Interview: Jeff Bridges takes us to school before Berkeley benefit show

Jeff Bridges. (photo: Danny Clinch) So Jeff Bridges — the Jeff Bridges, Academy-Award winning actor known for his roles in films like Crazy Heart, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, Tron and Tron: Legacy, The Fisher King, Iron Man, The Giver, The Last Picture Show, Starman, and an absurd amount of other great films — is also a photographer, author, and musician, and is playing a concert at Freight & Salvage. While that's awesome in and of itself, the concert is also a benefit for the Berkeley Rose School, and Jeff's daughter Jessie Bridges will be opening the concert. The Bay [...]

By |April 12, 2016|Tags: |

Babewatch release “Darken My Door,” head out on tour

Oakland-via-Santa Cruz surf rockers Babewatch put out the latest single for their upcoming album. "Darken My Door" is an energetic, almost spooky psych rock blast.  Take a listen! Brian by Babewatch We last heard from Babewatch a couple weeks ago with the driving energy of "Brian," the first single of the album. The full-length will come out in June, with Some Weird Sin Records (out of Texas) releasing vinyl and Lolipop Records (LA) doing the tape.  They're also heading out on a West coast tour, going all the way up to Vancouver before coming back to the bay and then heading [...]

By |March 3, 2016|Tags: |

Elevate Ensemble: New music for harpsichord by local composers

"New Music" is different from new music. The proper noun "New Music" is used because "modern classical music" has some difficult and limiting connotations. So the use of the term in the title of this article is supposed to place the music in the continuum of classical music without implying any of its boundaries. For those with an ear toward New Music, you probably know exactly what to expect when it comes to Elevate Ensemble. For everyone else, know that what the former are expecting is music that subverts expectations. Then again, it's all music for harpsichord, so it can't be [...]

By |February 26, 2016|Tags: |

Review: UnderCover Presents’ Green Day’s “Dookie” at The Fox Theater

For those unfamiliar with the concept of Undercover Presents, you may get a little overwhelmed at one of their shows. Their thesis (I guess) is that music is a good thing. Music should be made, and people who make music are doing good things. This is embodied in the title of Lyz Luke's position: Executive Music Enabler. The idea that music is a good thing is a pretty huge umbrella, and the shows they put on take full advantage of it. So everyone at The Fox Theater on Friday for their tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" album got a vast, all-encompassing experience. [...]

Genre-bending Feed Me Jack preps ‘Ultra Ego’ EP

An ambitious rock band that has roots from Santa Cruz to Oakland and beyond, Feed Me Jack is putting out an EP, Ultra Ego, in two days! They've described their genre-bending style as alternative, indie, experimental, progressive rock, and math rock, and I hear a little soul in there too. The adventurous lead single "Emergency" has lush vocal harmonies, electro asides, latin inspired grooves, and some sweet riffage. It covers a lot of ground but never jams it down your throat. It flows over you and inspires the imagination, inviting you on a journey where you genuinely don't know where you're going. [...]

By |January 12, 2016|Tags: |

Catching up with The Tet Holiday

Oakland band The Tet Holiday recently played at Bottom of the Hill with their new drummer Brandon Farmer, and they rocked it. If you don't know their music, check out their recently released lyric video for their song "Make-Believer": They're a guitar-bass-drums trio, with influences from pop, shoegaze, and indie. I can hear some Jesus and Mary Chain, some Replacements, some Japandroids in there. I got to speak with songwriter Andrew Ledford about their sound. The Bay Bridged:  Tell me how you would want to communicate what your music is, and how you think it will be best presented to people. Andrew Ledford: My [...]

By |November 4, 2015|Tags: |

See StringQuake for free at the De Young on Friday

Photo by James Dong StringQuake is a trio featuring Amelia Romano on harp, Misha Khalikulov on cello, and Josh Mellinger on percussion. They play music from a lot of different places and cultures, and with groups who do that it gets tempting to call it "world music".  Resist the urge! While they certainly play music from around the world, they've successfully avoided the anonymous character that necessarily comes from democratically sampling surface details of traditional musics.  Moreover, the players are also educators, teaching these various kinds of music in San Francisco, and their knowledge of them runs deep.  They specifically make [...]

By |July 30, 2015|Tags: |

Negative Press Project debut full-length coming soon

Photo by Amelia Kennedy Bay Area group Negative Press Project describes themselves as "a seven-piece electro-acoustic jazz/indie-rock–inspired original music collective".  Co-led by musicians Ruthie Dineen and Andrew Lion, they have announced work on their debut full length release.  They're asking for help from fans, so if you feel so inclined, take a look at their crowdfunding page. Negative Press Project is an eclectic group. A lot of genre jumping goes on, but the main idea is pretty straight forward:  stellar playing. The musicians in the group are all incredibly talented! Dineen (keyboards) and Lion (bass) compose the pieces, which are all open [...]

Rin Tin Tiger and Owl Paws team up for double album release show

San Francisco bands Rin Tin Tiger and Owl Paws have teamed up to do a "double album release show" at The Independent this week.  Rin Tin Tiger is celebrating their latest release, Burial Grounds, with Owl Paws putting out their first full length, Reservoir. The groups will be supported by fellow SF band Growwler. Headliner Rin Tin Tiger is solid and reliable, with thick guitars, a penetratingly strong lead singer, and just a full rockin' sound. They make for an energetic show! Then there's Owl Paws, who make muscular folk rock. Their tough, workmanlike rhythm section provides a well-built groove structure for the [...]

The Tet Holiday drops lyric video for “By the Throat, By the Heart”

Oakland rockers The Tet Holiday have been in the trenches of recording for a long time now, and they're finally giving the public a peek at what they've been working on.  This week, the band released a lyric video for "By the Throat, By the Heart," the first single from their upcoming debut full length, Statues, which comes out on September 15th.  In the words of songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Andrew Ledford: We aren't big fans of the traditional YouTube, Windows Media Player-aesthetic lyrics videos, so we attempted to do something more interesting to us in collaboration with our friend [...]

By |July 3, 2015|Tags: |
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