: Good pop fun isn't hard to find in a city like San Francisco. And good electronics are a staple of the San Jose area. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that one of the best electro/dance/rock acts hails from the bay. The Limousines, a duo that consists of Giovanni Giusti and Eric Victorino, have been seen all across the country opening for big name acts like The Sounds and Neon Trees. And for good reason--the duo's brand of fun, heavy on the samples, electronic leaning rock music plays best for an audience that wants to dance.
The Limousines are made for our times: they started collaborating via the internet, they have self-released material and videos, and they funded their latest work Hush via an amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign. In fact, Kickstarter enables the group to get rid of the label runaround that the music biz is known for and produce their music, the way they want it. But they aren't all flash. There's a deep-seated darkness and intelligence in the work of The Limousines, be it disguised with beats, synths, samples, and dance ready songs. Victorino, the vocalist and songwriter for the group, is also an established author of poetry with two published works.
Live, The Limousines never fail to get an audience worked up. Singer Victorino has serious stage presence, given to prancing once in a while, and hitting a lone drum when necessary for a little extra drama. Some songs call for a live bass for added dance flare. Giusti brings the beats via his synth and drum machine set up. Together they make for a dynamic performance, one that is not to be missed at this year's festival.
The Hundred Days
: "One hundred days" was the commitment made after four twenty-somethings met in the San Francisco in 2005. And, for 100 days the four young musicians - that would later name their band by the same name - spent night and day locked in the same house discovering and perfecting their sound into what has become a collection of critically-acclaimed indie-rock gems that are as catchy as they are clever and sonically arresting.
With driving rhythms, soaring guitars, textural keyboards and powerful vocal melodies, The Hundred Days push indie/alt. rock in new directions. Drawing from a variety of influences (post punk, alternative, britpop), the band's familiar yet intrinsically unique sound has been compared to The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen and Radiohead as well as contemporary rockers Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery and The Killers. A moody, dynamic indie rock band, The Hundred Days showcase tight musicianship complemented by razor-sharp pop writing capabilities with both sophistication and urgency.
: "It's Always Something"
is the latest album from the infamous San Francisco indie rock band, Taxes, and gaging by just the first few tracks, it's definitely their most powerful thus far. This new release from Taxes builds mightily on the accomplished sound of their debut, This is Going To End Badly
, and gives you a deeper look at love, or the lack thereof.
With an expert's understanding of the human condition, lead singer and former "crumb" frontman, Robby Cronholm, elicits a wide range of emotions with a voice that is at once powerful and fragile, a timbre perfectly suited to the moody, electronic-tinged indie rock made to seem effortless by a remarkably tight band. The addition of keyboardist and singer Laura Dean makes Taxes a half-dozen members strong, and lends an intimacy to a batch of songs that blur the lines between regret and refusal. Produced by Ryan Williams (Alkaline Trio, Weezer), mixed at Tiny Telephone and featuring strings courtesy of the insanely talented Magik Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, How to Dress Well), It's Always Something
strives for and repeatedly achieves excellence while eschewing the standard San Francisco sound for one that's more bold and dramatic.