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Rykarda Parasol: For Blood and Wine

Rykarda Parasol - "Covenant" (from For Blood and Wine)

Rykarda Parasol's latest album For Blood and Wine was self-released late last year, another slice of "rock noir" from this talented [...]

By |January 28, 2010|2 Comments

Family Folk Opry unites Bay Area songwriters this Wednesday

Little Wings - "Sandy Babe"

This Wednesday in the Yoshi's SF Lounge (9pm, $5), a group of the Bay's best singer-songwriters gather for the "Family Folk Opry." The show [...]

By |January 25, 2010|Comments Off on Family Folk Opry unites Bay Area songwriters this Wednesday

Mark David Ashworth: Bright is the Ring of Words

San Francisco-by-way-of-Austin musician Mark David Ashworth will release his second album, Bright is the Ring of Words, February 23rd on Autobus Records. According to the label:

Coming together over [...]

By |January 22, 2010|Comments Off on Mark David Ashworth: Bright is the Ring of Words

Rogue Wave – Permalight details and upcoming tour

Rogue Wave - "Good Morning"

Rogue Wave recently announced many of the pertinent details surrounding Permalight, the group's upcoming album, out March 2nd. The album emerged following Zach Rogue's [...]

By |January 21, 2010|2 Comments

Thursday: Flux Summit 002 tackles “What’s Shaking Down SF Music Venues?”

The Flux Summit is billed as "San Francisco's Premier Electronic Music Industry Event," but Thursday's free summit event has a topic of interest to fans of all genres.

Discussion Topic [...]

By |January 20, 2010|2 Comments

Dominant Legs, Young Prisms, Woodsman, Weekend @ Hemlock Tavern, 1/8

Photos by Rachel Keenan and Nicole L. Browner

The beauty of catching a show at the Hemlock Tavern (in addition to consistently great booking and cheap PBR tall boys), is [...]

By |January 15, 2010|Comments Off on Dominant Legs, Young Prisms, Woodsman, Weekend @ Hemlock Tavern, 1/8

Makeing Tents (and then playing music in them)

I hadn't heard of the genre "electro wilderness" before SF's Makeing Tents, but I didn't believe that their live shows would actually be performed inside tents either. The [...]

By |January 13, 2010|2 Comments

The Morning Benders offer “Promises”

The Morning Benders - "Promises"

Head over to TheMorningBenders.com this morning where, for the price of an e-mail, you can download "Promises", the first new song from the band's forthcoming [...]

By |January 11, 2010|4 Comments

Media Monday: new Rogue Wave, The Dodos on Letterman, locals on Daytrotter

Last week, Stereogum posted a new one from Rogue Wave's upcoming album Permalight (above album artwork via Spinner). "Good Morning" is more electronically-oriented than the band's past releases, [...]

By |January 11, 2010|Comments Off on Media Monday: new Rogue Wave, The Dodos on Letterman, locals on Daytrotter

Free MOMA art/music show this Saturday

Saturday, the SF MOMA's having a free opening reception for a new installation by Philadelphia artist Max Lawrence in the Natoma Alley off New Montgomery. Lawrence's installation is [...]

By |January 8, 2010|Comments Off on Free MOMA art/music show this Saturday

Friday: Dominant Legs, Young Prisms, Weekend

Dominant Legs - "Just Silly Ones"

SF bands Dominant Legs, Young Prisms and Weekend perform together Friday night at the Hemlock (9:30pm, $7). The show's an excellent opportunity to [...]

By |January 7, 2010|Comments Off on Friday: Dominant Legs, Young Prisms, Weekend

Wallpaper. release new mixtape of remixes and mashups

Music For Animals - "Nervous in New York (Wallpaper. Remix)"

We've blogged repeatedly about Wallpaper.'s consistently excellent series of remixes, which have prompted unending debates over at The Bay Bridged [...]

By |January 7, 2010|Comments Off on Wallpaper. release new mixtape of remixes and mashups