Premiere: Split Screens – "Close Your Eyes"

San Francisco's Split Screens, the band led by talented multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, created a distinct, dreamy laid-back vibe on their 2012 debut self-titled EP. Since the release, Split Screens [...]

By |January 17, 2014|Comments Off on Premiere: Split Screens – "Close Your Eyes"
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    Play It Cool: Avalon Emerson releasing debut 12" at Public Works

Play It Cool: Avalon Emerson releasing debut 12" at Public Works

Photo: J Astra Brinkmann

When San Francisco-based producer Avalon Emerson isn't busy developing code, she can often be caught DJing at late-night dance parties around the Bay Area. One of [...]

By |January 16, 2014|Comments Off on Play It Cool: Avalon Emerson releasing debut 12" at Public Works

bAd bAd – "Problem Now/Leonel"

Everyone knows garage rock is "over", but what about "TURKISH SURF PUNK MARIACHIS"? That somewhat audacious description was my introduction to San Francisco's bAd bAd. Incredibly, about one minute [...]

By |January 15, 2014|3 Comments

Video Premiere & Giveaway: Big Tree – "Like a Fool"

Berkeley quintet Big Tree has continuously released great folk-influenced pop music since they moved to the Bay in 2012, and today we're happy to share with you their new [...]

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Rich Girls to play debut show at the Make-Out Room

Following the release of their debut album The One I Want this past November, Rich Girls, the solo project of former The Blacks front-woman Luisa Black, will be playing [...]

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Wander – "Mourning"

With the looming death (or at least apparent dampening) of garage music to come out of the Bay Area being marked this year by local media outlets, including SF [...]

By |January 13, 2014|1 Comment

Meanest Man Contest – 'Everything Worth Mentioning' LP

Meanest Man Contest has reminded me to not define an artist by genre or a record by year it was released. I missed the October 2013 release of Meanest [...]

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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"