Tour Blog: Michael Zapruder – Part 1

As local indie rocker Michael Zapruder and his band tour around the country promoting their upcoming record Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, he'll be blogging from the road via The Bay Bridged. We hope this will be the first of many tour blogs from local musicians. Enjoy! Tuesday 10.14.08 - Day one. We're moving down California's spine, down the 5 to Bakersfield. We'll be away for weeks. Bakersfield is big music town, but will they dig our peculiar brand of negative capability? One of the coolest things about this is landing somewhere and seeing how your music plays to strangers. It's [...]

Wiretap Music Anniversary Party This Saturday at Thee Parkside

Fellow local music blog Wiretap Music will be celebrating its one year anniversary this Saturday at Thee Parkside. The extensive and diverse lineup includes: Hey Three Eyes, The New Centuries, The Lovely Public, Pigeons or Panthers, Pope of Yes!, Pidgeon (whose newest album, Might as Well Go Eat Worms, came out September 23rd), Paranoids , Cotillion, Blank Tapes, and Bjornstad . An extremely diverse assortment of musicians performing one after another is the best way to applaud one year of local music. As is evidenced in the following clip, the harder side of Pidgeon's music blends tender melodies with a [...]

Video Podcast Episode 9: Emily Jane White – “Bessie Smith”

Here is the first of two video podcast episodes featuring Emily Jane White, from a performance recorded in Heron's Head Park in San Francisco earlier this year. Simply put, White is one of the best singer-songwriters we've heard. Her songs capture emotionally powerful moments in a sound that's moving and melodic. In this video, her band performs "Bessie Smith" from her debut album Dark Undercoat, which you are highly encouraged to purchase on iTunes. The video was shot and edited by the talented gentlemen of Bank of Karma; the audio was recorded and mixed by The Bay Bridged. Download this [...]

Episode 136: Loquat

[podcast][/podcast] This week's podcast episode spotlights San Francisco's Loquat, a quintet who create catchy melodic indie pop with a mix of electronic and traditional rock sounds. In 2005, the band released It's Yours To Keep, a full length debut that continues to win new fans with its seductively catchy songs. In the three years that the band's been working on their next album, their live shows have continued to please crowds, including a set at the Bay Area Takeover that remains one of our South by Southwest highlights. Today, the wait for the band's next CD is over, with the [...]

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Skygreen Leopards, Eyes, The Mantles to Play BOTH Thursday

Back to play shows in the Bay Area for the first time since early May, Skygreen Leopards will be performing at Bottom of the Hill this Thursday, October 9. Since starting out as a duo of Glenn Donaldson, co-founder of the Bay area experimental folk label Jewelled Antler, and Donovan Quinn, Skygreen Leopards have gone through somewhat of a metamorphosis after recording five full-length albums and one EP, but remain, as they claim, "California's family band." Skygreen Leopards - "Let Me Grow In Your Meadow" Also playing on Thursday are Krautrock-inspired band, Eyes, and The Mantles, who pay [...]

Episode 135: Winter’s Fall

[podcast][/podcast] This week's podcast features Berkeley quartet Winter's Fall, a band that deftly mixes indie atmospherics with driving country-rock to create a unique, exciting sound. When we received the group's self-titled album earlier this summer, we were quite simply blown away. It's an astonishingly fully-realized work, especially considering that it's the band's first full length release. Lead singer/songwriter Peter Stanley's voice feels like the perfect conduit for his heartfelt lyrical imagery, and both blend well with the group's layered, engaging songwriting. The band includes a mix of longtime friends and family, which might explain how effortlessly they found a sound [...]

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Episode 134: Live This Month – October 2008

[podcast][/podcast] Every month, we dedicate a week of our podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got ten great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music. About the bands: Local heroes Deerhoof ("Offend Maggie") release their new album Offend Maggie digitally today and on CD next Tuesday. The band kicks off their national tour at the Great American Music Hall on October 4th with Okay and The Happy Hollows. Seattle art-rockers The Dead Science ("Make Mine Marvel") released their [...]

Video Podcast Episode 8: The Botticellis – “Up Against The Glass”

Here is the second of two video podcast episodes featuring San Francisco's The Botticellis, from a performance recorded in our former headquarters earlier this year. The band's full length debut Old Home Movies is a meticulously crafted affair, with well-placed layers of analog sound creating some amazing dynamic swells. As these episodes reveal, however, there's some great songwriting at the core of it all. In this episode, the band plays one of our favorite songs from their debut, "Up Against The Glass." The video was shot and edited by the talented gentlemen of Bank of Karma; the audio was recorded [...]

Episode 133: September 2008 Monthly Mix

[podcast][/podcast] This week's podcast is our latest monthly mix episode, featuring new music, recent music and otherwise excellent music from seven Bay Area bands and one from the Central Valley. More information about all of the bands below: Blue Rabbit ("Separate") recently released their debut EP Separate digitally and the title track is some great rolling cello-pop. You can pick it up at their MySpace page, and can see the San Francisco folk-rockers on October 19th at the Fiesta on the Hill. French Miami ("Multi Caliber Rifles") killed it at the Rock Make Street Festival, and we're excited for their [...]

Treasure Island Music Festival: Day 2 Live Blog!

With the first day of Treasure Island Music Festival behind us (and our first attempt at the live blog), Joe and Christian are taking the reigns of the website and will be capturing everything that Day 2 has to offer. To start, we are absolutely thrilled to see so many local bands will be performing today including John Vanderslice, The Dodos, Or the Whale, The Morning Benders, and Port O'Brien. So stay tuned for some great coverage of all of the acts performing today! In conjunction with this event, The Bay Bridged can now be found on Twitter! Follow the [...]

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