Preview: Lissie at the Independent

Lissie is one of my favorite artists. Not female artists, not under 40 musicians, just favorite. She’s dynamic, has a fantastic voice and is a fantastic writer. Basically I’m a fucking fanboy for Lissie. Well good news, fellow fanboys and girls, Lissie is coming to our little neck of the woods December 7 at one of the best venues in the city The Independent. Lissie’s new album Back To Forever just came out on October 8. Filter calls her “Sexy…with a voice that could shatter buildings and hearts” on this new record, while Rolling Stone declared her “gifted” and “promising.” She recently opened for Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and was a featured artist/speaker at a TED conference. Lissie’s got a powerhouse voice that gets compared to early Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks….but to me she has a tad more fierceness than that. 

On the UK front — Lissie’s new record debuted in Top 10, her single is A listed at BBC Radio 1 and she has an appearance on Jools Holland. In a word, she’s amazing. I am so God Damn excited to see her play and you should be too! PS if you can’t make the Indy show (or even if you can) check her out at Amoeba on Decemeber 7th at 3pm. She’s opened for Bruce, I mean obviously she’s awesome. Be there, kids!

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Caught A Ghost October 25th – The Independent

There are a lot of artists that get sent my way that I hear about through the internet grapevine and wonder what makes them better than anyone else. When I heard of Caught a Ghost I wondered the same, but then I intended and I knew. There is a soulfulness about this band that you just don’t get anymore. A sound so different than just about everything else out there that you wonder if these dynamic artists are transplanted from the 1960’s.

In the same vein as Fitz and the Tantrums, but for my money a better sound, Caught a Ghost is named after the old blues phrase that meant putting on a great show. That’s a great segue into telling you about their upcoming show October 25th at the Independent in SF is going to be awesome. Come for Caught a Ghost stay for the “headliner” He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. Caught a Ghost has an EP out right now and will be releasing their first full length album sometime in 2014. Seriously, though, get out to see them at the Indy they’re going to make San Francisco dance like only San Francisco can.

Tickets are available at Ticket Fly.

Preview: Jackson Browne & David Hidalgo

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I love Jackson Browne like very few other artists. He epitomizes that 1970’s LA sound that I adore. I also love David Hidalgo’s band Los Lobos who epitomize that Chicano sound from the last 40 years. Together they are going to make one hell of a show at the Craneway Pavillion in Point Richmond this Sunday. If you haven’t secured tickets yet, they’re almost sold out so get some quick. 

The concert will benefit Los Cenzontles and the Los Cenzontles touring group and students will also perform. Tickets begin at $55 with three VIP ticket packages and can be purchased at www.jacksonbrowne.com

Los Cenzontles is a factory of musical culture based in California. Deeply rooted in tradition, its professional musicians and mentors redefine Mexican American culture with a contemporary voice. Through a nationally acclaimed musical group, a media production company, and a youth Academy, Los Cenzontles focuses on the future by bringing our youth to the forefront of our mission and music. The organization recently announced the launch of its “Supporting Roots” Campaign to raise funds to expand and renovate its facility and expand its renowned cultural arts programming. He’s a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.

To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.jacksonbrowne.com