Author: Jonathan Reynoso

Jonathan Reynoso has been a contributing writer for SFSonic for over two years. In this time, he's written articles for musicians in world of folk, rock, punk, psychedelic freak pop, absurdist classical electronica, and many others. He's attended dozens of concerts for SF Sonic and has personally been to hundreds more. Twitter: @JReynosoJ.

Tycho Fox Theatre, Oakland January 7, 2017 All photos by Raymond Ahner. It’s an old phrase, but it still rings true to this day: sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses. With a life as hectic as the one we’re living in, it’s healthy for one to calm down and enjoy the beauty surrounding us. Scott Hansen, the San Franciscan ambient producer known as Tycho, embraces that philosophy not only in his music but also in his artwork. Hansen doubles as a graphic designer under the name ISO50. His artwork bears a longing for an environment of tranquility…

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X The Independent December 8, 2016 All photos by Bobby Cochran. As the band stepped onto the stage, Link Wray’s rock ‘n’ roll classic “Rumble” was blasting out of the house speakers. A man who surely had influenced their entire sound. Then, one by one, the original members of the Los Angeles punk group X walked with a slow but seasoned swagger. Their presence was that of a group that’s seen it all. This was yet another crowd. Though Billy Zoom, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, and DJ Bonebrake all graciously looked to their crowd with pleasure. X is an interesting…

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Toro Y Moi UC Theatre, Berkeley November 10, 2016 All photos by Jon Bauer. Chazwick Bundick has always been familiar with multicultural identities. Bundick himself is the son of a Filipino mother and an African-American father. His stage name is derived from two languages meaning “bull and me,” “Toro y” from Spanish and the French word “moi” meaning “me.” Toro Y Moi During the first years of his career the singer/producer was responsible for helping construct the then emerging genre of “chillwave” beginning with his 2010 debut Causers of This. Chillwave is the hazy, lo-fi pop genre that acts like…

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Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra Greek Theatre September 2, 2016 The height of music injected with psychedelia happened in the mid-1960s. Many bands took advantage of the studio to create colorful soundscapes with whirling, swirling guitars, cherry flavored lyrics, and narcotic energy. It was a fad. By 1969 the hippies were disillusioned with the war overseas, the deaths of major political and social players, and the constant drug use. Kevin Parker, singer of Tame Impala, resurrected echoes of the era on the band’s excellent debut record Inner”speaker. It took the best of acid-soaked 60s pop, borrowed from 70s hard…

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Parquet Courts August 22, 2016 The Regency Ballroom All photos by Bobby Cochran. At times you can smell success. You can’t explain it but a certain intuition takes hold. I can feel the New York City band Parquets Courts on the edge of a hit single or a spot in a popular Netflix show that’ll blossom into fame. That or their following will just keep multiplying. Their latest record “Human Performance” is their third album but the first with Rough Trade Records (The Strokes, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire). It’s their most diverse release with plenty of wordy songs through the…

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Kurt Vile, Alabama Shakes The Greek Theatre, Berkeley August 13, 2016 All photos by Bobby Cochran. Two bands that celebrate what the past had to offer joined forces for a two night appearance at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. Kurt Vile and his backing band The Violators were the first to go up; however it was a night of headliners. The Grammy-winning blues rock band Alabama Shakes have sold thousands of records (and won thousands of hearts) in the US and Kurt Vile has been an indie darling for quite sometime, receiving praise on each new project him the band put out.…

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Psychedelic Furs and The Church UC Theatre, Berkeley July 23, 2016 All photos by Pollen Heath. Styles and fashions are cyclical. When something’s new in the world of pop music it has a short shelf life. Remember New Wave music? You’ll know the answer to that question if you were born before or after 1990. The Psychedelic Furs and their opening band The Church were in the eye of the storm during the time of New Wave’s conquering of the charts. A lot of bands took advantage of the movement because it was so fresh at the time. New Wave…

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Brand New and Modest Mouse Greek Theater, Berkeley July 29, 2016 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Here’s some good news for people who love bad news – what if beloved indie rockers Modest Mouse, whose visionary weirdness has won the hearts of many fans, was to open for another band? On July 28th at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, that’s exactly what happened when emo rockers Brand New and Modest Mouse paired up to appear on the same stage. And a lot of Modest Mouse fans left the concert confused with what they saw. Modest Mouse Right as the sun sank…

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Mac Sabbath Slim’s June 12, 2016 All photos by Raymond Ahner.  At Slim’s in San Francisco there was only one night in the entire city (and I’d wager in the entire Bay Area) that featured goblins playing banjo, a very sensual burlesque show, and trademarked McDonald’s characters running through Black Sabbath’s greatest hits. That’s right. Slim’s in San Francisco hosted Mac Sabbath, the first “drive­thru metal band” on Earth. Mac Sabbath doesn’t sell any CDs or records so the only way to order them with extra fries is to attend one of their aberrant concerts. The band kicked off the…

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