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Materialized during the Cosmic Love Ball 2013 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

Materialized during the Cosmic Love Ball 2013 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

I have really been digging on the band Materialized lately.

Give a listen and let me know what you think.

Materialized is a keys/drums live electronic music duo from Oakland, CA. that specialize in soul shaking, bass-quaking dance and electronic music played live.

Drummer Dale Fanning and Keyboardist/Synthesist Dave Pellicciaro have crafted a style that feeds on their trademark combustive energy. With live sets that don’t stop once they start Materialized collides big bass electro-house w/ deep-space, cinematic compositions leaving noise and textured ambience in the wake.

Synergizing the energy and vibe of live performance with the punch and consistent tonal impact of cutting edge electronic music is the destination. Creating layered, sonic impact live, Materialized keeps things moving without “press play” assistance to make the music. This is where the bond and connectivity between band and audience happens and what Materialized considers central to their focus…. unity w/ the audience, to be equally immersed together.

In the past 18 months, Materialized has released two recordings, “Magneto Delicti” and “Space Junk” on CD, digital download and vinyl. Materialized hosts a beloved San Francisco annual bash, The Cosmic Love Ball, at The Fillmore Auditorium and plays nationally.

Magneto Delicti

Space Junk

“Mighty Dave Pellicciaro (keys, samples, myriad noisemakers) and Dale Fanning (electronic drums/percussion) and their varied collaborators are up to is just about everything most electronic dance music is missing, most notably a prominent human element with the ability to shift and respond in real time with true musician insight and instinct. No question that these guys are masters of technology but in a daring, hang-your-ass-over- the-edge way that recalls the sonic spelunking of early Tangerine Dream and Aphex Twin. The more aggressive, intense and shadowy Materialized becomes the more I’m captivated by their evolution.”

JamBase | Northern California – Dennis Cook

Band of Horses have announced a full U.S. tour for April and May. In addition to performances at Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Shaky Knees Music FestivalBen Bridwell and the band will play Oakland, Las Vegas, Nashville, Raleigh and more.

Current tour dates are as follows:

04/08/13 – Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
04/09/13 – Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO
04/10/13 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
04/12/13 – Coachella in Indio, CA
04/13/13 – Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
04/15/13 – Golden State Theatre in Monterey, CA
04/16/13 – Senator Theatre in Chico, CA
04/18/13 – Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA
04/19/13 – Coachella in Indio, CA
04/20/13 – The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV
04/22/13 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
04/24/13 – Stubb’s (Outdoor) in Austin, TX
04/26/13 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA
04/27/13 – Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
05/01/13 – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC
05/03/13 – Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC
05/04/13 – Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA
05/05/13 – House of Blues in N. Myrtle Beach, SC
05/07/13 – The NorVa in Norfolk, VA
05/08/13 – Ritz Theatre in Raleigh, NC
05/10/13 – The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
05/11/13 – The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
05/25/13 – Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, ES
06/11/13 – Harpa in Reykjavik, IS
06/13/13 – Bergenhus Fortress in Bergen, NO
06/14/13 – Norwegian Wood Fest in Oslo, NO
06/15/13 – Hultsfred Festival in Hultsfred, SE
06/16/13 – Northside Festivald in Aarhus, DK
06/29/13 – Openair St. Gallen in St. Gallen, SWI
06/30/13 – Herchesfeld-Roeser in Roeser, LU
07/03/13 – Dachau Summer of Music in Munich, GER
07/07/13 – Rock Werchter Festival in Werchter, BEL
07/14/13 – Optimus Alive Festival in Lisbon, POR
08/17/13 – Green Man Festival in Crickhowell, GB

Skerik’s Bandalabra have announced a bunch of West Coast dates for March. The tour will begin on March 6th in Bellingham, WA and then make it’s way through Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. They end on March 16th in Forestville, CA.

Skerik’s Bandalabra is Skerik (sax), D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), and Andy Coe (guitar).

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

03/06/13 – Green Frog in Bellingham, WA
03/07/13 – Nectar Lounge in Seattle, WA
03/08/13 – Mississippi Pizza in Portland, OR
03/09/13 – Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene, OR
03/10/13 – Applegate Lodge in Applegate, OR
03/11/13 – Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA
03/12/13 – The Mint in Los Angeles, CA
03/13/13 – Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA
03/14/13 – Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, CA
03/15/13 – Duende in Oakland, CA
03/16/13 – Forestville Club in Forestville, CA

Trey Anastasio Band has announced a brief run of west coast shows this April culminating in a two-night stand at Oakland’s Fox Theater.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/16/13 – Moore Theater in Seattle, WA
04/17/13 – The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
04/19/13 – Fox Theater in Oakland, CA
04/20/13 – Fox Theater in Oakland, CA

Lagwagon rounds out their set with their title track, “Lagwagon,” on 02/25/12 at the Oakland Metro Opera House in Oakland, CA. A good end to a great night with friends and family.

Lagwagon invite their friend Jason up on stage to help sing “Beer Goggles.” Of course other drunk friends appear as well to help sing and dance. Good times at the Oakland Metro Opera House in Oakland, CA on 02/25/12.

STS9 will hit the road in 2013 to support the release of their new album, due out next February. Tickets for these dates will be available exclusively through the STS9 Fan Club and go on sale this Saturday December 15 at 10am local time. See all dates below, along with a video announcement for the tour and album.

STS9 tour dates are as follows:

02/21/13 – Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
02/22/13 – Showbox in Seattle, WA
02/23/13 – McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR
02/24/13 – Eureka Theater in Eureka, CA
02/27/13 – Senator Theater in Chico, CA
02/28/13 – Montbleu Resort in Stateline, NV
03/01/13 – Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
03/02/13 – The Palladium in Los Angeles, CA
03/07/13 – Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK
03/08/13 – House of Blues in Dallas, TX
03/09/13 – BUKU Festival in New Orleans, LA
03/12/13 – Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
03/13/13 – Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
03/14/13 – The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
03/15/13 – Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
03/16/13 – Congress Theater in Chicago, IL
03/17/13 – House of Blues in Chicago, IL
03/20/13 – Music Farm in Charleston, SC
03/21/13 – Georgia Theater in Athens, GA
03/22/13 – Georgia Theater in Athens, GA
03/23/13 – The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
03/24/13 – The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC

Lagwagon playing a blistering version of “May 16” at the Oakland Metro Opera House in Oakland, CA on 02/25/12.

British space-rockers Muse have tacked on quite a few additional dates for their upcoming 2013 North American tour in support of their latest album The 2nd Law. The trio announced shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Boston and more.

Scheduled dates are as follows:

01/21/13 – Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA
01/23/13 – Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
01/28/13 – Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA
02/03/13 – Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta
02/04/13 – Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta
02/06/13 – Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia
02/22/13 – BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise), FL
02/23/13 – Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL
02/25/13 – Amway Center in Orlando, FL
02/28/13 – Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
03/02/13 – Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
03/04/13 – United Center in Chicago, IL
03/07/13 – Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
03/08/13 – Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
03/10/13 – BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
04/09/13 – Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
04/12/13 – TD Garden in Boston, MA
04/15/13 – Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
04/19/13 – IZOD Center in E. Rutherford, NJ
04/23/13 – Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
04/26/13 – Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec

Last Thursday, August 16, I was invited by Deren Ney of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to check out their show at The New Parish in Oakland, CA. First off, thank you so much, Deren. Second, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers rock! I had a great time at the show as Nicki and the band belted out tunes from their album, Driftwood, to a captivated audience. I knew it was going to be a good show when they opened with a wonderful version of their song, “Before You Loved Me:”

Knowing that this was only the first song of the evening, I knew it was bound to be a wonderful evening as they got warmed up, and I was right. Tune after tune, Nicki and the boys captivated the packed house at The New Parish. Many people were staring mesmerized, filming with their phones, singing along, or a combination of those. I did not see one person at the show who was not focused on it in some way. It was very nice to see so many people so enthralled by a show.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers @ The New Parish in Oakland, CA – 08/16/12

All night long the band was spot on. I mean, sure, there were a few flubs here and there – including Nicki messing up the words of one tune and having to start over. The way the flubs were handled and the laid back atmosphere of the evening made the flubs easily forgettable though as they only made the wonderful evening more memorable.

If you have never seen Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers I highly recommend that you see them now before they really blow up, which they are sure to do. They have been keeping up a pretty relentless touring schedule all around the U.S. and have started to gain a large following due to their awesome shows and their online Van Sessions.

Until you get to see them yourself, here is another video of them playing “Stick With Me:”

Thank you for the good times guys! Can’t wait to see you again!!