MRCH release new single before joining NRVS LVRS at Amnesia

Indie-electro duo MRCH, hailing from Phoenix, released their new single "The Other Side" today and you can get your first taste of this whimsical synth-heavy number here: The Other Side by MRCH Reflecting on the song's inception, lead vocalist Mickey Pangburn muses,"'The Other Side' was written out of the same emotions that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind evoke in me. Set to an almost Jock Jams groove (cause we’re full of contradictions)... And with reference to an Alice in Wonderland quote: “What if I should fall right through the center of the earth... oh, and come out the other [...]

By |November 2, 2018|Tags: , , |

The Y Axes release a new pop-punk single and music video

San Francisco-based indie space-pop band the Y Axes recently released a lively pop-punk single, "Empty Space" that will encourage you to bring your friends together for a late-night living room dance party. "Empty Space" is the first candy-coated taste from their forthcoming LP, No Waves, which will be available early next year. Seven years ago, the Y Axes formed at a space-prom themed birthday party, and in their video for "Empty Space" they've brought this theme around full-circle, even spiking the party punch with their seemingly lighthearted, though deeply-felt, music to encourage the crowd to release and dance. Check the [...]

By |October 19, 2018|Tags: |

Bells Atlas celebrate their EP at the New Parish

Bells Atlas will celebrate the release of their new EP Salt and Soap with Tender Loving Empire on Thursday, September 20 at the New Parish, blending jazz, psychedelic noise-pop, and the serene sounds of soul. This hometown show is a fitting sendoff for the band's US Fall tour, which includes stops in Chicago, Denver, and Phoenix. Since 2016 they've toured with NPR’s Snap Judgment and have shared the stage with a variety of performers, such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. Their kaleidoscopic sound and presence will allow you to walk right [...]

Review: Animal Collective Perform ‘Sung Tongs’ at the Fox Theater

On a bustling Monday evening riding the tail end of July, an electric crowd in Oakland's Fox Theater stood hollering with eyes wide open, entranced by visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley's otherworldly take on rock and roll. Holley was joined on stage by a trombone player and guitarist who lifted his lyrics above and beyond the balcony, which addressed feelings of interconnectedness and called out the current discordant state of American society. His song, "I Woke Up in a F****d-Up America" from his recently-released album, MITH, dug into the sweaty skin of the huddled-together audience who continued to pass [...]

Review + Photos: Beach House at the Fox Theater

Beach House (photo: Lilly Nguyen) Brooklyn-based Sound of Ceres filled the Fox Theater August 7 with a cosmically realized blend of angelic vocal stylings by Karen Hover, meshed with precise beats dripping in chromatic synth. The outcome: a Kubrickesque aesthetic that pairs well with Beach House's altered dream pop sound of 7, the duo's seventh full-length record. 7 is an example of breaking from past conventions while sculpting space for a new type of sound to emerge. The haunting introductory boom of "L'Inconnue" (French for "the unknown") reverberated through the gilded Fox Theater, evoking a transcendent tone steeped in exploration [...]

Tanukichan dishes out dreamy shoegaze at Rickshaw Stop TONIGHT

Kick the midweek blues tonight, July 25, at the Rickshaw Stop with the help of dream pop artist Tanukichan, as she glides through her U.S. tour. Bay Area-based Hannah van Loon of Tanukichan cuts into the core of summer love and its ephemeral whimsy while exploring themes surrounding personal growth on her recently released Company Records album, aptly titled Sundays. Sundays by Tanukichan Throughout Sundays, shoegaze melodies slip like a lacy veil over fuzzy guitar, inviting you to daydream, dance, or lay by the beach and ponder existence. Any one of these scenarios could play out in your own reality [...]

By |July 25, 2018|Tags: |

DJ Qbert kicks off Undiscovered SF in SOMA Pilipinas

On July 21, witness legendary DJs Qbert and Shortkut of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and tastemaker Kronika of Soulection in rare collaborative form as they launch the second season of Undiscovered SF. Beating from the heart of San Francisco’s Filipino cultural heritage district, SOMA Pilipinas, Undiscovered SF will provide Filipino food pop-ups, live music performances, experiential art, and access to over 50 retail and fashion vendors, all for free. Every third Saturday of the month from July-October, experience this family-friendly Kultivate Labs' festival, designed to create visibility and economic growth for SOMA Pilipinas artists and small business owners in the [...]

The Acharis play Elbo Room TONIGHT before heading off to Europe

Poster by Hannah James Knight Oakland-based noise rock/no-wave artists The Acharis are embarking on a European tour, but will first entice the audience at Elbo Room (new Jack London location) tonight to get "lost in the vortex" with them. Shaun Wagner and Mila Puccini of The Acharis cite Mazzy Star, Pixies, and Sonic Youth, amongst their main musical influences, though their own sound is anything but derivative. By blending various genres and reshaping musical structures to mirror the at-times blurred reality of existence, they have concocted a sound that places them in their own category altogether. Their recently released music [...]

By |July 16, 2018|Tags: |

Celebrate local music and culture at Petaluma’s 9th annual Rivertown Revival

Ashley Allred from the John Courage Trio On July 14 from 11am-8pm, gather along Petaluma's historic river in your maritime finery to soak up live music, nosh on local fare, and maybe even get hitched for five bucks, at the 9th Annual Rivertown Revival. It's been a difficult handful of months for the thousands of folks across Northern California who lost homes and loved ones during the devastating wildfires last fall. Rivertown Revival will pay homage to its roots by strictly showcasing Sonoma County musicians, visual artists, merchants, food vendors, and nonprofits. The talented list of musicians include: John Courage, [...]

Greater Sirens to release debut album ‘Unnatural Causes’ tonight

(Design: Sida Lee) On June 1, post-punk indie rockers Greater Sirens will release their debut full length album, Unnatural Causes. Blending twin bass guitars, toy keyboards, and percussion that pops with precision, Greater Sirens have created a multifaceted album that floats across the periphery of '80s new wave, while remaining grounded in modernism. The band's founder, Greg Andresen, engineered and produced Unnatural Causes, and experimented with the eerie side of pop cut with a post-punk edge, evolving into a sound that can be enjoyed in a variety of settings. Unnatural Causes will consistently surprise its audience by unveiling myriad layers [...]

By |June 1, 2018|Tags: |
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