Music

Better Off As Animals

Cursive Shoots from the Hip on New Album Having escaped the once widely cast shadow of what Jenny Lewis once infamously dubbed “the booming music scene” in Omaha, Neb., during the infancy of the ’00s, Cursive persevered in a way that’s hard to pronounce. Starting strong with their debut full-length,…

From the Ashes Rises A Vulture

Pullout Picks Up Where Monster Squad Leaves Off All good things must come to an end—or in this case, a pause. Though the members of Monster Squad—the venerable Vacaville-based hardcore band—haven’t called it quits, the group did decide to take an indefinite hiatus in 2007 after roughly 11 years of…

Happily Ever After

Dance Gavin Dance Has A New Line-up, A New Record and Big Summer Plans Dance Gavin Dance has seen more roster changes than an MLB team. It’s tough to pinpoint why the Sacramento-based post-hardcore band has had a tough time keeping members, but one thing is for certain: it never…

Lydia

Lead vocalist Leighton Antelman of Lydia speaks humbly of his band’s success as though it’s a misnomered description. Lydia can be described as soaring indie rock adrift in desperation. Yet, as without creed as Antelman tries to write, his band continues to develop a loyal following ready to sacrifice their…

Happy Together

Happy Mayfield, Righteous Movement Old Ironsides was a rocking boat April 18. Old friends were conversing and new friends were connecting, and for those who were rusty at socializing, the bar was there to hug. Lee Bob fans spoke fluently with leftover Bucho fans as Happy Mayfield heartthrobs conversed in…

All In Jest

Though Sacramento’s Buildings Breeding Started as a Joke, the Band is Serious About Moving Forward A perusal of Buildings Breeding’s Myspace page will show that the band has a sense of humor. The tagline under the band name describes the group’s genre as a fantastical mix of “healing & easylistening/religious/black…

Twist and Shout

Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda, Agent Ribbons, Dog Party Luigi’s Fun Garden “¢ Friday, April 24, 2009 By Blake Gillespie | Photos by Samantha Saturday From the deck of Luigi’s Slices & Fun Garden, you could see over the security fence into the Wyclef concert on K St., but inside of…

Fro-Go to the Top

The economy has taken a swan-style jump off the high dive platform. The descent has been gloriously terrible; many businesses have closed up shop for good, and good folks have been laid off. Though any plummet from the high dive can be disastrous, the trick is to make sure you…

The ZuhG Life

Local four-piece difficult to define Happy 4/20. If only you were in Arcata, you could be ZuhGin’ out. After CD release parties in Sacramento and Roseville last week, the four-piece from the City of Trees cruised the ZuhGmobile to Humboldt for a weekend lineup of shows capped off by a…

Pretty & Nice Spring into Action

Hyper, Aware Fun isn’t always easy. Sometimes you have to work pretty hard to have a good time. Take, for instance, Get Young, the debut from Boston’s Pretty & Nice for Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art. Frenetic beats, knee-jerk changes and myriad bleeps and bloops combine to create something the…