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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

Noise Pop 2010: more bands announced!

The Fresh & Onlys - "Dude's Got A Tender Heart"

The latest update from Noise Pop HQ about the 2010 festival includes a whole bunch of potential highlights. While [...]

By |January 6, 2010|2 Comments

Music and…: The Passing of Vic Chesnutt (As Reported on the Internet)

"Music and..." is a new monthly column from The Bay Bridged Programming Director Ben Van Houten exploring significant issues impacting music, culture and digital media.

If it feels like Vic [...]

By |January 3, 2010|2 Comments

Media Monday: Papercuts, The Fresh & Onlys, Social Studies

Collecting some Bay Area tracks from around the web:

Via Pitchfork, here's the A-side from Papercuts' latest 7", White are the Waves, out now on Gnomonsong. The B-side is [...]

By |December 21, 2009|Comments Off on Media Monday: Papercuts, The Fresh & Onlys, Social Studies

Video: Sholi – “All That We Can See”

Sholi - All That We Can See from Zeek Earl on Vimeo.

Sholi remains one of 2009's best albums, even if Sholi has been quiet for some time. The [...]

By |December 18, 2009|Comments Off on Video: Sholi – “All That We Can See”

Tonight: KFJC 50th Anniversary Party

On October 20th, 1959 at 8pm, from a broom closet on the old Foothill College campus in Mountain View, California, KFJC began its very first broadcast on frequency 88.5 [...]

By |December 18, 2009|Comments Off on Tonight: KFJC 50th Anniversary Party

Video: Two Sheds’ Yuletide Fireplace

Two Sheds Yuletide Fireplace from Two Sheds on Vimeo.

Why didn't somebody think of this before? (If somebody did, please let me know in the comments.) You can't [...]

By |December 17, 2009|Comments Off on Video: Two Sheds’ Yuletide Fireplace