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Two Gallants to play first show in over two years at Bottom of the Hill on 4/23/11

SF heroes Two Gallants have announced that they'll be playing their first show since taking a break from the band over two years ago. While the group's last [...]

By |February 25, 2011|4 Comments

Noise Pop Picks, 2/26-2/27: The Fresh & Onlys, Culture Club, How to Dress Well, and more

As we noted in our last round of picks, although a number of great shows are sold out at this point, Noise Pop badges remain on sale until Friday [...]

By |February 25, 2011|Comments Off on Noise Pop Picks, 2/26-2/27: The Fresh & Onlys, Culture Club, How to Dress Well, and more

Noise Pop Review: Versus, Telekinesis, The Love Language, Burnt Ones

Photos by: Agata Kamler

For all of my interest in pushing things forward, I've recently felt something of a compulsion back to the familiar comfort zone of catchy rock-pop songs. [...]

By |February 24, 2011|2 Comments

Noise Pop Picks, 2/24-2/25: Bay Bridged Happy Hour, Tamaryn, The Stone Foxes and more

We'll be offering our Noise Pop picks over the next several days. Then, as the festival proceeds, our writers and photographers will be reporting back from a whole [...]

By |February 23, 2011|Comments Off on Noise Pop Picks, 2/24-2/25: Bay Bridged Happy Hour, Tamaryn, The Stone Foxes and more

Listen to Mi Ami’s Dolphins 12″; band announces new tour dates

Mi Ami - Dolphins by Mi Ami

Dolphins is Mi Ami's first 12" as a duo, out March 15th on Thrill Jockey. [...]

By |February 23, 2011|Comments Off on Listen to Mi Ami’s Dolphins 12″; band announces new tour dates

Garrett Pierce signs to Narnack Records

"Statue Song," which accompanies the video above, is the first offering from Davis/SF artist Garrett Pierce's upcoming album, City of Sand, due out later this year on Narnack Records. [...]

By |February 22, 2011|2 Comments

Noise Pop begins today: the fest’s organizers talk about new additions in 2011 and pick some shows to watch

The 2011 Noise Pop Festival begins today, taking over a number of SF venues over the next six days for a celebration of the best in independent music. [...]

By |February 22, 2011|Comments Off on Noise Pop begins today: the fest’s organizers talk about new additions in 2011 and pick some shows to watch

Recommended at Noise Pop, 2/22-2/23: Merge Records bands, Admiral Radley/Typhoon, Dirty Ghosts, and more

We'll be offering our Noise Pop picks over the next several days. Then, as the festival proceeds, our writers and photographers will be reporting back from a whole [...]

By |February 21, 2011|Comments Off on Recommended at Noise Pop, 2/22-2/23: Merge Records bands, Admiral Radley/Typhoon, Dirty Ghosts, and more

New free EPs from Oakland’s Liquorice Ginsberg and Forest Floor

Local music blog Mapzzz has launched a twice-monthly series of free EPs with the above three-song set from Oakland's Forest Floor. Forest Floor is Geoff Saba, who blends [...]

By |February 21, 2011|Comments Off on New free EPs from Oakland’s Liquorice Ginsberg and Forest Floor

Discuss: What’s the Matter with Berkeley?

The recent closure of Blake's in Berkeley was met with nary a peep in the online indie music community. The East Bay Express' excellent Ear Bud blog covered [...]

By |February 18, 2011|18 Comments

Ssleeping DesiresS – “Pyrrhonism”

Pyrrhonism by ssleepingdesiress

Here's a minimalist synth track from SF's Gabriel Ramos aka Ssleeping DesiresS. I first caught wind of him on [...]

By |February 18, 2011|Comments Off on Ssleeping DesiresS – “Pyrrhonism”

Burger Boogaloo coming in March: The Traditional Fools return; Moonhearts, Strange Boys, Personal and the Pizzas, many more scheduled to perform

The Traditional Fools - "Davey Crockett"

Burger Records and Total Trash Booking have announced a wild weekend for garage-o-philes next month in SF. The Burger Boogaloo takes place from [...]

By |February 16, 2011|4 Comments