen (of Flock of Dimes and Wye Oak) all have. Speaking of Jen, it was such a treat to have her on tour with them. In fact, I first discovered Sylvan Esso when they opened her her as Wye Oak in March 2014 at the Lexington (tiny venue!) in London. I guess things really do come full circle!

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Creature Comfort (Playlist: Aug 15, 2017)

Creature Comfort

CREATED BY ERICA ANDREOZZI

PERFECT SUMMERTIME PLAYLIST inspired by San Francisco’s very own Outside Lands music festival (Mondo Cozmo, RAC, Bleachers, K. Flay, Jacob Banks, Porches, James Vincent McMorrow, Joseph, Grace Mitchel, Vance Joy, Young the Giant) last week and by recent shows I rocked out to within the last month or so: Portugal. The man, Local Natives, Benjamin Booker, Alvarez Kings, The Trims, Run River North, Saint Mesa). There was additional influence from recent track/album releases by Arcade Fire (LOVE THEIR NEW ALBUM), Geographer, Wild Cub, Allen Stone, Overcoats, Haim, Foster the People, Amber Run, Daughter, Mogwai, and Zach Winters. I was also happy to include tracks by new discoveries: Betty Who (touring with Geographer), Charlie Cunningham (playing with Low Roar in October), Jeremy Loops, and Jaws of Love (gorgeous solo project of Local Natives’s Kelcey Ayer).

“Saying
God, make me famous
If you can’t just make it painless
Just make it painless” 

Arcade Fire (‘Creature Comfort‘)

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Previous Playlists: I Know You Know, Feeling Electric, Wake Up, Oceans Away, and more…

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Live In The Moment- Portugal. The Man
Creature Comfort- Arcade Fire
Human Touch- Betty Who
Witness- Benjamin Booker
I Fall Over- Wild Cub
Where You’re At- Allen Stone
No Answers- Amber Run
Everything Now- Arcade Fire
The Beautiful Game (feat. St. Lucia)- RAC
Easy Tiger- Portugal. The Man
Thunder- Mondo Cozmo
I Saw You Close Your Eyes- Local Natives
Everybody Lost Somebody- Bleachers
Tell-Tale Heart- Alvarez Kings
High Enough- K.Flay
Read My Mind- Geographer
Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man
Hollywood (Feat. Penguin Prison)- RAC
Peter Pan- Arcade Fire
Chainsmoking- Jacob Banks
Hold Me Close- Overcoats
Rich Friends- Portugal. The Man
Plastic Soul- Mondo Cozmo
Heartbreak Summer (feat. K.Flay)- RAC
Cold Conscience- Alvarez Kings
Tidal Wave- Portugal. The Man
Imagination- Saint Mesa
Mother Emanuel- Local Natives
Higher Stakes- Jeremy Loops
The Future- San Holo & James Vincent McMorrow
Infinite Content- Arcade Fire
Don’t Take The Money- Bleachers
Burn It Down- Daughter
Run Or Hide- Run River North
Jellyfish- Local Natives
Nighttime Hunger- Overcoats
Party in the Dark- Mogwai
Nothing’s Wrong- Haim
So Young- Portugal. The Man
I Wish I Could Say- The Trims
Motivation- Benjamin Booker
White Flag- Joseph

Sit Next To Me- Foster The People
Lights Off- Charlie Cunningham
Jaws of Love.- Tasha Sits Close to the Piano
Run River Run- Run River North
Truth Is Heavy- Benjamin Booker
No Resolve- Alvarez Kings
Coolverine- Mogwai
An Opening- Charlie Cunningham
Hate That You Know Me- Bleachers
Nolo- Grace Mitchell
Hold On To Me- Mondo Cozmo
10 To Have You Around- Zach Winters
Monster (Feat. Avelino)- Jacob Banks
Lay It On Me- Vance Joy
Blood In The Cut- K.Flay
Silvertongue- Young The Giant
Faithful (Bonus Track)- Allen Stone
Car- Porches

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Local Natives – “Save me, from the prime of my life”: the Greek Theater in Berkeley (July 28, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi
(more pics and videos below)

Stoked to have FINALLY caught Local Natives on local land after last seeing them in Edinburgh (Electric Circus), Wales (Green Man Festival), and London (Brixton Academy) back in 2013. That year spoiled me silly, and the memories I have from those shows almost (almost) make up for the 3 ½ year hiatus. Seeing them in that tiny 250, venue in Edinburgh had me on cloud nine for WEEKS, and the fact that I bumped into Taylor (lead vocals/guitar), Ryan (guitar/vocals), and Nik (bass, keys, vocals) that same night for a “wee chat” was also pretty freaking amazing. Then they were announced to play Green Man, a super casual festival where it’s not too uncommon to spot bands hanging out in the crowd watching other bands (and yes, I was indeed lucky enough to find myself dancing next to them during one of the sets). A few months later was their London show at Brixton Academy, and although it was not nearly as intimate as the Edinburgh one, I was happy to have met Kelcey after the show with my best friend Amanda (who was visiting from Philly). Pics below.

Fast forward to last Friday (7/28) at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, and I am grinning ear-to-ear as I wait to bask myself in the beauty of their Sunlit Youth (2016 album). I nearly DIED when they opened with ‘Past Lives,’ a song that slayed me from the start with it’s opening line, “Save me from the prime of my life” (which I am considering as a text tattoo). I love the capricious cadence to this song and the piercing percussion after the chorus of “Then you wake up.” YAAAAAS.  😀

Taylor had us smiling wide when he dedicated the next song (‘Villiany’) to his 1 ½ year old niece Emma, it being her first ever show – he said this one was her favorite! He even posted a clip of her shaking her booty to it in the crowd on Instagram the day after.

Kelcey then asks the audience if anyone is from SF state, and then laughs as he admits wanting to go to Berkeley but only getting into SF state. He then introduced their next song, ‘Airplanes,’ as one he wrote after leaving SF state and heading back to Los Angeles. He followed up with a special version of the hauntingly beautiful, somber tune, ‘Columbia’ (“Am I loving enough?”), that he said the SF Bay Area has never heard before. Tears def welled up in my eyes.

They then surprised us with a new song called ‘I Saw You Close Your Eyes,’ which is KILLER and one I connected with right away. Their new song, ‘The New Heirs’ is also pretty siiiiick too. Next came ‘Jellyfish’, ‘Heavy Feet’, ‘Dark Days’ (with Ryan filling in for the female vocal part and turning heads with his perfect pitch) and ‘Who Knows, Who Cares,’ a song that references “going down to Colorado” — pretty eerie considering that the band recently visited the Colorado river in Arizona to advocate water conservation in Episode 103 of the nature series, Earthworks. This was a project they felt very strongly about, considering that the Colorado river is the main sources of water for California, a state near in dear to their heart and one that is in the 6th year of the worst, most epic drought in modern history (compounded further by climate change and population increases). Aside from showing activism on the water conservation and green energy front, Local Natives have made it a point to show activism on the political front. In fact, Taylor was involved in a panel called the “Politicon” at the Pasadena Convention (July 28/29). That night, Taylor reminds us (during his intro to ‘Fountain of Youth’) that the power is in the hands of the future generation:

“This next song has the idea that it’s the new generation every single time that gets to decide where the world is going to go. It’s the new generation that can see it for what it is an i think pushes it where we want it to be and for us, we just wanted to say, especially being here where, that idea idea was birthed a lot for America, that we have a choice to choose unity and to choose love and respect and respect for everybody. And we would just like to push that forward, no matter what you can do, your influence on the world, we would just like to push for that. “

“We can do whatever we want… We can say whatever we mean…

And if we don’t change, Then who’ll change?

We’ve been dreaming of you, Drinking from fountains of youth.”

(Hell YES. Power to the people)

Cheers to a band that uses the stage to motivate change for the greater good. I have so much respect and adoration for these local natives Cali pride). Stay humble, stay hungry. Stay thirsty for that “Fountain of Youth.” Taylor, quenched by this fountain of youth, dives into the crowd for a bit of surf and then lies on his back, projecting peace and love to all like a prophet.

In true Local Natives fashion, they end the night leaving us in good hands – ‘Sun Hands.’ The energy and aura of this epic encore never fails to disappoint.

All Local Natives fans must check out Kelcey’s new solo project called Jaws of Love. His debut album, Tasha Sits Close To The Piano, named by his wife after their dog Tasha, is coming in the fall, and earlier this month. The lead single, ‘Jaws Of Love,’ is simply stunning — Kelcey’s falsetto vocals elevating over deep, brooding piano ballads. “The whole project is me trying to embrace my nuances and indulge in it,” Ayer explains. “It was such an awesome release making these songs, and that let me embrace who I feel like I am. It was wonderful to not have to explain myself to anyone. I have dark piano music in my heart and soul, and Jaws Of Love. is me at my truest self.” We certainly approve. ❤

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