Noise Pop 2013: Saturday & Sunday Preview

Date: Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd Number of Noise Pop Shows: 9 shows, 32 bands Already Sold-Out: Most of them, including Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at the Great American Music Hall, Toro y Moi at The Independent, DIIV at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and Jukebox the Ghost at the Rickshaw Stop. Check These Shows Out: Sonny & The Sunsets crushed at The Bay Brewed, and any opportunity to see our local country-rock sweethearts is worth taking. Fresh off the release of the third and final volume in the 100 Records series, the band's [...]

By |February 27, 2013|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2013: Thursday Preview

Date: Thursday, February 28th Number of Noise Pop Shows: 9 shows, 33 bands Already Sold-Out: OBN IIIs, Fuzz, Blasted Canyons, G. Green at The Knockout -- this one's gonna rule! Check These Shows Out: It's a night of freewheeling psych at the Hemlock, capped by New York's Psychic Ills; that band's new LP, One Track Mind, arrived earlier this month. They're to be joined by Mike Donavan of Sic Alps (who is currently working on a solo project), Chile's Föllakzoid, and Portland's Aan. After label ups and downs, Free Energy finally released Love Sign earlier this year and they'll be [...]

By |February 26, 2013|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2013: Wednesday Preview

Date: Wednesday, February 27th Number of Noise Pop Shows: 5 shows, 20 bands Already Sold-Out: None yet Check These Shows Out: OC punk-pop band The Lovely Bad Things release The Late Great Whatever on Tuesday, and the band brings its SoCal buzz to the Hemlock Tavern on Wednesday. It's a hyphenated pop bill from top to bottom, including the folk-touched songs of Olympia's LAKE and the psychy songwriting of sometimes-local The Blank Tapes. SF's Cruel Summer kicks off the night; the jangle-pop band's self-titled EP comes out in March. ST/EP by Cruel Summer If you're interested in sampling some of [...]

By |February 24, 2013|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2013: Tuesday Preview

Over the next several days, we’ll be running day-by-day previews of what to expect from the 2013 Noise Pop Music Festival. We’re kicking off with a look at Tuesday’s slate of shows. Date: Tuesday, February 26th Number of Noise Pop Shows: 3 shows, 11 bands Already Sold-Out: None yet Check These Shows Out: Noise Pop's opening night party brings the noise, with Body/Head leading the way. The duo includes Kim Gordon (from, you know, Sonic Youth) and noise guitarist Bill Nace, and they're topping a bill that also includes locals Horsebladder, Burmese, and Noel Von Harmonson (previously of Comets on [...]

By |February 21, 2013|Tags: |

Mixtape: What If Presidents Liked Indie Rock?

(Editor's note: Happy Presidents' Day! We'll be back tomorrow, but, for now, enjoy this reposting of last year's Presidents' Day mixtape!) Mixtape: If Presidents Liked Indie Rock (Podcast #273) Despite their various political differences, if there's one thing that we know all U.S. presidents have shared, it's that they have horrible taste in music. Seriously, most candidates pick cheesy, corny songs for their campaigns, and it's not like anything gets better after they get elected. Even President Obama, who ran on a platform of hope and change, recently released a Spotify playlist with a lot of duds (Ricky Martin? Two [...]

By |February 18, 2013|

Coming in two weeks: A Bay Bridged Noise Pop Happy Hour with Golden Void, Wild Moth and DSTVV!

Artwork by Nic Buron A Friday happy hour filed with bands and beer sounds pretty great, right? Well, we can't help you this weekend, but, in a few weeks, we'll be hosting a great happy hour show during Noise Pop 21. It's at Bender's on Friday, March 1st with some of our favorite local bands! The Bay Bridged Presents: A Noise Pop Happy Hour Golden Void Wild Moth DSTVV Friday, March 1, 2013 Bender's 5pm, FREE, 21+ RSVP on Facebook! About the bands: Late last year, Golden Void released a self-titled psych rock behemoth that quickly became one of our [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen Songs about Love for Valentine's Day (Podcast #300)

Mixtape: Fourteen Songs about Love for Valentine's Day (Podcast #300) In case you've managed to avoid this news until now, February 14th is Valentine's Day, the greeting card industry holiday that can compel even the least romantic to confront the topic of love. Over the past few years, plenty of our favorite indie rockers have explored the excitement and complications of love in terrific songs. Here, we've collected fourteen tracks about love's many facets, including the swooning romanticism of Real Estate, Cass McCombs, and Bare Wires. Affairs of the heart don't always end well, however, and the mix also offers [...]

Mixtape: Twenty-One Bands Playing at Noise Pop 2013 (Podcast #299)

Mixtape: Twenty-One Bands Playing Noise Pop 2013 (Podcast #299) Now in its twenty-first year, the 2013 Noise Pop Festival features over one hundred performers taking over San Francisco venues from February 26 through March 3. True to form, this year's Noise Pop features acclaims indie darlings like DIIV and Toro y Moi as well as a host of talented emerging artists. Admirably, there is a strong local presence throughout the fest. This mixtape includes twenty-one songs by Noise Pop 21 performers, with longtime Bay Bridged favorites alongside some more recent discoveries. All told, this set just scratches the surface of [...]

By |February 7, 2013|Tags: |

Tour Diary: Grandma's Boyfriend recaps a trip to Japan

Editor's note: In January, SF's Grandma’s Boyfriend toured Japan for the second time, playing six shows in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. When they returned, the guys sent us this recap and collection of photos from their trip. Grandma's Boyfriend performs at the Hemlock Tavern on February 9th with Big Drag and Party Owl, and the band will be heading to SXSW in March. The group has two releases out now on Loglady Records. Grandma's Boyfriend EP by Grandma's Boyfriend Most surprising thing: Finding a niche of people in Japan that are extremely interested in Bay Area music. There’s even [...]

The Bay Bridged Presents: A Noise Pop Happy Hour with Golden Void, Wild Moth and DSTVV!

Artwork by Nic Buron Noise Pop 21 arrives later this month with a full slate of exciting shows. One of our favorite festival traditions is the nightly series of free happy hour concerts at Bender's, and we're excited to present the happy hour show on Friday, March 1st with some of our favorite local bands. It's gonna be loud and it's gonna rule. And it's totally free! The Bay Bridged Presents: A Noise Pop Happy Hour Golden Void Wild Moth DSTVV Friday, March 1, 2013 Bender's 5pm, FREE, 21+ RSVP on Facebook! About the bands: Late last year, Golden Void [...]

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