Lizzie Karr is a singer, prolific songwriter, guitarist and pianist whose voice has been described as having “an unteachable and untenable grit” that “sits comfortably in many permutations of genre”. Her haunted lyrics ride over a band that alternately rocks and grooves sweetly.
UnderCover Presents, Faultline Studios, and KALX 90.7 FM are beyond thrilled to announce that Darren Johnston has curated a brilliant Bay Area lineup to reinterpret Nick Drake’s Pink Moon.
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8 PM
Cover:$15 in advance, $20 at door
Advance Tickets: http://
Age: ALL AGES
SAE Institute is hosting a series of industry mixers during the course of 2012. This Friday, January 6th at 8PM Faultline Studios will be the featured recording studio along with marketing and management company, Famehouse.
Come have a drink with the Faultline crew and let’s talk shop!
Kimo’s has long been a staple in the music community hosting an endless roster of eclectic touring and local acts . Unfortunately, the space has been sold and closed it’s doors until further notice. Faultliners, The Nerv, will be playing a farewell show for Kimo’s at 330 Ritch with other rockers Agent Orange, Tokyo Raid, Inferno Of Joy and Suggies Friday, December 30th. Please come out and raise one last drink to Kimo’s!
The past year has been phenomenal for Faultline Studios and we’d like to thank all of you who we could not have done it without.
On Friday, December 16th 6-10pm we will be hosting our first of many holiday parties with special recording guest BANG DATA. For all who come and sign up for the mailing list we will offer a chance to download the recording. Please come with you and your’s and let’s toast to another year of making beautiful music for all to hear.
As many of you know, Faultline Fridays has become a great success and this Friday will be no exception! Faultline Fridays is a casual monthly gathering of the musical minds of The Bay Area with the goal to create a greater sense of community in our beloved music scene. We are taking it one step further by bringing in some of the Bay Area’s top artists to perform and be recorded right in front of you. All guests that give their email address will receive a link to download one or more of the live recordings. We are pleased to have Valerie Orth as our debut recording guest THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th 5-9!
Valerie has been described as “sexy, soulful, genuine, and edgy” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and an “indie folk powerhouse” by Bend’s Source Weekly, Valerie Orth is a fearless and genre-bending songwriter. Her distinctive hybrid of rock, groove, soul, and folk reaches out and grabs your attention; her live performances captivate and charm at once.
Rich with melody and metaphor, Orth’s tunes move nimbly between darkness and light, hope and despair, taking deft turns of phrase along unforeseen rhythmic twists in the road. With gorgeous, multi-octave vocals and no fear of heights, she flirts with the edge as readily as she subverts expectations.
“Unpredictable and highly original,“ writes the Jefferson Agrarian. “Just when you think she’s going to settle into a familiar groove, off she flies into the stratosphere with phrasings you never saw coming.”
Orth’s dynamic range as a performer is made all the more compelling by what the East Bay Express calls a “completely intuitive composition style.”
Orth grew up, as she puts it, “singing before I could talk.” That penchant led from musical theater productions in her youth to an African diaspora choir at Tufts University. Along the way, she studied drumming and dance in Ghana. But her background is mainly in activism. She campaigned for a women’s studies department at Tufts and organized rallies for fair trade and environmental justice. After graduating, Orth took a job with Green Corps, then moved to San Francisco and became a labor organizer for Global Exchange. She challenged corporate behemoths like Procter & Gamble and led the effort to pass San Francisco’s anti-sweatshop law in 2005.
After a few years of burning the midnight oil on grassroots campaigns that often found her working over 70 hours a week, Valerie decided to return to her musical roots, hopeful that her art might have similar impact to her work in social justice. “Songwriting and performing are basic necessities in my life,” she says. “I couldn’t stand the idea of not singing.”
Her new CD, Faraway City, which the East Bay Express described as “a remarkable piece of work,”features Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter) on drums, Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls) on piano and organ, and Jon Evans (Tori Amos) on bass and electric guitar. Produced by Evans, it amply displays Valerie’s range as composer, lyricist, and singer.
“I think we went a bit more ‘out-there’ than the regular singer-songwriter genre,” says Orth.
The same can be said of her dynamic live band, which features Veronika Safarova on bass, Eryn Allen on keys, Tyler Lewis on violin and electric guitar, Jeff Marrs on drums, and all of them singing background vocals. Together they have a compelling stage presence, fluid chemistry, and adventurous spirit that continuously gives back to their fans.
This an event not to be missed and be sure to check out Valerie’s new video “Blinding” directed by Dave “Dizmix” Lopez. We hope to see you there!
Raised on a steady diet of classic rock and punk, Genius and the Thieves are five guys who spend their days writing celebratory, rowdy, rock and roll with a distinct blues edge and a dash of indie sensibility thrown in for good measure.
With a sound that has been compared to bands ranging from The White Stripes, to The Clash to Portugal. The Man, Genius and the Thieves pride themselves on creating music that is both intricate and accessible. As an added bonus, they are relentless in their pursuit to get the crowd moving. Concertgoers be forewarned: dance parties and sing alongs are sure to ensue. Whether you like it or not…
The band just finished their new EP and will be celebrating the release at The Rickshaw Stop TONIGHT, October 26th. Be sure to stop in and grab a free copy for your listening pleasure!
Combining instruments such as harmonica, accordion and keys over a double dose of guitar, bass and percussion, BURNriverBURN is a five-piece with a sound unique within the hard rock genre. In the face of the shear magnitude of their drop-tuned riffs rise the vocals of front man John Paterson who both hearkens back to a time when hard rock was just emerging and blazes a trail for the next generation to follow. Drummer Kevin Amann and bassist Dan Knight take the band through the elevations of each song like a locomotive pulling a train thought a mountain pass while guitarists Chuck Howell and Ray Morgan paint the ever-changing scenery with epic chord progressions, sanguine melodies and incendiary solos.
The name BURNriverBURN, coined by Howell, is a reference to Cleveland, Ohio and it’s infamous burning river the “Cuyahoga” which, due to massive dumping, was accidentally set ablaze several times in the late 60′s prompting the creation of the EPA.
This moniker is also a testament to the seemingly contradictory levels of pride and humility that engender most Clevelanders. Knight and Howell are no exception. Just to the right of Ohio come Amann and Paterson who hail from Jamestown, New York and Philly respectively, while Ray Morgan, an ex-patriot from Tallaght-Dublin, Ireland is the group’s sole import.
BURNriverBURN is a true democracy with all five members contributing to the writing and arrangement of all songs as well as art and print media.
With enough years in the business to hone their skills and temper their egos, the five members of BURNriverBURN spearhead the conspiracy to bring good old hard
Rock-n-roll back to the forefront of modern music…
The record was mastered here at Faultline Studios by Starita and will be released TODAY, OCTOBER 21st at their cd release party. The party will start at 9pm with a $10 dollar cover which includes a copy of the cd and drinks….you can’t beat that!
The Where House
2248 Jerrold Ave # 8
San Francisco, CA
6 years ago what started as a birthday party for singer/songwriter Chris James’ wife, has now turned into a hugely successful summer party of Bay Area bands. This year the 6th annual Patiopalooza will boast 5 bands all of which have recorded at Faultline Studios in one way or another.
This line up is not to be missed and will prove to be one of the best this year. We are grateful to have worked with such talented musicians and now you can see them all in one place!