Download: True Panther releases “Finally Champions” comp featuring new music from a ton of Bay Area bands

The folks at True Panther have just released a remarkable compilation of new and unreleased music from Bay Area bands, with the dual purposes of celebrating the Giants' recent World Series victory and benefiting the SF Coalition on Homelessness. It's only $1, and it's full of songs from SF's best, including previously unreleased tracks from Ty Segall, Nodzzz, Sonny and the Sunsets and many, many more. Head to True Panther for more details.

Listen to The Velvet Teen’s brand new EP, “No Star”

Sonoma County's The Velvet Teen have just digitally put out their first release in about four years, a four-song EP called No Star. The band's now a quartet -- Judah Nagler, Casey Deitz, Matthew Izen and Josh Staples -- and the new songs feel louder than their past stuff, but still plenty catchy. It's difficult for me to even try to think about this band in any critical capacity, so clouded is my perspective by nostalgia for one of the first local acts I ever truly adored. Instead, here's the new EP in its entirety: The band's No Star release [...]

By |November 17, 2010|Tags: |

Video: Zach Hill – “Second Life”

Here's Zach Hill's latest video for the song "Second Life" from his new album, Face Tat. The song features vocals from Devendra Banhart and the video was directed by Christian "Megazord" Oldham. The clip makes me want to watch The Lawnmower Man again. I'm sure it hasn't aged well, but I've always had a soft spot for the underrated Jeff Fahey. Stream the new album in its entirety below:

Recommended, 11/15-21: Eux Autres, Clinic, KIT and the SFX Festival

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! Also, we've launched a new Local Concert Calendar, which you should be sure to check out for an expanded set of daily listings. Bands/promoters/managers, feel free to submit your own shows to the Calendar too. Eux Autres celebrate the release of Broken Bow Outrageously catchy, slightly raw, Broken Bow is the third album from SF's Eux Autres, and it's one that fans of indie pop shouldn't miss. The album comes out next [...]

Barn Owl – “Light from the Mesa”

Barn Owl - "Light from the Mesa" Ancestral Star is the latest release from SF drone rock duo Barn Owl and is out now on Thrill Jockey. Yesterday I listened to this song five times in a row and found its rumbling expanse to offer a very calming influence. Your results may vary, but you might as well give it a try. Barn Owl's got some East Coast/Midwest dates next week, with their next SF show opening for Om and Lichens at The Independent on December 16th.

By |November 12, 2010|Tags: |

Melted Toys – “Lost Connection”

Melted Toys - "Lost Connection" Melted Toys are a newer SF band, with a debut EP out next year on Underwater Peoples. Dig the worn cassette vibe of this dark synth-pop track and then see them tonight at the latest Epicsauce show at Milk, with Woodsman, Craft Spells and Skeletal System (filling in for the previously-scheduled Gauntlet Hair, who canceled their West Coast tour).

By |November 11, 2010|Tags: |

Thursday: “Kim-O-Benefit” — help a local sound engineer fight breast cancer

Over the past decade-plus, SF sound engineer Kim Greiss has worked behind the boards at venues like Bottom of the Hill, Slim's, and Great American Music Hall. Greiss was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, and her friends in the local music community are rallying together to help support her as she embarks on treatment to defeat it. That support comes in three forms, beginning with a benefit show on Thursday, November 11th, at Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $10 and up sliding scale, All Ages). The show features locals Taxes, Fake Your Own Death, Kill Moi and DJ [...]

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