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Outside Lands Music Festival 2013

Living in the Bay Area in August is both a blessing and a curse. Even though it’s summer everywhere else, San Francisco always seems to be gripped by fog this time of year. However, that didn’t stop thousands of festival goers from descending onto Golden Gate Park this weekend for the sixth annual Outside Lands Music Festival.

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Preview: “Synonymous” Summer Group Exhibition At 1AM Gallery

The group exhibition “Synonymous” at 1AM Gallery in San Francisco promises an intriguing look at street and skate culture. The show, which opens on August 16th from 6:30-9:30pm, will showcase photography from five different artists who have spent their lives immersed in skateboarding, helping to build and represent the eclectic San Francisco skate scene through Benny Gold, FTC, DLX SF, Paradise Wheels, Snack Skateboards, Slap Magazine, LowCard Magazine, Magenta Skateboards and Politic Skateboards.

Joseph Staley

Expect to see images depicting skate and street culture, skater portraits, and landscape shots of the beautiful Bay Area. In essence, these images are relics from the lives of these artists and the communities around them. Christopher Atwood captures scenes “about the good times, the weekends, the moments and people that, in the long run, add up to the larger picture in life”.

Chris Atwood

Photographer Joseph Staley says: “the act of urban skateboarding demands an awareness of one’s surroundings. As a photographer I strive to capture the moments in between the action-the second someone’s guard comes down, or the activity going on unnoticed around us. As skateboarders, these are the images of our everyday, of our lives.

If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by 1AMSF and check out the show. Also, be sure to check back here for opening night photos and a recap of the show.

Chris Atwood

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Interview Series: The Vaccines

This past weekend, we caught up with The Vaccines as they kicked off the final show of their first headlining North American tour at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Now, you’ve probably heard of The Vaccines. They’re the Indie rock darlings who for the last two years have continued a musical assault on the ears of thousands worldwide. The band, who’ve been compared to the likeness of The Ramones, The Strokes, Interpol, and even The Smiths, first broke onto the scene in 2011 with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut LP ‘What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?’

'What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?'

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Interview Series: Fierce Creatures

Hailing from Fresno California, the seven members of the Fierce Creatures are an indie orchestra that’s been able to carefully create a playful landscape of imaginative sounds. Having come together in the early 2000s, bassist Nathaniel Stiers met guitarist and vocalist Mathr DeLeón through a mutual friend. From there, the two began putting up flyers looking for a drummer. Tomas Galvan was the only one to audition. However, this was only due in part to him taking down a majority of the flyers in order to eliminate competition. Things continued in similar fashion: DeLeón knew guitarist Joel Melton, Melton knew singer Amanda Valdez, and Mike Adame on keys and guitarist/mandolin Jon Rulloda rounded out the lineup.

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Interview Series: JEFF The Brotherhood

There comes a point in everyone’s life where they want to be a rockstar. At least, that’s certainly what the aim of Jake and Jamin Orrall of JEFF The Brotherhood was when they first came out. Hailing from Nashville Tennessee, the hard-partying brothers’ 2009 debut, Heavy Days, was a refreshing take on good’ole fashion rock n’ roll.

Their 2011 follow-up, We Are The Champions, was clearly inspired by the foregone classic albums by Weezer, Sonic Youth, and The Ramones. The record is filled with face melting riffs, furious solos and power pop melodies. However, Champions’ appeal isn’t in its originality, but rather in its amazing songwriting. Tracks like “Bummer” and “Mellow Out” combine slacker anthem mentality with a slow and steady tempo that take you back to those rebellious days of high school when sipping on beers and smoking cigarettes behind the bleachers was a daily taboo.

But Jake and Jamin only seem like slackers; it’s a total illusion. The truth is, they’re the furthest thing from.

The brothers got their first taste of the music industry at an early age. Their father, Robert Orrall, is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter and producer who has worked with country artists like Reba McEntire, Shenandoah and Taylor Swift. By the time they were in high school, they had there own record label and were putting out EP’s of there own. Since then, they’ve played with the likes of Jack White, Jay Reatard, The Kills, and Best Coast.

However, 2012 has proven to be the band’s best year yet. Having just put out their new album Hypnotic Nights and playing David Letterman last month, they have become the darlings of the rock world and have continued to show countless audiences what a stripped down two piece band is capable of.

According to Jamin, their new album “isn’t very different than our other stuff, it’s better because we had a lot more time than the other records, and we used a better studio.” Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach helped produce the new record; “We kinda just hung out the whole time,” said Jamin, “he was there to help us get good sounds and answer any questions we had.”

Very much like there music, JEFF the Brotherhood’s interview is simple, raw, and full of comedic antidotes. It gives a glimpse into the dynamic duos life both on and off the road.

Q&A 

LF: Who is JEFF the Brotherhood? Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

JB: We are two dudes from Tennessee, we play music.

LF: Who were some of your musical influences growing up?

JB: Weezer and Aerosmith

LF: You started infinity cat recordings with your brother when you were in high school and he was in middle school. What inspired you start a label at such a young age?

JB: We was trying to get chicks.

LF: In 2010, you had the opportunity to work with Jack White, can you tell us a little about that?

JB: It was nice, we shared lots of jokes and played some tunes.

LF: Are you guys starting to notice that as you’ve started to gain a lot more press, (especially over this last year), that the crowds have been getting bigger?

JB: Yup, slowly but surely.

LF: Whats it like hearing your stuff in shows like “Workaholics”. I take you guys are fans?

JB: That show is so funny, love that show!!

LF: You guys recently came off tour and did a few shows opening for Best Coast. How did that come about, are you guys friends?

JB: Yah they asked us and they said we’d get to play basketball every day.

LF: What was the highlight moment of this last tour?

JB: Our friend Perry’s birthday.

LF: In the past, you’ve shared the stage with Sonic Youth, Jay Reatard, and others. If you could play with anyone who would it be?

JB: Aerosmith.

LF: Jake, tell us, whats the deal with the three string guitar? 

JB: I invented it!

LF: Could you talk just a little bit about your association with Warner Brothers?

JB: They are our record label

LF: What can we expect from the new album “Hypnotic Knights” ?

JB: Hypnotic Nights is our best album yet!

LF: How has the band expanded its sound this time around?

JB: I use more amps now and Jamin has a rack tom.

LF: Would you ever consider adding a third member?

JB: Not till we can afford it!

LF: What bands are you both currently listening to?

JB: We both have very different tastes in music, but we both listen to Aerosmith every day.

Interview Series: Rocker Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin isn’t your typical weekend rocker practicing his lines in the bathroom before a show. He’s one of a few San Francisco musicians who’s been able to carefully craft a unique lo-fi sound that’s both exciting and raw. Cronin’s self-titled debut came as a huge surprise; a gritty, thirty-minute sonic wave of smartly arranged garage-punk that is full of inchoate angst and confusion.

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