Video Premiere: Mother Room – “Debt Collector”

Last April, The Bay Bridged premiered the first single from Mother Room, a new lo-fi electronic project started by James Meuleners in his Oakland bedroom. Today, we're happily premiering the video, an appropriately moody and sinister clip for the droney, bass-heavy track. "Debt Collector" comes from Mother Room's debut album Scorched, out now on Native Sound.

By |December 11, 2014|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Unconditional Arms – “The Family Tree”

"The Family Tree" is a track off of Oakland post-rock outfit Unconditional Arms' debut album, Kinship, which was released last year. But the song just got the video treatment, and we're stoked to be premiering it here on The Bay Bridged. "The Family Tree" is everything post-rock is supposed to be: melancholy but triumphant, wistful but heavy, nostalgic but forward thinking. And the video nails it: If there's a star of the video, it's Owen, the little boy you see popping up throughout the clip. He's no child actor, though - he's the son of Jeff Wright, who founded Unconditional [...]

By |November 26, 2014|Tags: |

Premiere: Radiation City – “Stutter” (see them at Rickshaw this Sunday)

Portland's Radiation City has always been one of the more sonically adventurous indie pop bands out there. They are known for riffing off of bossa nova, '60s girl groups, and ethereal synth pop in endlessly absorbing ways, and new track "Stutter"—which the Bay Bridged is pleased to premiere today—adds yet another hue to their sonic palette. "It's a bit of a sneak peek into the ever evolving sound that is Radiation City," says vocalist and keyboardist Lizzy Ellison of the track, which is a b-side from an album the band is currently working on and planning to put out next [...]

Interview: Twin Peaks and Meatbodies dish the dirt ahead of Bottom of the Hill show

Twin Peaks and Meatbodies are both newcomers on the crowded scene of fuzzed-out retro/garage/psych rock bands, yet they've both managed to distinguish themselves, and you can see why this Saturday at Bottom of the Hill. I spoke with Caiden Lake James of Twin Peaks and Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies ahead of their stop in our fair city to get the dirt on their respective bands, both of which have new albums out. Twin Peaks' debut album, Sunken, received a fair bit of attention, so I wanted to know what it was like trying to live up to that hype with [...]

By |November 13, 2014|Tags: , |

Giveaway: Win tickets to the first annual Oakland Echo

Oakland Echo may be a first-year fest, but it's already packing heat. Three nights, two Oakland venues, and an absurd number of psych bands, including headliners Lumerians on October 24 at The New Parish, Dead Meadow on October 25 at Leo's Music Club, and Cosmonauts on top of a day-long bill on October 26, also at Leo's. We're giving away a pair of tickets to each night of Oakland Echo. Send an email to mike.g@thebaybridged.com with the show you want to attend in the subject line and your full name in the body. A winner will be chosen at random and notified by [...]

Li Xi to release debut LP ‘Meet Me Somewhere’

I had the pleasure of witnessing Li Xi in their earliest incarnation, back when there were two lead singers and they weren’t called Li Xi. That was a couple years ago. The band has shed a singer, added another multi-instrumentalist, and tightened up their sound considerably while expanding it to encompass a grand new vision. Two years was a long wait for a debut album, but forthcoming LP Meet Me Somewhere, which the band is self-releasing on October 15, was well worth the wait. Stereogum recently premiered the album’s opener, a cut called “Carriages” that features a ridiculously catchy guitar [...]

By |October 9, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: The Entrance Band’s Guy Blakeslee on playing his home away from home

The Entrance Band hail from LA but consider SF their "home away from home." They took the stage at The Chapel on Tuesday for a co-headlining gig with Jacco Gardner, so to welcome them to their second home, I had a chat with singer-guitarist Guy Blakeslee to get the scoop on a few things you might have been wondering about. Specifically, what can Entrance Band fans expect shows, given that their last album is now almost a year old and their bassist, Paz Lenchantin, is also currently a member of the Pixies? And how do you decide who goes first [...]

By |August 29, 2014|Tags: |

Why you should go see Iceage at Elbo Room

(Photo: Isabel Asha Penzlien) Danish post-punk outfit Iceage is playing San Francisco's own Elbo Room on Halloween, and you have to go see them. Why? Because: That's the video for "The Lord's Favorite", a song that will presumably be on the new album the band has said it will release later this year. They haven't released any details on the album yet, but they said that they're going to be featuring the new material on their North American tour. So if you want a sneak peek at the new album, you will want to be at this show. But the [...]

By |August 5, 2014|Tags: |

Video: Street Eaters – “Empty Rooms”

Oakland-based "truewave" punk duo Street Eaters have a new video for the track "Empty Rooms" from their new album, BLOOD::MUSCLES::BONES, which was just released last month. Check out the video right here: Street Eaters are playing a free show at Hemlock Tavern on August 14. In fact, it's their record release party. The band has been keeping it real in the Bay Area for many years, bashing out drum-n-bass punk rock with a righteous fury. You owe it to yourself to catch their live show. Street Eaters, No Babies Hemlock Tavern August 14, 2014 8:30pm, FREE

By |August 5, 2014|Tags: |

Alison May gets experimental on “Loved/Dark”

Alison May is a Texan who has lived in Oakland for a couple years now, and she credits her new home with pushing her music in a more experimental direction. The result is her sophomore album, Loved/Dark, a subtle, dark, beautiful collection of dreamy folk songs that just premiered over on Wondering Sound. Listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/alisonmay/sets/loved-dark As a bonus, here's May covering Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend", which is just such a great choice on her part that I thought it deserved special recognition:

By |July 31, 2014|Tags: |
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