Premiere: Mammatus emerges from Santa Cruz with new heavy psych jams

If you're a fan of ambitious, out-there heavy psych, you'll want to dive into Sparkling Waters, the new album from Santa Cruz heavy-prog-psych band Mammatus. The trio's fourth LP is a double album comprised of four side-long compositions, each of which has multiple movements. Today, we're premiering "The Elkhorn," which traverses a lot of ground over fifteen minutes, from heavy grooves to hypnotic synth-driven drones. It's an impressive song, well captured by SF production whiz Phil Manley. That every element of "The Elkhorn" comes together so seamlessly is a testament to the band's songwriting skill and thoughtful approach to recording. [...]

By |November 19, 2015|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Nov 10 – Nov 17

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. The World, Gun Outfit and Flesh World at El Rio (SF) Nov. 11 What a great fucking Wednesday at El Rio. Enticed off the couch by LA's Gun Outfit the evening delivered a rare trifecta. The World are a very new supergroup including reincarnations from the dearly [...]

Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP

Acid Fast have been around the block. The group is comprised of seasoned rockers who cut their chops in bands like Big Kids and currently still perform in Nervous, Pigeon Island, and Death Drive. After laying low for some time, the foursome is back with their sophomore album, scheduled to come out right in time for their 5th anniversary as a band. Last Night on Earth recalls the nostalgic, driving rhythms that were coming out of California and Philly around 2010 with bands like Glocca Morra, Summer Vacation, and of course, pre-Acid Fast pop punkers Big Kids. Unlike last year's Rabid Moon, the new [...]

By |November 18, 2015|Tags: |

YASSOU, There’s Talk, and Lila Rose bring dark pop to Oakland’s Starline

Get ready for an evening of female-fronted pop this Friday night at the Starline Social Club. Actually, the term "pop" is a bit disingenuous standing on its own, because the kind of pop crafted by the evening's three acts is much more complex than what you hear on mainstream radio. The atmospheric musings of There's Talk invites a close listen and contemplation; YASSOU's sonic constructions are dense and mysterious, sometimes even imposing in their stark originality; and headliner Lila Rose's dark, intense, environment-inspired electro-rock seeks to both challenge and entice the listener with intrepid lyrics and hypnotic melodies. Rose also [...]

Interview: Catching up with surf pop locals The She’s

The She's are Sami Perez, Hannah Valente, Eva Treadway, and Sinclair Riley -- four ladies in their early 20s who've been at it as a band since the seventh grade and have since been an integral part of the San Francisco scene, putting out a steady stream of shimmery surf pop with darker undertones. These days, they're still as busy as ever: They just put out a brilliant single "Cherry Red" on the local label Empty Cellar, who they were just signed to, and are playing a release show this week. We chatted with Sami and Hannah about finding inspiration in [...]

By |November 17, 2015|Tags: |

Outer Embassy released a 45 and plays a show at Hemlock tonight

Outer Embassy is a fairly new Oakland band formed by a trio of Bay Area vets: Aaron Deer (Daring Ear, John Wilkes Booze, TV Mike), Graham LeBron (Rogue Wave, you may know him as DJ Golden Gram), and Josh Miller (Wrong Words, Extra Classic). The three kicked things off with a 45 release, that was recorded by LeBron. Interestingly, there's no guitars in this band, creating a sound that LeBron says "was born from the desire to find a distinct crossing point of 70s Krautrock experimentalism, West-African soul rhythms, and sonic space synthery." The record was recorded and produced by [...]

By |November 17, 2015|Tags: |

Blank Tapes playing Amnesia tonight in support of new LP “Sha-La-Love”

Following the release of the album Sha-La-Love on October 16, Los Angeles's The Blank Tapes have since embarked on a mini-tour in support of the new LP. Released on Dome of Doom, Frontman Matt Adams spent the majority of recording Sha-La-Love in Oakland, California back in 2008-2010. Unfortunately, the album’s release was delayed and eventually abandoned due to focusing on other projects. Adams, the sole member of The Blank Tapes, recently picked the album back up and with a few new tracks, some overdubbing, as well as adding Will Halsey (Sugar Candy Mountain) with Pearl Charles and Veronica Bianqui on [...]

By |November 17, 2015|Tags: |

Deerhoof to drop first live album “Fever 12164” on Nov. 27

San Francisco's Deerhoof have been around the music scene since their founding in 1994. Along the way, the band has released a total of 13 full length albums over 17 years. Anyone who has attended a Deerhoof concert would already know that their performances are somewhat of a Bay Area delicacy. With rabid dancing, splintered instruments, and an upbeat sound, Deerhoof often leaves listeners asking why, in nearly two decades of existence, has a live album never been released? Given their vast amount of experience releasing new material, Deerhoof have finally decided to hold up on their creativity in order [...]

By |November 16, 2015|Tags: |

Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Over the last couple years the Bay's hardcore scene has experienced some turmoil — staple venues have shuttered, bands have come and gone, and mainstay acts have left the genre. The sense of community, however, hasn't diminished. Layin' Waste is a brand new hardcore label representing a group of family bands with members largely operating out of San Jose and San Francisco. Mainstays like South Bay's Busted Outlook are on the roster, bolstering a new tape with demos from an upcoming 12", and newcomers Profile, Tundra Hogs, and Winter Hill Gang, some featuring members of Creative Adult and Scalped, and many of [...]

Listen to Frank Abreau’s (of Strange Hotel) new solo EP

Frank Abreau, the lead voice of the rockers in Strange Hotel, has a new solo EP out. Entitled RIDE, the follow-up to his full-length Appetite finds Abreau exploring some new sonic territory, especially the haunting, industrial-tinged dirge "Release Your Mind" and the grungy electro-groove of closer "Julie Says." My favorite, however, is the song "Morphine" with its scuzzy bass line, lyrics that are spit out with vehemence, violence hanging onto every syllable, and a sense of desperation coating the chorus. Though it only consists of four tracks, the musical substance will have you coming back for repeated listens. [bandcamp width=100% [...]

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