Jessica Pratt releases debut, self-titled LP

San Francisco should be damn proud to call singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt its own. The young folk musician just released her debut, self-titled album on Birth Records - a label created by White Fence's Tim Presley solely for the purpose of placing Pratt's hauntingly beautiful songs into our laps. He explains on the label's three week old Facebook page: I never wanted to ever start a record label. Ever. But there is something about her voice I couldn't let go of. And hers must be heard. It's an actual voice. An actual beautiful voice. This ones a classic sounding voice. Not [...]

By |November 15, 2012|Tags: |

Big Tree's 'Little EP' available now, holding release party on 11/15/2012 at Cafe du Nord

Little EP by Big Tree By now some of you may know the story of Berkeley quintet Big Tree: falling under that common, often unexplainable, West Coast magnetic spell, one day suddenly leaving their Brooklyn roots behind and venturing to the Pacific to start anew. They had just completed their second LP at the time, This New Year, and we've enjoyed watching them get acclimated to the Bay, whether it's been on stage at Noise Pop or creating Marin-inspired music videos. On November 6th, the band released their first batch of fresh music since becoming California residents, in the form [...]

By |November 13, 2012|Tags: |

Eddie Roberts' West Coast Sounds to release debut album 'It's About Time' on 11/13/2012, share new track "Black Bag"

Powerful UK funk band The New Mastersounds may hail from across the pond, but ever since that first Boom Boom Room show some years ago their unrivaled Stateside home is the Bay Area. The proof lies in Mastersounds guitar virtuoso Eddie Roberts. Following their inaugural SF appearance and a slot at that year's High Sierra Music Festival up in Quincy, the band developed a loyal west coast following nearly overnight, and started drawing sell out crowds with each visit at spots like The Independent. Fast forwarding to 2010, with The New Mastersounds still well intact, Roberts moved here permanently. He [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Zammuto at The Independent this Saturday, 11/3/2012!

Perhaps one of the most unique-sounding, genre-defying bands ever was now-defunct New York City duo The Books. Members Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong constructed obscure sound from homemade samples, instruments, and other unconventional outlets, presenting the finished products in what can only loosely be called songs. Not the most accessible of music, but it's certainly some of the most important. When Zammuto announced this past January that The Books were splitting up to pursue other avenues, he wasted little time in giving fans a taste of his new project, the self-monikered Zammuto. His debut full length was released in [...]

By |November 2, 2012|Tags: |

Hear the latest tune from Trails and Ways, "Border Crosser"

As they push forward to the release of their debut album Trilingual, Oakland's Trails and Ways have shared with us another solid track, titled "Border Crosser." Written by rhythm guitarist/synther KBB, "Crosser" is meant to channel a 1942 love letter between his grandparents - following their emigration from Europe to the Middle East and eventually California. You can grab a free download of the song with a simple "Like" over on Facebook. As they explained to us recently, the band is dedicating the rest of the year to Trilingual's completion, along with releasing videos for "Border Crosser" and past Bay [...]

Ensemble cast to perform 'The Complete Last Waltz' at The Warfield on 11/24/2012

The flyer says it all. One of the most iconic music documentaries in history, Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, will get the Bay Area tribute treatment on November 24th at The Warfield with an incredible cast of musicians, actors, and actresses. To anyone unfamiliar, The Last Waltz chronicles pioneering classic rock group The Band and their final live performance as a quintet, which included guest spots by some of the biggest names in music at the time - including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, and many others (full list here). November 24th's event [...]

Stream Tussle's new album, 'Tempest'

Who'd have thought that, through one simple tweet, The New Yorker would tip us off to a Bay Area band's new album stream? That's exactly what happened last week when said tweet linked us to a very positive blurb on Tussle's new LP Tempest, composed by the publication's chief musical voice, Sasha Frere-Jones. Have a listen below. As we'd written about before, the DJ Twitch-produced Tempest was officially released on September 25th by Smalltown Supersound, and the band had already shared tracks "Yume No Muri" and "Eye Contact." Needless to say, we're excited to see the San Francisco quartet get [...]

By |October 18, 2012|Tags: |

Rachel Fannan to play keys on The Fresh & Onlys' winter tour, releasing single with band Only You on 10/23/12

Last week, Rachel Fannan announced that she'll be joining The Fresh & Onlys on keyboards (and maybe vocals?) for their upcoming winter tour. For anyone who may follow her on Twitter, Fannan's admiration for the band is clear and the mutual respect among the musicians is one one to root for. Should be a fun addition to the Onlys' live act. Additionally, Fannan will be releasing the first official single for her other project, Only You, on October 23rd, titled "Applying Myself." The track is being released on White Iris Records, and is the first glimpse into Only You's forthcoming [...]

By |October 10, 2012|Tags: |

Don't miss at TIMF 2012: Matthew Dear

There aren't many new adjectives to assign or much more praise to give when discussing dapper DJ/producer/front man Matthew Dear. Since his beginnings as co-founder of multi-level curator Ghostly International and its sister platform Spectral Sound, Dear has released four full-length albums, DJ'd and performed across the globe, and maintained a sleek performance style now synonymous with the musician's brand. When positioned at the DJ booth Dear is a force, but accompanied by a live band and microphone is where the talent comes full circle. Each release has seen an exploration of new sounds - everything from deep house to [...]

SFJAZZ Center announces inaugural line up, opens on 1/21/2013

SFJAZZ, the all-encompassing institution responsible for cultivating and presenting jazz music in numerous capacities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, has announced the inaugural line up for the soon-to-open SFJAZZ Center in Hayes Valley. A Grand Opening is scheduled for January 21, 2013, while the Center's official musical Opening Night will occur on January 23rd, and feature performances by McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and many others - not to mention Bill Cosby as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets for all Season One events will be made available to SFJAZZ members early this month. For all the info on membership, [...]

By |October 9, 2012|Tags: |
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