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.

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|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2019: Teenage Fanclub’s untainted exuberance

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|Comments Off on MUTEK to return to San Francisco this spring
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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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    Live This Week: French Vanilla, Midnight Snaxxx, others to play Oakland Popfest

Live This Week: French Vanilla, Midnight Snaxxx, others to play Oakland Popfest

KALX, Berkeley’s community radio station, is presenting a showcase of local and regional artists with a shared indie and punk ethos.

Founded in 2017, the annual event benefits West Oakland [...]

By |January 25, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: French Vanilla, Midnight Snaxxx, others to play Oakland Popfest
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    Live This Week: Dawes to bring rootsy folk-rock to the Fox Theater

Live This Week: Dawes to bring rootsy folk-rock to the Fox Theater

It’s day 27 of the government shutdown.

Caught in the political riptides, many Americans find themselves trying to sort through and mend damaged relationships in a system that seethes in [...]

By |January 17, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Dawes to bring rootsy folk-rock to the Fox Theater

Live This Week: Reunited Azure Ray to play Cafe du Nord

18 years.

Take a look into the archive of your life over that amount of time and you’ll have quite a collection of memories — cherished or derided. For some, [...]

By |January 16, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Reunited Azure Ray to play Cafe du Nord
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    Live This Week: Amen Dunes headlines August Hall in support of ‘Freedom’

Live This Week: Amen Dunes headlines August Hall in support of ‘Freedom’

Amen Dunes (Damon McMahon) released his stellar, critically adored album, Freedom in early 2018.

Anchored by his warbly, emotionally volatile but clear-headed delivery, the album finds McMahon navigating a rocky [...]

By |January 10, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Amen Dunes headlines August Hall in support of ‘Freedom’
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    Live This Week: Diet Cig set to open Rickshaw Stop’s 15th anniversary celebration

Live This Week: Diet Cig set to open Rickshaw Stop’s 15th anniversary celebration

Signed to San Francisco’s Father/Daughter Records, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman write prickly sweet pop-punk primed for a tumultuous era as Diet Cig. Quickly carving a space for themselves [...]

By |January 9, 2019|Comments Off on Live This Week: Diet Cig set to open Rickshaw Stop’s 15th anniversary celebration
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