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Remix Religious Girls’ ‘Midnight Realms’ 12″

For my money, "O.G." represents a huge step forward for Religious Girls, blending the band's noisier and more melodic impulses into one epic song. Recently, the band posted [...]

By |September 22, 2011|Comments Off on Remix Religious Girls’ ‘Midnight Realms’ 12″

Listen to the ‘I Can Feel The Heat’ 12″ from Magic Touch (Mi Ami’s Damon Palermo)

MAGIC TOUCH - SILK009 by Magic_Touch

Magic Touch is Mi Ami's Damon Palermo exploring club-ready disco-house sounds. Palermo's got a 12" out [...]

By |September 22, 2011|2 Comments

Meditations on San Francisco: Barn Owl, Date Palms to perform at SF Zen Center

The San Francisco Zen Center isn't a place I'd normally expect to see a rock show, but the Center's upcoming "Meditations on San Francisco" event on October 8th (6pm, [...]

By |September 21, 2011|Comments Off on Meditations on San Francisco: Barn Owl, Date Palms to perform at SF Zen Center

Absolutely Kosher Records to stop releasing new albums

Absolutely Kosher Records announced yesterday afternoon that, following the release of Himalayan Bear's Hard Times, the label will stop putting out new albums. If you've followed the East Bay [...]

By |September 21, 2011|4 Comments

Noted: The Wrong Words, WHY?, My Second Surprise, Foolproof Four and more

The Wrong Words recently performed a live set on WFMU, which you can download for free.

Well, shit. WHY? and Serengeti just cancelled their tour. Have you listened to [...]

By |September 20, 2011|Comments Off on Noted: The Wrong Words, WHY?, My Second Surprise, Foolproof Four and more

Win tickets to see The Blank Tapes and Chloe Makes Music on 9/21/11 at the Great American Music Hall

LIVE! by The Blank Tapes

Local indie-pop singer songwriters The Blank Tapes and Chloe Makes Music are playing at the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, September 21st (8pm, $14), [...]

By |September 19, 2011|Comments Off on Win tickets to see The Blank Tapes and Chloe Makes Music on 9/21/11 at the Great American Music Hall

Video: Raleigh Moncrief – “Lament For Morning”

As we mentioned a little while ago, Sacramento's Raleigh Moncrief is about to release the Watered Lawn LP on Anticon on October 25th. Here's a self-directed video for [...]

By |September 19, 2011|Comments Off on Video: Raleigh Moncrief – “Lament For Morning”

Wet Illustrated signs to True Panther, new video out now

SF's Wet Illustrated kicked off our Noise Pop Happy Hour earlier this year with a ridiculously fun set of from-the-garage art-pop. "Satellite Kids" comes from the band's upcoming [...]

By |September 19, 2011|Comments Off on Wet Illustrated signs to True Panther, new video out now
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    Rock Make 2011 is Saturday, 9/17: Final Reminder and Set Times Announced!

Rock Make 2011 is Saturday, 9/17: Final Reminder and Set Times Announced!

Mixtape: 2011 Rock Make Street Festival Preview Mix (Podcast #257)

We've reached the end of our extensive buildup to this Saturday's 2011 Rock Make Street Festival (Facebook event), our fourth [...]

By |September 16, 2011|2 Comments

Noted: SF MusicTech, Victory and Associates, Nardwuar vs. Hunx and His Punx, and more

The SF Weekly reports from the SF MusicTech summit: "Will People Still Pay for Songs in Five Years?"

Tonight, SF band Victory and Associates releases the successfully-Kickstarted album These Things [...]

By |September 16, 2011|Comments Off on Noted: SF MusicTech, Victory and Associates, Nardwuar vs. Hunx and His Punx, and more

Vetiver – “Can’t You Tell (Bing’s Slim for Summer remix)”

Vetiver - Can't You Tell (Bing's Slim for Summer remix) by subpop

Remixes can be pretty hit or miss (or, perhaps worse, inconsequential), [...]

By |September 15, 2011|Comments Off on Vetiver – “Can’t You Tell (Bing’s Slim for Summer remix)”

Gardens & Villa play free noon show Friday at UC Berkeley (and details on upcoming free Berkeley shows)

Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa will be back at Bottom of the Hill next month, but the band's second stop on their US tour (which kicks off today) is [...]

By |September 15, 2011|Comments Off on Gardens & Villa play free noon show Friday at UC Berkeley (and details on upcoming free Berkeley shows)