KIT offers free remix album featuring remixes by Xiu Xiu, Stereo Total, and more In anticipation of KIT's current European tour, the band invited a number of musicians to remix their song "Rain," from last year's album, Invocation. Names as diverse as Xiu Xiu, White Rainbow, Nero's Day At Disneyland, and Stereo Total offered reinterpretations of the song. The remixes have been collected, along with some additional alternate mixes and outtakes, on a new album that the band is currently giving away. KIT - "Rain (Xiu Xiu remix)" Download the remix mixtape now. The link to the tape expires on March 24th, so be sure to act quickly.

By |March 21, 2011|Tags: |

Recommended, 3/21-3/27: Antonionian, Burger Boogaloo, Parson Red Heads, and more

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Jordan Dalrymple (Subtle/13 & God) just released his first album of funky, electronic pop as Antonionian and he has an album release show on March 23rd at the Rickshaw Stop (8pm, $10). Doseone and Jel support their Anticon labelmate with a solo set and a DJ set respectively. Antonionian - "Into the Night" Burger Boogaloo: Three days [...]

Sonny Pete – ‘Where the Shadows Pass (Odes to Death & Transience)’

SF folk-rock arist Sonny Pete releases Where the Shadows Pass (Odes to Death & Transience) on April 5th, and you can stream the album above. Where the Shadows Pass was first inspired by a collection of Japanese death poems and is conceived as a series of vignettes and meditations on the nature of death and passage. You see, in the Buddhist tradition monks would each write a single haiku on their deathbed to reflect on the shadowy journey ahead. Despite the grim circumstance of their creation, these death poems were also a celebration of life both in this world and [...]

By |March 18, 2011|Tags: |

Scenes from South by Southwest 2011

South by Southwest is half done, with plenty of great sets from Yuck, Cloud Nothings, Toro Y Moi and others already in the books. Expect a more comprehensive rundown of music highlights at some point, but here are a few elements of the Austin experience so far. Going to church and enjoying it Having attended a show in St. David's Historic Sanctuary on Wednesday, and one in the Central Presbyterian Church Iast night, I have at present spent as much time in Austin churches as in bars, although I expect that ratio to change going forward. Do churches make all [...]

Michael Musika releases Spells on Friday, 3/18/11

Michael Musika @ Chasing The Moon 6.07.09 from Scott McDowell on Vimeo. As the story goes, San Francisco's Michael Musika was stranded on the side of a road in Colorado, when a coyote approached him and told him a story. That parable, we're told, inspired him to begin playing music and, ultimately, to create his debut album, Spells. The album, an ambitious series of avant folk vignettes, is the result of two and a half years of work, and you can stream and buy it above. Friday night, Musika's having a record release show at the Rickshaw Stop (8:30pm, $12), [...]

By |March 17, 2011|Tags: |

tUnE-yArDs – ‘w h o k i l l’ out 4/19 on 4AD

Judging from the crowd to see them yesterday at the Force Field/Terrorbird party and a slate of high-profile shows the rest of the week, Merrill Garbus and TUnE-yArDs are likely to be one of the most buzzed about bands after South by Southwest. That's not exactly a bold prediction, though, given the already-feverish anticipation for w h o k i l l, out 4/19 on 4AD. tUnE-yArDs - “Bizness” "Bizness," as well as "Gangsta," which was captured recently by Listen Before You Buy, demonstrate the significant leap in fidelity between the new album and Garbus' past work. Merrill was aided [...]

By |March 17, 2011|Tags: |

The Mantles release new “Raspberry Thighs”/”Roman Hat” 7-inch

Following a splendid LP on Siltbreeze, a handful of singles and a great EP on Mexican Summer last year, San Francisco's The Mantles unveil their european debut single with two fantastic new songs. There's a hard-to-described, dark, poetic beauty in this band's music. The more so as this is mixed with cheerful north-californian brightness and the stunning intensity and energy of The Feelies, The Clean or Dream Syndicate. European label SDZ Records recently released a new single from The Mantles in conjunction with the band's Euro tour with Nodzzz. The Mantles return to SF on April 8th at The Knockout, [...]

By |March 16, 2011|Tags: |

Religious Girls preview Side A of new live tape

*New* Religious Girls Live Cassette Side A by Religious Girls Before heading on tour to Austin, Oakland prog-pop-art-noise rock band Religious Girls shared Side A of a live tape they're releasing. (HT: Ears of the Beholder) The trio will perform at Milk Bar on March 26th and Sugar Mountain in Oakland on March 27th. Below, a video interview/live performance clip from Oakland North.

By |March 14, 2011|Tags: |

Discuss: Who cares about SXSW?

The Spinto Band offers a not-inaccurate characterization of what South by Southwest can be like (HT: Philebrity) As we mentioned last week, the Bay Bridged gang will be heading down to the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) this week, although we'll have plenty of local music news running while we're gone. While I'm definitely excited to head to Austin, see a ton of bands, and consume a lot of BBQ and beer, I'm once again at a bit of a loss for how we should cover the fest on this web site. South by Southwest is perhaps the [...]

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