Taylor Vick releases folky, heartfelt debut under moniker Boy Scouts

In the early 2000s, Apple debuted Garageband, and forever changed the relationship between recording artists and the 'studio.' Breaking down the costly barriers between DIY artists and spaces to capture their efforts has resulted in a flood of new singer-songwriters and accompanying Bandcamps and SoundCloud links. Alex G, who most recently appeared on Frank Ocean's Endless, built a cult following through his prolific releases, all recorded and produced using a single microphone and a MacBook. Taylor Vick, who releases music under the pseudonym Boy Scouts, recorded her first release in the late aughts using a copy of the software. After years of collaborations [...]

By |September 29, 2016|Tags: |

Q+A: Beloved monthly concert series Wood Shoppe goes out with a Bam!Bam! in final show

The first Tuesday of every month hold a special place for countless Bay Area music fans. It's the night when team Wood Shoppe puts on their monthly series at Brick & Mortar with a simple premise that's endured show after show: Three great bands, one DJ, no cover. However, next Tuesday's show will be their last. After four and a half years of bringing local and national bands to curious, up-for-anything audiences, Wood Shoppe announced they're set to "wrap up [their] little series." The initial Wood Shoppe idea was born over a night of ramen, where Acacia Newlon pitched her [...]

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016 moves to East side of island

Hear ye, hear ye: Important updates for those attending the 2016 Treasure Island Music Festival! As we've probably all heard, there is new development happening on Treasure Island, and as a result, this year's festival will take place on the East side of the island instead of the normal West side location from previous years. From the press release: Construction at the location previously occupied by the festival—the Great Lawn on the west side of the island—is part of the island’s multi-billion-dollar development that has forced producers to relocate this year’s event to a new site on the island’s eastern [...]

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp announce rock camp fundraiser

With a mission to empower girls through musicianship and community building, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) is a nonprofit organization generating increasing interest and popularity through the Bay Area creative community. BAGRC's various programs foster self-confidence and teamwork amongst youth, gender-nonconforming, trans, and femme-identifying communities — catering to the interest of those looking to play music and foster community for a cause. Founded in 2008, the program began with 60 individuals at the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland. A sold-out camp showcase at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill closed out the organization's first session to positive acclaim. No [...]

Premiere: The Nopes to release noisy, relentless debut LP

Although they only released their first EP this time last year, The Nopes are already back with a 12- song LP. The Jack Shirley-produced Never Heard of It sees the band further sculpting the brand of hardcore-infused rock that they introduced on 2015's Nectar of the Dogs. The album's first two singles, "Corners" and "Full Time Greeter" showcase the relentless riffing and occasional restraint. Debuting today is "2:59," perhaps the most unhinged track on the album. It's also the briefest, clocking in at a minute and eleven seconds. The bands angular, garage-y guitars are on full display here, and are made to [...]

By |September 23, 2016|Tags: |

Cass McCombs croons and captivates at Great American Music Hall

Cass McCombs (photo: Joshua Huver) Cass McCombs brought his heavy-hitting, emotionally-charged brand of musicianship to San Francisco on Wednesday, September 14. The second of his 25-date tour in support of Mangy Love, his ninth disc and first on Anti- Records, hits the Rockies this weekend and wraps up at the end of October in Boston. Accompanying McCombs on the road are a solid group of musicians: Drummer Otto Hauser is a human metronome, keyboardist Frank LoCrasto adds several layers to McCombs' jangly guitar style, very often punched forward with a walloping bass line from Dan Horne. Joining the Cass McCombs Band onstage [...]

By |September 23, 2016|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Beekeepers, “Game Over”

Photo: Nicolas Cubillos Marroquin After taking a brief hiatus over the last year, Oakland trio Beekeepers released their debut proper album last month, Varroa Mites on Vacant Stare. Beekeepers are currently touring Europe, but they've given their friendly hometown blog a video for their song "Game Over" to share with their friendly hometown fans. Fittingly shot on a Game Boy camera and VHS by The Grassy Null's Michael Zamora and Kyle Day (who is also a Beekeeper), the vid depicts a frantic and twisted video game wrapped in Grassy Null's "Professional DIY" aesthetic. Check it out below. https://youtu.be/GJ6Z-5-uTQE How would [...]

By |September 15, 2016|Tags: |

K. Flay announces new music video, GAMH appearance

K.Flay at BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 (photo: Jon Ching) Chicago-born and Stanford-graduated alternative hip-hop artist Kristine Flaherty, better known as K. Flay, just released a music video for her song "Blood In The Cut." K. Flay kicks off her North American tour on the west coast in late October, including an appearance at Great American Music Hall on October 27. Off of her latest EP, Crush Me, "Blood In The Cut" is the first new music since K. Flay released the standalone single "FML" in March. K. Flay has three other EPs that preceded her 2014 full-length Life As A Dog. “The song is [...]

By |September 15, 2016|Tags: |

Video Premiere: 1988 – “Feria”

Oakland's 1988 caught our ear with their spooky, distorted, synth-heavy pop. 1988's Luis Gutierrez tells me they've been working on a ton of material, and luckily they've asked us to share their first video for the previously unreleased track "Feria", which was entirely shot, directed, and edited by members of the band, with a special guest appearance by Mr. Pickles, a dog.. The video stays true to their creepy-yet-fun DIY vibe their recordings have expressed, and somehow has both a lot going on and nothing going on at the same time.. Like most 1988 songs, it's sung in Spanish and [...]

By |September 14, 2016|Tags: |

Madeline Kenney covers Arthur Russell for non•market comp

Man, has it really just been a year since we first told you about Madeline Kenney? She's released a steady stream of material since then, and each release seems to bring more depth and confidence from Kenney. Her latest track is an Arthur Russell cover for the second non•market compilation. Kenney bravely tackled Russell's "That's Us/Wild Combination," replacing some of the funkiness of the original with with a sense of distant wanting, while also executing some glorious harmonies and rounds. Kid Trails, Lalin of The Seshen, Perhapsy, and There's Talk also appear on the comp, which you can order here. [...]

By |September 9, 2016|Tags: |
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