Rock Bar's New Jukebox: A Q&A with Andee Connors of Aquarius Records on Filling The Juke

In case you needed another reason to head to Rock Bar, the Front Porch-run spot down in Bernal Heights, the good people at Aquarius Records have just given you a whole lot. The Mission record store has taken on the responsibility of stocking the Rock Bar jukebox, filling it with a collection that is hard not to envy. Considering Aquarius has long been a go-to for a fantastic, varied assortment of records, we're already making plans to head down for a cocktail and some fried chicken, quarters at the ready. We spoke to Andee Connors, co-owner of Aquarius, about the [...]

Milo Greene releases new EP, announces fall tour dates

Milo Greene makes the kind of music that just feels like late-summer. Dreamy pianos and guitars, male-and-female vocals woven together in subtle harmony -- listening to them makes you want to be in the woods, in a sun-dappled cove, probably weaving feathers into your hair. Or whatever your particular late-summer happy place may look like. The band is made up of five members (there's no one Milo Greene), but they evoke larger ensembles like Edward Sharpe and Of Monsters of Men with their sound, but a bit more slick and a bit tighter (if equally infectious). Milo Green recently came [...]

By |August 2, 2012|Tags: |

The Walkmen – "Blue Turns To Grey" (Rolling Stones cover)

The Walkmen have had a good summer -- their sixth full-length album Heaven came out in June to much acclaim, and they had a packed touring summer (including an appearance at the fast-approaching Outside Lands Music Festival). Never ones to shy away from a guitar ballad, The Walkmen recently put out a spot-on cover of The Rolling Stones' 1965-hit "Blue Turns to Grey." Appearing on The Stones' album December's Children (And Everybody's), the track is a great example of the more pop-rock side of the British Invasion, dirtied up and blues-downed just enough by Mick Jagger's distinct vocals. Walkmen frontman [...]

Two Gallants – "My Love Won't Wait"

Oh hey, San Francisco, Two Gallants are a-comin'. Yes, for Outside Lands, plus an Outside Lands night show at Rickshaw stop, but also with a brand-new, awfully promising sounding album, The Bloom and the Blight, out September 4 on ATO Records. This is the first release from the San Francisco duo in five years. And they're back with something of a vengeance from the sound of it. While the previously released single "Broken Eyes" spoke to the group's folk and blues-tinged past, this new single, "My Love Won't Wait" has a harder, grungier, raw-garage-rock sound. Per a statement from the [...]

By |July 25, 2012|Tags: |

tUnE-yArDs makes a mix for Africa In Your Earbuds

tUnE-yArDs' versatile, experimental, undeniably catchy music has always done a good job reflecting a number of influences and themes. From Merril Garbus's vocal acrobatics to the soul-busting, percussive nature of her band, tUnE-yArDs' music has proven to be as impossible to pin down as it is enjoyable. You can get some sense of what moves Ms. Merrill thanks to a 28-minute mix she put together for Africa In Your Earbuds, featuring a number of "vintage finds from East Africa." As she explains, to Okay Africa: No doubt, I have a limited knowledge of African music, because, well, that’s an entire [...]

By |July 23, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Sonny and the Sunsets – "Pretend You Love Me"

Sonny and the Sunsets have put out a video for "Pretend You Love Me," the lead single of June's stellar Longtime Companion. The video, shot and directed by Sonny himself, along with Ryan Browne (who has also worked with The Sandwitches, Wymond Miles, and more), has a dreamy, home-movie quality to it. Various images are strung together, including (but not limited to): - a guy asleep on the street with a cowboy hat - a guy making bacon wrapped hot dogs - Sonny eating a hot dog - creepy dolls - slow-motion cartwheels - a guy wearing a luchador mask [...]

Local compilation 'In A Cloud II' with Ty Segall Band, Tim Cohen out this week, release show is 7/19/12 @ Amnesia

In A Cloud II, the absolutely stellar compilation featuring a whole mess of San Francisco musicians (Vetiver, Sonny and the Sunsets, Ty Segall, and more), is finally coming out this Tuesday via local label Secret Seven Records. And because there ain't no party like a local music party, the label is throwing a record release party on Thursday, July 19 at Amnesia. There will be performances by compilation contributors Will Sprott (of The Mumlers), Paula Frazer & Jesse Jackson, and Bad Backs (with Andrew Kerwin of Trainwreck Riders), all for the low price of $5. Preorders of the vinyl release [...]

By |July 18, 2012|Tags: |

AllofaSudden pay tribute to The Band this Friday 7/20/12 at the Connecticut Yankee

Local jam band AllofaSudden is stepping up to pay tribute to the recently departed Levon Helm -- they will play a full set covering songs by The Band. The Band not only provided major musical influence for the Americana-folk-rock group; AllofaSudden describe them as "heroes," and wish to honor "undeniable stamp these songs have left on American music." They also mention that they plan on taking "this spirit into the studio" with them as they record their next album. The show at The Connecticut Yankee will open with a set from Chico's Alli Battaglia & The Musical Brewing Company -- [...]

By |July 18, 2012|Tags: |

Phono del Sol Preview: Sea of Bees

This year's Phono del Sol lineup has all kinds of stellar local bands to get excited about, and Sea of Bees should definitely be one of them. Sacramento-based singer-songwriter Julie Ann Bee has a serious command over her guitar, and a warbling, depthful voice that captivates as it seduces. I was blown away by Sea of Bee's set at the Huichica Music Festival back in June -- Julie Ann Bee may be slight, but she has a stage presence that's not to be trifled with (and man, I really dig the white lightning bolt on her guitar strap). Her music [...]

Woods – "Cali in a Cup"

Brooklyn-based Woods has a new album, which is their seventh (!), coming out on September 18, 2012. Bend Beyond will be released on their own Woodsist label, and the band will of course be making an appearance at the Woodsist Festival at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur this August (along with Real Estate, The Fresh and Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, and more). To whet your appetite for all of the above, Woods has released a new track off the upcoming album. Called "Cali in a Cup," the song opens with a swath of rich harmonica and a [...]

By |July 12, 2012|Tags: , |
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