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Workin for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 11/18/2011-11/20/2011

Thanksgiving break is nigh upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the wonderful events going on this weekend. Katie K. and Lucia C. have found a little bit of everything, so grab your friends and start spreading some holiday cheer. It’s Wednesday and we’re getting ready for the weekend.

Taste & Tribute San Francisco @ Four Seasons Hotel | Friday, November 18

The 11th annual Taste & Tribute benefit gala for the Tibetan Aid Project is taking place this Friday at the Four Seasons. The event features a silent and live auction as well as a four-course gourmet meal. Inspired by the desire to aid Tibet, Chef Laurent Manrique first organized this event in conjunction with the Tibetan Aid Project in 2001, and it’s been a hit ever since. This year, he has brought together a star roster of 23 of San Francisco’s top chefs, and they will be cooking up a storm. Working in pairs, the chefs will prepare table-side meals for attendees. Proceeds from the event go to the Tibetan Aid Project, which works to preserve and perpetuate Tibet’s spiritual heritage.

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Who to See @ Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 Part Deux

Earlier this week, a few members of the eventseekr team profiled eight bands playing this weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival. Since then, we figured why not single out another six bands from the bill, and tell you, the festival-going public, why you should be going see these six as well. Here’s Joey P., Lauren E., Katie K., and Gillian H. with their picks.

Performing Saturday, October 15

YACHT TUNNEL STAGE: 2:15 to 2:55pm (Joey P.)

YACHT. Photo courtesy of The Windish Agency.

In 2009, I got to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs play the Fox Theatre, and the opening act was a little band named Yacht, but the heck if I knew who they were at the time. Before Yacht took the stage that night, all I saw were a couple signs on stage with a Triangle logo, a synthesizer and/or keyboard, a projector and a screen; these were their instruments. Before long, Yacht’s Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans appeared on stage sharply dressed in a suit and evening dress respectively. Not exactly sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised with Yacht’s dance moves and stage presence. I didn’t know it yet, but their track “Psychic City” would later become one of my favorite discoveries from 2009. Since then, Bechtolt and Evans have assembled a whole live band when out on tour, so when you catch them this weekend at Treasure Island, expect to see Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter on the bass and keys, Jeffrey Brodsky on drums, and Katy Davidson on guitar. Very wicked dance parties in the crowd are sure to ensue.

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Workin for the Weekend – eventseekr’s Top Picks for 10/14/11-10/16/11

It’s Wednesday again, which means that eventseekr’s got your weekend plan right here. In addition to  TIMF, Richard Serra at the SFMOMA and the SF Vintners Market, there’s a lot of good stuff lined up, and some of it for an awesome cause. Katie K. and Lucia C. teamed up to bring you this week’s edition of Workin for the Weekend.

Treasure Island Music Fest Night Shows (October 14-16): Everyone is talking about Treasure Island Music Festival, and for a good reason; it’s one of the most popular Bay Area events this weekend. However, if you’re not the festival type or you don’t feel like dedicating your entire Saturday and Sunday to pushing through crowds of ecstatic fans, you can still be a part of the action and get your live music fix at one of the TIMF night shows. The Head and The Heart show and The Drums show (which I am excited to be covering!) are already sold out, but tickets for the other night shows are still available. On Saturday, JFK (of MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979) will be playing a TIMF after party DJ set at Mezzanine in San Francisco. MSTRKRFT was at TIMF in 2009, and this year Death From Above 1979 is featured on Saturday’s lineup. For music lovers who favor a more laid-back vibe, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will play at The Independent in San Francisco on Sunday. All of the TIMF night shows are restricted to ages 21 and over.  –Katie

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Who to See @ Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 – eventseekr’s Top 8

As the whole Bay is probably aware, Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 is this weekend, and just like everyone else, we’re beyond excited for this year’s kickass lineup. In celebration of that, we had Julia G., Gillian H., Alexa D., Lauren E. and Katie K. pick out the bands they want to see the most. Even though all of the sets are staggered between the Bridge and Tunnel Stages, we still want to make sure you know to get your ass back on the field for the following performances. So hold your pee, pack some energy bars, and leave the ferris wheel in the Treasure Chest for later–these are the artists you need to see. For more information about transportation to and from the event, check out our earlier Treasure Island Greening post from Mat D. And, if you regret not getting your two-day passes earlier, you still have a chance to win them via the eventseekr Treasure Island Music Fest contest page.

Without further ado, here are our Top 8 Picks for this year’s festival.

Performing Saturday, October 15

ALOE BLACC TUNNEL STAGE: 12:45 to 1:25pm (Julia G.)


Photo by Nico Kaiser, CC BY 2.0

Somehow I associate all those vintage soul revivals with music that people go to for comfort. The soul music created by Aloe Blacc (of “I Need a Dollar” fame) is comfortable and ultra-tasteful without getting too gentrified and therefore annoying. It has groove as well as dignity. Aloe Blacc is also known for his soulful cover versions of unexpected songs (by Velvet Underground and Green Day), so you probably should expect that at the fest.

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Luke Temple – Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care [Album Review]

The eventseekr team had some awesome interns that regularly contributed to the blog this summer, but we also had awesome interns all throughout the office working in the other departments. We asked those who didn’t get a chance to contribute to write reviews of recent albums that struck their fancy. First was indie-rock group A Lull‘s Confetti, written up by Janelle Gleason, then Sharon Kim’s review of Cloud Control‘s Bliss Release, and most recently Lauren Espina’s review of Trap Gold‘s The Chooser EP. The fourth and final of these album reviews is Christina Galarnaeu’s review of Luke Temple‘s Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care.

Luke Temple originally made a splash in the indie-folk scene in 2004 when he was signed to Mill Pond Records, based in Seattle. His first full length album off Mill Pond, Hold a Match to a Gasoline World, was in line with the Northwestern indie scene, which was filled with sensitive and emotional youngsters with tattoos and piercings. In 2009 Temple decided to change his sound and released a full length album with his band, Here We Go Magic. His collaborative work has a much edgier and poppier sound than Temple’s soulful, soft solo work. Here We Go Magic’s Pigeons showcased a new side of Temple’s creative ability while he explored and expanded his musical portfolio. However, Temple kept to his folksy roots for his newly released solo album, Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care.

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Trap Gold – The Chooser [Album Review]

Last week, we published album reviews by a couple of our summer interns. Janelle Gleason reviewed indie-rock group A Lull‘s Confetti, and Sharon Kim reviewed Cloud Control’s Bliss Release. After the jump is Lauren Espina’s review of Trap Gold‘s The Chooser EP.

I hate to make generalizations, but the music scene in the Los Angeles suburb I grew up in was not what I would call, in any way, alternative. It was catchy, fun and very easy to listen to. Of course I attended my fair share of A New Found Glory shows and drove around blasting Ja Rule and Nelly on the radio. What can I say? It was the early 2000s in “the valley.” It wasn’t long before all the emo, ringtone rap and tween pop had me pining for something with a rawer taste and sharper edges. I’m talking about real rock music. The Velvet Underground, The Who and The Stooges are prime examples of rock that are all, sadly, now in the past. However, like The White Stripes, The Hives and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, San Diego’s Trap Gold gives me further validation that real, hard-hitting rock music with bad-ass vocals is not a luxury of the past. The four-piece band has all the grain and filth that I look for in a garage rock band.

The Chooser EP album cover. Album cover art by Andrew McGranahan.

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