The Show Must Go On: Livestreaming concerts when going out isn’t an option

One of the many industries hit particularly hard by the realities of COVID-19 is the gigging music economy. With effectively every public event in the Bay Area cancelled, musicians are turning to livestreaming their concerts as an alternative way to stay connected to their fans & make ends meet. Two Bay Area music professionals Jules Indelicato and Liliana Urbain are taking it one step further, creating an online space that features a consistent calendar of performances that also allows viewers to directly support artists without being limited to one particular streaming platform. Thus was born The Show Must Go On, [...]

Girl Swallows Nightingale host debut album release party in Oakland

(photo: Mogli Maureal) Girl Swallows Nightingale's iridescent and multifaceted debut album Shapeshifter is out now — and the band will host a release party on Saturday 3/21 at Starline Social Club in partnership with UnderCover Presents. Combining elements of jazz, neo-soul, pop, prog-rock, and experimental electronic music, Shapeshifter is unpredictable in the best way possible — flighty, fierce, calming, and propulsive all at once. Shapeshifter by Girl Swallows Nightingale Each member of the four-piece stands out — yet the collective sum of their individual performances is something else entirely. Lead vocalist Marica Petrey places their songs in a world filled [...]

Whiskerman lift the veil on ‘Kingdom Illusion’

Whiskerman have returned with Kingdom Illusion, their most visceral, jarring, incensed, and immediate set of music to date. For the last several years, Whiskerman has been one of the absolute best live bands in the Bay Area — weaving between psych/glam dance floor spectacle and haunting balladry like it was no big deal. Their latest incarnation is all of these things too — but intensified with razor-sharp clarity. Kingdom Illusion manages to find the band simultaneously more volatile and yet pinpointed than ever. It's an enthralling combination. Kingdom Illusion by Whiskerman "Rattlesnake," opens the album with an airy, delicate touch [...]

By |March 6, 2020|Tags: |

Women’s Audio Mission announces benefit concert featuring Tune-Yards

Women's Audio Mission, the Bay Area-based organization that advances women, girls, and gender non-conforming individuals in music production and the recording arts, hosts its third annual benefit concert on April 29 at the Independent in San Francisco. The event boasts cocktails, snacks, an auction, and of course music — this time around provided by Oakland's own Tune-Yards. Fresh off the heels of scoring 2018's Sorry To Bother You, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards is an established recording artist and audio engineer herself, with extensive credits that include significant work at the Bay Area's Tiny Telephone and many other studios. (photo: Eliot [...]

What’s on the menu? Balanced Breakfast brings music industry roundtable to the Bay this weekend

The Balanced Breakfast Summit returns to PianoFight in San Francisco on Saturday, February 22 for a full day of music industry discussion and technical know-how. With panels including "Leveraging Technology and Tools," "The Future of Music Discovery," and "Treating it Like a Business," the Balanced Breakfast Summit offers a wide array of gateways into and through the modern music industry. Panelists include Bay Area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, tax accountants (ooh!), and keynote speakers Broke-Ass Stuart's Stuart Schuffman and ALT 105.3's & Popscene's Aaron Axelsen. Now in its third year, the summit promises to be a both a networking and [...]

By |February 20, 2020|Tags: |

Kat Robichaud scares the night away, throws a circus of a party this weekend

(photo: Gina Barbara Photography) Kat Robichaud returns with a startling piano ballad, "Scare The Night Away", just in time for Circus, the latest iteration of the Misfit Cabaret at San Francisco's Alcazar Theater on February 7, 8, 14, and 15. On the one hand, "Scare the Night Away" is about the metaphorical monster under our bed," Robichaud explains. But is also an ode "to people we have lost and miss," and its lyrics find Robichaud channeling the power of a loved one's memory to get through difficult times. And then there's Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret Presents: Circus. The show features [...]

By |February 7, 2020|Tags: |

Premiere: Sound Minerz ponder the many meanings of success on “F.A.M.E.”

Bay Area hip-hop duo Sound Minerz return with "F.A.M.E.," the second single off their new album Between Time, out January 25. Proph and Dirac, the group's emcee and producer respectively, have cultivated a classic hip-hop sound built around jazzy keyboards, a steady groove, and matter-of-fact storytelling along the lines of A Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. San Francisco musician Leon Zai sings the hook: "I just want to make it to the top / Fight against time, yeah I hear the ticking clocks / I want to be heard so I give it all I [...]

By |January 15, 2020|Tags: |

The Seshen make the call on “Don’t Answer”

Bay Area six-piece the Seshen step out of their comfort zone with "Don't Answer," a beautiful and serene new track from their album CYAN, out February 28. Featuring string arrangements from Bay Area violinist Anton Patzner, "Don't Answer" eschews the band's large-scale electronic grooves, opting for a quiet and melancholy arrangement instead. Don't Answer by The Seshen The video, directed by Dominic Mercurio and also released this week, is a gorgeous and complementary companion piece to the song — placing vocalist/lyricist Lalin St. Juste on a grayscale beach with a small group of dancers and understated, moving choreography. “I think [...]

By |January 15, 2020|Tags: |

The TBB NYE Roundup: 11 live shows to ring in the new year

If you're looking for a music-fueled New Year’s Eve party in the Bay Area, call off the search because we've got you covered. From legendary funk artists in large concert halls to local heroes in small clubs, here are eleven choice picks for your live music fix in the final fleeting moments of 2019. In San Francisco Con Brío (soul/funk): Bottom of the Hill, $55, 9pm Killer Whale (rock and roll): Amnesia, $15, 9pm Fantastic Negrito (blues): The Chapel, $70, 9pm Bonobo (electronic): the Midway, $69.50, 9pm Maceo Parker (funk): SFJAZZ, $25 and up, 7:30pm In The East Bay Johnny [...]

By |December 19, 2019|Tags: , |

Premiere: Seth Lael’s “Everybody’s (got somebody)”

Take a dive into the strange and delightful world of Seth Lael. Equal parts Talking Heads, Beck, and Mac DeMarco — Seth Lael's "Everybody's (got somebody)" is a peculiar and exceedingly fun song, with a buoyant chorus and a moving melodic b-section. The video features some dancing, some crooning, and a kaleidoscopic color-changing suit. It's the first single off his upcoming record Cheap Boyfriend. You can celebrate its release and get down to some live music this Thursday at Amnesia in San Francisco. The Bribes, Agouti, Seth Lael Amnesia, San Francisco November 14, 2019 8:30pm, $5 (21+)

By |November 12, 2019|Tags: |
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