Floral releases single “This Year,” announce first LP in 5 years

Math rock band Floral released the first single off their long-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s The Second Floral EP. The track, to be featured on Floral LP (2020), is a four minute exploration of intricate rhythms and hyper-technical riffs. Featuring production from previous collaborator Jack Shirley, known for his work with Deafheaven and Jeff Rosenstock, the band is able to do quite a bit with minimally overdubbed guitar and drums. If no one told me that there were only two musicians on this project, Nate Sherman and Ty Mayer’s playing could easily be mistaken for a whole ensemble. Floral LP by [...]

By |January 27, 2020|Tags: |

Copyslut album release party with Louda and Mya Byrne

(photo: Kim Rose) To support the release of their debut album Sex, Death, and Other People’s Money, out January 24, Copyslut are playing at The White Horse Inn this Saturday, January 25th. Accompanying them are Bay Area musicians Louda y Los Bad Hombres and Mya Byrne, the former of whom Copyslut shared the stage with this past November at Bottom of the Hill. Copyslut also promises features from special guests and go-go dancers to round out a night celebrating the work of the community they have fostered, and particularly the work done by those who have had to work extra [...]

Copyslut covers “Santa Baby” for Sex Workers Outreach Project’s D17

(Art by Reiko Rasch) Content Warning: This article contains mentions of sexual violence and the death of sex workers. Last Friday, the usually-bombastic cabaret-rock band Copyslut released an intimate and somber video honoring the sex workers who lost their lives this year. Beginning with a cover of Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby,” the band juxtaposes the heteropatriarchal nature of the Christian holiday with their own queerness and existence in the margins of cultural hegemony. Surrounded by friends and allies, the video radiates earnestness and reminds viewers that mainstream holiday tradition is of secondary importance to your own celebration. This video project [...]

By |December 13, 2019|Tags: |

Fime on their ‘Sprawl’ EP, music videos, and LA move

My first impression of Fime, outside of listening to their most recent EP Sprawl, was how gracious they were while I fumbled with my audio recording software and anxiously restarted my computer. I eventually settled for the lo-est fi loopback solution I could think of — pointing the speaker of my AirPod into the microphone on my phone and crossing my fingers. Once we finally got to chatting, I was struck by the fact that Fime — comprised of Maxine Garcia, Beto Brakmo, and Chase Cook — truly have brought a tiny pocket of the Bay Area scene to a [...]

By |November 29, 2019|Tags: |

Premiere: More Fatter debuts ‘Fatterludes’

(photo: Zach Bell) More Fatter is back, with a batch of crispy funk tunes to warm up your chilly Bay Area apartment in these coming winter months. Featuring “Yeah You” and “Silly Goose,” which The Bay Bridged covered earlier this year, this is the EP for you if you’re getting a little sick of solemn indie jams. On this project, the band wanted to celebrate the wildly colorful and chaotic range of life — and though there are moments of darkness on this project, this group of charming choir boys will have you grinning through the ups and the downs. [...]

By |November 15, 2019|Tags: |

Copyslut and Wizard Apprentice support at Bottom of the Hill

Chicago-based punks Blacker Face are bringing their noisy afropunk style to Bottom of the Hill this Tuesday, November 12. Supporting them at this show are two excellent queer artists coming out of Oakland — Wizard Apprentice, a self-described digital folk artist characterized by their gentle synths and minimalist production, and Copyslut, the edge-walking cabaret rock band who are hot off the release of the music video for "Makers Mark." Copyslut infuses all their music with a confidence that is infectious, keeping a certain level of camp and levity regardless of the emotional weight packed into their lyrics. They empower their [...]

Silverware to debut new singles at Make-Out Room

Photo by Marisa Bazan You may remember Silverware from The Bay Bridged’s article covering the Kids in Need of Defense benefit back in August. Now Ainsley Wagoner, the lead singer and creative force behind Silverware, is set to release a pair of singles entitled “Finish Line” / “Need Me Too.” Accompanying the 7” release, Wagoner is set to play Make-Out Room this coming Wednesday, October 30. Wagoner was kind enough to share “Need Me Too” with us a few days early — there’s a marked expansion in the arrangement and scope of this song, when compared with Wagoner’s [...]

By |October 25, 2019|Tags: |

Premiere: Copyslut explore the edges with “Makers Mark”

Oakland’s own edge-walking, queer cabaret-rock band Copyslut shared their new music video for their single “Makers Mark” with us today. Lyrically, the song retells, or perhaps reinterprets, the Latinx myth of La Llorona, while the video darts around a dark space illuminated only by glowing red light. The Edgewalkers, credited by name in the video, provide a fiercely feminine backdrop of fire spinners, pole dancers, and burlesque dancers, contextualizing and deepening the retelling of a deeply maternal myth. The character La Llorona, a weeping mother searching for her children, is finally given proper space to grieve and a chance to [...]

By |September 26, 2019|Tags: |

Next Week: Copyslut at The Ivy Room

Multi-medium creatives and resident Oakland punk-rockers Copyslut are playing their first Bay Area gig since their sold-out show benefiting the Homeless Youth Alliance at the end of Pride month. Since that show, the band has been teasing their upcoming single and music video "Maker's Mark" on social media, and focusing on activists efforts separate from their music. Copyslut writes aggressive, uncompromising music embodying the idea of radical gentleness. The band emphasizes their love for alternate sources and definitions of power, creating a jarring contradiction that exists at the border of their music and their existence as a band. It’s refreshing [...]

By |September 13, 2019|Tags: |

Local musicians organize Berkeley folk benefit concert for KIND

(flyer art: Kira Lynn Cain) If you’re skipping Outside Lands this year and perhaps looking for a more productive use for your money, check out this Berkeley benefit for Kids In Need of Defense, a charity that provides legal representation to refugee children. Organized by local musicians, the event promises a day of family-friendly music with food catered from Tacos El Precioso and Moon in My Kitchen this Sunday, August 11. All the acts, with the exception of Silverware, play sentimental folk-americana music and do so with earnesty and talent. Yea-Ming Chen’s music captures a particularly nostalgic brand of art-folk, [...]

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