Effort to save KUSF at critical fundraising moment

Photo by Bobby Castro The USF administration may have framed the sale of KUSF's 90.3fm as a done deal, but the community of dedicated DJs, listeners and supporters continues to fight to save the beloved Bay Area institution. Friends of KUSF tells me that this week marks a critical stage in their efforts. In addition to the generous outpouring of donations since the sale announcement, Friends of KUSF needs to raise $2,000 more by week's end to pay for legal fees to combat the sale. You can donate to help Friends of KUSF fight to save the station by clicking [...]

By |February 9, 2011|Tags: , |

Video: Wolf Larsen – “Wild Things”

Wolf Larsen - "Wild Things" Music Video from Two Trick Pony on Vimeo. Local singer-songwriter Wolf Larsen has her debut album coming out this year, entitled Quiet at the Kitchen Door. Instead of just releasing the standard teaser mp3 and/or album stream, Two Trick Pony and Wolf Larsen instead bring us the above video, which is an adorable tribute to the most recent adaptations of "Where the Wild Things Are." To make the video, Two Trick Pony rounded up children from ACORN Woodland Elementary School in Oakland to augment Wolf Larsen and band as they perform "Wild Things." The children [...]

By |February 8, 2011|Tags: |

Reminder: The Bay Bridged Presents a Benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall, 2/9/11

Just a final reminder about Wednesday night's benefit show for the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco. Four great bands, one of SF's historic venues: this is going to be a great time. Also: there will be a warm coat drive held at the show. Bring any warm coats to donate on Wednesday night! Thee Oh Sees Sic Alps Ty Segall The Sandwitches February 9, 2011 Great American Music Hall 8pm, $13 adv/$16 door, All Ages Purchase Tickets Here Thee Oh Sees - "Warm Slime" Sic Alps - "Do You Want To Give $$?" Ty Segall - "California Commercial (live)" The [...]

Tips from John Vanderslice on getting by in the city (+ win tickets to 2/11 show)

John Vanderslice - "Sea Salt" Aside from being one of the Bay Area's most beloved indie rock musicians, John Vanderslice is also a small business owner (Tiny Telephone), and he knows how to strike a deal in the city he's been living in for almost two decades. So, who better to ask for some strategies on ways to save money and still enjoy the many amenities San Francisco offers to musicians and non-musicians alike? John Vanderslice plays a (((folkYEAH!))) Presents show this Friday at the New Parish (9pm, $12, All Ages) in Oakland with Tartufi, where he'll be celebrating his [...]

By |February 8, 2011|Tags: |

Backseat Beat Episode 8, part 1: The Definite Articles

http://vimeo.com/19619305 Backseat Beat is a video series highlighting indie musicians and the city by the Bay. Armed with Flip cameras, we interview bands in the back seat of our ‘83 Volvo as we spirit them away to unexpected, forgotten corners of San Francisco, where they plug in outdoors to play a few tunes. Each band’s performance transforms these urban spots from their anonymous day to day existence into surreal, magical backdrops. It's a damn shame my public high school didn't have an orchestra. No orchestra means those kids contentedly playing D&D in a corner while everyone else was busy pretending [...]

Interview: Sic Alps discuss Napa Asylum, getting by on tour, and why their live show is better than ever

Sic Alps - "Do You Want To Give $$?" Hot on the heels of the release of their double LP Napa Asylum, Sic Alps' Matt Hartman and newest member Noel von Harmonson were gracious enough to chat with us about the band's new kick-ass record, tour hobbies, and some of their musical leanings. Be sure to catch them on February 9, as part of the all star lineup (also including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches) at the Coalition on Homelessness Benefit at the Great American Music Hall, before they embark on a US tour in just a few [...]

By |February 7, 2011|Tags: |

Song Premiere: Shannon and the Clams – “Sleep Talk”

Shannon and the Clams - "Sleep Talk" Happy Monday - this morning we're proud to debut the first song from Shannon and the Clams' upcoming full-length, Sleep Talk, out in April on 1-2-3-4-Go! Records. This band has been wowing us through and through with beautiful 50s-tinged, Motown stylings, and the album's title track does just that, with modern sass and a little Latin flavor. We're equally excited that they're joining the Noise Pop Festival for the very first time via The Bay Bridged Happy Hour at Bender's on Feb. 25 (5-8pm, FREE) with Jake Mann and the Upper Hand and [...]

Grem (Weekend’s Shaun Durkan) covers Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”

Where do guys in busy touring bands find the time to also have side projects? In any event, Weekend's Shaun Durkan has been recording noisy, droney works as Grem, and has a handful of tracks up on Bandcamp at present. One of those songs is the above reinterpretation of "Wicked Game," originally done by SF indie rock icon/thespian (ahem) Chris Isaak. I'll now wait patiently for a video of Durkan and a model hanging out on the beach. For reference, the original is below, as is the complete collection of Grem songs on Bandcamp.

By |February 4, 2011|Tags: , |

Bare Wires – “Don’t Ever Change”/”Ready to Go” 7″ out March 7

Bare Wires - Don't Ever Change from Daniel Hilsinger on Vimeo. Bare Wires have truly captured an era on their upcoming 7" on the UK label Robot Elephant Records -- upbeat, classic garage rock with all the proper guitar hooks, just sweet enough to sing along. We've been enjoying the video for "Don't Ever Change" for some time, but the b-side on the 7" is "Ready to Go," an equally fun song (below). Bare Wires received some love from NPR as a Song of the Day this past month, as well. Track 2 Ready To Go by Robot Elephant Records [...]

By |February 4, 2011|Tags: |
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