2011 was a mixed bag. Established acts like Radiohead and The Strokes dropped duds on trusting fans, while middle-of-the-road acts like The Drums and Hunx and His Punx raised the bar with surprising sophomore efforts. Floundering bands like Iron & Wine and The Dodos made welcome returns to glory, while others merely treaded water (see She and Him’s Christmas album or MGMT’s “mix tape.”) Continue reading…
Are you sick of eagerly waiting for the weekend to arrive, only to have it fly by before you know it? Do you find yourself sitting at your desk Monday morning, wondering where the heck the last two days have gone?
Thankfully, local music supporters Sezio have devised a great way to help you savor the weekend — they’ve made it twice as long. Beginning Thursday, November 4th, Sezio will host Four Day Weekend, an “anti-festival” comprised of four performances by eight West Coast bands.
The festival gets off to a fine start on Thursday with the Joel P. West-fronted The Tree Ring and local favorites The Vision of a Dying World, who are reassembling their classic, four-piece lineup just for the night. Friday will pair San Francisco’s Dominant Legs with hometown heroes Writer.
Saturday’s show features the most exciting lineup yet, with local buzz-band Cuckoo Chaos — who recently signed to Lefse Records — opening for none other than San Francisco psych-folk act The Dodos. Anybody who has heard The Dodos’ fantastic 2008 album Visiter knows that their presence is a very big reason to be excited. The festival will meet a classy end on Sunday with performances by San Diego’s reverb-happy Chairs Missing and Long Beach chill-pop band Avi Buffalo. Continue reading…
Up-and-coming San Diego band Black Mamba are set to release Golden Birthday, a 12-inch EP, at the end of the month on the illustrious Single Screen record label. To commemorate the event, the band will be playing a show at the Casbah on April 30th, with The Paddle Boat, Tape Deck Mountain, and Drew Andrews. Don’t miss out on what will clearly be an amazing show.
Speaking of amazing shows, San Diego blog extraordinaire Sezio has just published their review of Black Mamba’s Luce Loft performance from two weeks ago. If you weren’t at any of the five incredible Luce Loft performances—which showcased local heavies The Silent Comedy, Writer, Joel P. West, John Meeks, Calico Horse, and the ubiquitous Paddle Boat—be sure to read Sezio’s reviews so you can at least pretend you were.
Can’t read? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out the video of Black Mamba playing the dreamy “Smoke & Mirrors” after the jump.