Get to Know: Gold Minor

Gold Minor is one of those bands that makes you wonder exactly what era they hail from. Their sound is certainly haunted by the ghost of classic rock past, but there is enough of a contemporary shine added to avoid the pitfall of sounding like dinosaurs. The soulful and atmospheric "The Calling" channels the anthem-based, later-day work of Kings of Leon, and the gritty "The Right Time" recalls the grungier side of the Black Crowes. Ballad "Kiss The Night" is a definite shout-out to '70s hard rock glory with its scintillating guitar solo and unabashedly huge chorus. Get ready to raise your [...]

By |April 3, 2015|Tags: |

Premiere: Listen to The Y Axes’ new song “Monsters”

The Y Axes, the self-proclaimed "space pop" band, are back with a new song called "Monsters," and you can listen to it here. The track is a catchy pop-indie-rock single that showcases the vocal abilities of lead singer Alexi Belchere and Devin Nelson, memorable melodies from Nelson and Jon Lanthier, and a stirring rhythm arrangement courtesy of Aaron Larson and Nick Schneider (who is also another writer here at The Bay Bridged!). The song is about losing your sense of self over time -- a pervasive phenomenon -- and the process of how we interpret fear, love, and every other facet of [...]

By |April 3, 2015|Tags: |

Seasons of the Witch: Blue Cheer & the so-called San Francisco Sound

San Francisco is always weathering a Season of the Witch, oscillating somewhere between liberal idealism and cold reality. Whether that reality is in the form of sadistic violence or obscene wealth, the cycles between the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, make up the city’s core. And within these cycles, music is the most obvious mark of victory, defeat and catharsis. Seasons of the Witch is a new series that traces the bloodlines of music. Like David Talbot’s book of a similar name, the series is a window into the people and events that made The Bay [...]

Announcing Phono del Sol 2015: Tanlines & King Tuff headline our annual music and food fest!

Who's ready for summer? Today, we're excited to announce the return of the Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, our all-day, all-ages fest, returning to Potrero del Sol Park (25th Street and Utah) in the Mission on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Presented in partnership with Tiny Telephone and DotheBay, our fifth-annual Phono del Sol features our biggest and best lineup yet, as we bring Tanlines, King Tuff, Generationals, VÉRITÉ and Marriages to SF to perform alongside locals Sonny & The Sunsets, Everyone Is Dirty, The Tropics, TIARAS, and Scary Little Friends. As always, we've lined up a stellar collection [...]

By |April 2, 2015|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: UnderCover Presents ‘Exodus’ and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, April 3rd Undercover Presents Bob Marley’s “Exodus” @ The Independent 9pm, $25, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, April 3rd wait what, Shane Mac, Bangus Tron @ Slim's 9pm, $16, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, April 4th Mark Eitzel, Tom Heyman, Danny Paul [...]

Premiere: Phosphene – “Be Mine”

  Each member of Phosphene contributed in their own unique way to the creation of the Oakland-based trio's new single, "Be Mine", which premieres today exclusively on The Bay Bridged. "It began as an acoustic, George Harrison-inspired demo that Rachel recorded," drummer Matt Hemmerich recently told me over email, referring to his bandmate and girlfriend, singer/guitarist Rachel Frankel. "I started writing lyrics based on the melody, and once the structure of the song was solidified, Kevin [Kaw] took us aback by blasting a crazy guitar solo at the end." Frankel and Kaw also swapped their traditional roles on this track, [...]

By |April 1, 2015|Tags: |

Interview: Carlos Forster on Disasters

I love the music Bay Area kids are making these days, but lately, I'm finding more and more of my favorites are from artists on the "second wave" of their music careers: artists such as Bill Baird, John Murry, and Odawas only seem to get better as they continue to make music as they move onto new stages of life. Such is the case with Carlos Forster. After a successful run with For Stars in the late 90's and early 00's, he released Family Trees in 2011. His follow-up to Family Trees is the newly released Disasters, which is available [...]

Outside Lands 2015 single-day lineups announced

In a record-breaking feat, 3-day general admission tickets to the 2015 Outside Lands Festival sold out in 45 minutes after the tickets went on sale last week. So, obviously, if you were hoping to get a 3-day pass to the festival, you're out of luck (unless you're willing to shell out for 3-day VIP passes, which are still available). However, the single-day lineups have been announced, and you can purchase single-day tickets starting this Thursday, April 2, at 10:00am. Outside Lands Single-Day Lineups: FRIDAY Mumford & Sons Wilco D'Angelo and The Vanguard St. Vincent Porter Robinson Chet Faker First Aid [...]

By |March 31, 2015|Tags: |

Vanwave – “Can You See”

Photo: Matthew Reamer Photography Vanwave has been on my radar for a little over a year, when I first heard their haunting take on "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" of O Brother Where Art Thou? fame. I was captivated, and I've been waiting, waiting, and waiting for something new from Vanwave since. Luckily, just last week, they shared a track "Can You See" that shows they're more than just a few pretty voices. The slow build of layers of harmonies and eventual introduction of a slide guitar combined with slightly surprising rhythms bring welcome additions to their folk/country/blues vibes. [...]

By |March 31, 2015|Tags: |

Oakland’s Renais debuts with two-song demo

(photo: Senny Mau) Forming in the late fall of 2014, Renais are a trio from Oakland who play frantic punk that leans toward screamo but also draws heavily on jazz and post-rock. The band includes Rita Leifson, Josh Mendoza, and Thomas Nguyen. Sonically the group feels somewhat like a continuation of Tomm's work in the now defunct Bay Area arty screamo band Matsuri, which played a really unique brand of genre melding screamy music; their final record Endship has developed a sort of culty appreciation in tight knit online communities of post-hardcore appreciators. The under three-minute demo Renais released two Fridays ago opens [...]

By |March 30, 2015|Tags: |
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