Phono del Sol 2013 takes place tomorrow, July 13, at Potrero del Sol Park. Get your tickets now!
Jason: We’ve been all over K.Flay in the run up to Phono del Sol, most recently with our boy Roman Gohkman’s interview with the talented Ms. Flaherty herself. Her new EP What If It Is is due August 6, and we’ve already shown you the video for the album track “The Cops”. But as much as I love that song, there’s another track off the album that I’ve had on repeat much of this week – K.Flay’s collaboration with Detroit rapper Danny Brown entitled “Hail Mary”, which she released on its own via SoundCloud earlier this year. The song features a ferocious wall of sound and intoxicating beats, all of which forms the backdrop for Flaherty and Brown to trade verses with some speed freak rhymes. Stream and download “Hail Mary” below.
Anna: Back in 2008, I didn’t think that Marnie Stern could possibly top This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That, because a) that album has the most amazing guitar rips, and b) that album has the most fantastic title. But I can stop being enamored by that title long enough to remember that her entire catalog is just ridiculous, starting with 2007’s In Advance of the Broken Arm and ending most recently with March 2013’s The Chronicles of Marnia. Everything she creates makes me want to forget life and just bounce off the walls for awhile.
Ben: If you ask me, this year’s Phono del Sol lineup is the best collection of bands we’ve ever gathered for a Bay Bridged event. A big part of that is the SF band at the top of the bill, Thee Oh Sees. John Dwyer and his gang continue to crank out reliably excellent albums full of garage/psych/pop jams, while remaining one of the best live bands around. That an Oh Sees record or show will be great is a guarantee you can trust. How many bands can that be said for these days?
Zack: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — B. Hamilton‘s stomping blues rock is best exemplified by “Turn Out the Lights”, a song that gets just about everything right. The guitars howl with a threatening roar and Ryan Christopher Parks brings his best bark for punctuation. Fortunately, B. Hamilton are also quite capable of writing intriguing slow burners like “Everything I Own is Broken (Fixing Fucked-Up Shit Version)” which strips away the original recording’s distorted guitar for some delicate finger-picking and whisper-sweet vocals. Since they’re opening PDS, make no mistake and get there early. With $2 off for happy hour, the beer will be cheap and tasty — which is really the best kind of beer and maybe a good way to describe the best kind of music too: low budget, big talent. See you Saturday, B. Hamilton.
Nicole: I’ll go with a double pick — Phono’s Portland bands: Radiation City and Blouse. Being that I just visited their stomping grounds this past week, it’s safe to say that between these two, this year’s festival has Portland’s sound fully represented. Blouse’s former repertoire consisted of a softer, more hazy new wave pop; at Phono this weekend we’re bound to hear grittier, more psych-inspired cuts from their upcoming sophomore album (out in September). Moving on to Radiation City, the five-piece has roots in the Bay Area and are guaranteed to be a stand-out live set — we just had to have them on the bill this year, to maximize the fun for all of the festival attendees.