Video Premiere: Go on an Oakland adventure with Halcyonaire

Oakland trio Halcyonaire immediately caught our ear with their western-influenced soundscapes and lead singer Christopher Damien's distinct, haunting vocals. Earlier this summer, Halcyonaire released an EP, World Afire, and we're more than pleased to share with you their visuals for the EP's title track. They've got secret tunnels, a jam in a van, bass playing in an Asian grocer, flaming shoes (the track IS "World Afire", after all), and a Bart ride complete with a dance crew, (which was unplanned, according to Damien). Driving it all is that wonderful (and somewhat appropriate) train-track rhythm. Watch the Danger Charles-directed Oakland adventure [...]

By |September 11, 2015|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Meet The Cherries with “Welcome Back”

The Cherries is a new SF band featuring former members of Permanent Collection, The Broonies, and Grandma's Boyfriend. The group's first video, "Welcome Back," is a extremely catchy slice of noisy, poppy punk that we're premiering below. Hopefully we'll hear more from the band in the near future, and you can check them out live this Sunday night at the Hemlock Tavern, with Colleen Green and Jaill.

By |September 10, 2015|Tags: |

Okkervil River announce reissue of ‘Black Sheep Boy’, will play Swedish American Hall in December

On Tuesday, Okkervil River announced that they would be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the group’s seminal release, Black Sheep Boy, by reissuing a deluxe three-LP set of the recording and playing the record in full during a seven-date tour, which includes a stop at the newly-refurbished Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on December 18. The three-disc reissue will include Black Sheep Boy and its corresponding EP, The Black Sheep Boy Appendix, as well as There Swims a Swan, a collection of covers that the band recorded around the same time as the aforementioned albums. Loosely based on the life [...]

By |September 10, 2015|Tags: |

Introducing: The Dark Heart of Impuritan

When someone calls your band "experimental," it's not necessarily a compliment. It's more like they didn't know what the hell else to call you. When hearing your songs, their musical knowledge was most likely stretched to the breaking point, trying to make connections to other artists, genres, and bits of info gleaned from pulpy zines strewn about a sweat-soaked Gilman floor after a hardcore punk show. It's like attempting to cling onto an iceberg with your bare hands. San Francisco-based trio Impuritan are certainly "experimental," but their sources of inspiration aren't so obscure that you won't be able to recognize [...]

By |September 10, 2015|Tags: |

Twin Peaks on tour with Wavves, playing Bimbo’s 365 Club

Twin Peaks have just embarked on a fall tour with Wavves, with Oakland's Swimmers (a.k.a. SWMRS) supporting the two bands for the first leg of the tour. Catch all three acts at Bimbo's 365 Club tomorrow night. Steep Leans, who was recently picked up by Wavves' Ghost Ramp label, will replace Swimmers for the second half of the tour. Twin Peaks' Wild Onion was released about a year ago, and has put the young band at the head of the Chicago DIY garage rock scene. Twin Peaks amusingly played the Twin Peaks stage at Outside Lands last month, and [...]

By |September 9, 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 [...]

Shannon & the Clams celebrate ‘Gone by the Dawn’ release Friday at Great American Music Hall

Shannon and the Clams have been one of my favorite local bands since 2011. They have been a band I've supported wholeheartedly throughout the years. A band that I've listened to during some of the worst times of my life and a band that has given me some of the best memories of my life. I will always get starstruck when I see Shannon Shaw out and about, because the 19 year old inside me that cried along to her voice just freezes when I see her. They met at the same college I went to (California College of the [...]

By |September 9, 2015|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Moon Duo, Tokyo Police Club and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, September 10th Tokyo Police Club, Max and the Moon @ Great American Music Hall 9pm, $23, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, September 10th Moon Duo, Peaking Lights, Britt Govea DJ set @ California Academy of Sciences 6pm, $12, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, September [...]

Giveaway: Blackalicious kicks off 2015 Fall at the Fillmore season

Now that summer is coming to an end, you might be looking ahead to the fall and wondering how you're going to fill your calendar with plenty of live music. Thankfully, the annual Fall at the Fillmore series has been announced! Tickets for this year's series of 50+ shows are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online via Live Nation, by phone (1-800-745-3000), or at the physical Fillmore box office, open Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no service charges if you go in person!). The full lineup and all other details of the Fall at the Fillmore [...]

By |September 8, 2015|Tags: |

Bay Area punk heavyweights Wild Moth celebrate the release of 2nd LP ‘Inhibitor’

(Record Release flier by Carlos Salas) In late 2011 three friends who'd never made music together started working on what would become Wild Moth, a driving, jangly, post-punk band with infectious songs and distinctive aesthetic. In the four years since, they've expanded their lineup, released over 30 songs, toured the West Coast extensively, and made brief stops around the rest of the States. Unlike the dark, lead-driven post-punk the Bay is known for, Wild Moth's sound is anchored on big chords, and upbeat rhythms - a unique style that's made them one of the most recognizable names in the thriving Bay [...]

By |September 8, 2015|Tags: |
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