Go on a tropical holiday at Sleeptalk with La Luz tomorrow night

Recently, Shannon and the Clams have been putting on crazy cheap-with-a-crazy-lineup costume parties. The Sleeptalk series is working hard to give the Bay something to dance about, and the next stop of the series is with La Luz. Sure, Shannon and the Clams are not playing, but without Shannon Shaw, these events would not be happening. La Luz, from Seattle, are a band worth seeing on any day, but imagine seeing them in tiny little bathing suits with no cares in the world, surrounded by like-minded people. All the women in La Luz are unbelievably talented and devoted to their [...]

By |June 2, 2016|Tags: , |

Doodling with Jay Som: Rocking out with our socks out

Melina and her doodle (photo: Marissa Carpenter) We got lost in Golden Gate Park looking for the Fairy Door. It's fairly easy to do, since that park is larger than anyone could really imagine. It's like stepping into Narnia or something larger than itself. That's kind of what Jay Som's music is like as well. An easy way to get lost in something bigger than yourself. For Melina, that's how it is as well. In the past year, her solo project has blossomed into something larger than herself. Everyone that knows her and has known her was expecting [...]

By |June 1, 2016|Tags: |

San Francisco’s Commissure release EP in anticipation of West Coast tour

Despite the thinning out of post-rock torchbearers in recent years, a few pockets of passionate devotees have kept fires burning across the Bay. Most recently, it's been acts like the East Bay's Wander, who's new music video has racked up over 40 thousand views, and Commissure, who have been composing like-minded instrumental numbers since 2008. The expansive six-piece are returning with their first new release since 2012's "unknown realizations," partnering with Conditions Records (Lil Dowager, Super Unison) for a digital and cassette release. The two-song, 12-minute EP premiered recently, and shows Commissure adding trumpet and synth to their dense sonic [...]

By |May 31, 2016|Tags: |

Get out of your head with Future Shapes this Friday at BOTH

When you're an anxious wreck, relationships (not just romantic ones) can be emotionally draining. With all the personal pressure you put on yourself to just be happy with the people around you, with the attention that you already get, but sometimes your mental state won't let you. Fil Cala of Future Shapes has done a perfect job of making these feelings into relatable and catchy tunes. With a voice that cracks while spewing out their inner insecurities, the lyrics repeat just like those deep thoughts you keep covered in a rant about the amount of dogs in the city. I [...]

Santa Cruz’s Getaway Dogs release ‘Lost in the Ebb’

Kai Killion, a Santa Cruz-by-way-of Rio de Janeiro native, announced his indie folk group Getaway Dogs' newest album, Lost In The Ebb, to be released August 19. Combining intricate finger-picking progressions and percussive guitar sounds over a mid-tempo solid beat, the 14 tracks on Lost In The Ebb come together to form a world influenced album. Killion's childhood was split between Santa Cruz, Point Reyes, and Brazil, where he first and fully immersed himself into the musical history of his culture and the epic grandeur of the natural world firmly impressed onto his perspective. Accompanying Killion's vocal duties is Santa Cruz artist Samantha Stone, whose atmospheric tones [...]

By |May 27, 2016|Tags: |

Lee Bob & the Truth release ‘The Light,’ perform at Sweetwater May 31

A year after their debut LP, Lee Bob & the Truth are back with a follow-up full length, The Light, which is available for purchase via Bandcamp. Their mission of harking back to the days when blues was an integral component of rock and roll is alive and well on The Light, although the political messages feel a but more subdued than their debut. Don't expect lo-fi production that you sometimes find with modern blues rock albums on The Light. Although Lee Bob & the Truth aimed to retain a live, spontaneous feel (which they do with great success), they [...]

Madeline Kenney debuts woozy “Signals,” signs to Company Records

Are your eyes on Madeline Kenney yet? I feel like that's how every post we write about her here on The Bay Bridged starts. But we're serious! The last time we checked up on her, we premiered her dreamy single "Tricky Way," and now, three months later, a tiny little music blog called Stereogum picked up her latest track, the magical, slow-burning "Signals," which was produced by Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi. The Oakland-by-way-of-Seattle musician, now backed by members of Perhapsy, Bells Atlas, and Astronauts, etc, create magic on the title track of her new EP. At the start, [...]

Review + Photos: Dead & Company at the Fillmore

Dead & Company (photo: Joshua Huver) Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, with John Mayer and featuring Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, better known collectively as Dead & Company, opened their highly anticipated Summer 2016 tour by announcing a free show at the Fillmore on Monday night. The building unofficially stands as a testament to the long-lasting and unyielding influence of the Grateful Dead, arguably the musical leaders of the counter-cultural revolution of the late 1960s, headquartered in the Haight. Dead & Company is the latest project in the name of that legacy, following the "core four" reunion of the [...]

By |May 25, 2016|Tags: |

Oakland trio Night School to release debut album ‘Blush’

Alexandra Morte and Baylie Arin formed Night School in the spring of 2013, shortly after becoming friends over shared orange peels at the park. The two musicians quickly discovered that their songwriting styles complemented one another’s well, and they set out to together capture some of the magic of 1960s pop groups such as the Crystals, the Shangri-Las, and the Shirelles — but while using far more distortion and reverb. Night School finished recording their first EP, 2014’s Heart Beat, a year into the band’s formation, and shortly afterwards absorbed Baylie’s friend Cheyenne Avant to round out the project on [...]

By |May 24, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: Cocktails announce new record, share title track

It's been two years since Cocktails ' last major release, but that doesn't mean that they just disappeared from the Bay Area music scene all together. Oh no: Not only have they been playing shows all over the city, we at The Bay Bridged have been waiting patiently to able to listen to what they have been working on. The wait is almost over, and on July 8 (the day before Phono Del Sol, by the way) Cocktails' new album Hypochondriac will be out to the world via Father/Daughter Records (click to go preorder).  The band recorded the new album at John [...]

By |May 24, 2016|Tags: |
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