David & Joanna share tracks from 'Cool Parents', playing Vortex Room, 4/27/13

San Francisco's David Enos and Joanna Lioce, aka David & Joanna, met at a karaoke party on Valentine's Day nine years ago, and have been making music together ever since. They recently began sharing tracks from their forthcoming album Cool Parents on their Bandcamp page, and all the songs released so far are duets, with both David and Joanna showing off their strong and distinct voices that sound great by themselves or when they harmonize, which they do quite often. Their music sounds like it was heavily influenced by country, with just an occasional twangy guitar, keyboard, or snare drum [...]

By |April 25, 2013|Tags: |

Safe releases 7", remastered EP, and accompanying videos

Berkeley "emotional singer" Safe released a 7-inch vinyl single along with a remastered version of his debut EP last week on Greedhead Music. Safe, aka CF Edley, was once the artistic director for MGMT, so you know he's going to drop some emotional videos for his emotional songs. The video for "Black Satin Living Room" was directed by Brandon Tauszik, who also directed Antwon's outstanding "Living Every Dream" video. A video for "Treason", which is a bonus track on his EP release, follows. Safe will be playing a free show at Treasure Island on Sunday night with Two Gallants and [...]

Fuzzy Hunnies release 'Only' LP

Fuzzy Hunnies, fronted by Charlie Musser of Oakland, just released their first studio and full-band LP, Only. Previous recordings had featured Musser alone singing blues over an acoustic guitar, but the full band expanded his sound while still giving his vocals space to wander. While blues elements still exist on the album, it isn't what I'd call straightforward blues. To be honest, I'm not sure what I'd call it, and I think that's a good thing. You can listen to Only below along with a video of Musser singing solo in a West Oakland rail yard (under earlier moniker Charlie [...]

By |April 23, 2013|Tags: |

Hickey Fest: 3 days of music and camping in Mendocino County over Memorial Day weekend

It's festival season in California, and one of the most interesting I've heard of is Hickey Fest, a three-day festival curated and organized by Oakland's Ash Reiter in the woods of Mendocino County. The event features three very full days of music at The Peg House in the town of Leggett, with camping just across the road in Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, where you can swim in the South Fork of the Eel River. Tickets are just $45 (including camping) for all three days, which is a bargain for the camping alone. The lineup is mostly Bay Area artists, and [...]

By |April 22, 2013|Tags: |

Primitive Hearts to release debut LP, playing Brick & Mortar tonight 4/17/13

Oakland trio Primitive Hearts are now streaming their debut LP, High & Tight, on their Bandcamp page. Most of Primitive Hearts' tracks remind me of '50s and '60s bubble-gum pop songs at their core, but they turn up the distortion and speed things up to give it a Bay Area garage feel. You can preorder vinyl for High & Tight from Philly's FDH Records, or stream below. Primitive Hearts just wrapped up a tour of Southern California with Cocktails, and will play tonight at Brick & Mortar with Night Beats and Cool Ghouls. High & Tight by Primitive Hearts Night [...]

Album Premiere: Magic Fight – 'Wooden Swords and Stolen Echos' (release show tonight at El Rio)

Oakland's Magic Fight has already shared two tracks from their debut album Wooden Swords and Stolen Echos, and we're happy to premiere the full album here on The Bay Bridged today. Overall, the album takes on much darker themes than the first two singles, "Fangs" and "Legs", but songwriter Alex Christopher Haager has a talented ear for harmonies and melodies that he uses throughout, even in those gloomier moments. Magic Fight plays a release show tonight at El Rio, and has another gig late next month at Amnesia with Kids on a Crime Spree and Teenage Sweater. Listen to Wooden [...]

By |April 16, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Comfort Slacks – "Coffee" (complete with karaoke video campaign)

Probably the worst part about being in a band is the world of PR. You spend all sorts of money and time recording your art just so it can sit in the inbox of some dumb blogger or club booker. Perhaps you write up a nifty bio that compares yourself to other artists you hope the dumb blogger will like too, and hopefully you never make an appearance on Folder Rock. Not only is it difficult to stand out in the sea of all-too-easy-to-share flood of music, being too boastful or outlandish could just as easily turn someone off as [...]

By |April 15, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Chrystian Rawk – "Famous"

Chrystian Rawk – the "I'm not sure what exactly is going on but I like it" band fronted by Christian Carpenter – released their final single and video, "Famous", last week. Carpenter, who has played with Eight Belles, Anna Ash, and The Lawlands, says "Famous" is "a Satirical-Satan-Pop guide to celebrity success is in the style of comedy-pop and addresses the various Illuminati conspiracies and Soul selling myths increasingly popular in explaining the symbology and success stories of contemporary and perennial pop culture figures." The video stars Carpenter along with LA's Joey Dosik and New York's Theo Katzman, who produced [...]

By |April 11, 2013|Tags: |

Eric and Erica release debut EP, playing two SF gigs in coming months

Oakland's Eric and Erica, who released their debut self-titled EP last month at an Easter brunch party of all places, began as a collection of bedroom pop demos by Erica Fink. Video maker Christine Hucal, who seems to be involved with everything in the East Bay music scene these days, introduced Fink to Eric Kuhn, the drummer for Silian Rail who has also appeared on a number of other projects. Kuhn tells me he was "consistently blown away by her music, and would walk around listening to songs on repeat, daydreaming arrangements for them, and imagining how great it'd be [...]

By |April 11, 2013|Tags: |

Interview: John Murry talks about 'Graceless Age'

John Murry and Tim Mooney (Photo: Jude Mooney) John Murry, a Tupelo, Mississippi native who moved to Oakland ten years ago after getting his start in the music industry in Memphis, released his Graceless Age LP last week domestically via the Evangeline Recording Company, the label owned and operated by his wife, Lori. The album, which is Murry's solo debut, was released last fall in the UK, where it received a great deal of attention and placement on year-end lists. It's been a long ride for Murry. Shortly after moving to the Bay Area from Memphis, an addiction to pain [...]

By |April 9, 2013|Tags: |
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