Couches "leak" debut 7-inch

20 Sided Records and its founder David Mitchell are keeping busy these days. The label is gearing up for the release of Cannons and Clouds' new EP A Challenge [...]

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Listen to Twin Steps' new 'Plague Songs' 7"

Sample-driven pop band Twin Steps has teamed up with the similarly Oakland-based 1-2-3-4 Go! Records for two upcoming releases: the new Plague Songs 7", and a cassette called Double [...]

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Stream James The Giant's debut EP before it's released

If there’s one characteristic that divides good folk music from cheesy, hokey folk, it’s the songwriter’s openness to delivering songs that sound simple and honest. James The Giant certainly [...]

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    Destruction Unit announces U.S. / European tour dates, shares first single from upcoming LP

Destruction Unit announces U.S. / European tour dates, shares first single from upcoming LP

Arizona's noise punk outfit Destruction Unit just wrapped up a national tour but isn't planning on staying put for long. The band just released the first single off of its [...]

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Steel Cranes – "Boat Song"

"Who is this and where in the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster did they come from?" That was the first thought that ran through my head when I [...]

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Fuzz announces debut LP, streaming single "Loose Sutres"

We knew the news would come eventually, and thankfully it came sooner rather than later. Fuzz, the SF-based trio comprised of Charlie Moothart (guitar), Roland Cosio (bass), and [...]

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    Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Phono del Sol Edition)

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Phono del Sol Edition)

Phono del Sol 2013 takes place tomorrow, July 13, at Potrero del Sol Park. Get your tickets now!

Jason: We've been all over K.Flay in the run up to Phono [...]

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Antwon releases 7" on Suicide Squeeze Records

San Jose punk rocker-turned-rapper Antwon is blowing up this summer with two California festival dates and a debut vinyl release. His "Dying in the Pussy" b/w "Life Is What [...]

By |July 11, 2013|Comments Off on Antwon releases 7" on Suicide Squeeze Records

Evil Eyes announce 'Borderlines' LP

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San Francisco's Evil Eyes, the band led by Nashville transplants Greg Mabry and Joe Frabotta, was one of my favorite new bands of 2012, a year which [...]

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M. Lockwood Porter releasing 'Judah's Gone' LP

You may not realize it, but there are some great American musicians coming from Oklahoma these days, with the likes of John Moreland, JD McPherson, and John Fullbright among [...]

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    Videos: "Dog Concert with Marnie Stern" / "I am Marnie Stern"

Videos: "Dog Concert with Marnie Stern" / "I am Marnie Stern"

The most striking thing about the compliments frequently offered about Marnie Stern's guitar prowess is that they aren't accompanied by the usual caveats about the often-limited songwriting abilities of [...]

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Field Medic releases debut EP 'Crushed Pennies'

Kevin Sullivan, singer and guitarist for Rin Tin Tiger, released his debut EP as Field Medic late last month, and will be playing a release show Friday at the [...]

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