Hump day music news: The Masonic gets a facelift, that dancey new Toro y Moi side project, and more
-- The venue formerly known as the Nob Hill Masonic Center will re-open next month as "The Masonic," a 3,300-seat music venue booked by Live Nation (as it was before), with new bars, food options, and a state-of-the-art sound system, after spending much of 2014 under construction. The lineup of shows so far has some pretty big hitters, with the Pixies, Broken Bells, Modest Mouse, and, um, Hall & Oates taking the stage in the coming months. Nob Hill neighbors! Please be chill! Except about the two-night Train stint. We'd be upset about that too.
-- If you are a fan of fuzzy, melodic, riot grrl-influenced, lo-fi pop goodness, you should probably go to 1-2-3-4 Go! Records tonight [Wed/20] at 7pm or the Rickshaw Stop tomorrow [Thu/21] at 9:30pm for lovely British weirdos Joanna Gruesome -- who may or may not blow up when their upcoming split with Perfect Pussy (plus comic book!) drops later this year.
-- Bluesy-rock party starters The Stone Foxes are doing a three-week residency at The Chapel in November, with some pretty sweet openers, including Strange Vine, Annie Girl and the Flight, and the Bhi Bhiman band.
-- Everyone is freaking out about this new record from Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick, under the Berkeley resident's dancey side project Les Sins. This new track, "Bother," is a teaser for Les Sins' first full-length LP, Michael, out Nov. 4. Bonus: Members of Oakland's own Waterstrider on backup vocals.