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Man/Miracle
This week's podcast spotlights the eclectic rock of Man/Miracle, a quartet that recently relocated to the Bay Area after finding substantial success in Santa Cruz. The group debuted in the scene last year with the Bear on Bear EP, which earned them quite a bit of acclaim and radio play around Northern California. The excitement around the release is quite understandable, as the mostly uptempo CD mixes the self-conscious and intimate melodies of indie pop with the nervy energy and excitement of post-punk and dance-rock.

Considering that the EP consisted of most or all of the songs the band had completed writing at the time of recording, it was certainly an auspicious debut. Man/Miracle have continued to write and record since its release, all the while developing an energetic live show in venues from house parties to the Mezzanine, where they played during this year's Noise Pop festival. The band's latest material, some of which was released on a now sold-out tour CD earlier this year, finds them continuing to experiment with new sounds and styles, while retaining their strong melodic pop songwriting. We're pleased to include some of these new songs in this episode and are looking forward to a new release from Man/Miracle later this year.

We spoke with the full band a couple of weeks ago at The Bay Bridged studio, discussing among other things the group's origins, the importance of crowd feedback to their music, and the band's next steps.

Man/Miracle have upcoming shows in May on both sides of the Bay:

Saturday, May 17th
The Stork Club
with The Chop and Plasterkatz
9pm, $tba

Saturday, May 24th
Hemlock Tavern
with The New Centuries (CD release) and The Dont’s
9:30pm, $6

You can hear more music over at Man/Miracle's MySpace page, where you can also find information about how to purchase the group's Bear on Bear EP. While their tour CD is currently sold-out, the band plans to release a new single in the coming months, and we'll update you on that when we know more.

Thanks for listening!

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