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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    6 local online radio stations to keep the tunes going during shelter in place

6 local online radio stations to keep the tunes going during shelter in place

With a growing abundance of livestreams and online concert series to online sales, musicians and institutions are quickly adapting to be resilient as possible in the face of the [...]

By |March 23, 2020|1 Comment
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    Quaran-tunes: Coping with shelter in place, Bay Area edition

Quaran-tunes: Coping with shelter in place, Bay Area edition

It sure didn't take long for our world to be upended, did it? Look, there's no way to pussyfoot around this: COVID-19 sucks. It will cost countless lives the world [...]

By |March 19, 2020|0 Comments
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    Noise Pop 2020: awakebutstillinbed, Mary Lattimore, Frances Quinlan close out the festival

Noise Pop 2020: awakebutstillinbed, Mary Lattimore, Frances Quinlan close out the festival

Frances Quinlan (photo: Jon Bauer)

Feeling more like a quaint backyard barnstorm gathering with your closest friends than a blowout party, the last night of Noise Pop was an endearing [...]

By |March 4, 2020|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2020: awakebutstillinbed, Mary Lattimore, Frances Quinlan close out the festival
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    Noise Pop 2020: Mannequin Pussy, Best Coast wash away grief at the Regency

Noise Pop 2020: Mannequin Pussy, Best Coast wash away grief at the Regency

“So much happens that makes me want to scream. Our fucked-up collective pain leaves us nowhere safe to do this. So we created a place to scream."

That's certainly one [...]

By |February 29, 2020|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2020: Mannequin Pussy, Best Coast wash away grief at the Regency
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    Noise Pop 2020: Ami Dang, Lower Dens sift through societal pressures at Rickshaw Stop

Noise Pop 2020: Ami Dang, Lower Dens sift through societal pressures at Rickshaw Stop

In the midst of a consistently volatile social environment, one trope continues to prove true: the personal is political. It's rampant in our our self-expression and how we view [...]

By |February 29, 2020|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2020: Ami Dang, Lower Dens sift through societal pressures at Rickshaw Stop
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    Noise Pop 2020: Sandu Ndu, Velvet Negroni, Sudan Archives light up the ballroom at Starline

Noise Pop 2020: Sandu Ndu, Velvet Negroni, Sudan Archives light up the ballroom at Starline

Although the first night of Night Pop at Starline Social Club started on a quite somber note, night two was a rambunctious endeavor. In the upstairs ballroom, Sandu Ndu, [...]

By |February 27, 2020|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2020: Sandu Ndu, Velvet Negroni, Sudan Archives light up the ballroom at Starline
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    Noise Pop 2020: Stephen Steinbrink, Mutual Benefit soothe souls at Starline

Noise Pop 2020: Stephen Steinbrink, Mutual Benefit soothe souls at Starline

On the first night of Noise Pop, festival attendees at Starline Social Club were greeted by a calming presence in the form of Stephen Steinbrink, Sonoda, and Mutual Benefit. [...]

By |February 25, 2020|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2020: Stephen Steinbrink, Mutual Benefit soothe souls at Starline
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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 [...]

By |February 3, 2020|Comments Off on 28 Years, 28 Songs (Noise Pop 2020: The Bay Bridged Edition)

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 [...]

By |November 4, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Month: Slink into the holiday season with indie staples and promising newcomers
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