Weekend Mix: 7/30 – 8/3

Tonight: Sonny & the Sunsets (7" Release Party), Small Sur (Baltimore), Nate Grace (Austin) @ Amnesia Sonny Smith - "Day in the Life of a Heel" Friday: Regional Bias: A Celebration of Bay Area Music and Culture to Benefit The Bay Bridged. Featuring performances by French Miami, Adam Stephens and The Finite Plain, Or, the Whale (acoustic), and Leopold and his Fiction, DJs John Vanderslice and Joshua Rampage (maus haus), an art show, food tasting, raffle and more @ The Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa (at Potrero Ave.). Purchase advance tickets here. French Miami - "The God [...]

By |July 30, 2009|Tags: |

Adam Stephens and The Finite Plain: Performing this Friday at Regional Bias

Adam Stephens, live at the Swedish American Hall, 9/25/2008 While you likely know Two Gallants, it would be understandable if you're not familiar with 2Gs guitarist Adam Stephens' solo project. Not yet familiar, that is, as Stephens and his band The Finite Plain are currently working on a debut album that should be a doozy. We're honored to host Adam and band at our Regional Bias fundraiser event this Friday night (more details and advanced tickets here), so that you can get the feeling I've had watching his band perform at Vetiver's CD release party and down at SXSW. Simply [...]

Triple Record Release Saturday: Brian Glaze, The Splinters, The Perverts

The Splinters - "Splintered Bridges" There's a triple record release show going down this Saturday at Amnesia, with Brian Glaze, The Splinters, and The Perverts all celebrating new vinyl. Glaze's new album, Green Living, is out now on World Famous In SF, while The Splinters' first official release is the Splintered Bridges 7" on Double Negative Records. Brian Glaze - "Leader of the Band" Garage rock trio The Perverts (whose ranks include Ty Segall) are celebrating the recent release of their debut 7" by HBSP-2X Records, and the band opens Saturday's show. 9pm, $tba.

Grey-Eyed Girls coming this fall from The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys - "Invisible Forces" (from Grey-Eyed Girls) Sure, they just released their full length debut on Castle Face Records in April, but The Fresh & Onlys have another full length ready to go! Mixing garage energy, psych, rock and roll and offbeat pop, the group's next album Grey-Eyed Girls comes out on Woodsist on September 15th. Led by the songwriting and recording duo Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin, the band just formed last year, but they've been making quite a name for themselves with a series of buzzed-about vinyl releases and some terrific live shows. [...]

Leopold and his Fiction: Parlour to Parlour; Performing at Regional Bias on 7/31!

Leopold and His Fiction - "Ain't No Surprise" Leopold and his Fiction's Daniel James was the recent subject of this great video profile as part of PopDose's "Parlour to Parlour" series. The video features James discussing his influences and peers as well as clips of Leopold performing live. Speaking of live, we're quite excited to have Leopold and his Fiction kicking off the concert portion of Regional Bias: A Celebration of Bay Area Music and Culture to Benefit The Bay Bridged, our first ever fundraiser event on Friday, July 31st at the Verdi Club, which also includes performances [...]

Jake Mann gives away the Valdez EP

Between his last album Daytime Ghost and his next release, Jake Mann has been releasing the "Sediment Series" of EPs, "Compiled ideas, musical tangents...the good stuff that didn't make it onto an 'official' release." While the first two have been limited edition CDrs, Jake's giving away the new Valdez EP, featuring three new songs and a reworked "Our 1st Assumptions Were Correct" (from Daytime Ghost). Mann and band The Upper Hand (Aaron Bellamy on guitar and trumpet; Dan Baber on drums, percussion, and vocals) recorded the tracks with Max Hart (We Are Scientists, High Speed Scene) as they plot out [...]

By |July 23, 2009|Tags: |

Wallpaper. – Pool Party; Doodoo Face coming soon

Wallpaper. - "Pool Party" How do Oakland electro-R&B-pop geniuses Wallpaper. find the time to breathe? The group's debut full length Doodoo Face comes out September 22nd on Eenie Meenie, but they've been everywhere in recent months, with popular remixes of Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell" and an autotuned take of Jay-Z's "Death of Autotune". Das Racist & Wallpaper - "Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell (Wallpaper. RMX)" Recently, the group collaborated on a new song with Jacob Safari (The Mae Shi) and Kid Static. As Wallpaper.'s Ricky Reed describes: Me and Jacob from The Mae [...]

By |July 23, 2009|Tags: |

MakeMe – House of Brakes

Oakland's MakeMe have a couple of upcoming shows to promote their brand new album House of Brakes. My current favorite song on the new record, "Matters", features great vocal back-and-forth and some nice keyboard touches that build into an anthemic tidal wave of awesomeness. MakeMe - "Matters" The band's official record release show is on Friday, July 31st at Amoeba Music in Berkeley. That free show starts at 6pm. They'll also be opening for Future of the Left at Bottom of the Hill on Tuesday July 28th. If you head over to the MakeMeMakeYou.com, you can get four [...]

By |July 22, 2009|Tags: |

Rubies (Podcast #173)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Rubies_Show.mp3[/podcast] This week, we're excited to feature Rubies, a band led by Simone Rubi and Terri Lowenthal, both formerly of Call and Response. If you're familiar with that Bay Area indie pop band, who released some great California-feeling albums in the early-to-mid 2000s, it won't surprise you that catchy melodies and warm harmonies are some of the new band's strengths as well. At the same time, the group's sonic toolkit is considerably tougher to pin down, with a blend of folk, pop, disco, and electronica that's catchy and danceable. The melange has a distinctively cosmopolitan, modern feel to it, and [...]

By |July 21, 2009|Tags: |

Mission Creek Holds Court at McLaren Park

Mission Creek held a major free concert in McLaren Park on Saturday featuring over a dozen great bands and a bunch of good times. For me, the event was equal parts great local music and sales pitch for the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, which I hadn't known existed prior to the show. I was admittedly skeptical as I got off my second bus of the day, bringing the travel time to the fest to a round hour-and-a-half, and adding a "This better be worth it" feeling to the experience, but I wandered down a hill to the emerge upon the backside [...]

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