NPR has called Wilco “the best rock band in America” and the group has been heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “an amazing machine whose six players seem more at one with their music than any rock group working today.”
Ever eclectic, the band has made a long career of weaving diverse musical influences into a coherent, reverent and wholly unique sound. Their refusal to be categorized and fearless interpretation of musical genres both past and present has ensured their continued critical acclaim and devoted worldwide following.
Formed by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy in the mid-1990s, the band’s current lineup solidified in 2004 when guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Tweedy, founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.
Wilco’s brand of classic roots rock incorporates folk, pop and genre-spanning experimentalism. The band’s catalog includes 2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (named one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone), 2005’s Grammy award-winning A Ghost is Born, the Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) and The Whole Love and more.
“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold.
The stories on Gates of Gold are snapshots of experiences that Perez and his band mates have had, based on where they are emotionally and how they respond to evolving life circumstances. “We live out loud most of the time and share our life this way, but then there are more intrinsic things that happen, and our songs are part of the way we react to them. We sit down and basically tell people what has happened. We certainly didn’t start this project with aspirations to create the musical equivalent to great American literary works.”
“It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.” – The New York Times
“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians – like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Stone Foxes are San Francisco’s rock band. They bear the torch of their predecessors with the knowledge that rock ‘n roll can move a new generation. They’ve played in front of thousands at festivals like Outside Lands and Voodoo Fest, they’ve headlined the legendary Fillmore Theater in their hometown and they have supported acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top. Now, with the release of their fourth album, Twelve Spells, they have solidified a place in their City’s rich rock ‘n roll history.
Founded by brothers Shannon(vocals/drums/harp) and Spence Koehler(guitar/vocals), who came from the Sierra Nevada foothills near Tollhouse CA, The Stone Foxes started back in the Koehler’s SF State days in the Sunset District of San Francisco.
Matt Jaffe is a rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter based out of San Francisco, CA. After Jerry Harrison, keyboardist of Talking Heads fame, discovered now-21-year-old Jaffe performing solo at a local open mic, the two worked together to produce his first set of studio recordings. Following this first taste of the music industry, Jaffe put together his own band of Paul Paldino on bass and Thomas Yopes on drums. Inspired by the pop, punk, and rockabilly mixtures of groups such as The Clash, X and Elvis Costello, the young group recorded their first EP of original material with producer Matthew King Kaufman (Jonathan Richman, Greg Kihn), Blast Off, released in April 2015.
DJ Andy Cabic
DJ Andy Cabic is a long-time resident of SF who has filled rooms big and small with sound, both as a DJ and as the singer-songwriter of his group Vetiver.