Live This Month: January 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #268)

Live This Month: January 2012 (Podcast #268) 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. If the beginning of January feels a little slim on the live music front, things should ramp back up into the usual overwhelming number of interesting shows by the month's end. Several young local bands recently came onto our radar -- including Churches, Poor Sons, and Primitive Hearts -- and they're all partaking in locals-heavy bills in the next few weeks. On the coming-into-town front, it seems that, [...]

2011-in-Review Mixtape: 50+ Signs of a Strong Year for Bay Area Indie Rock, Indie Pop and Folk-Rock (Podcast #267)

After surveying a variety of sounds coming from the Bay Area this year, we're ending our look back at 2011 with the world of indie rock, indie pop, singer-songwriters and folk-rock. While there were a lot of Bay-based success stories this year, no artist probably had a better year than tUnE-yArDs, and w h o k i l l is an innovative, ultra-catchy collection of experimental pop deservedly revered as one of the year's best albums. Beyond tUnE-yArDs, however, the list of big names releasing strong records this year shows why the Bay has the deepest talent pool in indie [...]

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2011-in-Review Mixtape: Another Winning Year for SF Rock and Roll (Podcast #266)

The Bay Area has long been a leader in garage rock -- see the annual Budget Rock Fest, which celebrated its tenth and final installment this year -- and, from our perspective, that doesn't seem likely to slow down any time soon. Put another way, there's a reason so much of the national media spotlight has focused on SF garage bands. Folks like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees have developed into two of indie's most reliable acts based on an astonishing mix of volume and consistency: playing tons of shows and putting out tons of records, and doing both [...]

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2011-in-Review Mixtape: Highlights from SF Psych, Drone, and Shoegaze (Podcast #265)

The San Francisco Bay Area's psychedelic legacy leaves big shoes for modern bands looking to get weird, but 2011 saw no shortage of heady, trippy music from locals, with Wooden Shjips, Lumerians, and Magic Leaves leading the psych rock pack. Barn Owl, The Drift and Moholy-Nagy headed in more ambient directions, while Jonas Reinhardt and Phil Manley explored the reaches of the synth-based universe. For those who prefer their drones more shoegazer-influenced, The Soft Moon, Young Prisms, and Moonbell crafted soaring textures from echo and distortion. This 90-minute mix captures twenty-one Bay Area and Northern California artists who released new [...]

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2011-in-Review Mixtape: A Great Year for Bay Area Electronic Pop (Podcast #264)

Until the end of the year, we'll be launching a series of mixtapes capturing a whole bunch of the great Bay Area releases from the past year. We're kicking it off with this look at electronic pop. As we first observed a little over a year ago, the Bay Area is a fertile place for musicians exploring the wide world of electronic pop. From bands like Exray's, Mwahaha, Melted Toys, and Phantom Kicks, to one-man projects like Speculator, Parentz (a reader informs us Parentz is now a two-person group), Tycho, and Swiftumz, synths played a big role in the sounds [...]

By |December 22, 2011|Tags: , |

Mixtape: Twelve Bay Area Highlights from 2011 (Podcast #263)

Mixtape: Twelve Bay Area Highlights from 2011 (Podcast #263) We might be biased, but, from this vantage point, 2011 reconfirmed that the Bay Area continues to have the most vibrant music community nationwide. The SF scene cranked out a ton of amazing albums this year, and our final podcast of 2011 highlights twelve great releases from Bay Area artists over the past twelve months. This isn't a "Best of" list per se, but these acts did create some of our favorite music in 2011. We'll be doing more year-in-review coverage over the next few weeks, but, for now, enjoy this [...]

Live This Month: December 2011 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #262)

Live This Month: December 2011 (Podcast #262) 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. For a month when few new records are coming out and music journalists spend a lot of time meticulously crafting numerical lists of their favorite albums of the year, there are still a wealth of great live shows hitting the San Francisco area in December. Bands that had big years in 2011 - including Other Lives, Cass McCombs, and Baths - are making return visits, while locals like [...]

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261)

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261) Think of our latest mixtape as something of an hour-long indie music/beer pairing, inspired by our upcoming The Bay Brewed rock and roll beer festival. On Saturday, December 3rd, we'll be at The Verdi Club, for performances by Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic, and Terry Malts, and unlimited local craft beer samplings from 21st Amendment, Anchor Steam, Beach Chalet, Drake's Brewing, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Marin Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, and Speakeasy. In this mixtape, we've collected music from 21 local indie rock, garage, lo-fi and psych bands whose rocking tunes serve [...]

Live This Month: November 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #260)

Live This Month: November 2011 (Podcast #260) 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. The November concert schedule offers a chance to check out the artists behind some big recent releases, as bands like M83, Wild Flag, and Real Estate arrive in support of well-received new albums. Locally, a diverse assortment of acts are launching new releases of their own, including the classic-leaning rock and roll of Zodiac Death Valley, The Northern Key's singer-songwriter pop, and the raucous art-rock of Wet Illustrated. [...]

Mixtape: 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival Preview Mixtape (Podcast #259)

Mixtape: 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival Preview Mixtape (Podcast #259) As we've probably said repeatedly by this point, the annual Treasure Island Music Festival is one of our favorite events every year, a chance to see two dozen buzzworthy bands over two days at a historic local landmark. This mix includes eleven potential highlights at the coming festival (and we'll be posting a bonus TIMF mix featuring even more music later this week). Our TIMF preview coverage continues all week, culminating in our annual live-blogging from the festival. Enjoy! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! Tracklisting 1. St. Vincent - [...]

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