Coo Coo Birds play all-local show at GAMH this Saturday

Saturday night’s show with Beautiful Machines, Le Vice, Low Country Kingdom and headliners Coo Coo Birds at Great American Music Hall brings a motley crew of bands together under one roof. Though different in sound, all bands share at least one common denominator - they’re local San Franciscans. So whether you’re in the mood for some future new wave a la Beautiful Machines, the self-proclaimed “Urban-Indie-Rock-Electro-Funk-Hip Hop-Pop” sounds of Le Vice, the genre-defying beats of Low Country Kingdom, or the psychedelic rock n’ roll vibes of Coo Coo Birds, there’s a little something for everyone. Not to mention that the [...]

By |August 14, 2015|Tags: |

Deafheaven Announces Third Album ‘New Bermuda’

Though Deafheaven has hardly been on hiatus since the release of the 2013 LP Sunbather, it’s without a doubt that the announcement of their forthcoming third album New Bermuda falls upon eager ears. After over two years of avid touring, critical acclaim and polarized album reviews, the band has signed to Anti Records and released a one-minute trailer for the new album. The short gives just a taste of the Deafheaven’s token aesthetic, leading in with a gentle but dissonant guitar piece. The stillness fades out completely before unraveling into noise for only a few teasing moments. Recorded this spring [...]

By |July 29, 2015|Tags: |

Cotillon shares documentary-style video for “Convenience”

Though Cotillon’s debut S/T full length came out nearly 6 months ago, the band is hardly lacking on news. Not only has the band’s core Jordan Corso (Cotillon himself, if you will) relocated from his native CA to Brooklyn, NY, but he’s also just released a new video for “Convenience”. Videographer Laura Lynn Petrick (who has also worked with artists including Mac Demarco, Quilt, Calvin Love) hopped in the band’s van and traveled with them to Treefort Festival and Burgerama. Filmed on a super 8 camera, Petrick’s documentation in "Convenience" is less about live performance and more about the adventure [...]

By |July 24, 2015|Tags: |

White Cloud releases debut LP Seven Heads

It’s been a slow and steady train for SF band White Cloud, who now stand on the much anticipated brink of their debut LP release, Seven Heads. It’s been seven years since Nick Capello and James Murphy (Mwahaha) formed the band within the depths of Oakland in 2007, which has now morphed into a 4 piece by adding Clarence Magno and Shiv Mehra (Deafheaven, Creepers). Seven Heads is a strongly built, if brief, 5-song LP, combining elements of ‘70s krautrock and contemporary pop within the stream of psychedelia that flows throughout. The album was recorded with Patrick Spurgeon of Rogue [...]

By |June 9, 2015|Tags: |

Never Young and Happy Diving announce West coast tour

This July, likeminded local punk bands Happy Diving and Never Young set off on a West Coast tour together. The two week jaunt kicks off in Oakland on July 15th with a solid melting pot of rock getups including Meat Market, Mall Walk, and Lofter. While traveling to 11 coastal cities, Never Young will be carrying their self-titled EP released earlier this year via Father/Daughter Records, as well as a special tour cassette with three new songs. The tour wraps in San Francisco on July 24th. Tour dates: 7.15.15 - One Fam, Oakland, CA w/ Meat Market, Mall Walk 7.17.15 [...]

Stalls releases new video for “Cola”

The hazy post punk landscape that Stalls laid out in January on their S/T cassette EP reeled us in deep. Stalls has played no shortage of shows since then, and has returned to computer screens with their new video for "Cola." The video was created by Weiss’s old high school buddies James Siewert and Auden Lincoln Vogel, who drew up the idea for the video when Weiss sent them lyrics for "Cola." Between Sam Weiss’s striking vocals and Nick Clark’s sharp drumming, the record proved Stalls to be one of the best new bands out of Oakland. Catch them live [...]

By |April 22, 2015|Tags: |

Julian Elorduy releases new video for “Misery”

SF-based musician Julian Elorduy (Fine Steps, ex-Mayyors) released a new track “Misery", along with a video for the same. The new Fine Steps lineup consists of Margo Rhodes from Silver Shadows on bass and vocals, Ole Haarstad from Melted Toys on drums, Kyle Hoover of Ganglians and Tiaras on guitar, and Elorduy on guitar and vocals. Expect an upcoming release from Fine Steps on Sacramento label Mt. St. Mtn. (no date locked yet) and catch the band performing live at the White Horse in Oakland on May 9. Fine Steps, Emotional, Talkies, New Faultlines The White Horse Bar May [...]

By |April 16, 2015|Tags: |

Ceremony releases two-track video from upcoming album ‘L-Shaped Man’

By a band’s fifth studio album, it’s likely they’ve gone through a transformation or two, and North Bay locals Ceremony are no exception. In anticipation of the release of their fifth LP, L-Shaped Man, the band released a new seven-minute long video encompassing two songs from the new album - “The Separation” and “The Understanding”. It doesn’t take much time to recognize that this album focuses on the event and consequences of a breakup; vocalist Ross Farrar’s lyrics allude to it explicitly. Nor does it take much to notice how the band has departed from their once abrasive hardcore sound [...]

By |April 7, 2015|Tags: |

Toro y Moi plays Saturday show at the Independent

On Saturday, Berkeley local Toro y Moi plays a home show at The Independent in San Francisco, kicking off a tour of the U.S. and Europe that includes many stops along the major festival circuit. This is an especially exciting local show given the forthcoming release of Toro y Moi’s fourth LP, What For?, out on April 7 via Carpark Records. To say that the record is a departure from frontman Chaz Bundick’s iconic R&B-electronic-psych pop sound is an understatement. Judging from the first three tracks released, What For? is undoubtably Bundick’s exploration into a more rock-driven sound. There’s audible [...]

By |March 26, 2015|Tags: |

Deathstock Fest coming to Guerneville in June

There was Woodstock ’69, Woodstock ’94 and ’99 (yikes), and now, on a completely new note, there’s Deathstock. SF label Death Records is celebrating their one year anniversary how? With a full blown two-day music festival campout in the woods - duh! The lineup is already partially announced, including many Death Records roster artists like Smiles, Air Surgeon, Tiaras, Teenage Chain, The Strange Land, and Cole Lodge, making it a truly local affair. Friends of the label like Tomorrows Tulips, Danny James, CCR Headcleaner, Part/Human, and label head Brian Wakefield’s own band Emotional are the other additions to the bill [...]

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