In 2004, Ezra Feinberg moved to San Francisco and bought Garage Band. Having played in a number of projects on the East Coast, Feinberg desired the opportunity to try something new, a solo project composed primarily on acoustic guitar that incorporated his fondness for epic rock music. This project became known as Citay, this week’s featured band.

We caught up with Ezra at the Latin-American Club and discussed the progression of the project from its home recording origins to studio collaboration with Tim Green from The Fucking Champs and the resulting self-titled debut album released last year on Important Records.

Citay was recognized by a number of critics as one of the best releases of 2006 and we’ve included three excellent songs from the record in this week’s episode. As we discussed during the interview, Feinberg is already writing music for the next Citay record and we look forward to hearing more from him in the near future.

To hear more music, head on over to Citay’s web site and MySpace page. You can pick up Citay on Important Records here.

Before Ezra and the band head to South by Southwest, you can catch them this Thursday:

Thursday, March 8th
The Make-Out Room
$7, 9pm, with Hiss Golden Messenger

Citay will be playing at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas at the following times:

Thursday, March 15th
Snake Eyes Vinyl, 1211 E. 7th St
4pm, with Titan and others

Thursday, March 15th
The Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th St
8pm, with Do Make Say Think and others

Friday, March 16th
The Side Bar, 602 E. 7th St
4pm, free, with Dengue Fever and others (Allegro/Nail Distribution Party)

We’ll be bringing you extended coverage of Bay Area bands at South by Southwest early next week before we head to the festival to listen to music and consume excessive amounts of barbecue. In the meantime, keep coming back to The Bay Bridged for regular news updates on the San Francisco Bay Area indie music scene!