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    Review: Benjamin Henderson and River City Extension, The Blank Club, San Jose 6/17/12

Review: Benjamin Henderson and River City Extension, The Blank Club, San Jose 6/17/12

San Jose has long lived under the shadow of its accomplished older brother, San Francisco, especially when it comes to the music and arts scene. However, this past Sunday [...]

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    Synthetic ID releases debut EP, playing steady diet of Bay Area shows

Synthetic ID releases debut EP, playing steady diet of Bay Area shows

San Francisco punk outfit Synthetic ID released their self-titled debut EP back in February on Cut The Cord That… Records, ripping through three tracks in six minutes flat with [...]

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    Sic Alps announce self-titled fifth album, out September 11, 2012 on Drag City

Sic Alps announce self-titled fifth album, out September 11, 2012 on Drag City

Just a year after releasing their double LP Napa Asylum, Sic Alps is back with their eponymous fifth album, which will drop September 11th on Chicago's Drag City label. [...]

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    Jen Schande to release album inspired by a film inspired by a book by Michelle Tea (song premiere! and album giveaway!)

Jen Schande to release album inspired by a film inspired by a book by Michelle Tea (song premiere! and album giveaway!)

This is perhaps the most San Francisco-esque project I've ever heard of. By which I mean: This is so incredibly cool.

Back in 2000, local writer and queer activist Michelle [...]

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Watch Ty Segall play "You Make The Sun Fry" in a closet

There are times when purpose is overrated. What's the point in filming Ty Segall's band playing their scorching garage rock in a tiny, closet-like space? I have no idea, [...]

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Video: The Phenomenauts premiere "I'm With Neil" on Wired

Oakland's fabled space-race rock n' roll band, The Phenomenauts, have released a quickie video and track to Wired.com. The song, "I'm With Neil", is an ode to astrophysicist (and [...]

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    The Bay Bridged Presents: The Seventh Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest!

The Bay Bridged Presents: The Seventh Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest!

You won't find a better party on the Fourth of July than the Seventh Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest. We're proud to present this afternoon show featuring [...]

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    "Guess the Fest" and win a trip to Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

"Guess the Fest" and win a trip to Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

That pic right there is Slayer playing at Fun Fun Fun Fest last year. It was definitely one of my highlights of 2011. That's downtown Austin you see in [...]

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    Mixtape: Things You May Have Missed Earlier This Year (Podcast #280)

Mixtape: Things You May Have Missed Earlier This Year (Podcast #280)

Mixtape: Things You May Have Missed Earlier This Year (Podcast #280)

Words by Ben Van Houten

When it was pitched, this episode was known informally as an "underrated bands" mix, a [...]

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    Interview: Midi Matilda talks singles, influences, and playing BFD

Interview: Midi Matilda talks singles, influences, and playing BFD

Since the release of their first single, "Day Dreams", Midi Matilda has exploded onto San Francisco's local music scene. Topping Hype Machine's play lists, appearing on hundreds of blogs, [...]

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Video: Part Time – "Is it Magic"

San Francisco's 80s-inspired murk-pop group Part Time is out with a hilarious video for their latest single, "Is It Magic", off their new album, What Would You Say?, recently [...]

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    Review: How to Dress Well, Finally Boys, Babe Rainbow @ Rickshaw Stop, 6/16/12

Review: How to Dress Well, Finally Boys, Babe Rainbow @ Rickshaw Stop, 6/16/12

Last Saturday, Yours Truly presented an awe-inspiring show at the Rickshaw Stop, featuring Oakland's Finally Boys, Chicago's How To Dress Well, and an opening DJ set from Babe Rainbow.

After [...]

By |June 19, 2012|Comments Off on Review: How to Dress Well, Finally Boys, Babe Rainbow @ Rickshaw Stop, 6/16/12