What a momentous way to kick off the week: Barack Obama's second inauguration falling on MLK Jr. Day, and with tear-inducing performances by Beyonce and James Taylor, to boot. It doesn't get much more U-S-A than that. Oh, and there was that whole SF football win on Sunday.
Celebrate your fleeting pride swell with a week-long journey through challenging live music; stop by former local Jhameel's return concert, the annual SF Tape Music Festival, Luke Sweeney's Wet Dreams Dry Magic at Mission Creek Oakland, Blond:ish at Monarch, and Gaucho at Cyprian's, as the group recognizes Django Reinhardt's birthday. Read more »
Local musician Jhameel, one of the Guardian's On the Rise stars, often observes new batches of social networking fans with idiosyncratic videos. Here he's celebrating reaching 5,000 Facebook fans with a drunken cover of “We Are Young” by Fun. Enjoy.
Jhameel (www.jhameel.com) once said to me, "I only have one life to do this." As cliché as it might seem, it feels like the Oakland-based classical pop virtuoso is living his dream. Near the end of last year he began releasing a new song a week on his site in a series dubbed Waves (available now on Spotify). In the next couple of months, he'll release another wave, this time of collaborations, and there is a super-secret major release coming in the spring.Read more »
MUSIC I half-expect Jhameel to be sporting face paint whiskers swiped across his cheeks as I walk up to meet him at Cafe Strada near the UC Berkeley campus. Lyrically, he's inspired by Ben Gibbard, musically by Sufjan Stevens, but aesthetically, it's early Bowie.Read more »