Live This Month: February 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #298)

Live This Month: February 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #298) 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. With the twenty-first annual Noise Pop Festival taking over Bay Area venues during the last week of the month, February is already guaranteed to offer plenty of tempting local concerts. We'll be previewing Noise Pop extensively on the podcast soon, but this collection of songs shows that there are plenty of good options even before Noise Pop starts. On [...]

Beyond the Bay Area: A Sacramento Mixtape (Podcast #297)

Beyond the Bay Area: A Sacramento Mixtape (Podcast #297) It's not technically part of the Bay Area -- and by "technically," of course, we mean "at all" -- but we've been known to cheat a little bit and claim a good number of Sacramento bands as adopted locals over the years. Can you really blame us? Plenty of acts from the state's capital have made an big impact on independent music, including Death Grips, Chelsea Wolfe, and Trash Talk. All three of those groups eventually migrated to Los Angeles, with Death Grips leaking their latest album during a two-month stay [...]

Live This Month: January 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #296)

Live This Month: January 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #296) 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. Plenty of local bands are highlighted among this month's picks, including Kowloon Walled City, a heavy SF quartet celebrating their new LP, Container Ships, with a show at the Hemlock Tavern this month. It's a great bill from top to bottom, rounded out by SF psych rockers Golden Void and instrumental trio Minot. Meanwhile, after last year's terrific Under [...]

Best of 2012: Michael Leahy on The French Cassettes

XMAS! by French Cassettes The Bay Area band that consistently impressed me in 2012 with their live shows, that I found myself humming their sticky songs, was The French Cassettes. The French Cassettes cut their teeth in the Modesto music scene for a couple of years before settling in San Francisco last year and now has garnered the attention of well respected SF musicians, taste makers and bookers. The boys had a busy year -- they booked a successful guerrilla tour storming SXSW, peddled their 4 song Radley EP, seemingly played out a couple of times a month all over [...]

Best of 2012: Mai Le on The Mallard

The first time I saw The Mallard was at a fundraiser at The Lab in April of this year. I went because Thee Oh Sees were on deck to play and The Lab is only 8 minutes from my house. It was super busy at work, so getting away from the computer for an hour or two of live music was a luxury. The Mallard - Over and Under by Thee Oh Sees/ The Mallard When I saw The Mallard‘s instrument set-up I was excited that I made the effort to come out. See, I have this thing for drums [...]

Best of 2012: Mike Schulman on Terry Malts

My fave Bay Area band of 2012 would have to be Terry Malts, hands down. Full disclosure now -- I put out some of their records on my record label. Don't let that think dissuade you from taking my praise seriously though; I *hate*most of the bands on my label. Terry Malts encapsulate for me all that is great about noisy, poppy, punky music in 2012. They're conversant with a huge swathe of hardcore/punk/noise/pop but unlike a lot of bands don't seem at all weighed down by that knowledge. In fact, what continually slays me is how effortless they seem. [...]

Best of 2012: Matthew Hickey on TRAILS AND WAYS

2012 has been a pretty fantastic year for Bay Area music. In fact, it's pretty tough for me to zero in on a true favorite. Ty Segall's Twins & Slaughterhouse are both pretty phenomenal. Exray's Trust a Robot is a beloved release in my home. Fresh & Only's Long Slow Dance will also make my top albums list this year. Geographer's Myth is beautifully cinematic. Blackbird Blackbird is back with a great new album. James & Evander's Let's Go single got me grooving. And there have been countless debut singles by new up-and-coming Bay Area bands to be excited about. [...]

Best of 2012: Matt Jones on Burnt Ones

PROTECTION CIRCLE b/w BLACK LEATHER OR FURS by Burnt Ones This is a tough one, as there's so many great bay area bands these days and I have time and love invested in quite a few of them, but I keep coming back to Burnt Ones...full disclosure, they're all friends of mine, Mark Tester and I work together at Pirates, and Castle Face is hoping to put out a Burnt Ones record in 2013...so it's a close knit recommendation here, but a worthwhile one. Though I had bought their record Black Teeth & Golden Tongues at Amoeba based on the [...]

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Best of 2012: Dylan Travis on Black Jeans

Overgrown Grief by Black Jeans 2012 was a whirlwind. Suddenly there are so many truly creative and forward-thinking bands in the Bay Area that it’s almost impossible to keep up. Cohesive, considered scenes have sprung up, representing almost any genre you can think of—but somehow the landscape feels supportive across the spectrum. From the unsparing darkwave of Chasms to the vibrant no-rave arpeggiations of Uncanny Valley, the gorgeous sample-based dreamscapes of Elephant & Castle to the casual brilliance of rappers like Antwon and producers like Friendzone, the Bay Area is exploding with new perspectives and ideas. Do I even need [...]

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