Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn’t have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for January 2015.
Former son of the Bay Area Mikal Cronin announced his third studio album – the aptly titled MCIII, out via Merge on Cinco de Mayo 2015. Lead single “Made My Mind Up” doesn’t disappoint, with an undeniable melody and Cronin’s guitar prowess on full display. The MCIII tour comes through the Independent on April 22.
You already know SF stalwarts Two Gallants also have a new record on the way, We Are Undone, and now they’re streaming a second track off that release, their fifth full length and first since 2012’s The Bloom & the Blight. “Incidental” is a searing rocker, the hepped up brand of indie folk we’ve come to know and love from these local boys. Listen below, catch live performances of that track and one more from the band’s set on KQED, and then read our own Nick Schneider’s conversation with the duo on the eve of their three Bay Area shows celebrating the release of We Are Undone.
Geographer dropped the track “I’m Ready” off Ghost Modern, due March 24 on a Roll Call Records. The band plays the Fox Oakland on February 27.
Another former Bay Area act, The Blank Tapes, have a new record (Geodesic Dome Piece) and FOUR upcoming NorCal shows while on tour with Howlin’ Rain in March – in Arcata, Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Mill Valley (at Sweetwater – music to this newly minted Marin resident’s ears). Listen to album opener “Way Too Stoned”:
Speakin’ of Howlin’ Rain, they have a new album Mansion Songs, and the most recent single is “Wild Bush”:
The Bay Bridged favorites Sonny & the Sunsets drop Talent Night at the Ashram February 17 on Polyvinyl, and “The Application” is the latest streaming track off that record:
OutOfFocus.TV caught some choice footage of Shannon and the Clams covering The Misfits’ “Angelfuck” at the Eagle Tavern:
Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah‘s debut album premiered during January, and they celebrated with a release show at Milk Bar. The album’s first single was “Gloryland”:
Nascent local label Death Records has a new comp that features almost twenty tracks from both non-locals and locals alike, including Stalls, Tiaras, Michael & The Strange Land, DSTVV, and more. Listen to both sides of this cassette release below:
That’s it for this month – see you in February!