Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins + Ben Gibbard @ The Masonic 09.22.16

jenny-lewis-09Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins played the Masonic in San Francisco, on tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their record, Rabbit Fur Coat. Frequent Lewis collaborator and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard opened the showed with a solo acoustic set. Check out photos from both sets below… Continue reading

Sleater-Kinney @ The Masonic, San Francisco, 05.02.15 REVIEW/GALLERY

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The reunited Sleater-Kinney hit San Francisco for the first of two sold-out nights at the Masonic, on Saturday, May 2nd. “Don’t tell Portland, but this is this the first city we fell for,” singer/guitarist Corin Tucker told the crowd. Continue reading

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue /North Mississippi Allstars @ The Masonic, 12.31.14

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The Masonic SF rang in it’s first post-renovation New Year with a funk/blues double bill of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The North Mississippi Allstars. The New Breed Brass band opened the show after jamming in the lobby, and joined Trombone Shorty on stage at midnight for a balloon/confetti drop. Check out the gallery below.
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Modest Mouse @ The Masonic, San Francisco, 09.26.14

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Indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse have been relatively quiet in the last few years, with only an EP and a couple new live songs since their last full length, 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. So it was a pleasant surprise when they announced a run of tour dates this year. Though they began as a trio (with original bassist Eric Judy departing in 2012), the band has swelled to include a second drummer, guitar player, violinist, and a couple of horns.

Modest Mouse are rumored to be working–slowly–on a new record, but the setlist at The Masonic only included three new songs, “Lampshades on Fire,” “Sugar Boats,” and “Shit in Your Cut.” The latter was part of a “shit”-heavy encore that also included “Shit Luck” and “Talking Shit About Pretty Sunset.” The rest of the 20+ song set was filled out by a healthy mix of singles, deep cuts, and b-sides. The highlight, as it is at pretty much every Modest Mouse show, was the incendiary “Doin’ the Cockroach.”

Modest Mouse have been around for 20 years now, and maybe Isaac Brock can’t hit all the high notes anymore, but he doesn’t seem to have lost any energy, enthusiasm, or 90s haircuts. And if you woke up this morning and decided you desperately needed to see almost 50 new Modest Mouse live photos, hey, it’s your lucky day!