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(Sandy) Alex G at The Warfield, SF, 9/11

I first heard (Sandy) Alex G when I saw him play at a guitar shop in San Jose. He opened for Elvis Depressedly and my friend’s band, Leer. Compared to the mix of shoegaze and screamo, Alex G had a muted sound that made itself memorable with its nostalgia for Elliott Smith melancholia and fuzzy 90s alternative riffs. Three years later and now I’m seeing Alex G open up The Warfield for Brand New, one of the most prolific bands of emo. He started the night with “Judge,” an appropriately heavyhearted track off his latest release Rocket. “That day meant nothing to me / A hiccup in my memory” Much of his set featured songs from the 2017 full-length, which dons a fuller sound and takes a scenic route through primarily rustic themes. But he covered all parts of his catalog, playing “Bug,” “Kicker,” “Serpent is Lord,” and crowd favorite “Mary.” To close his set, Alex took to the keyboard and played bluesy tracks “County,” and “Guilty.” (Sandy) Alex G will be touring with Fleet Foxes, …

Dashboard Confessional, The All-American Rejects, and The Social Animals at The Masonic, 7/14

Things got emotional at The Masonic on July 14, but not necessarily in a sad way. Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects played the second night of their co-headlining tour, both bringing out old favorites and some new songs too. Both acts riled up the crowd through their own unique energy, with Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba taking full command of the stage, and AAR lead singer Tyson Ritter using a charming kind of sass. Not that it would have been a challenge to rock out to nostalgic jams like Dashboard’s “Screaming Infidelities” and “Hands Down,” plus AAR’s “Swing, Swing” and “Gives You Hell.” Dashboard even threw in surprise covers of “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and “Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins. I don’t think I can ever get tired of hearing a huge crowd drown out an entire venue with Dashboard Confessional lyrics, and being a part of it all. It was also a thrill experiencing that with The All-American Rejects, especially since it was the band’s first time in San Francisco in five …