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Rogue Wave – "College" / "Siren's Song"

Rogue Wave just returned with the band's fifth album, Nightingale Floors, and their first cross-country tour in almost three years started yesterday. Listen to two songs from the new [...]

By |June 13, 2013|Comments Off on Rogue Wave – "College" / "Siren's Song"
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    This Week in SF, 6/10-6/16/13: Sonny & The Sunsets, Eleanor Friedberger, Cold Cave, The Mantles & more!

This Week in SF, 6/10-6/16/13: Sonny & The Sunsets, Eleanor Friedberger, Cold Cave, The Mantles & more!

Enjoy this Spotify mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they're all playing! [...]

By |June 10, 2013|Comments Off on This Week in SF, 6/10-6/16/13: Sonny & The Sunsets, Eleanor Friedberger, Cold Cave, The Mantles & more!

PAPA – "If You're My Girl, Then I'm Your Man"

PAPA captivated a packed room at a Wood Shoppe show a few months back, even though the band hasn't yet released its debut album. That record is coming later [...]

By |June 6, 2013|Comments Off on PAPA – "If You're My Girl, Then I'm Your Man"
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    Huichica Music Festival 2013: Blitzen Trapper, Cass McCombs, Jessica Pratt performing at Sonoma food, wine, music fest

Huichica Music Festival 2013: Blitzen Trapper, Cass McCombs, Jessica Pratt performing at Sonoma food, wine, music fest

The annual Huichica Music Festival returns to Gundlach Bundschu Winery later this month for two days of indie music, food and wine in Sonoma. The music side of things [...]

By |June 6, 2013|Comments Off on Huichica Music Festival 2013: Blitzen Trapper, Cass McCombs, Jessica Pratt performing at Sonoma food, wine, music fest
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    This Week in SF, 6/3-6/19/13: Lumerians, Parquet Courts, Trails and Ways, Total Control & more!

This Week in SF, 6/3-6/19/13: Lumerians, Parquet Courts, Trails and Ways, Total Control & more!

Enjoy this Spotify mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they're all playing! [...]

Video: Watch Bleached perform live on KEXP

With the sun out in full force, it's the perfect time to crank up some Bleached. Here's a set the band performed for KEXP recently, and it totally rules. [...]

By |May 31, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Watch Bleached perform live on KEXP

Valleys – "Hounds"

I wandered into a Valleys set at SXSW about halfway through, and proceeded to spend the next fifteen minutes kicking myself for missing the first fifteen. Catchy, noisy, and [...]

By |May 31, 2013|Comments Off on Valleys – "Hounds"
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    Giveaway: A benefit concert featuring covers of Joy Division and The Smiths

Giveaway: A benefit concert featuring covers of Joy Division and The Smiths

The San Francisco Rock Music Association raises money for local school music programs through a series of concerts covering classic albums in their entirety. As the picture above would [...]

By |May 30, 2013|Comments Off on Giveaway: A benefit concert featuring covers of Joy Division and The Smiths

Giveaway: See The Presets perform at The Fox tonight!

Australian electronic band The Presets are currently on the home stretch of a US tour, and they'll be performing tonight at the Fox in Oakland. The band's latest single [...]

By |May 24, 2013|Comments Off on Giveaway: See The Presets perform at The Fox tonight!
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    Video: Shout Out Louds – "Illusions" (win tickets to tonight's show!)

Video: Shout Out Louds – "Illusions" (win tickets to tonight's show!)

Shout Out Louds' Optica is probably my favorite indie pop record so far this year, with each song tightly orchestrated and extremely catchy. The band's US tour is coming [...]

This Week in SF: Picks and a Mix for 5/20-5/26/13

Enjoy this Rdio mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they're all playing! [...]

By |May 20, 2013|Comments Off on This Week in SF: Picks and a Mix for 5/20-5/26/13

Video: Lumerians – "Laser Barn"

As we head toward the weekend, enjoy this delightfully frantic performance of "Laser Barn" by Lumerians. The song comes from the Horizon Structures EP, but the band's newest album, [...]

By |May 17, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Lumerians – "Laser Barn"