Review: Miserable, Super Unison, Same Girls at Bottom of the Hill

Tuesday night at Bottom of the Hill kicked off this week's Noise Pop festival with an all-local showcase with impressive performances from Miserable, Super Unison, and Same Girls, all currently or formerly based in Oakland. Pllush, representing San Francisco, were also set to perform, but unfortunately had to cancel due to illness (Get well soon, Karli!). For fans who were sad to miss them, Pllush will return to play the Chapel in April. Thankfully, I was able to catch one of their sets at the same venue last year, with their live renditions of Stranger to the Pain singles "Big [...]

By |February 28, 2019|Tags: , , |

Mixtape: The Lush Sounds of Bay Area Dream Pop

Download: Mixtape: The Lush Sounds of Bay Area Dream Pop (Podcast #434) This episode first ran on KQED.org. Whether they call themselves post-punk, psych or indie pop, a wide array of Bay Area musicians cultivate lush atmospheres and textural depth in songs that are as sonically detailed as they are catchy. The Bay Area's "dream pop" standouts--eleven of whom are featured in this mixtape--include a number of promising new bands, like Topographies, a quartet whose stellar debut single is an exciting burst of fuzzed-out, propulsive rock. Other highlights include Tanukichan, the project of Oakland's Hannah Van Loon, whose layered music [...]

Live This Month: June 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: June 2018 (Podcast #430) 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. Plenty of excellent new local tunes populate this mix, including songs from recent and upcoming releases by Le VICE, Pllush, Locus Pocus, Bézier, and FAN. We've also got a new one from Wooden Shjips' latest album, which finds the born-in-SF psych band exploring more concise, melodic song structures, as well as a tune from the exciting new Oakland project Still Woozy. On the touring front, standouts in [...]

Pllush celebrating debut LP release at Bottom of the Hill

(photo: Nick Lomboy) San Francisco quartet Pllush are finally set to release their debut LP this week, having joined forces with one of the Bay Area's most vital independent labels. Join the local favorites for their June 8 record release show at Bottom of the Hill, celebrating the Friday release of Pllush's Stranger to the Pain LP on Father/Daughter Records. Put on some headphones and let the climax of their knockout single "Big Train" rip the tears out of your eyes, then check out "Shannon" and "Ortega" below. Pllush (fka Plush) have established themselves as Bay Area mainstays since they [...]

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