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.

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|0 Comments
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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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    Review + Photos: Florence and the Machine + Christine and the Queens at Concord Pavilion

Review + Photos: Florence and the Machine + Christine and the Queens at Concord Pavilion

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine (photo: Ian Young)

It might have been a blustery, late-season rainy Wednesday night, but that didn't stop scores of eager fans from packing [...]

By |May 20, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Florence and the Machine + Christine and the Queens at Concord Pavilion
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    Live This Week: Angelo De Augustine brings his soul-cleansing folk to Cafe Du Nord

Live This Week: Angelo De Augustine brings his soul-cleansing folk to Cafe Du Nord

Angelo De Augustine's supple, whispering folk-pop quivers and shakes. Fragile, but not broken, it’s a singular voice of acknowledgement and measured resolve. If there’s one thing De Augustine tenderly [...]

By |May 8, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Angelo De Augustine brings his soul-cleansing folk to Cafe Du Nord

Live This Month: May 2019

31 Days. 31 shows. 31 songs. Spring is in full swing, so here are a month's worth of tunes to help you reach for those evasive Bay Area rays [...]

By |May 1, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Month: May 2019
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    Live This Week: Jessica Pratt to showcase her tranquil reverie at the Chapel

Live This Week: Jessica Pratt to showcase her tranquil reverie at the Chapel

Imbued with the kind of warmth found in a cup of tea on a dreary day, Jessica Pratt's nimble voice is enchanting as it is peculiar. On Quiet Signs, [...]

By |April 30, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Jessica Pratt to showcase her tranquil reverie at the Chapel
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    Live This Week: Jon Hopkins to bring ambient tones to the Warfield

Live This Week: Jon Hopkins to bring ambient tones to the Warfield

Every now and then, an artist comes around that truly elevates their chosen form, baffling listeners and expanding the possibilities of what would otherwise be a standard genre exercise.

2018's [...]

By |April 12, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Jon Hopkins to bring ambient tones to the Warfield

Live This Month: April 2019

30 Days. 30 songs. (Close to) 30 shows.

April's chock full of great artists rolling through, and it's almost summer festival season (hello, Phono Del Sol!), so why not dip [...]

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    Review + Photos: Mahawam brings genre-bending debut EP to Amnesia

Review + Photos: Mahawam brings genre-bending debut EP to Amnesia

Spring might be struggling to start in the Bay Area, but on Tuesday, Mahawam (Malik Mays) brought enough technicolor tones to the stage of Amnesia to render the drab [...]

By |March 29, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Mahawam brings genre-bending debut EP to Amnesia

Review + Photos: Low at Great American Music Hall

Low sit 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|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Low at Great American Music Hall
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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|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: Dude York + Partner bring spritely performances to Cafe du Nord for festival’s final night
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