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The best kept secret in music


"Nadine Condon/Kingstreet Review"

At the club, up-and-coming bands such as Kingstreet…does an admirable job, and Condon's face registers her pride and pleasure. (Nadine) Condon, a statuesque Nordic blonde, has done almost everything. Her music career has spanned two-plus decades and garnered her copies of 14 gold and platinum albums by virtually every Bay Area band that's made it big. Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Train -- all have called Condon their mentor.
After Kingstreet guitarist Blake Schaefer executes a particularly scorching solo, Miles Hurwitz, manager of the red-hot Oakland band the Matches, yells out from the bar: "Introduce your guitarist!" Singer Matthew Burks is confused. "Did you say lose my guitarist? Oh, introduce him! I thought I was gonna have to ask you to step outside. This is Blake.” …It does not hurt to remind up-and-coming young bands of their stage manners.

-Jane Ganahl - San Francisco Chronicle

"Kingstreet Rocks The Red Devil"

Once closer, singer Matt Burk seemed to feel the crowd needed more. He responded, as did the rest of the band, with an outpouring of energy, and the crowd was in for the ride. Each song gained momentum. People were moving. It was, as they say, infectious. Beats became heavier and the sound weaved around the crowd. Wrapped in the message of “What Would You Do,” and the sharp notes coming from the band, standing still seemed an impossibility.

I grabbed onto the railing of the balcony, worried the movement of the crowd might bring it crashing down. Barely catching a breath between songs, the crowd was ready to go anywhere the band was going to take them. By the last song, the band had made fans of us all. The music kept coming…no one was ready to stop. Up and down we went. From one solo to the next, loving every note, every beat. Till at last the final chord was released, and breathing hard, the crowd shouted praise and thanks.

The band played with this furious energy;…
“Thanks,” I said, and then scribbled a note: “See this band again.”

-Amanda Jurich - SF2Night

"Kingstreet – on fire! "

This led into a sort of hulk like transformation, the band literally becoming an entirely different band all of a sudden over the last half of the set. Each member took it up a notch,…they built up into this incredible high point and took the evening to a whole new level for us.
By this time the band had the crowds full, unbridled attention and they took advantage of the situation by jumping into a crowd favorite called "Inside Out." I really like when live bands have a lot of changes in their songs and KSX does a great job building and building an awesome crescendo to their songs. "No Pity" and "When I Grow Old" rounded out this powerhouse live set.
Kingstreet has become a mainstream fixture on the San Francisco band scene; a group that always delivers a high-energy live show.
-Sean Considine (IGN)


It’s always rewarding to find a band that puts songcraft first, then supports that song with skilled musicianship. San Francisco’s Kingstreet has both those assets going for them…

-Gail Worley (Starpolish)
- Starpolish


Kingstreet has grown into their own, generating serious interest over their freshman full length album "Along Came Lizzy" which has gotten radio play from the Bay Area's largest station KFOG 104.5FM, had more than 85,000 streamed downloads, and gotten regional recognition as one of this years most serious and viable players on the west coast scene.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Clearly Kingstreet is doing something right, having shared bills with artists like Gavin DeGraw, Buckethead (Guns & Roses), Merl Saunders (Grateful Dead) and opened for bands like Pseudopod (Interscope), Trailer Park Pam (Interscope), even Bob Guiney (The Bachelor) and many others. Last year they were selected by as one of the worlds 30 Best Bands and have had over 85,000 downloads of their old music. Kingstreet has also headlined for the bay areas largest band/industry showcases Nadine's Wild Weekend (sponsored by Nadine Condon), the DIY Convention SF, and has played some of the west coast's most relevant musical events and clubs like the Haight Street Fair, Viper Room, Slim's & Great American Music Hall. In early 2004 Jagermeister saw the quality of Kingstreet's musical performance and signed on to sponsor them on their climb to national recognition.

Due to their continued success Kingstreet also attracted the interest of hit Producer Ben Yonas, who has led the charge on their full length freshman album "Along Came Lizzy" slated for release in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. 2004 will be a big year for Kingstreet.