Pete Frauenfelder on trading the Bay for New Mexico

The Bay Area music veteran explains why he broke up with SF and its surroundings for the Southwest. My new home of Mesilla, New Mexico is 47 miles west of El Paso, and about a three and a half hour drive south of Albuquerque, right outside of Las Cruces, in the shadow of the Organ Mountains. For a time, both Mexico and the US claimed it as their own, causing it to become known as a "no man's land." Though originally not a part of the US after the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, the border eventually crossed it. [...]

Live This Month: April 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: April 2018 (Podcast #425) 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. We've got a whole wealth of great local bands in this month's mix, with new music from Healers, The Family Crest, and Sandy’s joined by new-to-the-podcast acts Down 2 Earth, Shame Waves, Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist, and Moon Daze. Electronic artists also make a big impression in this set. In addition to the Rostami/Blomquist track, enjoy synth-driven sounds from Alice Glass, Yaeji, and Lou Rebecca. Or, [...]

Outside Lands 2018: The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Janet Jackson top this year’s lineup

Outside Lands is coming back to to Golden Gate Park on August 10-12, and the beloved local festival just announced a doozy of a lineup for its 11th year! In addition to the expected mix of big name festival veterans (CHVRCHES, Bon Iver, Father John Misty) and emerging artists (Cuco, Lucy Dacus, Daniel Caesar), Outside Lands 2018 stands out with two welcome developments. First, it's great to see women headlining two of the festival's three days, as Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson join the Weeknd atop this year's poster. Second, there's a strong contingent of Bay Area performers [...]

Review + Photos: The Darkness at The Regency Ballroom

The Darkness (photo: Aaron Rubin) Words by Aaron Rubin The late, great Lemmy Kilmister once referred to The Darkness as a novelty act, and there are still those who are quick to dismiss the band as nothing more than a slightly amusing, glam-metal piss-take. A superficial listener who heard only the band’s first singles could be excused for believing that assessment. But while no one would mistake the Darkness for serious artistes, they are far more than a novelty. In fact, the Darkness are the spiritual heirs of bands like the Ramones and Redd Kross — groups that use humor and [...]

By |April 2, 2018|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Milk For The Angry at the Elbo Room

Milk For The Angry (photo: William Wayland) Words by William Wayland New Bay Area band Milk For The Angry dropped their psychedelic-y, grunge-y, surf-y debut album, Make Like An Animal, on Thursday and we caught their next show on Sunday where they headlined the Elbo Room in San Francisco. Milk For The Angry may be a new band on the San Francisco scene, but this is an experienced bunch looking to prove themselves quickly. They showed that by hanging with the English Language, a Portland band with San Francisco roots and a menacing garage-rock sound. If you missed their West Coast tour, listen to their latest album, [...]

Sponsored: Of Montreal, party experts, come to The UC

No matter the season, no matter the year, we will always, always advise you to hit up an of Montreal show. Over the last 20-something years, the brainchild of lead singer and guitarist Kevin Barnes have developed a global reputation for immersive, truly transporting live shows. Exhibiting a wide range of styles but broadly based in psychedelia, of Montreal formed in the mid-'90s in Athens, Georgia. They really came of age, however, adjacent to the riotous, confetti-covered freak-folk movement in the late 2000s. Acts like Devendra Banhart and labels like their own, Polyvinyl, set the stage for bands with that [...]

By |March 27, 2018|Tags: |

Sponsored: Ty Segall comes home to The UC (not that he really left)

If you're hanging out on The Bay Bridged, there's not much we can tell you about Ty Segall that you don't already know or won't agree with. SF legend? Yes. Leader of the pack in the Bay Area psych movement in the mid-00s? Also that. Helped to launch the career of fellow fuzz rocker and his band member Mikal Cronin? That too. An immensely talented multi-instrumentalist and producer that can kind of do no wrong? Obviously. He's no longer ours — he moved to LA years ago — but we still claim his as our own every chance we get. [...]

By |March 22, 2018|Tags: |

Mixtape: New Folk Music from the Bay Area

This episode first ran on KQED.org. Download: Mixtape: New Folk Music from the Bay Area (Podcast #423) In venues around the Bay Area, like The Lost Church, Neck of the Woods, and the Octopus Literary Salon, Bay Area musicians are sharing new and exciting folk songs, emotive compositions full of lyrical storytelling and thoughtful instrumentation. The stories shared by local folk artists are often personal, like Diana Gameros' new album interpreting Mexican songs from her youth, or Joseph Childress's LP drawing from his travels around the western United States. Marissa Kay was inspired to write the first song and title [...]

Photos: Antibalas at the Chapel

Antibalas (photo: Scott Russell) Photos and Words by Scott Russell Antibalas, a 12-piece Afrobeat "orchestra" as they call themselves, certainly knows how to get a crowd moving. Along with impeccable sound from the Chapel, the band put on an impressive, energetic performance that challenged me to hold still long enough to take photos.

By |March 16, 2018|Tags: |

Photos: Kyle Craft at Cafe du Nord

Kyle Craft (photo: William Wayland) Words by Elaine Blakely Set at the lounge-style space Cafe du Nord, opening band Locus Pocus put a spell on us with classic '60s keyboard, bass runs, guitar solos, and swooning front man. They are tight, talented musicians ready to jam. Those of us who are lucky enough to know who Kyle Craft is witnessed his special performance at Cafe du Nord on Monday March 5, showcasing his latest LP, Full Circle Nightmare. Craft crooned and strummed all night with hits like "‘Heartbreak Junky" about a love that doesn’t compare, to mellow ones like Patsy Cline’s "She’s Got You," [...]

By |March 12, 2018|Tags: |
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