About JD Bray

Queerdo in the SF Bay Area by way of the Deep South. Yeah, okay— it's complicated. Mostly, I'm a plebian with lofty and/or daring fond illusions. I'm deeply interested in exploring the artistic contributions of the LGBTQ community and other traditionally marginalized groups. I can wax poetic about the restorative powers of Brandon Boyd and Incubus, but I'll try to spare you the details. Music seems to be one of the only ways to break ground in understanding this wicked, wide, and wild world, so I'm strapping in. Have a lead, want to chat, or share a cat meme? Contact me at jack.bray@thebaybridged.com.

Review + Photos: Low at Great American Music Hall

Low sits squarely in a liminal space.

There's something incorporeal about the way husband and wife duo Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker meander through song structures, sonics, and melodies. Take [...]

By |March 18, 2019|0 Comments
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    Noise Pop 2019: Dude York + Partner bring spritely performances to Cafe du Nord for festival’s final night

Noise Pop 2019: Dude York + Partner bring spritely performances to Cafe du Nord for festival’s final night

On what made for a very fun, very female, very queer final night of Noise Pop, Bay Area locals the Total Bettys joined Blushh, Dude York, and Partner for one last [...]

By |March 5, 2019|0 Comments
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    Noise Pop 2019: Rosie Tucker, Sucker Crush, Boy Scouts, Vagabon at Swedish American Music Hall

Noise Pop 2019: Rosie Tucker, Sucker Crush, Boy Scouts, Vagabon at Swedish American Music Hall

Vagabon photos: J.D. Bray)

Amidst a week of more bombastic acts for Noise Pop, Rosie Tucker, Sucker Crush, Boy Scouts, and Vagabon brought an intimate respite to Swedish American Music [...]

By |March 4, 2019|0 Comments
  • Beirut and Helado Negro at the Fox Theater
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    Noise Pop 2019: Helado Negro, Beirut play sold-out show on final weekend of festival

Noise Pop 2019: Helado Negro, Beirut play sold-out show on final weekend of festival

On the last Saturday of Noise Pop, the blissful tunes of Helado Negro and indie darlings Beirut permeated the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Roberto Carlos Lange creates dreamlike tunes as [...]

By |March 4, 2019|0 Comments
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    Noise Pop 2019: Rose Droll, Superet, Caroline Rose make the most of a full house at the Independent

Noise Pop 2019: Rose Droll, Superet, Caroline Rose make the most of a full house at the Independent

On Thursday night, Bay Area locals Rose Droll, Los Angeles' Superet, and the "sardonic synth pop" of Caroline Rose graced the stage of the Independent, playing to a packed crowd.

Each [...]

By |March 3, 2019|0 Comments
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    Noise Pop 2019: Bobby, SOAR, Club Night, Illuminati Hotties bring delightful distortion to Starline Social Club

Noise Pop 2019: Bobby, SOAR, Club Night, Illuminati Hotties bring delightful distortion to Starline Social Club

Noise Pop is in full swing.

On Wednesday (night three), Local bands Bobby, Soar, and the recently-featured quintet Club Night joined Illumnati Hotties at the Starline Social Club in Oakland.

Though a [...]

By |March 2, 2019|0 Comments

Review + Photos: Robyn at the Fox Theater

Pop stardom is ephemeral, transitory. Stars live and die by their streaming counts, their relevance preordained by methodically calculated release dates and Twitter announcements, a symptom of competing in [...]

By |February 27, 2019|0 Comments

Noise Pop 2019: Teenage Fanclub’s untainted exuberance

Teenage Fanclub don’t have anything to prove.

With 30 years of grit, the Scottish band has spent their career releasing consistently stellar power pop that recalls Big Star and the [...]

By |February 26, 2019|0 Comments

MUTEK to return to San Francisco this spring

After making a splash in San Francisco last year, the Montreal-based international festival that highlights digital innovation and electronic and experimental music, MUTEK, is returning for a second stint [...]

By |February 20, 2019|0 Comments
  • Crowd at Burger Booglaoo 2018 in Mosswood Park, by Patric Carver
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    Burger Boogaloo adds to lineup, offers Valentine’s Day Sale

Burger Boogaloo adds to lineup, offers Valentine’s Day Sale

It's hard to believe that Oakland's Burger Boogaloo is a decade old.

The raucous, two-day festival held at Mosswood Park in Oakland is full of punk spirit, oddballs, and as [...]

By |February 14, 2019|Comments Off on Burger Boogaloo adds to lineup, offers Valentine’s Day Sale

Live This Week: Find love in a groove on Valentine’s Day

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day, or are noncommittal about it all, there will always be that perfect song that manages to set your heart aflutter.

Platonic [...]

By |February 13, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Find love in a groove on Valentine’s Day
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    Live This Week: Adrianne Lenker’s feather-light tunes showcased at Swedish American Hall

Live This Week: Adrianne Lenker’s feather-light tunes showcased at Swedish American Hall

Adrianne Lenker (of Big Thief) makes quietly unassuming folk filled with abstraction.

Her emotional melodies throb instead of afflict sharp pangs that more lyrically direct material would be inclined to [...]

By |February 4, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Adrianne Lenker’s feather-light tunes showcased at Swedish American Hall
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