Listen to 'Forever,' the new LP from Painted Palms

San Francisco's Painted Palms are releasing their first full-length LP, Forever, next week on January 14 via Polyvinyl, but you can hear it now streaming over at Pitchfork Advance. Their second release [...]

By |January 9, 2014|Comments Off on Listen to 'Forever,' the new LP from Painted Palms
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    Giveaway: Astronauts, Etc., Waterstrider, There's Talk at Slim's

Giveaway: Astronauts, Etc., Waterstrider, There's Talk at Slim's

Astronauts, Etc and Waterstrider are co-headlining a dreamy evening of pop at Slim's Saturday night, and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs. Astronauts, Etc's frontman Anthony [...]

By |January 9, 2014|Comments Off on Giveaway: Astronauts, Etc., Waterstrider, There's Talk at Slim's

Halcyonaire – "Young Penitents / The Healer"

Oakland's Halcyonaire recently released "Young Penitents" and "The Healer", their first release after being reunited about a year. Three members of Halcyonaire got their start making hardcore music in [...]

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Jay Stone – '16th & Adeline' EP

I'm really excited about Bay Area hip-hop these days, and Jay Stone is yet another shining example of the strength of the local scene. On 16th & Adeline, named [...]

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Videos: The Younger Lovers – "Hey Now" / "Get Up, Get Up"

Sugar in My Pocket is the third LP from Brontez Purnell's The Younger Lovers, and it's available now on Southpaw Records. The collection was recorded by Warm Soda's Matthew [...]

By |January 7, 2014|Comments Off on Videos: The Younger Lovers – "Hey Now" / "Get Up, Get Up"

Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer announces new solo project

Album art by Deirdre White

John Dwyer may not call San Francisco home anymore (and there may or may not be some drama surrounding his move), but that doesn't mean [...]

By |January 7, 2014|3 Comments

John Thill releases 'Ghost Grove'

Last month, Napa's John Thill released Ghost Grove, his second album of new material in 2013. He sets the scene of the album with the line "My girfriend's on [...]

By |January 6, 2014|Comments Off on John Thill releases 'Ghost Grove'

The Mysticist: a cyberpunk novel set to a rock soundtrack

Our Mike G. doesn't just write about and play music, he's also a fiction writer who recently completed a novel called The Mysticist. Described as "a cyberpunk coming of [...]

By |January 3, 2014|Comments Off on The Mysticist: a cyberpunk novel set to a rock soundtrack

Kool A.D. releases 'Not OK' mixtape

Reflecting on the state of local music in 2013, SF Weekly's Ian Port recently wrote, "Acts, whether they play rock, dance, or increasingly hip-hop, are now defined by the [...]

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Bill Baird releases 'Bill Sings Will' cassette

Oakland's Bill Baird just released an album of covers, Bill Sings Will, on Curly Cassettes. Bill shared some thoughts with me on creating the album:

I can never do [...]

By |January 2, 2014|Comments Off on Bill Baird releases 'Bill Sings Will' cassette

Spooky Flowers dropped 'Heavy Glow' on Xmas Eve

Oakland/Berkeley surf punk pop band Spooky Flowers dropped their first full length album Heavy Glow back on December 24. The LP was recorded at Shipwreck Studios in Oakland and [...]

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Teenager – "The Shadow (What Luck)"

Berkeley's Teenager is the solo project of Bevan Herbekian, who has been most recently playing in M. Lockwood Porter's band and had previously fronted The 21st Century (which also [...]

By |December 30, 2013|1 Comment