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Derek’s Best of The Bay: 2020

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With the pandemic putting the kibosh on live music, there's unquestionably been a collective sadness within our hearts. That old world — where one could wander [...]

By |December 28, 2020|0 Comments
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    Horders drop first single from debut LP: “Void Transaction”

Horders drop first single from debut LP: “Void Transaction”

The Bay Bridged is psyched announce that Horders is dropping their debut LP this month, entitled Eternities. The North Bay instrumental purveyors have spent the last decade carving out [...]

By |December 1, 2020|Comments Off on Horders drop first single from debut LP: “Void Transaction”
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    Video Premiere: Trebuchet dress up for new single “Failing Up”

Video Premiere: Trebuchet dress up for new single “Failing Up”

You might say that 2020 has been a crazy year for Trebuchet.

Since the dawn of the new decade, the North Bay indie rockers have welcomed a newborn into the [...]

By |July 31, 2020|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Trebuchet dress up for new single “Failing Up”

Self Care come back to life with “Just a Ghost”

North Bay indie outfit Self Care has been delving into the more ethereal side of indie rock in the last few years. Their new album Just a Ghost drops today [...]

By |May 1, 2020|Comments Off on Self Care come back to life with “Just a Ghost”
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    Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

 
Michael Bingham, Spiritual Cramp
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"My fondest memory of Slim's had less to do with my experience at the show and more to do with my partner's. In our many [...]

By |April 10, 2020|Comments Off on Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

Video: Decent Criminal, “Bleached”

Hey, what you doing right now? Yeah that's what I thought. Here, take 4 minutes out of your busy day of Zoom meetings, bread baking, and fluctuating existential dread [...]

By |April 10, 2020|Comments Off on Video: Decent Criminal, “Bleached”
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    Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

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So yeah, Slim's closed down. In a normal world, that would have been the most bummer thing to have happened last week. I use that term "normal world" [...]

By |April 7, 2020|Comments Off on Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

Album Premiere: Unconditional Arms, ‘Formation’

So I think it's safe to say we're all in a transition period, right? Both as individuals and as a society? Yeahhhh. That's why the timing for the release [...]

By |April 3, 2020|Comments Off on Album Premiere: Unconditional Arms, ‘Formation’

Video Premiere: Schlee, “Run Run Baby”

Look around you. Doesn't it feel like you're living in a dream world right now? Can you even remember what life was like before this? My advice: go with [...]

By |March 20, 2020|2 Comments

Best Of 2019: Derek’s favorite Wine Country releases

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Look, from an artist's perspective, I get why y'all don't come up here all the time. Having grown up here, I'll admit that Sonoma County is pretty [...]

By |December 26, 2019|1 Comment

John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”

Songwriter John Courage returns to his roots as an acoustic troubadour with his first acoustic-centric release in almost 10 years. All sounds were recorded and performed by the towering Santa Rosa [...]

By |September 5, 2019|Comments Off on John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”
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    Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Slugger from left to right: Robert McLean, Hezekiah Donaghy, Alex Vargas, Josiah Donaghy

It’s a muggy late-summer evening in south Santa Rosa. As the four members of Slugger dutifully distribute [...]

By |August 21, 2019|Comments Off on Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’