Lords of Sealand release new music video for “Architect”

Local prog-rock band Lords of Sealand are back at it with a new video for their track, "Architect", off of their EP, Found Fiction. A dramatic take on what would otherwise be an anticipated bloody mess, the video is an abstract and aesthetically appealing visual to a song with nuanced, enlightened rhythms and melodies and elegiac storytelling styles. On another plus, the video production, filming, and editing were all executed by band members Jon Illum and Dakota Salazar. It's not what you expect, but it's gorgeous and well-crafted all the same. Take a watch below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU0xJmqTaJo&feature=youtu.be  

By |February 3, 2016|Tags: |

Blood & Dust releases a new music video for “Charlie Dixon”

I think, more than anything, I miss that excitement when a band puts together a great-looking and awesome-sounding live video. Especially if it's one that really captures what it's like to catch the band live. Blood & Dust did just that for their song "Charlie Dixon," a track about frontman Doug Tiemann's life before his musical project. "I grew up in rural Southern Oklahoma and after college decided to go to seminary in the Bay Area," said Tiemann. "I was, for a short time, a Baptist preacher but found that it was not the life or the message I wanted to live.  [...]

By |February 2, 2016|Tags: |

Wood Shoppe set to celebrate their 4th anniversary

It's become a staple, the monthly event that takes over Brick & Mortar the first Tuesday of every month. It's free, has an eclectic mix of touring and local bands, and is always fun. And this week, Wood Shoppe celebrates their 4-year anniversary. Co-founder, Wilson Zheng (Highroad Touring), said the following of the event: Basically we as a collective (Zachary, Wilson and Abby from High Road Touring, and Acacia from Ticketfly) have put on free concerts at Brick and Mortar on the First Tuesdays of the month for four years now.  We've had bands from many countries...and we're determined to keep this [...]

By |February 1, 2016|Tags: , |

DOCKS releases their newest EP, ‘Misdirected’

DOCKS has a sound reminiscent of my time spent jumping backyard to backyard in Southern California looking for the best house shows. The South Bay-bred band is now out with a new release titled Misdirection that is intense and well-executed, paying attention to the finer details of melodies, the driving rhythm section, and belting vocals. "Liar" is fixated around the lingering melody carried by lead-guitarist Jamie, where "Riptide" revolves around the catchy lyrics from Ranier in the chorus. Misdirection is filled with elements of post-hardcore, punk and even pop-punk, but more than anything, it has the sound of your favorite and most dynamic band that tears [...]

By |February 1, 2016|Tags: |

Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Three)

As this series continues, I have found that though they're ascending post late night performance and punching the clock on the daily, your favorite local artists actually love their day jobs. Further, they're inspired by them. In this round of interviews, I had a blast absorbing the passion that these three all have for their day jobs-- a passion that underscores and overflows into their theatrical sounds. I asked these three quirky local artists the same five questions to find out a little more about what they're up to during the day. Patrick Dale Smith: Battlehooch // Attendant at Musée Mécanique 1. In what way does [...]

By |January 30, 2016|Tags: , |

Get to Know: Trez Maschine

Trez Maschine is one of those bands that helps you remember the bright spots of the '90s rock scene, before the boy bands and Nickelbacks of the country took over and sanitized the eccentric musicianship and absorbing weirdness of groups like Primus and Faith No More and Fishbone (side note: I had to Google Nickelback because I didn't know how to spell it and now that I know how to spell it my soul aches and Google is trying to sell me Nickelback albums). Yes, this power trio made up of veterans of the Bay Area music scene resurrect the [...]

By |January 29, 2016|Tags: |

Down and Outlaws release live video for “All Is Well”

Down and Outlaws have redefined what it means to play rock n' roll in 2016. And it's awesome. Their newest track, "All Is Well," was recorded as part of the Converse Rubber Tracks sessions that recently took over local studio Different Fur. The version in the video below comes from a live performance at the BlindBlindTiger Speakeasy in Los Angeles. It's fast, heavy, and headed by an addicting guitar riff that gets you moving. Be sure to check out those great green screen visuals in the background of buildings being demolished. https://youtu.be/dvo9myQ3bug The Y Axes, Down and Outlaws, Lords of Sealand The [...]

By |January 29, 2016|Tags: |

Foxtails Brigade announce self-titled record, release percussion-powered single “We Are Not Ourselves”

The Foxtails Brigade camp has tons of great news to share this week. For one, the Oakland chamber folk group is releasing a new self-titled album, their third, on April 8th. The follow-up to their 2012 effort Time is Passed will be released on fellow Oaklanders OIM Records. What's also particularly notable is that they've struck a deal to release the album in Japan via Rallye. To tide you over until April, they have also released the first single from the record, a percussive and haunting number called "We Are Not Ourselves." The chamber-inflected folk they churn out here is dizzying and textured, with rich [...]

By |January 29, 2016|Tags: |

Checking in with Hot Flash Heat Wave

Photo credit: Luke Lasley Hot Flash Heat Wave remind me of sweets. Specifically the sweets Theibaud has been painting since the sixties. There's a degree of play at hand in the band's sound and the painter's paintings — tactile and sugary. They're animate via their breeziness. What I like most about Hot Flash Heat Wave are the moments their shininess is contextualized with something a little colder, more piercing. I'm thinking about the part two minutes into "Hesitation," and the way guitar slices clean through the otherwise glassy song. Or how the chorus in "Tastes Good" feels like the pleading, sadder maturation to [...]

By |January 28, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: Scary Little Friends’ ‘Silent Revolution’ EP

Photo: Revival Tintype Over two and a half years since their debut full-length, From the Beginning, San Francisco's Scary Little Friends are finally releasing a follow-up tomorrow, Silent Revolution. Luckily, they're letting us share it with you a day early. The album was written over the past year and a half when lead singer Chris Jones says the band was "really starting to gel as a group." Silent Revolution has its roots in the concept Scary Little Friends developed on their debut - surrounding an amazing singer with solid musicians and catchy songwriting - it also shows progression. [...]

Go to Top