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.

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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    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|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: Rosie Tucker, Sucker Crush, Boy Scouts, Vagabon at Swedish American Music Hall
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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|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: Helado Negro, Beirut play sold-out show on final weekend of festival
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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|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: Rose Droll, Superet, Caroline Rose make the most of a full house at the Independent
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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|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: Bobby, SOAR, Club Night, Illuminati Hotties bring delightful distortion to Starline Social Club

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|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Robyn at the Fox Theater
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