Within the ornate walls of San Francisco's Great American Music Hall last night (May 29), the Fiery Furnaces and opener Grand Ole Party seemingly battled head-to-head, each wielding decidedly different sounds -- and two vocalists each with a distinct style. Warming the crowd with cuts off their debut full-length Humanimals, including highlights "Nasty Habits" and "Gypsy March," Grand Ole Party, though just a trio, sounded like a band of five or six with their complex riffs and spot-on harmonies. Vocalist/drummer Kristin Gundred commanded the audience with her versatile range, as axeman John Paul Labno triumphed with his solos in "Roll on Down." Forecast: Grand Ole Party's days as an opening band are numbered. With a sound all their town, the brother-sister team of the Fiery Furnaces, a.k.a.
Described by bassist Jon Walker of tour headliner Panic at the Disco as "one hell of a convoy," the aesthetically wondrous Honda Civic Tour, also featuring Motion City Soundtrack, the Hush Sound, and Phantom Planet, kicked off at San Francisco's Warfield last night (April 10), and thankfully, destroyed lingering chatter of the recent Olympic torch fiasco with tunes aplenty. Peppered with a variety of sounds, the dynamic list of bands provided not a moment of mediocrity. SoCal sensation Phantom Planet kicked off the eveningunveiling tracks of their forthcoming cult-ish album Raise the Dead. Chicago native the Hush Sound then took the stage, and pianist/vocalist Greta Salpeter coated the crowd with her sultry voice on "Molasses," a tune off their new album Goodbye Blues.