This Thursday! The Deli SF and Studio SQ present: Le VICE!

Start your weekend early and come dance your pants off with The Deli SF and Studio SQ as we present Le VICE live at El Rio, Thursday, March 11th! Le VICE is one part electro funk, one part rootsy hip hop with some sprinklings of pop and R&B. They're the perfect solution to your next dance party and a breath of fresh air.

Le VICE took third place in our annual Best Emerging Artist of 2009 Reader's Poll and will be celebrating the release of their self titled debut along with Bay Area folks F*ck, I'm a Ghost and Red Blue Yellow.

Come out and dance with us!

Thursday, March 11th
El Rio - 9pm
Le VICE, F*uck, I'm a Ghost, Red Blue Yellow

 -Nicole Leigh


Album review: For Fear The Hearts Of Men Are Failing

Artist: For Fear The Hearts of Men Are Failing
Album: City Music

City Music, the new release from the homegrown alt-country/folk group For Fear the Hearts of Men Are Failing (FFHMRF) is an enjoyable traditional country and bluegrass-inspired romp. FFHMRF bill themselves as the "longest-named East Bay folk group," and while the name does seem to drag on forever, the record never does. It sounds like it could have been recorded on a summertime front porch in Appalachia. Twangy vocals are punctuated with rolling banjo and guitar interludes. The tracks "Whippoorwill," the mostly instrumental "The Dialog/Elzic's Farewell," and "The Death Song" stand out from the rest. If you like Punk rock jugbands like Blackbird Raum or traditional folk songs and bluegrass (a la Folkways and Alan Lomax depression-era recordings) you're sure to like FFHMRF.

Check out their set at Mama Buzz, March 19th, 8pm.

-Natalia Cooper


Noise Pop 2010: A B & the Sea

In San Francisco, merely uttering words that suggest you perhps don't care for A B & the Sea is akin to cheating on the perfect boyfriend in high school who brought you stuffed animals as presents and called just to say he loved you [ok, I didn't have one of those boyfriends either but you get get the metaphor, yes?]. Why, why would you do that? Koley O'Brien might just be that boyfriend, or at least that's what A B & the Sea's lyrics would have you thinking. With songs like "Yellow Haired Girl" and "We Can Ride Our Bikes to the Beach," A B & The Sea brought some sweet and innocent surf rock back to California via Wisconsin last Sunday night [does that sound strange to anyone else or just to me?]. A B & the Sea are what my co-editor Ada likes to call "nice guy rock." Where their lyrics lack in depth, their music makes up for in catchy-ness and musicianship. Their Noise Pop show at Bimbo's was tight and energetic and the crowd was certainly in love. A B & the Sea made mama proud that night.

-Nicole Leigh
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Noise Pop 2010: The Northern Key

The Northern Key is the side project of Andrew Galluccio, bass player for the San Francisco band The Red Verse. Andrew's haunting indie folk compositions started off an eclectic evening of music at Bimbo's for one of Noise Pop's final eveings of shows. Joined by the multi-instrumentalist Christina Platter on cello and keys as well as Danny Sullivan on drums, the trio helped wind down the weeks back to back days of happy hours and dancing. With somber lyrics and an overall sound that is very reminiscent of Iron & Wine with a slightly less solitary feel, The Northern Key's set at Noise Pop was quite enjoyable.

The Northern Key released their self titled LP on Tricycle Records earlier in February.

-Nicole Leigh
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Noise Pop 2010: Citay

Possibly the only band at Noise Pop to feature both a glockenspiel and a Gibson Flying V, the seven piece band known as Citay headlined the Thursday evening festivities at Cafe du Nord. Not surprisingly, the band with the eclectic instrumentation has an eclectic sound and it all came out of the mind of Ezra Feinberg in 2006. Since that time the band has put out a few albums, the most recent of which, Dream Get Together, was released earlier this year. Their Cafe du Nord performance was in celebration of the album which features pop melodies, multi-layered harmonies, and spacey guitar solos. Its pretty interesting stuff.

Careful With That Hat

-Nicole Leigh
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