Tabernacle shares ‘Selections,’ opens for Flock of Dimes tomorrow

Photo: Katherine Sevin Sheehan Oakland's Andrew Simmons, aka Tabernacle, recently compiled several loose singles he's been sitting on into a cohesive album he's calling Selections. Simmons is at his best when his shimmery, space-y arrangements let his strong, somewhat unique voice shine through. It isn't quite, country, folk, rock, or smooth jazz, but you'll feel elements of it all across the eight tracks of Selections: Tabernacle will perform with three guitars (and no bass, synth, sax, or drums) tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill, opening for Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner. Simmons excels [...]

By |October 17, 2016|Tags: |

STS9 return to the Bay Area with pair of shows in November

Live-band electronica quintet STS9 has announced an extensive fall tour, including a show each at The Masonic and at The Fillmore to end the tour just before Thanksgiving...but there's a catch. Anybody that wants to see the Saturday night show at The Masonic on November 19 will be able to, provided it doesn't sell out before you find your ticket. But if you have intentions of making it to their appearance at The Fillmore the next night, Sunday, November 20, your only option is to purchase a two-day pass. There will be no tickets for The Fillmore sold outside of [...]

By |October 14, 2016|Tags: |

Oakland-based Makeunder debut “What A Lovely Bandsaw!” remix

Hamilton Ulmer, the man with the vision behind Oakland's art-pop group Makeunder, has announced the first pressing of the EP, Great Headless Blank, on vinyl on October 14. One of the tracks on the EP, titled "What A Lovely Bandsaw!" has been remixed by Nate Brenner of tUnE-yArDs, possibly more recognizable as Naytronix. The remix premiered via Clash two weeks ago, attributing "a uniquely visual property that arrives laced in superlative color” to the track. The original track, Ulmer reveals, is about the day his family sold all of the belongings of his deceased father in order to prep the home for the market. [...]

By |October 13, 2016|Tags: |

’30 Days, 30 Songs’ features music from Bhi Bhiman, Thao Nguyen

Local literary lighthouse Dave Eggers has put together a brand new independent project to raise awareness and urge voters to avoid Donald Trump in November by fighting politics with music. Launched on October 10, 30 days ahead of the presidential election, Eggers and his team unveiled '30 Days 30 Songs,' a daily playlist that features a mix of older tunes along with brand-new songs inspired by the turbulent race. In the first week, Bay Area artists will be featured. San Francisco's Thao Nguyen will have a track featured as well as Peninsula resident Bhi Bhiman. Bhiman's track, "With Love, From Russia" [...]

By |October 12, 2016|Tags: , |

Oakland’s garage punk duo Dark Beach to play final show Friday at The Golden Bull

Dark Beach (photo: Niki Pretti Photography) It's a dark time for all lovers of Oakland's Dark Beach. After five years of crafting gloomy-yet-fun tunes while exploring their mutual love of mermaids and mythical creatures, the duo of Melissa Dale and Faith Gardner have announced they're playing their final show as Dark Beach this Friday. Dark Beach as a musical collaboration was born in 2011, after Dale, who was drumming for Sweet Nothing, and Gardner, a guitarist in Hooray for Everything, struck up a kinship on seeing each other at local shows and wanting to start up something new. Gardner says [...]

By |October 10, 2016|Tags: |

Blossom share new LP ‘Pure Love’ for the first time

The San Francisco band Blossom has been sitting on their new LP, Pure Love, for a while now, debating endlessly when they should share it. Well, today is the day! Listen to Blossom's full-length LP in its entirety below. Take yourself back to the memories of your lost loves, endless nights of being wide awake, and hoping for the future. Recorded at The Atomic Garden, Blossom uses Pure Love to create a new relationship and blend concepts and sounds. Pure Love, as they explain it, "serves as an extension of the physical, interpersonal, spiritual, natural, and sometimes upsetting love that we experience." [...]

By |October 6, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: Listen to Light Fantastic’s dreamy new album ‘Out of View’

Even without learning that Light Fantastic is a San Francisco band, Out of View feels unmistakably like a Northern California album. The group's sound is equal parts jangly surf-rock and hazy dream-pop, familiar elements crafted here into something uniquely rich. The music is dense without being cacophonous, and strong melodies abound. Light Fantastic is led by singer and songwriter Terry Sowers, formerly part of Farmer Dave Scher's band, who recorded the album with Rex John Shelverton. Shelverton crafted some great music collaborating with Tamaryn and he and Sowers have created a winner here. But don't take our word for it: [...]

By |October 6, 2016|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Get to know Poor Things in “I’m Just Here”

Last week San Francisco's Poor Things premiered their debut EP, Bad Cursive, over on DoTheBay. Officially out today on Gaylord's Party Music, Bad Cursive is bedroom pop done right. The six-song EP is highlighted by simple two-part harmonies executed with chemistry and charm throughout. Today, we're getting a closer look at Poor Things (even if you already know them from their work in French Cassettes, Tino Drima, and Boy Scouts). Like their audio recordings, there's definitely a theme of lo-fi DIY, but there are hints of professionalism that elevate it above crappy iPhone recordings while remaining raw and intimate. And [...]

By |October 3, 2016|Tags: |

Listen to Jay Stone’s music from ‘Morris From America’

Jay Stone released one of my favorite albums in 2015, the collaborative project with Monster Rally, Foreign Pedestrians. We haven't heard a great deal from him since, but earlier this summer we got a taste of his new material via the trailer for Morris From America, a new film starring Craig Robinson. Jay's music is heard from the offset, and he's in good company throughout - the only other music in the trailer comes from DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels, and Jay's poster is on the the lead character's bedroom wall next to Schoolboy Q - check it: [...]

By |September 30, 2016|Tags: |

Interview: Doodling with SOAR

When friendship and collaboration are two of the most valued things in a musical project or band, it's obvious. It comes out in the lyrics, the way it is sung, the way the instruments mash in perfect chaos. SOAR is Chaotic Good, you can tell this is something new to all of them, that they all love playing together, and that all love and respect eachother. Especially when you're in a room with all four of them, because they won't stop complimenting each other. SOAR is a Bay Area DIY supergroup, and I don't mean this lightly. Every band that [...]

By |September 29, 2016|
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