Watch Coo Coo Birds' new video for "Mariposa Venenosa"

On the eve of the release of their sophomore album Psychedelic Warrior (due out on Halloween), San Francisco's Coo Coo Birds have a new video for “Mariposa Venenosa”, a track from the band's 2012 debut album “Don't Bring Your Boyfriends”. The release of the video is in celebration of the Coo Coo Birds' agreement to feature the song in an upcoming commercial for GoPro, the San Mateo-based maker of on-the-go cameras. No word yet from Johnny, Charles, and Zweng on when to expect an official single release of "Black Blue Jeans", the Psychedelic Warrior track that features sax work from [...]

By |October 4, 2013|Tags: |

The Easy Leaves turn The Independent into a Honky Tonk

The folk rock and bluegrass scene in San Francisco is no hidden treasure. As we stand on the brink of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, this genre sits at the forefront of our minds. The Easy Leaves are a real gem within the local Americana scene, shining a very clean and modern light on the usual sound without rinsing off any acoustic grunge. If your music tastes are anything like mine, the Americana scene doesn’t always grab my interest the way other iconic SF genres do. The Easy Leaves are one of the few exceptions to this rule. The duo [...]

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Ticket Giveaway: Daughter @ The Fillmore

Fall at The Fillmore rolls on next Monday night with yet another impressive bill, this time featuring London goth folk trio Daughter, and once again, we have a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of our friends at the legendary venue at 1805 Geary. Following on the heels of three stellar EPs, Daughter released its debut full-length If You Leave on 4AD back in March to rave reviews. From start-to-finish, the album creates a beautiful, yet emotionally volatile atmosphere bolstered by frontwoman Elena Tonra's stunningly gorgeous and thoroughly haunting voice. If You Leave's mood was captured perfectly during Daughter's [...]

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Preview: A documentary short featuring Makeunder

In 2012, Bay Area based musician Hamilton Ulmer released the EP 'Radiate Satellite' under the name Makeunder. Ulmer recorded the entire album in just five nights as he was alone cleaning out his childhood home in Texas. He recorded the album with the internal microphone on his laptop and a few recently inherited instruments. One year later, Ulmer is recording his full length follow-up and performing with a band that swells to nearly double digits. This is a teaser for Bay Bridged contributor Nic Buron's upcoming documentary short about Ulmer's journey creating the band Makeunder. Makeunder Trailer from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo.

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Interview: Dublin's Little Green Cars postpones college to tour the world

They have yet to get stuck inside a giant stage prop – or be successful enough to own one – but Ireland’s Little Green Cars have definitely had their share of Spinal Tap-esque moments from their recent American travels. Vocalist Faye O’Rourke, whose booming vocals are as powerful as a cannon and instantly make the Dublin quintet stand out from a pack of harmonizing folky pop acts, has had to get a mid-show steroid shot to battle a case of laryngitis and finish a gig. Guitarist-vocalist Stevie Appleby, meanwhile, got into a bar tussle in Kentucky. “I bumped into a [...]

By |October 3, 2013|Tags: |

Want to see Youth Lagoon on Saturday?

Youth Lagoon's latest tour behind Wondrous Bughouse brings Trevor Powers to the Mezzanine this Saturday night, with Pure X supporting. Sound good? What if I told you we have three pairs of tickets to give away? To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Youth Lagoon at the Mezzanine on Saturday, email with "Youth Lagoon" in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

By |October 2, 2013|Tags: |

What we love about Treasure Island's Sunday lineup: Haim, Real Estate, & more

Every year, Treasure Island Music Festival brings two days' worth of scenic music consumption to that island out in the Bay. The way the booking pans out, Saturday rounds up most of the electronic and dance-inducing performers of the weekend, leaving Sunday for indie rock enthusiasts. This year's lineup looks slightly different. Especially for those who enjoy electronic music, the second day lineup for this year's festival is experiencing a slight spillover of said genre artists -- including the relentlessly innovative Animal Collective, the aggressively pop-electro duo Sleigh Bells, and the current king of electronic pop, James Blake. Full disclosure: [...]

Watch Mikal Cronin's new video for "Peace of Mind"

Continuing to ride the wave of his sophomore solo effort (and Merge debut) MCII, local son Mikal Cronin dropped a new video for "Peace of Mind" just this morning. The video was directed by Lara Gallagher and stars Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium), and it follows a (predictably thrilling) day in the life of a hotel maid. Cronin also announced December gigs in three (non-Bay Area) cities, so if you happen to be LA, New York, or Chicago between Thanksgiving and Christmas, see if you can check out SF's rising star while he's on the road. Watch the video for [...]

By |October 1, 2013|Tags: |

100s – "Life of a Mack"

Nineteen (or 20) year old pimp-rap prodigy 100s has been on our radar for a while – after I saw his video for "1999", I guessed he had a good chance at stardom. Sure enough, 100s is taking a more steps in that direction, as his brand new track "Life of a Mack" landed on the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. The highlight of the song is the verse where 100s reminisces about 2004, before making a reference to getting liquor despite not yet being 21. As if the GTAV sound track wasn't enough, 100s made his way into millions [...]

By |October 1, 2013|Tags: |

Video Premiere: One Hundred Percent hangs out at home in "Lowbar"

Every few years -- actually, probably even more frequently than that -- there seems to be a narrative arc about the return of "real 90s indie rock," despite no evidence that the fuzzed-out sounds of GVB, Dinosaur Jr. and the like ever went anywhere in the first place. In the spirit of jumping on that flimsy bandwagon, let's proclaim here that, once again, noisy, DIY rock and roll has returned with One Hundred Percent. The video for "Lowbar" offers footage of the band members playing board games and just generally hanging out -- most of which appears, perhaps through trickery, [...]

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