Kata Rokkar — Kata Rokkar – A Bay Area based blog about music, life and stuff by Shawn Robbins.Kata Rokkar — Kata Rokkar – A Bay Area based blog about music, life and stuff by Shawn Robbins.

CONTEST: The Naked and Famous with Vacationer at The Warfield

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Naked and Famous show with Vacationer on April 21st at the Warfield.

All you have to do is leave a comment of 3 WORDS on this post of why you deserve these tickets and we will pick the winner on April 19th (Tomorrow!).

In the meantime, check out these amazing and high production value videos as well as the Co-Pilots Remix (Russell Lissack of Bloc Party) of No Way.

SHOW REVIEW: Bowerbirds and Dry The River at The Independent

At first glance, this line-up seems to be pretty spot on for fans of both bands. You have Dry The River’s explosive power rock anthems and the subtle communal folk efforts of Bowerbirds. Seems like a good mix if you think about it. However, I was concerned about at the energy balance being a bit off that night. You see, Dry The River is a more energetic band live and Bowerbirds is way more low-key. So you can understand my concern over whether or not Bowerbirds were going to be able to hold it together after a huge performance by Dry The River…

The SUPER LATE SXSW 2012 Coverage // Wednesday, March 14th: Photos & Recap

Since I ended my first day of SXSW kind of early, I knew I had lost time to make up. You see, unless waiting on line to see people like Jack White, Grimes, or Fiona Apple is your forte, it’s best to get to shows early or witness bands you’re “heard of” but never actually “heard.” Which is something I’ve said to people more than I care to admit. Wednesday was about catching bands that I’ve been meaning to see for quite some time now and I wasn’t disappointed.

The SUPER LATE SXSW 2012 Coverage // Tuesday, March 13th: Photos & Recap

So after a few weeks to gather myself and edit the plethora of photos I foolishly thought I could power through in a few nights (No. Nope. Not at all) here is the official SUPER LATE SXSW coverage from Kata Rokkar. Yup, remember that music festival last month where everyone in the business came to Austin TX and watched 20 bands, drank free beer, ate free brisket, and slept three hours every night only to wake up and do it all over again? Yeah well while everyone else is getting ready for Coachella, I am still reminiscing over the overly sponsored and mass hype-fest that is SXSW Festival. One can’t help but feel like you’re embedded into this commercial landscape of demographics and target markets. But luckily there is still a communal atmosphere among those who attend this event. Every one has a unique story about who they saw, where they ate, and where they wound up the next morning. Oh that DJ Baby Chino (above), who I’m a little impressed and terrified by.

KATA ROKKAR’S SXSW PORTRAITS

REGGIE WATTS

Download Reggie Watt’s version of the Legend soundtrack here.

New tour dates, his TED talk, and a bunch of other amazing things can be found here.

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Reggie Watts – Butter + Toast from Why S*** So Crazy? (2010)

SHOW REVIEW: Bachelorette and The Magnetic Fields at The Fox Theater

The vastness of the Fox Theater in Oakland can probably be intimidating to any group of artists, much less a solo performer. I’ve seen several solo acts grace this stage and not since Grouper’s emotional opening set for Animal Collective had I seen such a well thought out and sweet performance as Bachelorette’s opening slot for The Magnetic Fields. First off let me preface by saying Magnetic Fields audiences are the most calm, polite, and considerate crowds I have had the pleasure to encounter. I had little trouble maneuvering my way to score a good spot to see the New Zealand singer/songwriter Annabel Alpers aka Bachelorette.