San Francisco Bands You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of – Part 5

Leopold and His Fiction

Do you like bluesy, southern fried garage rock in the style of The Black Keys, White Stripes and Kings of Leon? Then I think you’ll like this San Francisco trio called Leopold and His Fiction. I sure do.  Their self-titled debut is out now and are expected to release a new album early 2009.

Listen to ‘Come Back (Now That I’m Here)’:




I was taken the first time I heard Fremont-based band, Okay.  Mostly by Marty Anderson’s voice, which is strange, compelling and beautiful all at the same time.  His sound may not resonate with everyone but I find his songs with simple lyrics and sparse instrumentation achieve something bigger.

Listen to ‘My‘:



Port O’Brien

Oakland-based Port O’Brien has received critical acclaim for their autobiographical second album, All We Could Do Was Sing. Their ragtag indie folk/rock sound evokes the sounds of Neil Young and Bon Iver at times and back porch, drunken singalong sessions at others.   

Listen to ‘Pigeonhold’:


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Kings of Leon @ The Warfield

As much as I hate The Warfield, seeing Southern rock gods, Kings of Leon, play there Saturday night was well worth it.  It was like seeing a southern version of U2 play in teeny tiny venue.  The crowd was so into it, singing along with every song they played, pumping their fists in the air.  Having sold out two nights at The Warfield, it seems like people are finally catching on to this good ‘ol American rock-n-roll band. They seem poised for superstardom, despite Pitchfork’s pitiful 3.8 rating of their new album, Only by the Night. They’re a bunch of snobs anyway.

I’m a sucker for their rock ballads, so my favorite song of the night was Arizona‘.

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All Points West Prep: Kings of Leon

The countdown to the All Points West Festival begins!  Dubbed as the Coachella of the East Coast (hardly, but I guess you have to start somewhere), I’m really excited to participate in this inaugural NY event this weekend- albeit just for one day.  Of course the highlight will be Radiohead.  But with Kings of Leon opening?  Not too shabby, I say.

Kings of Leon have a new album, ‘Only by the Night,’ due out September 23. They’ve been sampling new tracks on their MySpace page that sound really good.  They released Crawl for download recently. Today they premiered Sex On Fire.  Not a bad anthem.

Follow this link to Sex On Fire

Listen to Crawl

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