Rey Pila shine in return to Fox Theater Oakland as opener for Brandon Flowers

Rey PilaBy Marc Fong //

Rey Pila //
Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
September 2nd, 2015 //

Mexico City natives Rey Pila returned to the Bay Area last Wednesday night to open for the enigmatic Brandon Flowers. The band, fronted by baby-faced lead singer Diego Solórzano, brought with them a familiar, yet distant vibe.

Rey Pila’s sound is dark and synth-filled. Solórzano’s voice is reminiscent of your favorite Tears for Fears track. And although the band might have gotten lost in the pop goth of the 80’s, it now flourishes with a great rock sound.

More polished than they were during their previous visit to Oakland when they opened for Interpol last year (read our review here), Rey Pila brought their distinct sound back to The Fox. The band’s onstage energy matched that of its latest album The Future Sugar, which was released in May. That is to say, the performance constantly kept your feet moving, while the music was sleek and hypnotic.

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Headlining the show, Brandon Flowers put on an amazing performance. Photos were not allowed during his set, so readers will need to imagine that The Killers lead singer was immaculately dressed as he sashayed with style and grace.

In the end though, Flowers sounded fantastic. While his solo stuff was fun to hear, the highlights, judging from the crowd, were The Killers songs that he played.

The show, as a whole, featured two jewels. Rey Pila remains uncut but wonderful, and Brandon Flowers is and always will be a precious gem.

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Thievery Corporation & Warren G at Oysterfest 5/9 (SAT)

San Francisco Oyster Fest 2015Written by Molly Kish //

San Francisco Oysterfest //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
May 9th, 2015 //

The largest oyster festival on the West Coast returns to Sharon Meadow at Golden Gate Park this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. as the 16th annual SF Oysterfest offers plenty of prime picks from the finest oyster farms across the Pacific Coast. Whether you like your oysters chilled or grilled, your shellfish appetite will undoubtedly be fulfilled with a wide range of dining options from some of SF’s premiere seafood restaurants.

As per Irish tradition, the Guinness will be flowing alongside a wide variety of adult beverages that include lagers, stouts, ale wines and premium spirit options. Guests can show off their shuck-and-suck skills in the festival’s annual crowd favorite contest, participate in various cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs, lose themselves in one of the live art demonstrations or take it easy with kids and four-legged friends in the meadow’s spacious and shaded play area.

At the same time, you can get down with some hip-hop heavyweights who are dominating this year’s music lineup and dance to the beats provided by some of the leading names in electronic, R&B, soul and world music. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Washington, D.C.-based DJ collective Thievery Corporation, West Coast hip-hop legend Warren G, hip-hop DJ pioneer Grandmaster Flash, Salt Lake City house duo Late Night Alumni, Oakland R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani and Berkeley producer deelanZ.

Register below for your chance to win a pair of ticket to this year’s festival or you can buy tickets here (use the promo code “thievery” to receive a 10-percent discount). Tickets are $45 in advance, and children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by a parent will receive free admission.

For more information, visit Oysterfest’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Contest ends Friday, May 8th at Noon.


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Interpol play it cool with Rey Pila at Fox Theater Oakland

interpol-post1Photos by James Nagel // Written by Andrew Pohl //

Interpol with Rey Pila //
Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
September 20th, 2014 //

The best part of seeing bands that you’ve never seen before is that you can take what they are offering and not have to compare it against anything else. Having never seen Interpol before and being an appreciator of their music, I was excited to see how the show would go. The Fox Theater in Oakland was an ideal setting for this new experience, with easy views of the stage and top-notch sound.

Rey Pila was the night’s opening act. The five-piece group, which hails from Mexico City (now residing in New York), were a complete mystery to me prior to catching their show. It was immediately clear why there were tapped to support this tour as their sound was complimentary to that of Interpol’s but different enough to add some variety to the night.

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The majority of their set was full of post-punk/early alternative style cuts à la Echo & the Bunnymen or The Church, with less emphasis on synths. Energetic frontman Diego Solórzano did his best to engage the crowd, at several points jumping off stage to meet the fans at their level. The performance was solid and the songs were enjoyable, though it felt like they weren’t connecting with the audience as well as they may have hoped.

After a brief intermission, Interpol took the stage, dressed to the nines. A large video screen displayed the cover art from their new album El Pintor for the first three songs, and there were a few rotating strobes filling the otherwise black stage with red, blue and purple throughout their set. The set itself was a solid mix of tracks from the new album, along with material from all of their prior releases, mostly from Antics. Throughout the set, the visual element on the video screen offered minimalist/modern psychedelia and geographic landscapes that paired well with the mood of the music.

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Lead singer Paul Banks’ vocals were a bit “pitchier” than I expected, but that didn’t affect the music in much of a negative way as the band, on the whole, performed splendidly. The set was shorter than I anticipated, but in many ways, that was a good thing. Interpol’s songs are not drawn-out epics — they are nice and tight. I think they are wise to offer up a concise, well-packaged set instead of doing a marathon worth of material. Though they’re not the most energetic band on the planet, what Interpol lacks in conventional stage presence they made up for by setting a consistent mood and feeling of “cool.”

Setlist:
1. My Blue Supreme
2. Say Hello to the Angels
3. Evil
4. My Desire
5. Length of Love
6. Breaker 1
7. The Lighthouse
8. Anywhere
9. Everything Is Wrong
10. Lights
11. Narc
12. Not Even Jail
13. Slow Hands

Encore:
14. All the Rage Back Home
15. NYC
16. Obstacle 1