Downtown Boys hit Bottom of the Hill, Starline on new tour

Downtown Boys With two albums, countless accolades, and a legendary live show, Downtown Boys are a growing force against the white-washed rock and roll. They have been working their way through basements and DIY venues, and they have now announced a world tour in support of their third album, Cost of Living, which drops August 11 on Sub Pop. Downtown Boys add their politically ferocious lyrics to their unique brand of punk rock, and even throw in some horns for some songs and performances. Just watching videos of their live shows reveals how powerful they are in person, and their [...]

By |June 30, 2017|Tags: |

Waxahatchee heads to the Fillmore in July

Waxahatchee has showed herself to be a true rock and roll star with the two singles from her upcoming album, Out In The Storm. "Never Been Wrong" and "Silver" both have distorted guitars and brilliant songwriting. Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) says that this album, out July 14, "digs into what I was going through without blinking. It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.” She comes to the Fillmore July 28 to show off her new record, out on Merge Records. She's a constantly evolving, veteran musician who should not [...]

By |June 29, 2017|Tags: |

Turtlenecked: New album, July shows in SF and Oakland

Turtlenecked, Harrison Smith, already has a Stereogum premiere under his belt, and a blistering, self recorded alt rock album, Pure Plush Bone Cage. He just put out an album, Vulture, on June 16 through Good Cheer Records. He has a voice that ranges from sardonic punk to heavy rock, and he is making his way from his home base of Portland to play a couple shows in the Bay Area. In early July, he plays The Hole in Oakland and Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. Turtlenecked also currently has a track out that will be on the new album. [...]

By |June 20, 2017|Tags: |

INVSN head to Bottom of the Hill in September

INVSN (photo: Selma Grönlund) The Scandinavian band INVSN has released their new album, The Beautiful Stories, in the United States on Dine Alone Records. They have also announced a North American tour for September of this year, which you can check out below and includes a stop at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. The band has also released a video for their song "The Constant War." The video features the band members have their faces roughly painted as they perform. Their beautiful harmonies and unique brand of rock blast through the single, providing for a fast paced, lyrically [...]

By |June 16, 2017|Tags: |

Great Grandpa Share ‘Expert Eraser,’ play Bottom of the Hill in July

Great Grandpa (photo: Buggo Vigor) Since 2014, the Seattle rock band Great Grandpa have been slowly gaining a wide a loyal following. After releasing their well-received EP Can Opener, they began an extensive tour of the West Coast, along with their usual Seattle DIY venues. Now with a lot of experience and writing under their belt, they are set to release their debut album Plastic Cough on Double Double Whammy, out on July 7. Most recently they released a single from the album entitled "Expert Eraser." This new track shows their strong grunge influence, while adding their interest in pop [...]

By |June 15, 2017|Tags: |

Listen to Meklit’s new track, “Supernova”

Meklit is a brilliant artist, who already has a TED Talk and a highly acclaimed album under her belt. She has worked with Andrew Bird and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, both of whom appear on her new album When The People Move, The Music Moves Too, out June 23 via Six Degrees Records. "Supernova" is off of the upcoming album, and takes directly from NASA's recordings of the sounds of stars. Meklit's beautiful voice is reminiscent of Lianne La Havas, and her complex mesh of percussion makes for an incredible beat. She has a diverse range of influences, ranging [...]

By |June 9, 2017|Tags: |

Oliver Tree makes his debut with two singles

New project Oliver Tree seems to have so many influences, yet he somehow seamlessly combines them all on his debut tracks, "Welcome to LA" and "All I Got." The tracks have layered, distorted vocals, acoustic guitar, hard hitting beats, and atmospheric synths. He raps, sings, and produces the tracks with his friend Whethan, who has worked with Charli XCX most recently. One of the tracks even has a trumpet solo. Oliver Tree is set to play Lollapalooza in Chicago and Outside Lands in San Francisco this year, and these tracks are sure to make for a raucous time. His obvious [...]

By |June 9, 2017|Tags: |

Preview: Saint Pé, Midnight Snaxxx, Valley Boy at Brick + Mortar

Next week, Saint Pé (aka Ian Saint Pé) brings his particular brand of southern rock to Brick & Mortar Music Hall. Saint Pé played for years with Atlanta's Black Lips before moving to Nashville and creating new songs that sounds inspired by classic rock, his southern roots, and, to my ears, people like Bob Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Saint Pé has earned his music credentials through his endless years of touring, and after releasing the debut for this project, Fixed Focus in April 2017, he is hitting the road once again. This show is not to be missed, especially [...]

By |June 8, 2017|Tags: |

Premiere: “All Szn” by Lord Morgan ft. EyyELL

(photo: @isaiahbeiser) The Bay Area's rich history of hip-hop and R&B continues to thrive through people like Kehlani and Iamsu!. Two other local artists headed for stardom are Lord Morgan and EyyEll, rapper and producer respectively, on their most recent track "All Szn." This year, they already released "Married 2 the Game," which was featured on Thizzler and LA’s Lunch Table Talks. They have been grinding around the Bay Area for years now, putting in the work in release after release to prepare for their upcoming album Vibration Is Player which will be released July 2017. "All Szn" pounds with [...]

By |June 2, 2017|Tags: , |

Songhoy Blues bring Malian blues to Bimbo’s this fall

Songhoy Blues (photo: Transgressive Records) Two years ago, Songhoy Blues burst on to the Western music scene with their debut album Music in Exile. They were forced into exile from their home of Timbuktu, Mali after the country was taken over by Islamic extremists, but their mixture of desert punk and blues was met international acclaim. Since then, they have traveled the world, opening for artists like Julian Casablancas, Damon Albarn, and Alabama Shakes. This year, they have released two singles from their upcoming sophomore album Résistance, which will be released by Transgressive/ Fat Possum on June 16. On October [...]

By |May 30, 2017|Tags: |
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