Thao Nguyen contributes to NPR's Snap Judgment

While she's been working a new album, Thao Nguyen has also found time to become a public radio contributor. She recently shared this story about her grandmother for NPR's program, Snap Judgment. Thao also composed the instrumentals that accompany the piece. Thao's also been touring with RadioLab, and to celebrate Public Radio Month, did this brief interview with that program's hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, while backstage before a live performance in Salt Lake City.

Just announced: The Mountain Goats to play two solo shows at the Swedish American Hall

John Darnielle just announced a solo tour of the West Coast, with The Mountain Goats making two stops at the Swedish American Hall on June 27 and 28 (8pm, $25, All Ages). I caught the TMG solo show at the Swedish during Noise Pop several years back, and it was one of the best concerts I've ever attended. The venue is exactly the right size for a great intimate performance, meaning that both shows will sell out quickly. The icing on the cake: Dustin Wong (of whom we are big fans) opens both nights. Tickets for both shows are on [...]

Some Ember releases 'Hotel of Lost Light'

Hotel of Lost Light by Some Ember Dylan Travis' Some Ember project just released its first full length via Crash Symbols. You can stream Hotel of Lost Light in full above; it's available for "pay what you want" on Bandcamp, or in limited edition cassette form. Grab some mp3s, read the label's description of the new release, and learn how the project began in the aftermath of a serious car accident below. (Via Mapzzz) Some Ember - "Blood Drops From the Burning Heart" Some Ember - "Deep Ocean" Says Crash Symbols: Named for a piece in Galway Kinnell’s Book of [...]

By |April 25, 2012|Tags: |

This Week in SF: Picks and a Mix for 4/23-4/29/12

Below, enjoy an 8tracks mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF this week. After the jump, find out more about when they're all playing! [8tracks width="512" height="288" playops="" url=""] Tuesday, April 24th St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Kapowski at the Fox Theater Natural Child, Shannon and the Clams, The Chuckleberries at El Rio Real Estate, The Twerps, Melted Toys at the Great American Music Hall Japanther, Hightower, Boys Who Say No at the Hemlock Tavern Screaming Females, Audacity, Street Eaters at Bottom of the Hill Caveman, Henry Wolfe, The Tambo Rays at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall Wednesday, April [...]

By |April 23, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Part Time – "I Wanna Take You Out"

Mexican Summer recently posted this video for Part Time's "I Wanna Take You Out." The song is from What Would You Say?, which came out in 2011, but Part Time is on tour right now with The Drums and Craft Spells. (via Stereogum) The Drums, Craft Spells, Part Time Great American Music Hall May 12, 2012 9pm, $17

By |April 20, 2012|Tags: |

Saturday: 'The City is Ours' party in Oakland

Casy & Brian by Casy & Brian Just got a heads-up about the rad-looking "The City is Ours" party going down in Oakland this Saturday night with a crazy long bill of local musicians, including acts-we've-written-about Twin Steps, Casy & Brian, and SAFE, as well as a bunch of artists we'll be covering more in the future, like San Jose rapper Antwon and Oakland production duo Friendzone. The full list of announced acts and more music can be found below. The location is currently unknown, but it looks like it will be announced by Hoodstock's Twitter account. ONeOFfS by SAFE [...]

Spencey Dude & the Doodles launch debut LP, 'Night Problems'

Night Problems by Spencey Dude & the Doodles For what feels like years, we've been awaiting the debut LP from SF's Spencey Dude & the Doodles, and Night Problems is well worth the delay. The band isn't as prolific as some of its peers, but there's no shortage of killer hooks on the Greg Ashley-recorded album, which is available digitally now and on vinyl in May. Stream it in full above.

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