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.
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    28 Years, 28 Songs (Noise Pop 2020: The Bay Bridged Edition)

28 Years, 28 Songs (Noise Pop 2020: The Bay Bridged Edition)

It's February, and one of the most anticipated yearly Bay Area music festivals is right around the corner.

Now in its 28th (!) year, Noise Pop always proves to be [...]

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Best Of the 2010s: JD’s decade in one handy playlist

Ketchup packets.

I didn’t anticipate such a seemingly innocuous object would become the impetus of change I needed, but there I was in 2012, dodging fast food items hurled at [...]

By |December 27, 2019|Comments Off on Best Of the 2010s: JD’s decade in one handy playlist

December Playlist: Best of the Bay 2019

December is here and that can mean only one thing: lists.

Gift shopping lists. Baking lists. Best-of-the-Year lists. You name it, it probably exists in bulleted form for the season. Chalk [...]

By |December 9, 2019|1 Comment

Review + Photos: FKA twigs at the Fox Theater

FKA twigs (photo: Jon Bauer)

For Tahliah Debrett Barnett, it’s all for the gain.

Since 2012, Barnett (FKA twigs) has mesmerized many with her narcotic, dizzy trip-hop that is impossible to [...]

By |November 11, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: FKA twigs at the Fox Theater
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    Live This Month: Slink into the holiday season with indie staples and promising newcomers

Live This Month: Slink into the holiday season with indie staples and promising newcomers

With spooky season behind us (and hopefully the wildfires, too), the holiday season is rapidly approaching. Turning the clocks back and hunkering down for winter brings an array of [...]

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    Live This Month: Old favorites and new voices come to town in September

Live This Month: Old favorites and new voices come to town in September

Summer in the Bay has provided no shortage of opportunities to chase the elusive sun while getting a shot of adrenaline via a well-curated music festival.

From the small stages [...]

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    Live This Week: Sidney Gish brings awry jingles to Rickshaw Stop

Live This Week: Sidney Gish brings awry jingles to Rickshaw Stop

Sidney Gish might have impostor syndrome, but her resume certainly is lined with glistening accomplishments.

A full-time music business student at Boston's Northeastern University, Gish has been self-releasing her sharp, [...]

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Review + Photos: Kim Petras at Mezzanine

From the tube dresses and costume jewelry to the bottle service, the floors of Mezzanine had more of a weekend blowout vibe than a mid-week slump, thanks to pop-superstar-in-the-making [...]

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Live This Month: Hit peak summer with our August playlist

From the heavily-treaded lawns of Golden Gate Park at Outside Lands to the joyous streets of the 20th Street Block Party, we know August is chock-full of great summer [...]

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Your 2019 San Francisco Pride Guide

San Francisco's storied queer history has been rightfully brought to light over the years, and while the 50-year anniversary of the pivotal Stonewall riots in New York City seems [...]

By |June 26, 2019|Comments Off on Your 2019 San Francisco Pride Guide
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    Live This Month: Celebrate summer with Noname, Kendra McKinley, Carly Rae Jepsen and more

Live This Month: Celebrate summer with Noname, Kendra McKinley, Carly Rae Jepsen and more

Summer. Is. Here.

And while we may have our eyes on all things Phono Del Sol (only eight days away), there's plenty more to celebrate as the weather gets hot [...]

By |June 7, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Month: Celebrate summer with Noname, Kendra McKinley, Carly Rae Jepsen and more

Live This Month: Pre-game Phono del Sol with this playlist

It's baaaaack! As previously announced, The Bay Bridged and Noise Pop are joining forces to bring everyone’s favorite summer event back to Potrero del Sol Park on Saturday, June [...]

By |May 31, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Month: Pre-game Phono del Sol with this playlist
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