Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The Fillmore 9/26/2013

Photo c/o Instagram user bee_dee_em When Unknown Mortal Orchestra co-headlined Phono del Sol (along with SF's The Fresh & Onlys) in 2012, their set was pre-II, and thus pre-best of UMO. The band released II on Jagjaguwar early this year -- their sophomore LP to 2011's self-titled -- so I quickly spun the hazy, psychedelic album into constant rotation and critics generally fawned over the thing. The Portland-based (though 1/3 New Zealand-born) trio finds a delicate balance between lo-fi minimalism and swirly, disoriented pop songs heavy on themes of isolation with II, which they translate gracefully into a live show. The ability for [...]

By |September 27, 2013|Tags: |

Review & Photos: Woods, The Fresh & Onlys @ The Chapel 9/20/2013

Woods has claimed the title as ultimate zoned-out folk band with an edge; their meandering, acoustic epics are interjected by screaming reverb. At the risk of sounding trite, the term ‘folkadelic’ fits their sound quite aptly. They shook a sold-out crowd with an hour-long set at the Chapel on Friday night, and delivered a satisfying balance of well-received singles, lots of songs from their most recent album, and new material. Jessica Pratt opened the show -- is it just me or has she been prefacing every even-slightly psychedelic performance in the Bay Area as of late? Do we need a [...]

Al Lover debuts new single featuring White Fence

It's tough these days to stand out in the technicolored sea of psychedelic rock that is the Bay Area. But San Francisco producer Al Lover does it well. He's remixed the likes of Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Thee Oh Sees, but is now taking a stab at the ol' original recording game. Last week, Noisey premiered a track from his 250-pressed 7" single and impending LP Space Magick - both out sometime this fall on PNKSLM Recordings, date TBA. Featuring Tim Presley of White Fence on guitar and vox, the new song "Snake Hands" is slightly creepy and certainly trippy. Al Lover tells The [...]

By |July 23, 2013|Tags: , |

Review & Photos: Baths, Houses @ Great American Music Hall, 6/29/13

Is there a more apt way to punctuate a hectic SF Pride weekend than a sold-out, electro-dazed dance party? Will Wiesenfeld, otherwise known as BATHS, closed out a three-month-long tour on Saturday, with openers Houses and D33J also in attendance. Spirits were high, pride was had, and BATHS commanded the stage. Despite their minimal set-up - Wiesenfeld on keyboard and vocals, and just one accomplice to cover the guitar and a few layers of schizophrenic electronics - their energy was huge and the audience was enthusiastic. The sold out show was a LA-fest; fellow Los Angeles-based electronic acts D33J and [...]

By |July 1, 2013|Tags: , |

Review & Photos: Jim James @ The Fillmore, 5/12/13

On Sunday night, May 12, Jim James floated onto the Fillmore stage looking like he had just been electrocuted. His mess of hair and beard frizzed wildly in every direction and his crazy-eyed stare poured into each fan in the front row, one by one, as he reached out to touch their fingertips - and then bowed to the crowd in Namaste. His humble entrance was endearing, and kind of hilarious. His wide-eyed stare got comically creepy after piercing my soul for a few seconds too long and about two feet away from my face, but it was obvious he [...]

By |May 14, 2013|Tags: |

Review & Photos: Dead Meadow, Dead Skeletons @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 5/4/13

May 4th, 1am, I found myself in front of a chaotic Dead Skeletons at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, hypnotized with the rest of the audience by some sort of ritualistic frenzy. What a great weekend for psychedelia in the Bay! The Washington D.C.-based Dead Meadow led a miniature psych-fest that featured a slew of similarly stoney bands (Dead Skeletons, LSD and the Search for God, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Old Testament, and more), scattered across three days and two venues. My favorite of the bunch was Reykjavík's Dead Skeletons -- I have a biased penchant for Icelandic [...]

Review & Photos: Beach Fossils, Surf Club, Black Jeans @ Slim's 4/23/2013

If you're in the mood for some serious '90s nostalgia, no time machine necessary. Brooklyn's Beach Fossils at Slim's on Tuesday night certainly fulfilled such a craving, and the audience was totally into it. It's been a while since I've seen a crowd go so absolutely ballistic. From my position at the edge of a lively flail-pit, I was one with the sweaty mob of enthused Beach Fossils fans dancing up a storm. It was a little unexpected, honestly - sunny dream pop doesn't exactly equate to a dance-mosh frenzy, but everyone (myself included) certainly welcomed Beach Fossils' infectious energy [...]

Review & Photos: DIIV, Wax Idols, SISU, LENZ at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 3/2/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

There was a lot to choose from among Saturday's Noise Pop 2013 festivities. So thank the gods of psych-pop that I ended up in front of DIIV's second consecutive sold -out show at Brick & Mortar. I've been hooked on DIIV's Oshin for the past few weeks, so I had high hopes for the heavily-anticipated Noise Pop '13 act - but I was not expecting to be so thoroughly winded by their gorgeous dreamy gloom and varied paradox of a live show. I'm not sure how they're able to mix floaty shoegaze and echoey grunge so eloquently, but I'm sure [...]

Mwahaha re-releases debut LP and signs to Plug Research

2013 has been a fruitful year for Oakland's Mwahaha. The electro-psych quartet caught the attention of LA-based Plug Research last month, and recently announced a re-release of their self-titled debut complete with bonus tracks. Mwahaha vocalist Ross Peacock tells The Bay Bridged the updated debut will be released on both double vinyl and CD, with the 6-minute bonus track "Amba" on the vinyl version and a 10-minute, unreleased techno song on CD. The self-titled re-release will be out March 26th, 2013 on Plug Research. On the recent partnership with Plug Research: so far, so good, Peacock says. "They have a [...]

By |February 25, 2013|Tags: , |

Video: Foxygen – "San Francisco" (performing tonight with Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

Last month, LA-based Foxygen (made up of Jonathan Rado and Sam France) released a video that doubles as a time machine back to San Francisco circa 1973. The duo spends the track, simply and appropriately titled (you guessed it) "San Francisco," frolicking through Golden Gate Park and emulating The Velvet Underground's Loaded in a pink hotel room. It may be an out-of-towner's rendition of SF, but the Kinks-esque, subdued psychedelic sound and acid-dancing under the trees sure evoke some post-Summer of Love nostalgia. Check out the video below: The psych-pop two-piece released a new album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors [...]

By |February 13, 2013|Tags: , |
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