Premiere: Spooky Mansion unveil retro-cool video for “Feel That Blood” on Wave Dweller Records

It's already November, but we can't get enough of the spooky -- Spooky Mansion, that is. The San Francisco-based paranormal surf-soul rock 'n' roll group are emerging on the scene as purveyors of sunny yet gritty music that puts a fresh spin on Bay Area garage rock. Their latest single, "Feel That Blood," is chock full of angular guitar riffs and wry melodic vocals from frontman Grayson Converse. And we're proud to debut its accompanying video, which may give Hawaii 5-0 a run for its money. Directed by Converse himself and shot by Greg DiMartino of fellow San Francisco band O (fka [...]

By |November 10, 2015|Tags: |

Hear now: Tricycle Records releases fifth local music compilation

Artwork by Adrian Landon Brooks Since you've landed here on this site, you probably have a penchant for local music. We're excited to announce that our friends at Tricycle Records are releasing their fifth Friends of Tricycle Records compilation today, featuring 17 local bands and artists! And you can listen and download for free! Like their past  compilations, Volume 5 features bands on and off their roster performing covers and original songs. Of the Tricycle roster, Everyone is Dirty does a cover of Roxy Music, Rich Girls does a cover of the Motels, and the Union Trade, an original. We're excited to take [...]

By |November 6, 2015|Tags: |

Swap your records with Maximum RockNRoll and Thrillhouse Records at The Knockout this Sunday

If you're looking for something to do on one of your slow afternoons this upcoming weekend, look no further. Renowned international DIY punk fanzine Maximum RockNRoll teams with local San Francisco record shop Thrillhouse Records to present a record swap this Sunday at The Knockout. The event will be more than just records and day drinking at your local San Francisco dive. Tables will also be offering zines, comics, accessories, and photo prints for sale. Stock up on your gamut of DIY materials and choose from a variety of artwork to 7"s from Thrillhouse and other local, independent vendors. Check [...]

The She’s release “Cherry Red” off upcoming split single

The She's just released “Cherry Red” off a Split 45' from Empty Cellar Records with The Dry Spells. The song starts with some guttural shout-cough type thing. First time I heard it I thought something happened to someone next to me, something that called for immediate attention. This is one of the ways the song will snag you. Like a lot of The She's music, the song is loud, catchy and punctual. The song (and group) is really tight – there's never a doubt on where the song is and where it's going. Three and a halfish minutes of popping [...]

By |November 6, 2015|Tags: |

Interview: Bay Area Producer Nackt on his latest LP, the beauty of classic 80s Roland gear, and growing up in the Bay

The music coming from local producer Nackt ripples with rhythm. His latest effort Virex, which was released last month on 100% Silk, bounces, slides, flutters, and flexes. From funky deep house to jacking techno, Nackt is a versatile artist who is particularly notable for his live hardware PA performances. His sets feature an eclectic array of styles, offering anything from left-field bass music to old funk and soul records. Beyond crafting his own forward-thinking sound, Nackt is also one of the co-founders of the Outpost, Rare Form, and Deep East parties, which have ingrained themselves into the local music scene [...]

By |November 5, 2015|Tags: |

Future Shapes releases new single “Feel”

New Future Shapes single "Feel" poses some deep questions about the nature of reality and hints at an unspecified, intangible, existential need hanging off the haunting reverb and laid-back groove. But if you're looking for answers to the metaphysical mysteries, all singer-songwriter Fil Cala offers in the chorus is "It's probably me, just being crazy." Perhaps, Fil. Or perhaps you're onto some terrifying, inexplicable secret about the universe that can only be translated through your self-coined genre of "shitwave." This gem of mindfreak soul is a preview of the band's upcoming EP, Microchasm, set to be released early next year. [...]

By |November 5, 2015|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Oct 28 — Nov 3

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. Until the Ribbon Breaks at Brick and Mortar (SF) Oct. 28 UK-based Until the Ribbon Breaks are the kind of band that sound exactly like 2015’s most popular bands. Perfect vocals, tight drums, and an bed of dancing electronic synths that are both mysterious and comforting. The [...]

Geographer to drop new Endless Motion EP Vol. 1 featuring New Order, Kate Bush, and Paul Simon covers

Since its founding in 2007, San Francisco indie rock group Geographer has brought major recognition and pride to the Bay Area’s music scene. Their latest LP Ghost Modern, released earlier this year, shifted their sound from synth-dominant to more acoustic and lyrically driven, easily becoming front man Mike Deni’s most compelling work. Just recently, Geographer announced their Endless Motion EP Vol. 1 set to be released December 14 via Roll Call Records. The EP is composed of cover songs ranging from electronic DJ Felix Da Housecat’s “Ready 2 Wear” to more classic songs like Paul Simon’s “I Know What I [...]

By |November 4, 2015|Tags: |

Catching up with The Tet Holiday

Oakland band The Tet Holiday recently played at Bottom of the Hill with their new drummer Brandon Farmer, and they rocked it. If you don't know their music, check out their recently released lyric video for their song "Make-Believer": They're a guitar-bass-drums trio, with influences from pop, shoegaze, and indie. I can hear some Jesus and Mary Chain, some Replacements, some Japandroids in there. I got to speak with songwriter Andrew Ledford about their sound. The Bay Bridged:  Tell me how you would want to communicate what your music is, and how you think it will be best presented to people. Andrew Ledford: My [...]

By |November 4, 2015|Tags: |

How San Francisco’s famously obscure aQuarius Records is still thriving after 45 years

aQuarius Records (aQ) has been championing the fringes of music for 45 years now. They think. It could be 46, as the San Francisco record store has a murky sense of its own history – with no one working there having been around when the shop opened, which was either in 1969 or 1970. No matter which date is actually correct, aQ still holds the title as the oldest independent record store that sells indie music in the city, an accomplishment that rings all the more vital as these businesses continue to struggle as the local music landscape evolves. The [...]

By |November 3, 2015|Tags: |
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