New music from Papercuts’ upcoming album: “Do What You Will”

Papercuts - "Do What You Will" Wow, here's the first new song from Papercuts' upcoming Sub Pop album Fading Parade (out 3/1), and if you like lush pop, you are in for a treat. "Do What You Will" will also appear on a 7" (with non-album track "Thoughts on Hell") on February 1st. As a reminder, Papercuts are touring with Beach House in February, hitting The Fillmore on February 18th. Full tour dates below. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 The Music Box, Manchester United Kingdom w/Beach House All Ages!! Thursday, February 17, 2011 The Music Box, Manchester United Kingdom w/Beach House [...]

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Sunbeam Rd. – “Circular Breathing/Memory Loss”

SF's Sunbeam Rd. just released this free two-song single of indie rock laced with prog and pop. The band's pulled away some of the density found on their Turtles, Magnets, Animals EP, granting the melodies more room to (apologies in advance) breathe. Great harmonies on the A-side too. Sunbeam Rd. is performing at Cafe Du Nord on January 20th (8pm, $10) with Worker Bee, Sleeptalks, and Nick Reinhart (of Tera Melos).

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21 Grand poster retrospective for First Friday, record swap this weekend

Art by Paul Morgan A few months ago Oakland music and arts space 21 Grand had faced some challenges, but this weekend they bounce back with some programming to help fund the space -- including a poster art show from 6-9pm in conjunction with Oakland's First Friday Art Murmur. About the event: When 21 Grand started in July 2000 its primary purpose was to create an interdisciplinary arts space in Oakland. This came out of a recognition of the blurred borders between different creative pursuits that came to the forefront of public attention during the heyday of postmodernism. Though prevalent [...]

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RootMusic raises more money to provide Facebook pages for bands

MySpace is for the birds. These days, more and more bands are looking to other services for showcasing their music, photos, and other useful information. Companies like Bandcamp and Soundcloud have proved to be excellent options, especially if your band doesn't have the time or technical knowledge to set up a regular website. Additionally, in this era of "likes", Facebook band pages have become an essential (some may even say required) addition to a band's social networking arsenal. Enter RootMusic, a local company which (according to TechCrunch) has managed to raise $2.3 million in order to continue the pursuit of building [...]

By |January 5, 2011|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: The Soft White Sixties, The Trophy Fire, ArnoCorps, Sweet Chariot

To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Friday, January 7th The Soft White Sixties/The Trophy Fire (co-headline), Bird by Bird, Beta State @ Great American Music Hall To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter! The show starts at 8pm, $11, 6+. Purchase advance tickets here. Saturday, January 8th ArnoCorps, Judgement [...]

John Vanderslice releases new song and album trailer, announces fancy bundles for pre-order

John Vanderslice - "Sea Salt" In addition to the Stereogum-premiered/Yours Truly-directed album trailer above, John Vanderslice has announced that pre-orders are now available for White Wilderness, his collaborative album with Minna Choi and the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Not just any pre-orders, either, but some bundles that are pretty damn tempting. As the name might suggest, the "Platinum Bundle" is the most extravagant (and, yes, most costly), but check out what you get in the package: * A vinyl copy of John Vanderslice's self-released, limited edition, tour-only EP Green Grow the Rushes * Copies of both John Vanderslice's 7" singles on Dead [...]

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New from Southpaw Records: Ty Segall live LP, Snake Flower 2 7″

The inimitable Southpaw Records has new records slated for release later this month from a couple of the Bay's best. First up, Ty Segall and his band played at Southpaw's anniversary party last summer, and the thirteen song set was captured for the Live in Aisle Five LP. Check out new song "California Commercial" (which was included in Ty's recent Daytrotter session as "Come to California") below: Ty Segall - California Commercial by southpaw138 Additionally, Matthew Melton has been getting a lot of attention lately for Bare Wires' excellent Seeking Love record, but there's a new 7" on Southpaw from [...]

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Live This Month: January 2011 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #240)

Live This Month: January 2011 In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. After a quiet December, a number of local bands are already lining up some high-profile CD releases this month, including Deerhoof, Young Prisms, and Jake Mann. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! About the bands: White Fence ("Lilian (Won't You Play Drums?)") is a project led by Darker My Love's Tim Presley, who has a new album out on Woodsist [...]

Cannons and Clouds – “Chameleons Migrate South”

What started as an acoustic duo now flourishes as a six-piece ensemble, with appropriately lush and agile music to match. Cannons and Clouds' debut album, After All, is out now via iTunes - and if "Chameleons Migrate South" is any indication of the band's potential, then we are all in store for some classically beautiful, folk-influenced indie rock, full of nimble strums and rich harmonies. Cannons and Clouds - "Chameleons Migrate South" Cannons and Clouds are scheduled to play at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, January 20th, opening for Retribution Gospel Choir and Peter Wolf Crier (9:00 pm, $10, [...]

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