Interview: Taylor Lissandrello drops debut as Wicked Winds

Taylor Lissandrello is hardly a new face in the San Francisco music community. On any given night, he can be found operating lights at The Chapel, manning the drums with a local band or hanging out in a crowded bar where his friends are playing music. He is an ideal example of what drives every creative hub: He's a defender of the arts and and he is an artist himself. A creator, contributor and supporter. After years of creating and writing all sorts of pieces — poetry, short stories, songs — he’s finally ready to release his debut EP, Eyes [...]

By |October 13, 2015|Tags: |

Annie Girl & The Flight play Slim’s with Against Me!

It's been a pivotal summer for San Francisco's Annie Girl & The Flight. After releasing their latest EP Bodies, the band spent the better portion of June and July on the road, selling out the most beautiful and prolific music halls in North America in support of Against Me!. With a renewed lineup that includes local mainstays Mark Nelsen and Sonny Pearce, Annie Girl and her band are gearing up for another run with the iconic punk band. This time the tour includes a stop in San Francisco, so everyone who's witnessed the band's meteoric rise to recognition thus far [...]

By |September 22, 2015|Tags: |

Mad Alchemy psychedelic dance party with Oakland favorites

It seems Mad Alchemy, aka Lance Gordon and team, have their light-bending hands in all the psychedelic meanderings on the West Coast, and it’s not hard to see why. They’ve perfected a signature style of analog projections that leave artists drenched in liquid color, transforming any ordinary stage into a portal to celestial pastures. Tomorrow, September 10, Mad Alchemy is bringing their overhead projectors to Leo’s, where a local lineup will power a psychedelic dance party. Oakland favorites Sugar Candy Mountain and Everyone is Dirty will set a rock and roll tone before soul outfit Harry & the Hitmen closes [...]

The Sandwitches and Carletta Sue Kay move The Chapel

The Sandwitches are of a beloved generation of San Francisco musicians, a class of songwriters who inspired a truly devoted local following during the mid-2000s and many of whom have since dispersed from the city’s gates to reach new heights. In 2008, it wasn’t uncommon to see The Sandwitches co-frontwomen Heidi Alexander and Grace Cooper at Amnesia, singing with The Fresh & Only’s while Ty Segall played drums. While Amnesia remains a dive bar with a recently renewed entertainment license(!), much has changed since those days. Seven years later, down the street at the relatively young music house The Chapel, [...]

Interview: Strange Vine climbs to new heights

It's not always easy to recognize when a band is on the edge of something great. Sometimes a single hit song is all it takes to catapult a band to fame, taking them from indie to mainstream overnight. Other times, it takes years and years of climbing and pushing forward. The band builds a track record -- a bruised and bloodied trail of determination, a ladder of moments on which each rung represents another step forward -- one that proves they stayed true to their sound and paid tribute to no trend. In the last year and a half, Strange [...]

By |June 19, 2015|Tags: |

We All Together Presents the third annual Hickey Fest

Spring is about to give way to summer, and that means it's time for California's music communities to head north to Leggett, CA for the third annual Hickey Fest. Held at the Peg House in Standish Hickey State Park, the three-day campout brings together two things that are essential to the soul: nature and music. Sweet, sweet music. It all goes down the weekend of the Summer Solstice -- June 19, 20 and 21 -- some of the longest days of the year. Utilize those extra hours of sunlight by lounging at the mouth of the Eel River with stellar 25 bands, [...]

By |June 16, 2015|Tags: |

Seasons of the Witch: The Tubes are “Proud To Be an American”, aren’t you?

Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns The performing artists, cultural critics and punk rockers that make up The Tubes came together in 1972. Like many artists then and now, they uprooted from their homes in Arizona and planted themselves in the Bay Area in 1969 to be at the center of the counter culture. Quickly developing a reputation for their sharp satire, the band left no aspect of pop culture unscathed in their political, unpredictable, sometimes pornographic and highly self-aware live performances. Their contempt for the music industry often came out in the form of Quay Lewd, the drugged-up, platform-wearing alter-ego of [...]

Seasons of the Witch: Blue Cheer & the so-called San Francisco Sound

San Francisco is always weathering a Season of the Witch, oscillating somewhere between liberal idealism and cold reality. Whether that reality is in the form of sadistic violence or obscene wealth, the cycles between the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, make up the city’s core. And within these cycles, music is the most obvious mark of victory, defeat and catharsis. Seasons of the Witch is a new series that traces the bloodlines of music. Like David Talbot’s book of a similar name, the series is a window into the people and events that made The Bay [...]

Giveaway: Jacco Gardner at The Chapel

Baroque pop composer Jacco Gardner is headed to The Chapel on Wednesday, March 25, and we have a killer giveaway for this gig. On top of a pair of tickets, the winner will receive a free copy of Jacco's brand new 7", Find Yourself. If you dig his neo-psych-tinged chamber pop style, do yourself a favor and follow the directions below. To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Jacco Gardner at The Chapel (and to win a copy of the new 7"), email lauren.espina@thebaybridged.com with “Jacco” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. [...]

By |March 24, 2015|Tags: |

Seasons of the Witch: Flipper, the misfits among the misfits

San Francisco is always weathering a Season of the Witch, oscillating somewhere between liberal idealism and cold reality. Whether that reality is in the form of sadistic violence or obscene wealth, the cycles between the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, make up the city's core. And within these cycles, music is the most obvious mark of victory, defeat and catharsis. Seasons of the Witch is a new series that traces the bloodlines of music. Like David Talbot's book of a similar name, the series is a window into the people and events that made The Bay Area [...]

By |March 17, 2015|Tags: |
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