Tanukichan - photo by Jacob Romero

There’s a ridiculous amount of exciting new Bay Area music coming out all the time, which is why we’re really excited to launch The Baylist, our new music playlist showcasing the best local artists on Spotify. Be sure to subscribe to the playlist, because we’ll be updating it regularly with great new music.

For our debut installment of The Baylist, we’ve got new and recent songs from twenty excellent Bay Area artists, including Tanukichan, Shannon Shaw, Drew Banga, and Fantastic Negrito. Give the mix a spin below, then scroll down for liner notes about all of the featured musicians!

About the Bands

Tanukichan – “Natural”
Hannah Van Loon just released her first LP, Sundays, on Chaz Bear’s Company Records.

Shannon Shaw – “Cryin’ My Eyes Out”
The Clams bandleader shines as a solo artist on the new album Shannon in Nashville.

Spiritual Cramp – “I Feel Bad Bein’ Me”
From the new Police State EP, the second release from this emergent SF punk-rock band.

Samaria – “Foolish”
It’s been a few years since this local R&B singer-songwriter’s last release, and we’re very glad she’s back.

Ah Mer Ah Su – “Heartbreaker”
Star, which comes out later this month, explores Star Amerasu’s experiences as a black trans woman through stellar electronic pop.

Andrew St James – “Jaguar”
The SF musician’s latest is a collaboration with fellow local Geographer from the two artists’ upcoming split 7″.

Le VICE – “Always There”
The terrific electro-rock-soul duo just released the Boys & Girls EP.

Meernaa – “Wildest Eyes”
The Oakland band’s genre-blurring Strange Life EP soars on Carly Bond’s vocal range and rich production.

The Brothers Comatose – “Joshua Tree”
Working with John Vanderslice on Ink, Dust, and Luck, the bluegrass/folk band crafted a fresh take on traditional sounds.

Fantastic Negrito – “The Duffler”
After winning a Grammy for his last effort, Xavier Dphrepaulezz returned last month with the similarly acclaimed Please Don’t Be Dead.

The Saxophones – “Time Is Like a River”
Songs of the Saxophones captures the Bay Area band’s “signature dark, down-tempo sound.”

Pllush – “Big Train”
Stranger to the Pain, the first LP from this SF quartet, is one of our favorite releases of the year.

Elujay – “Locked In”
This one’s a soulful new R&B track from the multi-talented Oakland singer/songwriter/producer’s forthcoming project.

SUMif – “Body”
Rising SF musician (and Pride performer) Steph Wells’ new single is a summer anthem.

Con Brio – “Too Lit 2 Quit”
We described Con Brio’s mission as “to bring its audience to a world full of musical bliss,” and the group just launched Explorer this month.

Astronauts, etc. – “The Room”
Lush, dreamy pop from Anthony Ferraro, whose Living in Symbol comes out this month on Company Records.

Them Are Us Too – “Grey Water”
The band’s final album of noisy shoegaze, Amends, was completed by Kennedy Ashlyn in memory of her late collaborator Cash Askew.

Bill Baird – “Ghost of Myself”
The talented and prolific Oakland musician’s new album is his seventh since 2016, and it’s full of harmony-laden mellow pop.

Drew Banga – “Soakin’ Good (feat. MVCK)”
Drew Banga’s latest in a series of excellent singles on Text Me Records is a funky, low-end heavy track.

Wax Statues – “It Was All A Dream!”
The melodic psych-pop band from SF is releasing one song a month before launching Exclusive / Reclusive.