This past Saturday, former teen idol Jesse McCartney performed at Stanford, and I of course went. Dinkelspiel Auditorium was a strange environment before Jesse began his performance, half of us drunk and in costumes for the night’s Halloween-related festivities – adding an intoxicated giddiness to the auditorium – and the other half of us unsure.…
From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. last Saturday, Stanford’s Sprung Music Festival encompassed a wide range of musical performances, from indie rock to dance. The festival featured the Battle of the Bands, a series of performances by Stanford bands competing for the opportunity to open for the likes of Flume, Kaytranada and AlunaGeorge at Frost Music Festival, the much-anticipated Stanford music and arts festival scheduled for May 16th. Following the showcase of Stanford talent came the headliner acts — Chrome Sparks, Sango and GoldLink — to close out the night.
Austin City Limits took over Austin, Texas, for the last two weekends, bringing thousands of visitors and over 100 bands to Zilker Park. What differentiates good festivals from great ones can be split into three categories: the performances, the people, and what I’ll call “the fixings,” which includes food, shopping and general production. Here’s a…
One mishap had led to the next—first, a delayed Caltrain, then, an inexperienced Lyft driver—but we were here. Irene and I raced up the stairs, bypassed the refreshments stand and thrust open the doors to the sanctuary—and there stood Damien Rice, crooning “Greatest Bastard” under the sweeping frescoes of San Francisco’s Congregation Sherith Israel.
Miniature Tigers have been around since 2007, but unlike a lot of bands that make it big seemingly overnight, this band has slowly but surely built a loyal fan base over the years. They were joined by Australian band The Griswolds last Friday night at The Echo in Los Angeles. The Miniature Tigers will next be visiting Northern California on August 23 for the First City Festival in Monterey.
The Neighbourhood gives a powerfully cinematic performance in Los Angeles before heading up north for two sold-out shows in Oakland.
The Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra brought the American sound to life in its July 12 concert at Bing Concert Hall, receiving a richly deserved round of applause after each part of the program.
The orchestra began by performing “Overture to‘The School for Scandal,’Op. 5” (1931) by Samuel Barber. With rounded sounds, the piece effectively served as an efficient segue into the rest of the concert. From the dramatically askew chords in the opening to the playfully risky melody of the violins, the program had a mischievous tone. The oboe’s whispery tranquility was a buffer between the bold dynamics of the first and final sections.
What’s the best way to enjoy Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert? Bring a blanket, a burrito, some friends and hang out on the lawn!