Bells Atlas to release debut LP, release show at New Parish

East Bay band Bells Atlas is releasing its self-titled debut LP this week, and they're celebrating with a release show at the New Parish. We mentioned Bells Atlas a couple times when they were known as the impossible-to-Google "Bells", and we're happy they're finally releasing a full album. We included the track "Incessant Noise" in our June "Live this Month" podcast, but we want to make sure you don't sleep on these jazzy pop vibes, so we're sharing it again below. Joining Bells Atlas at the New Parish Friday will be fellow locals The Seshen. Bells Atlas, The Seshen, DJ [...]

Joseph Childress to release 'The Rebirths' on Empty Cellar, 8/20/13

Photo: Darren Race After several years of only playing live and releasing a handful of singles over, San Francisco's Joseph Childress is set to release his first proper LP later this summer on Empty Cellar Records. Arvel Hernandez from Empty Cellar tells me the label was actually created specifically to release music from Childress, and they receive more inquiries about his work than any artist on their roster. The Rebirths will be the first of three Childress records that Empty Cellar will release over the next year and a half. The Rebirths was originally recorded sometime around 2005 after Childress [...]

Video: 100s – "1999"

Berkeley's 100s released a video for his track "1999", and it confirms that 100s is a star in the making if you didn't catch that already. In making me officially feel old, 100s "throws it back" to the year 1999, when Hype Williams was directing hip hop videos on yachts and Juvenile was a star. Despite the retro sentiment expressed in the song and video, the track sounds as fresh and new as can be. 100s seems to have the foundation of stardom in place as he comes as hard as humanly possible while rocking a black turtleneck and a [...]

By |June 10, 2013|Tags: |

Com Jr. – "Lunchtime"

Oakland duo Com Jr. is yet another fine male/female duo that has come to our attention this year, following the likes of Eric and Erica and David & Joanna. Com Jr. is Graham LeBron and Shanna Mahan, who recently moved back to the Bay Area after some time in Alabama and Nashville. LeBron was in Rogue Wave for six years before touring with The Album Leaf and Port O'Brien for another two years. He says he just got burnt out and asked Mahan to live with him in a family cabin in Alabama and start a band. The duo released [...]

By |June 6, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Makeunder – "To the Ladder"

We told you about Makeunder's Radiate, Satellite EP back in March, and the experimental pop group just released an excellent video of a live performance of "To the Ladder". The EP was recorded entirely by singer Hamilton Ulmer, so it's impressive to see how well his precise, technical material translates into a live setting. Ulmer tells me Makeunder hasn't been performing live much lately, as they've been concentrating on recording their Dirt Flooding the Streets LP, although they will perform live July 24 at a "secret location" in the Mission. "We'll be premiering a lot of new material, adding some [...]

By |June 3, 2013|Tags: |

Video: John Murry – "Southern Sky" (playing GAMH with Chuck Prophet tonight, 5/31/13)

Photo: Amoreena Berg Oakland's John Murry, who just wrapped up a European tour, will be playing Great American Music Hall with Chuck Prophet Friday night. Before Murry left for Europe, he released a great video for "Southern Sky" off his The Graceless Age album, which has continued to receive a lot of positive press and attention. I got in touch with him hoping for some quick comments on the symbolism in the video and the show, and ended up having two separate conversations that totaled well over an hour. The Wall Street Journal described Murry as a "marathon conversationalist", but [...]

Video: sayknowledge – "Art Goons" (feat. Cashius Green)

San Francisco MC sayknowledge just dropped my favorite video of 2013, for the track "Art Goons", which was produced by the Bay Area's Mars Today and features a verse from Moreno Valley's Cashius Green. Mars, who also directed the video and produced sayknowledge's Vibe Called Quest album, has been working with the MC for the last few years, and it looks like they're on the right track. For "Art Goons", sayknowledge takes Mars' great beat and steals the show with his effortless flow and laid-back cool and confidence. Woostaar, who directed A-1's "Now You Do" video, added the visual effects [...]

By |May 28, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Dyllan Hersey – "I Wished Freedom" (playing 2 upcoming Bay Area shows)

My favorite local folk singer Dyllan Hersey actually released her video for "I Wished Freedom" at the end of 2012, but it just found its way to my inbox this month. Filmed primarily at the Bolinas Skatepark, it's probably the most relaxing soundtrack for a skate video you've ever seen. There's also plenty of Marin sky and wilderness shots that fit Hersey's music perfectly, followed by a four-minute spoken word outro from Hersey. It's really quite lovely. Hersey recently completed a successful tour of the Pacific Northwest and will be performing at the Blackbird Cafe in Inverness on May 25. [...]

Premiere: DSTVV – "Healing Enargy Crystels"; cassette out 5/28/13 on Wormhole Records

Everyone's favorite industrial grungegaze band DSTVV is back with their second EP Underground Product, which will be released as a cassette on Wormhole Records on May 28. We're pleased to premiere a track off the new cassette, "Healing Enargy Crystels", which I think is sending some subtle surf vibes my way, thus creating a daring new "Industrial Surfgaze" genre. DSTVV frontman Joel Cusumano told me the track is written from the "point-of-view of a dude who is really into crystals" but also manages to "rock pretty hard." Indeed it does. You can stream "Crystels" below and pre-order Underground Product from [...]

By |May 22, 2013|Tags: |

Sandy's – "Lonely Hunter"; playing Hickey Fest this weekend

Sandy's is a new project for Alexi Glickman, who was previously the singer and guitarist for The Botticellis. Glickman, who now lives in West Marin, is currently wrapping up recording Sandy's debut album, and has shared three tracks on his Bandcamp page. All three are well-crafted, breezy pop songs with just a touch of retro feel. Listen to "Lonely Hunter" below, and see them play Saturday at Hickey Fest, the great-looking festival we told you about late last month. Lonely Hunter by Sandy's

By |May 21, 2013|Tags: |
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