Posts Categorized: Arts & Entertainment

Death Grips officially break up

Death Grips, the Sacramento-based experimental artcore/hip hop group that I sometimes write about here, and therefore am obligated to write about now, have broken up, notifying the world via Facebook post, as you do. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision above and beyond a ‘band.’

Grant Pacers football documentary adds some local screenings

If you missed the documentary “Give Us This Day,” about the 2012 Grant Union High School football team, the film is coming back with some local screenings this weekend. I first wrote about this film last summer when the trailer dropped on YouTube. The film, by locals (and brothers) D.L. and Adam Stern, got a… Read more »

Boxed Cake Mix

On April 19th, Record Store Day 2014 will feature a number of limited release records from more than 100 artists. The eight record box set from CAKE is sure to create a local buzz among collectors and vibraslap aficionados. The set will include their entire LP discography plus the unreleased LP Live at the Crystal… Read more »

Arjun interviews ZZ Ward

I’ll stop being a one-man Arjun Singh PR firm when he stops making incredible video content, or when he becomes embroiled in a nasty personal scandal, and even then it would have to be particularly nasty. Here he is interviewing indie singer-songwriter ZZ Ward when she appeared in Sacramento last week before her appearance at… Read more »

Concerts in the Park: !!! will headline

Downtown Sac Partnership announced the schedule for Concerts in the Park today, with performances starting May 2 at Cesar Chavez Park. Making a return visit to the park on July 18 is New York’s !!!. (Editor’s quandary: How to respect the band’s chosen label in a sentence that ends with the name of the band… Read more »

Sacramento is on the map, geekly speaking

Wizard World, the fanzine publisher who hosts geek conventions in various cities including Chicago and Philadelphia, is bringing their con to Sacramento for the first time this year. The guest list is insane, including William Shatner, Stan Lee, and Bruce Campbell, and about half the cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Huge news for Sacramento’s… Read more »

YMCA mural is my new favorite local mural

Sacramento has quite a few murals but my new favorite is at the midtown YMCA. The walls of the patio in the pool area were decorated with a “whimsical” mural depicting undersea life last month, painted by local artist Markos Egure. I haven’t been to the pool since last year so I first got to… Read more »

Greta Gerwig stars in Arcade Fire “Afterlife” video

Sacramento’s own Greta Gerwig stars in this video for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife,” directed by Spike Jonze live at the YouTube Music Awards which are a thing now. As with most of the tracks on “Reflektor,” it gets pretty epic at the 3:00 mark (in this reviewer’s humble opinion) when, well, the thing in the preview… Read more »

Aftershock to rock Discovery Park

Just like last year around this time, I’ve been enjoying the set up process at Discovery Park over the last few days for this weekend’s Aftershock concert as I ride my bike to work. It’s quite a production. A lot of moving parts. Looking at the lineup makes me a little nervous. The biggest names… Read more »

!!! releases guerilla style video for “Californiyeah”

Former Sacramento band !!! released a video for “Californiyeah,” a tune (with a local angle!) from their recent album “THR!!!ER.” Rolling Stone says: Filmed on the streets of Japan, in a hotel elevator and onstage, the video for !!!’s “Californiyeah” is as exuberant as the song itself is contagious. Extracted from the dance-punk outfit’s fifth… Read more »

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival begins announcing lineup

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the unique San Francisco music fest featuring country/bluegrass/Americana bands playing free concerts every October, is set to announce confirmed artists for this year’s fest October 4-6. As in previous years, the bands are announced via medleys that encourage fans to guess the invited artists. After the artists are correctly guessed by the… Read more »

Death Grips no show at Lollapalooza, fans trash equipment

Local experimental hip hop group Death Grips caused some kind of stir by failing to appear at their scheduled gig at a Chicago club a part of Lollapalooza. The fans reportedly responded by trashing the band’s equipment that had been set up onstage, including a drum kit. The drum kit would be owned by acclaimed… Read more »

Wallpaper. has the summer hit of the year with “RRiR”

Oakland based Wallpaper’s new album “Ricky Reed is Real” dropped yesterday (on frontman Ricky Reed’s birthday) and if this isn’t the album that makes this genre-defying act a household name, then I just don’t know what. (Well, houses that like super fun chopped and screwed party pop music, at least.) Wallpaper, which also features “The… Read more »