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A time-lapse video of the Cosmic Love Ball 2013. This amazing event happens every year in February at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. Materialized rocks the crowd every year with their energetic synth/keys, bass, and drums. Be sure to check out Materialized and the Cosmic Love Ball next year!!

The track in this video is Materialized’s, “No Inbetween” from their album Space Junk. Enjoy!


Next month you just might be able to get the chance to catch Prince at an intimate venue like the 700-capacity DNA Lounge in San Francisco. The news comes to us via the fansite in a podcast recorded with Prince’s backing band 3rd Eye Girl. It appears that Prince will stage multi-night stands in seven different cities along the West Coast with an early show and late show scheduled for each night. Ticket information will be announced soon according to the fansite.

Prince’s West Coast tour dates are as follows:

04/15/13 – The Vogue in Vancouver, BC
04/16/13 – The Vogue in Vancouver, BC
04/18/13 – Showbox in Seattle, WA
04/19/13 – Showbox in Seattle, WA
04/23/13 – DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA
04/24/13 – DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA
04/26/13 – The Joint in Las Vegas, NV
04/27/13 – The Joint in Las Vegas, NV
04/30/13 – The Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
05/01/13 – The Marquee in Phoenix, AZ
05/03/13 – Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, CA
05/04/13 – Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, CA
05/07/13 – The Grove in Anaheim, CA
05/08/13 – The Grove in Anaheim, CA

The Boston, MA based punk band the Dropkick Murphys seem to be on an unrelenting tour schedule these days. They just finished their “Road to St. Patty’s Day” tour, and they are already making plans to go out again later this Spring. Some tickets for tour dates have already gone on sale, but the remainder will be on sale starting March 22 and 23. The tour begins in George, WA at the Sasquatch Music Festival on May 26 before heading across the U.S.

Current tour dates are as follows:

04/04/13 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
04/06/13 – The Republik in Honolulu, HI
04/13/13 – Coachella Festival in Indio, CA
04/14/13 – Freeborn Hall in Davis, CA
04/15/13 – The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
04/16/13 – The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
04/17/13 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA
04/20/13 – Coachella Festival in Indio, CA
05/26/13 – Sasquatch Music Festival in George, WA
05/27/13 – Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
05/28/13 – In The Venue in Salt Lake City, UT
05/29/13 – Fillmore in Denver, CO
05/30/13 – Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM
06/01/13 – Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK
06/02/13 – Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN
06/03/13 – Track 29 in Chattanooga, TN
06/04/13 – The Ritz in Raleigh, NC
06/06/13 – Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
06/07/13 – Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
06/08/13 – Orion Music Fest in Detroit, MI
06/09/13 – LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH
06/11/13 – Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA
06/12/13 – Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY
06/13/13 – Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY
06/14/13 – Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, QC
06/15/13 – Echo Beach at Molson Candian Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers were joined by the legendary Boz Scaggs at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, CA on 03/08/13. It was certainly a rare occasion, and a wonderful time had by all. They performed a couple of songs together, including “Let The Good Times Roll” by Shirley and Lee. Good times!

If you ever get a chance to check out Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers – do it! You will not be disappointed. To find out more about them and to see where they are playing check out their website at

Galactic get the crowd moving at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 03/01/13 with “Hey Na Na.”

Check out more Galactic on their website here,

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers start off a great set with “Burnt” at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, CA on 03/08/13.

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

Rubblebucket start off their set during the Cosmic Love Ball at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on 02/09/13.

Welcome to the Cosmic Love BallHello Bay Area musical socialites! It was great to see you the other night at the Cosmic Love Ball with DJ Wyllys, the North Beach Brass Band, Materialized, and Rubblebucket! That’s right, it was another great year for the futuristic love circus called the Cosmic Love Ball, which is held at the Fillmore in San Francisco every year to celebrate life, love, and music. This year, the Fillmore was adorned with wall hangings around the auditorium with heart accents around the room, including a whole wall filled with heart lights. Naughty love was certainly in the air though. As you entered the Fillmore you were greeted by a statue of a blindfolded angel’s bust offering you the traditional Fillmore apples. It was certainly a symbol of how the night was to progress.

DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love BallThe evening started off kind of slow with people slowly trickling in, but the lively DJ Wyllys kept everyone energized in the main auditorium while the North Beach Brass Band kept people entertained upstairs in the Poster Room. Eventually, the North Beach Brass Band marched their way downstairs and onto the dance floor to announce the beginning of the evening. It was awesome having them come down and march through the crowd. It really got everyone moving and it felt like we were swept away to New Orleans for a moment. Once everyone was hyped up the lights went down and genre bending house band, Materialized, took the stage.

Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallIf you have not seen or heard Materialized go check them out right now. They blew the crowd away at the Cosmic Love Ball with their intense energetic beats, thundering bass, and killer synths. They either kept people standing in awe, or made people move uncontrolablly. Either way, people seemed to be transported to cosmic love bliss. It is really hard to pinpoint what genre Materialized really is though. In fact, on their website they actually say the following:

“Any attempt to pigeonhole Materialized as an electronica band, a jam band, a jazz band, etc. doesn’t really work since this band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.”

They seem to rely heavily on beats, but they seem to twist and turn enough to keep you guessing on what kind of band they really are. One thing is for sure – they are really good.

Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallAdding to the fun of the evening, artist Lebo was painting along to the music. It was great to see images appear before our eyes as he worked on them. It really seemed to add another layer to the music too. It was a great addition to the entertainment for the evening. Thank you Lebo! The Galactic Muses dancers also took the stage several times to add some drama and flare with their sexy dance moves and several costume changes.The Galactic Muses dancers

Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love BallSoon after Materialized finished their set, Rubblebucket came on. They were pretty good, and accomplished musicians, but I did not really care for their set as much for some reason. They seemed to be too showy with semi afro-cubanesque influences and some pop thrown in, and the combination really was not working for me. However, their horns were really good and I was definitely moving. In fact, the whole crowd seemed to really enjoy them and everyone seemed to be moving their butts. It was a really good time. What I really loved the most was when singer Kalmia Traver would hop on the baritone sax every once in a while and took command of the stage. Even better was the end of their set when she hopped down off the stage with her sax and started playing through the crowd with the rest of the band and the North Beach Brass Band to end the show as they walked out of the venue. It was an awesome way to interact with the crowd and change the atmosphere of the venue before finishing the evening. Good times had by all!

If you are around the San Francisco area next February I highly encourage you to check out the Cosmic Love Ball. It is a wonderful evening of good vibes, good music, and good times. I hope to see you all there next year!



Cosmic Love Ball Stage  Welcome to the Cosmic Love Ball Might Dave Pellicciaro's Rig at Cosmic Love Ball DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love Ball The North Beach Brass Band at the Cosmic Love Ball North Beach Brass Band sax at the Cosmic Love Ball North Beach Brass Band bass in my face Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Mighty Dave Pellicciaro of Materialized Mighty D of Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Carlitos and Dale of Materialized Dale Fanning of Materialized Mighty Dave of Materialized The Galactic Muses dancers Galactic Muses dancers at the Cosmic Love Ball Crowd at the Cosmic Love Ball Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love Ball Dale Fanning rockin at the Cosmic Love Ball Dale Fanning patch change Mighty D rockin the Cosmic Love Ball Mighty D love pants coming off Materialized thanks everyone for coming Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love Ball Finishing the Cosmic Love Ball

British producer/DJ Bonobo will release his new album, The North Borders, on April 2 in North America. To support the record, his first since 2010’s Black Sands, he’ll embark on a massive tour of North America and Europe. Check the full schedule below, along with the video for “Cirrus” off the album.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/10/13 – Black Cat in Washington, DC
04/11/13 – Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia, PA
04/12/13 – Webster Hall in New York, NY
04/13/13 – Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA
04/14/13 – Higher Ground (Ballroom) in Burlington, VT
04/16/13 – Telus Theatre in Montreal, QC
04/17/13 – Babylon in Ottawa, ON
04/18/13 – The Danforth Music Hall Theatre in Toronto, ON
04/19/13 – Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI
04/20/13 – House of Blues in Chicago, IL
04/21/13 – Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI
04/24/13 – Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS
04/25/13 – Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
04/26/13 – Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO
04/27/13 – Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
04/30/13 – Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
05/01/13 – Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA
05/02/13 – The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
05/03/13 – The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
05/04/13 – The Music Box in Los Angeles, CA
05/06/13 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
05/09/13 – Emo’s East in Austin, TX
05/10/13 – House Of Blues in Dallas, TX
05/11/13 – Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans, LA
05/18/13 – Roundhouse in London, GB
05/20/13 – Nottingham Rock City in Nottingham, GB
05/21/13 – The Plug in Sheffield, GB
05/22/13 – The Ritz in Manchester, GB
05/23/13 – HMV Picture House in Edinburgh, GB
05/24/13 – The Sage Gateshead in Gateshead, GB
05/25/13 – Love Saves The Day in Bristol, GB
05/29/13 – Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, BEL
05/30/13 – Tivoli in Utrecht, NL
05/31/13 – L’Aeronef in Lille, FRA
06/01/13 – Dachstock in Bern, SWI
06/02/13 – L’Usine in Geneva, SWI
06/03/13 – Transbordeur in Lyon, FRA
06/05/13 – Krakatoa in Bordeaux, FRA
06/06/13 – Le Trianon in Paris, FRA
06/07/13 – Centralstation in Darmstadt, GER
06/08/13 – Sudhaus in Tuebingen, GER
06/09/13 – Live Music Halle in Cologne, GER
06/10/13 – Muffathalle in Munich, GER
06/12/13 – Fabrik in Hamburg, GER
06/13/13 – Astra in Berlin, GER
06/14/13 – Palladium Club in Warsaw, PL
06/15/13 – Klub Studio in Cracow , PL
06/16/13 – Eskulap in Poznan, PL
06/18/13 – Kosmonavt in St. Petersburg, RUS
06/19/13 – Moscow Hall in Moscow, RUS