Trampled by Turtles: an unconventional bluegrass band inspired by metal and Dylan

By Roman Gokhman Trampled By Turtles – "Wait So Long" Burrowed halfway between Minneapolis and Canada's Thunder Bay, along Minnesota's corner of Lake Superior, Duluth is a small city surrounded by forests, hills, streams and lakes. Considering the population is only 90,000, an annual weeklong music festival with 150 local bands may seem out of the ordinary. Yet the "Homegrown Festival" is symbolic of just how musically diverse the birthplace of Bob Dylan is. "Per capita, there has to be more bands there than anywhere that I know of," said Ryan Young, fiddler for alt-country/bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, who [...]

The Bay Brewed: A Rock and Roll Beer Festival — THIS Saturday 12/3!

The Bay Brewed: A Rock and Roll Beer Festival Weekend Sleepy Sun Extra Classic Terry Malts Saturday, December 3, 2011 The Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110) 2pm-7pm, $45 advance/$55 door, 21+ Ticket includes unlimited beer tastings all day and a commemorative mug Purchase Your Tickets Now! We've experimented with different sorts of music pairing events over the years. Bands and crafts. Bands and food. Bands and art. Bands and mixtapes. But behind all of those, there's one pairing we've been dreaming about for years: bands and beer. As much as we enjoy a good tall boy, [...]

Live This Month: December 2011 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #262)

Live This Month: December 2011 (Podcast #262) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. For a month when few new records are coming out and music journalists spend a lot of time meticulously crafting numerical lists of their favorite albums of the year, there are still a wealth of great live shows hitting the San Francisco area in December. Bands that had big years in 2011 - including Other Lives, Cass McCombs, and Baths - are making return visits, while locals like [...]

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261)

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261) Think of our latest mixtape as something of an hour-long indie music/beer pairing, inspired by our upcoming The Bay Brewed rock and roll beer festival. On Saturday, December 3rd, we'll be at The Verdi Club, for performances by Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic, and Terry Malts, and unlimited local craft beer samplings from 21st Amendment, Anchor Steam, Beach Chalet, Drake's Brewing, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Marin Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, and Speakeasy. In this mixtape, we've collected music from 21 local indie rock, garage, lo-fi and psych bands whose rocking tunes serve [...]

We’re looking for a few new bloggers!

The Bay Bridged is seeking a few new writers to contribute to our blog on a weekly basis. An ideal candidate will already have music blogging experience, preferably with local music. This blogger position will be responsible for two-to-three news posts a week on A typical post might involve any of the following topics: New mp3s, videos, and albums Noteworthy/breaking local music news Noteworthy out-of-town bands playing soon in the Bay Area Upcoming events that pertain to the local music and arts community Those interested should write to jobs[at] with information on background and experience, and must link to [...]

By |November 11, 2011|

Taking Stock of October: Fourteen of our favorite songs from the blog last month

If you're anything like me, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all of the new music that's constantly floating around the Internet. Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are fourteen new tracks from Bay Area bands that were posted on in October, with links below to download each of them individually. The Bay Bridged - Best of the Blog October 2011 Mixtape Tracklisting: 1. PreTeen - "Left Hand Blues" 2. Wax Idols – "Gold Sneakers" 3. [...]

Our New Banner Artist: Thomas Wing

We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest banner artist, Thomas Wing, whose work we are privileged to display at the top of our website. In his own words... My creative process often utilizes references from an existing images in a book, magazine, newspaper and the Internet. Most recently, I have found myself drawn to images of floods, evoking a trapped of lack of control sense of state. I considerately place the images to create juxtaposition, contradiction, and narrative and try to speak with broad dialect of mark making. This method of working allows for or creates an interruption. [...]

By |November 7, 2011|Tags: |

Live This Month: November 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #260)

Live This Month: November 2011 (Podcast #260) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. The November concert schedule offers a chance to check out the artists behind some big recent releases, as bands like M83, Wild Flag, and Real Estate arrive in support of well-received new albums. Locally, a diverse assortment of acts are launching new releases of their own, including the classic-leaning rock and roll of Zodiac Death Valley, The Northern Key's singer-songwriter pop, and the raucous art-rock of Wet Illustrated. [...]

Young Prisms release acoustic b-sides and demos of select tracks from ‘Friends for Now’

While Young Prisms has been quietly working on new material, in the meantime the band has made some of their unreleased recordings available for the first time on this new cassette from Portland label Gnar Tapes (started by the band White Fang). The Demos cassette features acoustic recordings of various tracks from the band's Kanine debut, Friends for Now, as well as demo versions of some of those songs. Those sessions previously brought us the acoustic version of "Weekends and Treehouses," the opening track on the City Limits Presents: San Francisco compilation, curated by Ears of the Beholder and See [...]

By |October 19, 2011|Tags: |

Live blogging Treasure Island Music Festival 2011: Day 2

Thee Oh Sees introduce their manager as new member, a second drummer is EXACTLY what they needed. #TIMF2011 (AG) Day 2. #fuckyeahtheeohsees #TIMF2011 (NB) It's getting rowdy thanks to Thee Oh Sees #TIMF2011 (BVH) Foggy SF the perfect backdrop for Weekend at TIMF. (AG) #TIMF2011 Day 2 weather report: a bit cloudier today, but still relatively warm! Be sure to bring layers, just on case. (NB) Saw my first costume of the day, a very cheerful taco. (NB) Weekend just jammed for 10 minutes over a single haunting vocal loop. Excellent. (AG) Spotted: lots of people with fingers [...]

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