DaVinci & Sweet Valley drop ‘Ghetto Cuisine’

Fillmore rapper DaVinci teamed up with Sweet Valley, (Wavves frontman Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan) for their Ghetto Cuisine album, available now as a free download from Fools Gold Records. I'm not sure how DaVinci and the Williams got together, but oh man am I glad they did. Sweet Valley's beats are experimental enough to be more interesting than your typical mixtape, but they give plenty of space for DaVinci's hard rhymes to shine through. And just watch this video: Does it get any cooler than that? No. Go download Ghetto Cuisine now, and recognize that Bay Area hip [...]

Interview/Album Premiere: The Parmesans – ‘Nature’s Burrito’

We've written about The Parmesans a great deal since their formation less than two years ago, and with good reason. The trio features some of the cheesiest goofballs around (as they would be the first to admit), yet their tight harmonies, pickin' skills, and ability to craft great melodies that you'll hum in your sleep force you to take them seriously as musicians. They're constantly gigging, and if they don't make you grin at least once at one of their shows, you're probably just incapable of enjoying life. And with every release and show, they seem to get better. Today, [...]

By |April 22, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: Bob Frank discusses his Light in the Attic Reissue

Singer/songwriter Bob Frank is perhaps the Bay Area's most unknown musical genius. Forty years ago, Frank released his critically-acclaimed debut self-titled album on Vanguard Records. For reasons I'll let Bob explain, the record only received a single pressing and became a bit of a cult classic, with its rare copies becoming a hot item for vinyl collectors. Bob stopped making music for about 30 years to raise his family in the East Bay, where he lives today. Earlier this year, Light in the Attic Records reiussed Frank's debut on vinyl, and Bob will perform Sunday night at the Vortex Room [...]

By |April 17, 2014|Tags: |

Cocktails drop “Tough Love”; ‘Adult Life’ LP out June 17

Photo by Brian Britchard Fresh off a trip to South by Southwest, San Francisco's Cocktails just released "Tough Love", the first single from their debut LP Adult Life, which is out June 17 on Father Daughter. Like their previous vinyl releases, Adult Life was recorded at Oakland's Fuzz City with Warm Soda's Rob Good, and it appears this release will also contain plenty of distinctly crisp drums and insanely catchy hooks. Not only has Cocktails continued to pump out the hits, they've become a much tighter band over the last year, adding guitarist Joel Cusumano of DSTVV fame to shred [...]

By |April 16, 2014|Tags: |

Catch Le Vice, DUCKWRTH, & sayknowledge tonight at Elbo Room

Friday night, Le Vice headlines a night of live hip-hop at the Elbo Room, with support from RGLND & DUCKWRTH and sayknowledge - all artists that have released new material in the past 6 months. The lineup showcases a wide range of Bay Area hip-hop, which in my humble opinion features some of the most innovative and forward-thinking local artists in the Bay these days. Le Vice, whose music definitely includes the raps, but probably shouldn't be confined released their LP The Payoff late last year, and their video for “Jamir’s Bed Part I” premiered here on the Bay Bridged: [...]

TV Mike & the Scarecrowes take over Legionnaire Saloon

Oakland's Legionnaire Saloon deserves major props for being what I'm pretty sure is the only venue in town with regularly scheduled live hip hop and heavy metal events. Monday's in April, they're turning their stage over to the twangy sounds of TV Mike and the Scarecrowes. Mike and crew are bringing along a great collection of Bay Area artists, both as opening acts and guests for TV Mike sets. Openers include M. Lockwood Porter and Luke Sweeney, while guests performing with the Scarecrowes will be Andy Cabic of Vetiver, Matt Adams of the The Blank Tapes, Mark Matos, and many [...]

Adam Lipman releases ‘Prove the Beast’ LP

Half Moon Bay's Adam Lipman is releasing his Prove the Beast LP April 15 on Shrimper Records, his follow up to 2013's The Western Bounce. At the core of every song on Prove the Beast is Lipman's intimate vocals that have a distinct shakiness that let's you know it's real and turn the emotion up a notch. Lipman's frequent use of acoustic guitar combined with his vocal style will probably garner a label of "folk" in some circles, but Prove the Beast contains subtle experimentation with electric guitars and drums, (including programmed drums) that take it far beyond the folk [...]

By |April 2, 2014|Tags: |

Get to Know: Summer Peaks

Let's be honest, most bands formed by high school friends are pretty bad. And although Summer Peaks of Brentwood (the NorCal one) was formed at their high school, they have released some damn fine indie pop on their debut LP Saturdays. Each member of Summer Peaks writes songs on their own before bringing them to the band, where they typically sing lead for the songs they write. The result is more diversity than you often hear from young indie pop bands. Tracks such with the dark guitar riff and cool harmonies of "Still House" somehow flow nicely into the synth-pop [...]

By |March 31, 2014|Tags: |

Premiere: Sioux City Kid – “Heartbreak Shakedown”

Last year, we told you about Jared Griffin of Sioux City Kid traveling to Nashville to record "Heartbreak Shakedown" in Jack White's Third Man Record Booth. Today, we're so happy to present the studio version of the track for the first time. If you like what you hear, you will have MANY chances to catch the gravelly-voiced Sioux City Kid in person next month, as the kid continues Amnesia's great run of 2014 residencies by taking over Tuesday nights at the cozy spot on Valencia, joined by a host of great local Americana-ish acts. After the residency, will be touring [...]

By |March 27, 2014|Tags: |

Spencer Owen releases ‘Blue Circle’ on vinyl

Photo: Allison Dietze We told you about Spencer Owen's plans for his Blue Circle LP a few months back, and now he's back with the album in shiny new vinyl. Owen is releasing the album himself, and he tells me he chose vinyl for both the "tactile enjoyment" and durability of records, and the simple fact that vinyl sells just as well as CD's in his circles these days. The album, which you can stream below, is an incredibly fun collection of 10 pop songs, with just a bit of African influence. Read more on the album in our interview [...]

By |March 27, 2014|Tags: |
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