Split Screens release video for "Born" (playing Brick & Mortar tonight, 5/16/13)

Split Screens, the project led by multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, released their debut video last week for the track "Born". The video was created by Cafiero, who says he was inspired by screenings at San Francisco's Oddball Films, a stock footage company that has provided footage for Milk, The Summer of Love, and Mythbusters, among others. Created entirely from archived footage at the local Prelinger Archives, he presents the ideal scene for this dreamy, hazy track. Cafiero is currently in the studio recording the next Split Screens release (and recently brought in members of Guy Fox to lay down some horn [...]

Faux Ferocius, SAFE, Spencer Owen @ The Night Light tonight, 5/15/13

The Night Light in Oakland offers a great lineup tonight, with Nashville lo-fi pop band Faux Ferocious as the announced headliners, but with a "Surprise Special Guest" playing last. It will also sadly be the second to last Bay Area show for Chris Edley, aka SAFE, before he moves to Vermont. Spencer Owen rounds out the lineup, and the show will be MC'ed by Joel Robinow (keyboardist for Howlin' Rain). Below, watch SAFE's video for "Treason", a track Edley says he wrote and recorded in 15 minutes, along with Owen's Knock and Rock performance of "It Work". Owen, whom we've [...]

Primitive Hearts and Adam Widener open for The Steve Adamyk Band and Needles//Pins

San Francisco solo garage rock machine Adam Widener will join fellow San Franciscans Primitive Hearts opening for Canadian punks The Steve Adamyk Band and Needles//Pins Tuesday night at Thee Parkside. Widener, who plays bass at his live shows, has performed with Warm Soda as his backing band for solo shows in the past. For Tuesday's show, the well-connected Widener enlisted the help of drummer Phil Lantz and singer/guitarist Patrick Clos from Cocktails, and will use DSTVV's Joel Cusumano as his lead guitarist. You can stream The Steve Adamyk Band's most recent LP on Exclaim and listen/watch to the rest of [...]

Myron & E – "If I Gave You My Love" (playing Starry Plough 5/18/13)

Photo by William Perls Bay Area classic-soul duo Myron & E recently released a track from their forthcoming album Broadway, set for a July 2 release on Stones Throw Records. The pair met several years ago when both were on tour with Blackalicious. While touring in Finland, they met the Helsinki group The Soul Investigators, who are best known for their work with Nicole Willis, and a jam session led to a couple of single releases on the Investigators' Timmion Records, and ultimately a deal with Stones Throw. Listen to "If I Gave You My Love" below, and catch them [...]

A-1 – "Summertime Sadness" (playing New Parish 5/10/13)

San Francisco MC A-1 just released a new track, "Summertime Sadness", where he rhymes over a Ryan Hemsworth remix of Lana Del Rey's track of the same name. This isn't the first time A-1 has rapped over a Lana Del Rey sample – "Now You Do" from The Thurl Tape uses Flosstradamus' "Lana's Theme" as its beat. While "Summertime Sadness" is well, very sad, Thurl Tape has a some more lighthearted material that does a great job complementing his sometimes serious lyrics. A-1 has been gaining momentum over the past year, being named to the 2012 Thizzler Bay Area Freshman [...]

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Sioux City Kid – "Heartbreak Shakedown" (recorded at Third Man Record Booth)

Jared Griffin, primary songwriter for San Francisco's Sioux City Kid was one of the first artists to put Jack White's refurbished Third Man Record Booth to use, recording the track "Heartbreak Shakedown" on Record Store Day in Nashville last month. They grabbed a turntable and luckily digitized the first play, as the record didn't play all the way through the second attempt. The throwback recording makes Griffin's gravelly voice even more gravelly – listen or download below. Sioux City Kid is finishing up its second LP for a release later this year, and will be playing a pair of Bay [...]

Trivial Shields – "Camelot" / "Enough"

Trivial Shields is the new project for Christian Carpenter, who was the brain and hair behind the late Chrystian Rawk, a project Carpenter says "didn't quite translate out of my friend circle." Carpenter is now in Istanbul where he's teaching English, and it sounds like there's a bit of Middle Eastern influence toward the end of Trivial Shields' debut track "Camelot". Monday, Carpenter released another song, "Enough", featuring contributions from Idea the Artist and members of DRMS, Bells Atlas, and Waterstrider. He will release a Trivial Shields EP soon and will be returning to the Bay in August with local [...]

The Park to back Alice Russell on North American Tour with SF show tonight 5/3/13 (watch performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live)

As we've told you before, San Francisco's The Park play a wide variety of styles with a wide variety of artists, in addition to creating their own original material. Perhaps one of their most notorious collaborations is as the backing band for British soulstress Alice Russell when she tours the US. Wednesday night, The Park backed Russell on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and tonight they set out with her on a North American tour, kicking things off with here in San Francisco at Mezzanine. Below you can see the two songs they performed on Kimmel, "Heartbreaker Part 2" and "For a [...]

Voyaj – "Strontium 91" (playing The Uptown 5/3/13)

Oakland trio Voyaj got their start in 2003 when David Krah and Stephen O'Connell collaborated for the score of a short film. They released a few albums and played a few shows as The Sunward Spike before adding Sean Hagen four years ago. Earlier this year, they renamed themselves and released their self-titled LP as Voyaj. All three members collaborate and play some combination of drums, keys, bass, and guitar at varying points throughout the album, which I would describe as "weird pop" that takes you in several different directions during its nine songs. Voyaj plays a free post-Art Murmur [...]

Mt. Hammer – "JTR"

Earlier this month, a blog post made the rounds on the Internet whining about how bands just don't rock enough these days. Well, San Francisco duo Mt. Hammer wait about five seconds into their song "JTR" to let folks know that they can and will play angry, fast, and loud. The track eventually settles down a bit for a solid blues-grunge version of traditional gospel track "John The Revalator", but their strongest moments are when singer Alex McInturff yells and grunts and spits and snorts, like he does on the intro of "JTR" or their track "Icarus". Mt. Hammer will [...]

By |April 30, 2013|Tags: |
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