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Haiti benefit Tuesday with Oh Sees, Stoltz, Segall, and Sandwitches

The Sandwitches - "Back to the Sea"

Hopefully, by this point, you've already given money to one of the numerous organizations doing relief work in Haiti (and if you haven't, [...]

By |February 1, 2010|Comments Off on Haiti benefit Tuesday with Oh Sees, Stoltz, Segall, and Sandwitches

Judgement Day – New Video for “Cobra Strike”

Oakland string metal maniacs Judgement Day premiered today a video for “Cobra Strike,” the first single off the band’s upcoming album Peacocks/Pink Monsters, out on April 13, 2010. [...]

By |February 1, 2010|2 Comments

All ages local shows at Epicenter Cafe begin this Saturday

Amidst plenty of real concern about the future of local all ages music venues, it's encouraging to receive word that the Epicenter Cafe (Harrison Street b/w 3rd and 4th) [...]

By |January 29, 2010|Comments Off on All ages local shows at Epicenter Cafe begin this Saturday

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