Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Favorite Tracks of 2012

2012 was a pretty great year for pop music, at least in terms of singles if not for entire albums. It was a year that saw a resurgence of male-led pop music (Bright Light Bright Light, Alex Clare), some strong sophomore efforts (Ellie Goulding, Sam Sparro, Adam Lambert, Bruno Mars), and some outstanding live shows in support of great new music (Dragonette, Beats Antique, The Ting Tings).

This year's best-of list includes several acts local to San Francisco, as I've had more opportunities to catch local bands than in prior years. The list includes quite a bit of music not available on Rdio; they are, of course, all worth checking out.

Tracks not available on Rdio:

Check out the rest in the embedded player:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012: The year in gigs

January

  • 6 – Return to Mono, Stripmall Architecture – Rickshaw Stop
  • 19 – Katy B, The Good Natured – Rickshaw Stop

February

  • 18 – Pomplamoose, A B and The Sea – Great American Music Hall

March

  • 22 – 2:54, Stripmall Architecture – Rickshaw Stop
  • 25 – The Ting Tings – The Fillmore
  • 27 – Midi Matilda, Peck the Town Cryer, Beam – Cafe du Nord
  • 30 – Beats Antique – The Fox Theatre

April

  • 4 – Sam Sparro, Polaris at Noon – The Independent
  • 5 – K-Flay – Rickshaw Stop
  • 9 – Oh Land, Midi Matilda – The Independent
  • 12 – Miike Snow, Penguin Prison – The Fox Theatre
  • 27 – Tanlines – Rickshaw Stop

May

No shows, life demanded more attention than usual.

June

  • 17 – Scissor Sisters – The Fox Theatre

July

  • 11 – Marina and the Diamonds – The Fillmore

August

  • 23 – Alex Clare – Mezzanine

September

  • 11 – Hot Chip – The Fox Theatre
  • 26 – Dragonette, The Knocks – Mezzanine

October

  • 12 – The Presets – The Independent
  • 19 – Major Lazer – The Fox Theatre
  • 20 – Stars, Diamond Rings – The Fillmore
  • 23 – Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia – The Fox Theatre
  • 26 – Lights – Great American Music Hall

November

  • 4 – Justice, Girls & Boomboxes – The Warfield
  • 8 – Diamond Rings, Sky Ferreira – Rickshaw Stop

December

No shows, ERMAGERD HERLERDERS!