Thurston Moore / Sebadoh announce joint West Coast tour

All you sensitive alt babies get ready, because Sebadoh and Thurston Moore have joined forces for a double bill at the Great American Music Hall on October 7th. Thurston Moore is a pioneer in the alternative punk music scene. Being the front man of one of the most challenging and driving rock groups of the 90s, his work includes a diverse range; from his seminal guitar playing in Sonic Youth, to his now improvisational work that includes acoustic compositions and noise / metal disruptions, it’s really hard to say what this tour is going to reveal itself to be. Touring in support of [...]

By |July 24, 2014|Tags: , |

Father/Daughter announces Happy Diving – ‘Big World’

It’s more or less amusing that many of the members of the East Bay’s Happy Diving have yet to reach the legal drinking age. Even more so is the fact that they’ve only been a band since 2013. And yet, despite the brevity of their existence in the Bay Area music scene, they’ve done nothing but produce satisfying and energetic pop songs. Breaking out with their self-titled EP in 2013, the band is following up with a full length album entitled Big World out October 21 via Father/Daughter Records. The EP, which is currently available digitally and on cassette from Father/Daughter, was [...]

By |July 21, 2014|Tags: |

Celebrating old and new, Burger Boogaloo rocks Oakland

Since its inception in 2012, the Burger Boogaloo has worked to produce a festival that celebrates music both strange and weird; celebrated and forgotten; old and new.  With careful orchestrating from both the Burger Records family and the local booking maestros at Total Trash, the once small festival that got its start at Thee Parkside has matured into a full-blown celebrated event, complete with gated beer gardens, headache-inducing bathroom lines, and nine dollar hot dogs. However, unlike plenty of festivals that can lose their quality of booking bands as the event grows, the Boogaloo has only snowballed into a monster [...]

By |July 8, 2014|Tags: |

Live at the Honey Hive: Monster Treasure

Stockton’s Monster Treasure recently gave quite the performance at SF Pop Fest, alongside hard hitters Dressy Bessy, Dreamdate, and SF favorites Swiftumz. This Friday, the pop trio returns for a second San Francisco date at the Honey Hive Gallery. The self-proclaimed creators of “pop songs with a pomegranate glaze,” Monster Treasure has been creating fuzzy, sugary tracks since 2011. The LP (the band's debut, out this summer via Harlot) is the first example in which primary songwriters Briana Granados and Rachel Orimo wrote the songs separately and later came together to record at Nu-Tone Studios (rather than their usual style of writing as a cohesive unit). Take their track "Over," [...]

By |June 3, 2014|Tags: |

A night of nostalgia: Black Flag at Brick and Mortar

Photo by Erin Dage A large half circle encompassed the majority of the floor of Brick and Mortar as Violence Creeps’ Amber Feigel stood in the center of the room, yowling fiercely into her microphone. The audience, less than under-attended, had somehow taken haven as far away from the stage as Feigel crept across the room making use of the space and the apprehensive crowd around her. The unquestionably influential Black Flag would later grace the stage, alongside Brooklyn’s Cinema Cinema. However, it felt very “unpunk” watching Feigel perform to a half empty room as a teenager bought a $15 t-shirts at [...]

Review: The Men at the Rickshaw Stop bring out the dudes

Photos by Erin Dage Brooklyn’s the Men have been active since 2008, and in those six years have consistently produced five studio albums that range from abrasive noise rock to more melodic, country-inspired tunes. The maturity of the group, and the obvious growth they’ve experience musically, is most apparent in their 2014 release of Tomorrows Hits; A far cry from anything they’ve released thus far, the work highlights the boys true nature of harmonizing, blues guitar, and harmonica. Their performance at the Rickshaw Stop exemplified these new maturities, as the Men performed a lengthy set that included plenty of eight [...]

By |April 23, 2014|Tags: |

Q&A: Aquarius Records’ Andee Connors on RSD, reunions, and reissues

Within the confines of Aquarius Records is a plethora of music both old and new; Strange and wonderful; Eclectic and disorienting. It’s nearly overwhelming when browsing. One of the few remaining haunts of the San Francisco that once existed, Aquarius Records is one of the oldest independent record stores in the city. Displayed prominently on the AQ website reads: The store that's old enough to think it's funny that we're selling lots of tapes again. This sense of humor and honesty is the kind of conversation that aQ co-owner Andee Connors lends himself constantly––a kind of brutal truthfulness  sprinkled with jokes. Connors first [...]

Blood Sister, All Your Sisters, That Ghost at the Hemlock tonight

The music of San Francisco’s Blood Sister is a dizzy whirlwind of fuzzed out shoegaze. Each song, an articulated tribute to guitars drenched in distortion, is thoughtfully paired with heavy, slow and swirling vocals. Tonight, Blood Sister will be performing at the Hemlock Tavern alongside local acts All Your Sisters and That Ghost. Santa Rosa's That Ghost is worth noting and catching early before the rest of the night's performers. The project, the solo endeavor of musician Ryan Thomas Schmale, is a catalyst of gloomy, bedroom pop. Having released various full length albums and EPs, his music has fluctuated from sleepy, lo-fi [...]

Panda Bear announces North American Tour

Panda Bear has announced new material following 2011's Tomboy, to be released on Domino Records. Currently the album is tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and features production work and collaboration from Sonic Boom (some might recognize him as Peter Kember, one of the original founding members of Spacemen 3). Appropriately enough, he’s announced a coinciding North American tour that will start at the beginning of May. Joining him on various dates will be a dynamic roster of musicians, including Regal Degal, DJ Dog Dick, Peaking Lights, Dam-Funk, and Torn Hawk. The San Francisco date will be at the Fillmore, at which husband/wife [...]

By |April 14, 2014|Tags: |

Maximum Rocknroll & Thrillhouse Records Present: Trenches, Venkman, Violence Creeps

It’s only fitting that Maximum Rocknroll and Thrillhouse Records would team up to put on shows: Both are a bevy of punk rock enthusiasts that are fierce supporters of San Francisco’s DIY music scene. Always working toward bringing together local acts, the shows are  truly supportive of the Bay Area music scene, proclaiming for attendees to "COME SUPPORT OUR BLATANT LOCALISM!!" The night will include performances from Trenches, Venkman, Violence Creeps, and The Manueal & the Machine. Trenches, a punk hardcore band from Oakland, is the kind of band that is aggressive and fast. Many of the night's performers follow [...]

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