Noise Pop 2015: The Black Ryder, masters of the hard/soft dichotomy

Photos by Jon Ching Last night at Rickshaw Stop, The Black Ryder proved themselves to be masters of the hard/soft dichotomy. In celebration of their new LP, The Door Behind the Door, the duo harnessed soft and hard, quiet and loud, gentle and erratic, warm then instantly cool elements to build imperfect walls of sound. Instead of the making impenetrable barriers of noise, The Black Ryder constructed their walls with doors and windows to let light in and to allow new ideas to wander in and out. Though the duo played more songs off of their first record, the most powerful moments of [...]

The Black Ryder to release sophomore LP at Noise Pop

Australian-born and LA-based outfit The Black Ryder is coming to San Francisco to release its sophomore LP, The Door Behind the Door, at this year's Noise Pop festival. The band rose to attention for the gothic and surprisingly sparse shoegaze compositions of its debut album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, and with this forthcoming offering, the duo proves that slow burning flames last the longest. From the dual vocals of "Santaria" to the ethereal "Seventh Moon," the sprawling tapestries of each track rush for no one, and during their most powerful moments, they are lifted by proclamations of survival. The latest single "Let Me Be [...]

By |February 20, 2015|Tags: |

Commune Wednesdays does it again with White Fang, Big Tits, and more

Commune is throwing its monthly party this Wednesday, February 11 with a Portland's White Fang, Big Tits from Oakland, and LA's Emotional. This West Coast lineup is next up in a series of ridiculously cool bills put together by the movement (they just announced a San Diego show with Tijuana Panthers!), so come on out and support the cause. As always, these shows are about taking a stand against big tobacco companies, not the smokers, so all are welcome! And in true Commune fashion, the show is free all night long. White Fang, Big Tits, Emotional, Jonathan Reddick Elbo Room February 11, 2015 9pm, [...]

Bangus Tron is coming to Milk Bar

Anyone familiar with my work on the Bay Bridged knows I have a preference for moody rock music. Here's a little something to lighten the air. Oakland-based duo Bangus Tron leaves the brooding to other outfits and weaves the best of synthpop and electrofunk into one technicolored fabric. Where other electronic duos feel disingenuous and even self-righteous, Kani Crabb and Wes Spittler keep it authentic, offering their own brand of party music made with the distinct sense that they don't take themselves too seriously. Check out their video for "Denim Queen" -- the track that won them a slot at last year's Lightning In a [...]

By |January 30, 2015|Tags: |

Weyes Blood brings winter to San Francisco

New York City-based artist Natalie Mering is rolling through San Francisco tonight with her solo project Weyes Blood. Though she's been honing her own brand of psychedelic piano music since 2006, Mering captures the full spectrum of her cold, melodramatic sounds on her latest album The Innocents. Released on Mexican Summer at the end of 2014, the record takes its name from the 1961 horror film of the same name, evoking the Gothic, haunting spirit of the cinematic feature through experimental noise, cascading piano and sudden distortion. The resulting drone-folk style is best encapsulated in the single "Some Winters," which [...]

By |January 27, 2015|Tags: |

Joel Gion & The Primary Colours round up SF psych favorites at The Independent

We're off to a killer start here in 2015, from the Soft White Sixties’s ongoing Brick & Mortar residency to Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah’s celestial, family-studded epic of a record release last Saturday. We move forward this week with Joel Gion & The Primary Colours at The Independent on Thursday, January 22. Drenched in the liquid light art of White Light Prism, Gion and his backing band -- relatively new in the neo-psych world which Gion helped pioneer -- will use their familiar blend of 1960s rock and roll and post punk to move the Divisadero Street music house [...]

Giveaway: Allah-Las close out 2014 at The Chapel

Allah-Las are sending 2014 off with their very own two-day residency at The Chapel. They're kick-starting the end of year festivities on Tuesday, December 30th, along with The Tyde and Light Fantastic, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. Find out how to win tickets below, and if you feel like dancing to something other than four-on-the-floor beats on New Year's Eve, grab tickets to the second and final night of the residency on December 31st and ring in the New Year with Allah-Las at everyone's favorite Valencia St. music house. To enter for a chance to win [...]

By |December 29, 2014|Tags: |

Giveaway: Reignwolf with Down and Outlaws at The Independent

Saskatoon native Jordan Cook introduced himself as Reignwolf in 2012 and knocked his adopted home town of Seattle on its ass with his blistering live shows. He's often called a blues prodigy and I've certainly described him as a sort of rock and roll messianic figure, but all hype aside, just watch this video from two years ago, when he was still performing as a one-man army. Flash-forward to the end of 2014 -- He's got himself a backing band and can now focus all of his frenzied energy on guitar madness and handsomely abrasive vocals. He's toured with Black [...]

By |December 16, 2014|Tags: |

Premiere: The Stone Foxes debut live video with Blind Blind Tiger

Along with the dream punks of So Many Wizards and alt-rocker Sinclair, The Stone Foxes have taken up residency with Blind Blind Tiger for the month of December. In case you don't remember, we introduced the booze and music-happy Blind Blind Tiger almost exactly a year ago when the online speakeasy hosted their first San Francisco band. Since then, these kind folks have brought in some of our favorite artists, including Jesus Sons and Jeffertitti's Nile, and now they've got one of the strongest local bands around to treat everyone on the Internet to exclusive content every Tuesday this month. Here's a first [...]

By |December 9, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: Cotillon makes his San Francisco debut at The Chapel

From his early forays as a songwriter to recording at the iconic EastWest Studio in LA and traveling to San Francisco to finish his first LP with former bassist and brilliant producer of Girls, Chet "JR" White, Jordan Corso lived every bedroom artist's wet dream. (Every bedroom artist that cut his or her musical teeth on late-2000 San Francisco sounds, at least.) The right people recognized something real in his demos and he discovered he had the songwriting prowess to back it all up, ultimately turning his band, which was initially forged out of the ashes of a doomed relationship, [...]

By |December 5, 2014|Tags: |
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