In the beginning of their career, the quirky quartet known as the Monkees had to battle the record labels to write their own music and prove they were a real band. At their concert Thursday at the Fabulous Fox, it was clear that the Monkees were (and are) not only pop entertainers but multi-talented musicians.
Shying away from her folk-rock beginnings where little more than the sounds of acoustic guitar and the cello were heard, Katie Herzig is now turning into a techno-pop enthusiast adding synthesizers and drums.
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman lends her voice to Elizabeth and the Catapult, blending jazz influenced vocals with contemporary indie folk in this impressive solo performance.
The title of Kaoru Ishibashi's new LP "Lighght" is taken from a 1965 poem by Aram Saroyan in which the word "lighght" is the single word of text in the center of the page. It was considered controversial in its time for calling its just one, misspelled word a poem at all.
Touring with Of Montreal and Regina Spektor instilled a knack for eclectic experimentation in Kishi Bashi which he put on full display in this galvanized performance in KDHX headquarters.
Recorded at San Francisco's semi-legendary Tiny Telephone studio, "Bad Trip" by Secret Cities is the sound of an indie-pop band coming into its own. More noisey than twee, more tuneful than coy, the track would fit right in on a playlist anchored by Camera Obscura or Rilo Kiley.
Drenched in horns, group harmonies and a bit of guitar jangle, "Another Song" by San Francisco band Adios Amigo has the kind of expert, joyful '60s pop sound that could clear the darkest clouds from the darkest skies.