Video: Monophonics deliver soulful cover of “My Heart Cries”

Local psychedelic soul titan Monophonics has a new EP, Mirrors, coming February 15. The six-song set of covers finds the band digging into and reinterpreting a number of their influences. Below, check out a video of the band's cover of the Invicibles' "My Heart Cries," featuring stellar lead vocals from local jazz singer Tiffany Austin. Monophonics is about to embark on a month-long tour — check out those dates below as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG107nMMCeo Monophonics Tour Dates: 02/06 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall 02/07 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub 02/08 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo 02/09 [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Tags: |

New ‘Pirouette’ 7″ coming soon from Jay Som

Jay Som's Everybody Works was one of last year's best Bay Area releases, so we're really excited about the announcement of the Pirouette 7" (out this month on Polyvinyl Records), which includes two new songs recorded alongside (but omitted from) last year's LP. According to Melina Duterte: Both of these tracks were made during the spring of 2016 - the first demo stages for Everybody Works. They were fun to write and record but felt out of place on the track list during the finalization of the album. These tracks remain close to my heart and I'm really grateful they're [...]

By |January 18, 2018|Tags: |

Video: Sonny Smith and Angel Olsen team up for “Burnin’ Love”

The great Sonny Smith, leader of SF's Sonny & the Sunsets, has a new album, his tenth studio LP, arriving this March. Rod For Your Love was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and it's coming out on Auerbach's new label, Easy Eye Sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0k14x79cq0 Above, check out Sonny Smith's new video for "Burnin' Love," a duet with Angel Olsen. Sonny has a bunch of mostly West Coast dates coming up in the next few months, and you can find those below. January 18 /// Chicago, IL /// Tomorrow Never Knows Festival @ Schuba’s February 2 /// San Francisco, [...]

Push The Feeling turns six with Jex Opolis

Congrats to the local monthly Push The Feeling, celebrating its sixth anniversary on Saturday, January 20th at Underground SF. Over the past five years, the party has showcased a wide variety of electronic music talents -- including, among others, Les Sins, Octo Octa, Avalon Emerson, and Giraffage -- and this weekend's event features a headlining DJ set from the 80s-influenced, NYC-based Jex Opolis. The DJ just released the Human Emotion 12" in December, and he'll be joined by Glenn Jackson and PTF residents Kevin Meenan and Marcogliese. RSVP and grab more info at the Facebook event. Human Emotion by Jex [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 22 – 24

Friday, September 22 Tino Drima, Cool Ghouls, Spooky Mansion, Killer Whale @ Verdi Club A record release wedding full of great local bands! I'm pretty sure the wedding angle is a joke, but why not show up and get married? Downtown Boys, Blues Lawyer, Pumpkin @ Bottom of the Hill Providence's Downtown Boys is one of the best live bands around, and the group's politically-charged punk rock feels pretty necessary right now. China, Yea-Ming and The Rumours, David and Joanna @ Octopus Literary Salon Some Bay Bridged favorites bring lyrical pop to the Octopus. Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, Spirit of [...]

By |September 22, 2017|

Thee Oh Sees now called Oh Sees, still amazing and headlining Phono del Sol

The recent announcement that Phono del Sol 2017 headliner Thee Oh Sees will now be known as Oh Sees likely generated, at most, acknowledging nods from most music fans, unless, of course, you're an Oh Sees super fan (like us), or happen to have just printed several thousand programs for an upcoming festival using the band's old name (like us). But while dropping "Thee" might not be a big deal, the band's new name offers another demarcating point to help navigate a remarkable two-decade run that has seen John Dwyer and bandmates release eighteen LPs and about a bazillion singles, [...]

Icky Boyfriends celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!’

During their early 1990s run, San Francisco trio Icky Boyfriends perplexed local audiences with a singular and often unnerving take on primitive garage-punk. More recently, the band, and its place in weird-rock history, received renewed interest when Castle Face released one of the group's reunion shows as 2014's Live in San Francisco LP. I Was... by Icky Boyfriends This year, Icky Boyfriends are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the group's 1996 film, I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!. Directed by Danny Plotnick, the movie offers a warped take on the band-seeks-stardom rock comedy that feels as unique -- and uniquely bizarre [...]

By |November 17, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: Feral Ohms showcases raw, heavy psych on new live album

Between the above picture of Ethan Miller in his element, and the killer song included below, any words spent describing the ferocity of Oakland heavy psych trio Feral Ohms are likely redundant. "The Glow," which we're premiering today, bursts out of the gate at top speed, delivering an unrelenting three minutes of explosive rock and roll. The song is also a showcase of sorts for the chemistry between Miller (Comets on Fire, Heron Oblivion), Chris Johnson (Drunk Horse, Andy Human and the Reptoids) and Josh Haynes (Nudity), seasoned vets who've been playing together as Feral Ohms for several years. The [...]

By |October 12, 2016|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Stag Frenzy delivers warm indie pop on “California (You Can Have It All)”

Stag Frenzy is a new project, but it's not Ayal Nistor's first songwriting endeavor. The musician previously recorded and performed as My Second Surprise, which started in Israel, where Nistor was born and raised, and traveled with him to San Francisco, where he's lived since 2007. After two well-regarded My Second Surprise albums, however, the artist found himself ready for reinvention. Instead of My Second Surprise's third LP, he realized that the music he was recording in his Richmond District home was actually the first album for a new band, Stag Frenzy. But enough backstory: today, we're premiering the new [...]

By |August 29, 2016|Tags: |

Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) leads Saturday’s Switchboard Music Festival

The 2016 Switchboard Music Festival is the ninth annual installment of the day-long, genre-mixing fest, which showcases new works from a variety of local and out-of-town performers. This year's Switchboard takes place this Saturday at the Brava Theater, and it's headlined by Tyondai Braxton, previously of Battles. Braxton will be performing HIVE, described by his record label as "a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of [...]

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