Shannon and the Clams share three videos ahead of ‘Onion’ release

In case you haven't noticed, it turns out Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys loves the Bay. He's signed two fantastic Bay Area bands to his label Easy Eye Sound — Sonny Smith is releasing Rod for your Love in March and Shannon and the Clams is releasing Onion February. To get you ready, Shannon and the Clams has released a trio of videos for the songs "Did You Love Me," "Backstreets," and "The Boy." As you'd expect, the songs are a delight and the visuals are all wildly different, yet exactly what Shannon and the Clams videos should be. [...]

Video Premiere: Cryderman, “Vape Pen”

Oakland's Cryderman was on our list of Musicians to Watch in 2018, and today, you get a chance to literally watch them as we suggested. The new band of Oakland musical vets is sharing their brand-new video for "Vape Pen." Shot, edited and directed by Luke Judd, we learn just how important Cryderman frontman Ryan James Holzer's vape pen really is to him. It's his best friend, his chat buddy, his transportation, and his musical instrument, and of course, his source of smoke. Go on a ride with Holzer, his band, and his oversized vape pen through Oakland and google [...]

By |February 1, 2018|Tags: |

Cool Ghouls and Pardoner on Post Trash Comp (for charity!)

Post Trash just released their third annual compilation of 51(!) underground-ish bands from all corners of the rock and roll genresphere. All proceeds from sales of the comp will go directly to the Maria Fund, an organization benefiting victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. A pair of locals are on the comp: Cool Ghouls contributed their ramblin' "CCR Bootleg" and Pardoner added the fuzzy "Bud." Check them out below, and if you're reading this across the pond, Cool Ghouls are about to embark on a nice long tour of Europe. Post-Trash: Volume Three by Cool Ghouls Post-Trash: [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Tags: , |

Bicontinental band Dry Erase plays the Knockout Friday night

Oakland's Rob Miller is always doing something you should know about. As the brain behind Vacant Stare Records, he's introduced us to loads of new local bands. You can spot him on guitar with newly-minted Hardly Art signee (and Vacant Stare Alumnus) Dick Stusso, and let him bring you down in beautiful ways fronting his project Mall Walk. And that just wasn't enough, so Rob started yet another project, Dry Erase, who released their debut almost a year ago. Rob describes the trio best: [Dry Erase] is a recording project I started early last year with Kyle Day of Beekeepers [...]

By |January 25, 2018|Tags: |

Evil Twins release debut on Vacant Stare

Like your pop full of attitude, lo-fi, and quick and to the point? If so, Evil Twins are for you. With just one song on their debut over 75 seconds on their debut album, Evil Twins maximize sass per second. Evil Twins are the brainchild of Trevor Straub (Pookie & The Poodlez, Nobunny, Unity Skateboarding) and Stevie Shakes (Unity Skateboarding) — you can learn a bit more about them in the Unity Skateboarding feature in the New York Times (!) The always wonderful Vacant Stare Records has this quick gem of an album for sale on cassette — click through [...]

Premiere: Experience “Christmas in Real Time” with Luke Sweeney

For the past several years, San Francisco's Luke Sweeney has tried to kick off the holiday season by writing and recording a Christmas song with his buddy Roberto Pagano, and he's back for another round this year. I'll let Luke himself tell the story of 2017's miraculous Christmas birth (of song): This year, I wasn't feeling inspired. I hadn't a shred of an idea for the song until the day before our annual tradition was set to commence. I holed up in my studio for a bit and tinkered with a few melodies until I had a tiny skeleton tune [...]

By |December 6, 2017|Tags: |

Celebrate the release of Joseph Childress’s self-titled LP

Photo: Michael Bordelon Last month, Joseph Childress released his first full-length album in a long time, his self titled LP on local favorites Empty Cellar Records. Childress' most recent release before this one was the vinyl release of Rebirth, a lo-fi collection of songs he recorded in his parents' bathroom and originally released on CD-R. Joseph Childress is an entirely different experience; professionally recorded in Portland by Mike Coykendall, the new album is crystal clear, introducing new layers of folk instrumentation without losing the intimacy that is so crucial to Childress' work. Listen below and purchase via Empty Cellar. Joseph [...]

By |November 29, 2017|Tags: |

Oakland’s Mark E. Deutsch releases ‘Found Voice’

Oakland's Mark E. Deutsch has been making odd DIY pop for quite some time now, either solo or as part of the R&B and hip-hop duo Jabari and Deutsch, and he's just released his latest album, Found Voice. Almost entirely self-recorded, it is the last album he'll release before the birth of his child. Maybe it's the influence of impending fatherhood, but Deustch's music on Found Voice hits this odd balance of creating an aura of monumental importance from a bedroom, with a little bit of uneasy shakiness underlying it all. Listening to Found Voice, I'm feel that I'm living [...]

By |November 27, 2017|Tags: |

The World release ‘First World Record,’ play NYE show

Oakland's The World has been one of our favorites here at The Bay Bridged for quite some time, and we were quite excited to get our hands on their first proper LP, the appropriately-titled First World Record. It's available now on LP via Lumpy Records. (Note: the link may say "out of town", because of course the the most difficult band to Google is on a record label who shuts down their shop while on tour.) Anyway, as you'd expect, the record's great. The World is generally assigned a "post punk" label, but if you ask me, they've created a [...]

By |November 20, 2017|Tags: |

Burner Herzog releases ‘Wonderful American’ on Death Records

Photo: Caroline Hamel According to legend, Burner Herzog was born under an Oakland new moon while Jasper Patrick Leach (Brasil and several others) was recording "Dark Places," a song on Burner Herzog's debut Wonderful American. After recording Brasil's At Paradise Park (twice), Leach had decided to return to home recording. "I became frustrated with the traditionally linear process of making rock records and realized I needed to rethink my approach," Leach explained over email. "Once I began to work in this new mode, the things that started coming out did not sound like Brasil songs." The work of Burner [...]

By |September 21, 2017|Tags: , |
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