Sylvan Esso to play Independent on first headlining tour this month

(Photo: Daniel Kielman) Sylvan Esso has had a hell of a year. The duo, made up of members Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun), opened for tUnE-yArDs at the Fillmore earlier this year, and not long after they're already returning to San Francisco to play their own sold out headlining show. They're natural performers—especially Meath, who at the Fillmore bounced around the stage, nearly upstaging Merrill Garbus (which, if you've ever caught Garbus you know is not an easy feat). In addition, they've been lauded, but not just by us. They've also caught the ear of NPR, The New York [...]

By |August 12, 2014|Tags: |

Whirr drops two singles before Rickshaw Stop record release show

(Photo: Ryan McClain) Nick Bassett keeps busy. The founder of Whirr has had a hand in bands from Nothing to Death of Lovers and Deafheaven, not to mention maintaining a bicoastal group. However, the multitude of influences that result from digging roots in both Oakland and Philadelphia serve him and his Whirr bandmates well. The fuzzy prog five-piece churns music deeply infused with elements of dark melodic metal and unfiltered distortion, conjuring a dense, emotion-laden culture of sound. Sway, their upcoming release on Graveface out September 23, features both singles "Mumble" and their most recent "Heavy", which are likely both indicative titles of what we can expect [...]

By |August 12, 2014|Tags: |

Tijuana Panthers release new video before show at the Independent with Fucked Up

Tijuana Panthers just released their third record, Wayne Interest, earlier this summer on Innovative Leisure, and are set to head to the Bay later on this month (with a new video to boot!). And they're going big—the trio is curbing the West coast with the über hardcore group Fucked Up. For Wayne, Tijuana Panthers worked with Richard Swift, the mastermind producer behind The Shins and Foxygen, to nail down their hard-to-delineate sound. However, that genre ambivalence is where they like to stay. They're content orchestrating their sound from somewhere in the space between punk, beachy guitar riffs, and grungy rock, and claim influence [...]

The Coathangers to play Pro Fans showcase at Rickshaw Stop with White Fang and Twin Steps

The Coathangers came rumbling from Atlanta, born from the notion that starting a band is first about having fun, and then about playing an  instrument. Naturally, their fourth studio album, Suck My Shirt, (out via Suicide Squeeze) follows suit—the name comes from an instant when tequila spilled on one of the band members' shirts, and well, you can figure out the rest. So far, the new album has caught the ear of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and more, and with good reason—their sound is infectiously low-maintenance, with ample amounts of raspy vocals and brassy hooks grinding against grungy guitar lines. It's boisterous and rowdy, obviously, but [...]

By |August 6, 2014|Tags: |

Zola Jesus announces show at Bimbo’s, album art for ‘Taiga’

(Photo: Jeff Elstone) Zola Jesus' infectious lead single "Dangerous Days" has already caught the ears of NPR and Stereogum, and for good reason. The uptempo dance tune is the first forethought we have for Taigai, her next album out October 7 via Mute, and if this is our initial indication, chances are the whole album will get our hearts pumping. She's only 25, yet gives herself with something of a rebrand for the new record. “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals," she says. "It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most [...]

By |August 1, 2014|Tags: |

Christopher Owens announces new album ‘A New Testament’

A year and a half after former Girls frontman Christopher Owens released Lysandre, he's offering up another album. A New Testament, Owens' second solo effort, is due out September 30 via Turnstile and was produced by the same Doug Bouehm who worked on his solo premiere. In Owens' own words, Testament will feature "honest, earnest, simple songwriting," and is "inspired by the fundamentals of American music — Gospel, Country, R&B." The songs are deeply personal as well, and Owens had a tough time picking which tracks went on the record. The cuts he chose were the ones that "[spoke] to me the most, of my [...]

Cloud Nothings and METZ play searing sets at Great American

Cloud Nothings (Photo: Gary Magill) For pretty much the entirety of METZ and Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall, a young couple was making out in the front row, center stage. They paused their session to watch the more blaring, grinding moments of the sets, only resuming when the mosh pit slowed down a little. It's the intention of bands like these to funnel the extremities of human emotion into four minute salvos, with sweaty eagerness and screeching guitar lines acting as proof. The songs are angry, or rabid, or dejected, or ecstatic—and though you won't get lost in the [...]

Giveaway: Music Video Race results show at the Independent with Rin Tin Tiger

It's hard enough to create a decent-looking music video with little constraints—imagine being asked to come up with the premise, execution, and final project in only 48 hours. That was the mission of some of the Bay Area's finest break out artists, who were given a meager budget and paired with star filmmakers to create a stunning, brand new music video in just two days for the third annual Music Video Race. Finally, it's almost time to reveal the final projects, including Rin Tin Tiger, Rich Girls, and Lemme Adams, as they go head to head in the July 20 judging of the [...]

Deafheaven plays black metal symphony at SF’s Great American

Deafheaven's Sunbather was an excessive album in almost every way. The rosy-hued album cover and innocuous title hinted at the album's resistance to a hard edge, instead giving way to the expression of superfluous emotional substance, exacerbated by dense textures and singer George Clarke's ardent screams. The work as a fluid whole is inordinately beautiful, as many have called it—an odd tag for a genre characterized more often by volume than anything else. One of the biggest (and really only) concerns critics had about the record was its translatability to the stage. It's hard enough to play music meant to be heard [...]

By |July 3, 2014|Tags: |

Melted Toys to play self-titled album release show at Slim’s

San Francisco's Melted Toys are having a rather busy July. The lo-fi quartet not only really a new album on July 15 (their self-titled debut via Underwater Peoples), but they're also headlining a date at Slim's the night before to celebrate the occasion. Three years since their psychedelic EP Washed and Dried presented their pared-down, dreamy mien, Melted Toys are finally releasing their debut full length album. The three year wait was not necessarily planned—one of the members left the laptop containing most of the initial work on a BART train—but the band pressed forward stronger, re-locating to LA and Asia to regroup [...]

By |July 2, 2014|Tags: |
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