Evil Eyes announce 'Borderlines' LP

(Photo: Aleks Bars) San Francisco's Evil Eyes, the band led by Nashville transplants Greg Mabry and Joe Frabotta, was one of my favorite new bands of 2012, a year which they spent releasing a great collection of singles and videos, and playing a handful of shows. We haven't heard much from Evil Eyes in 2013, but that's because they've been busy recording their debut LP, Borderlines, which is set for a July 24 release. Ten of the 12 tracks are brand new, while previously released songs "Keep Your Mind on Me" and "Evil Eyes" were reworked for the album. The [...]

By |July 11, 2013|Tags: |

M. Lockwood Porter releasing 'Judah's Gone' LP

You may not realize it, but there are some great American musicians coming from Oklahoma these days, with the likes of John Moreland, JD McPherson, and John Fullbright among a fresh wave of young Oklahoma natives receiving widespread critical acclaim and touring nationally. M. Lockwood Porter is an Oklahoma native currently living in Berkeley who may be poised to join his fellow Oklahomans in the national Americana scene with the release of his debut LP, Judah's Gone. The album's 11 tracks cover a wide range of styles, from basic folk to straight-up rock and roll, with a little classic country [...]

Dirty Beaches announces North American tour dates, includes a San Francisco stop in September

Alex Zhang Hungtai has been making music under the moniker Dirty Beaches since the mid-2000s, but it wasn't until he released 2011's Badlands that the project garnered widespread attention. Inspired by his father's days in a rockabilly outfit, he captured a familiar, aching sound, wrapping the delicate power of nostalgia in an attractive good-bad package of desire-fueled ballads and tougher, punk anthems. While the 1950s and 1960s vibes of Badlands, particularly on tracks like "True Blue" and "Lord Knows Best," drip with the rebellion and grease of early rock and roll, Dirty Beaches latest offering, Drifters/Love is the Devil, released earlier this [...]

By |July 10, 2013|Tags: |

Field Medic releases debut EP 'Crushed Pennies'

Kevin Sullivan, singer and guitarist for Rin Tin Tiger, released his debut EP as Field Medic late last month, and will be playing a release show Friday at the Lost Church. Sullivan created Field Medic as an outlet for songs he had written that didn't quite fit in with Rin Tin Tiger. There's quite a bit of banjo, a complete lack of drums, and a more relaxed, folksy tone on the Field Medic tracks compared to Sullivan's work with Rin Tin Tiger. Physical copies of Field Medic's EP will available at the Lost Church, and you can stream it below. [...]

By |July 10, 2013|Tags: |

Kathryn Anne Davis – "Makeup and Gum"

San Francisco's Kathryn Anne Davis, who was once in local garage band Honey, is set to release a 12-inch single "Makeup and Gum" on July 10 at The Hotel Utah. The single will be released on Pretty Penny Records, and the title track and and b-side "Garden Square" are currently available for streaming on Davis' Bandcamp page. On both songs, the strong voice of Davis paired with a steady beat and piano-led instrumentation almost make me think I'm listening to a lost track from Rickie Lee Jones or Carole King. Davis tells me the single is straight tape-to-lathe 180 gram [...]

Aloonaluna releases split cassette with Motion Sickness of Time Travel

San Francisco-via-Tallahassee musician Aloonaluna (the solo project of Lynn Fister) has contributed three tracks to a split cassette with acclaimed ambient drone-pop musician Motion Sickness of Time Travel (the solo project of Rachel Evans), out now on Constellation Tatsu. The split is available for download on Bandcamp, and you can stream the release in its entirety below. On the Aloonaluna centerpiece "Stutter-Sleep Dance", Fister deconstructs an unusual dance rhythm into a spacey lullaby, with her ghostly vocals stuttering softly through the song's climax where she sings, "get your hands in the air, and your ass on the ground." Split by [...]

Video Premiere: Petejota – "Sisketheewan"

Petejota, the garage/psych project of Oakland's Hernando Buitrago, is releasing a new single and video for the track "Sisketheewan", which we're extremely excited to premiere below. Similar to previous Petejota releases (which you can find on its Bandcamp page), "Sisketheewan" has plenty of fuzzy guitars and vocals, but is a brand of garage rock that you can chill out to. Buitrago, who recorded "Sisketheewan" entirely by himself, tells me the word "Sisketheewan" came to him in a dream. "When I woke up, I could remember the sound only 'sisketheewan and the malawallees' and had to figure out how to write [...]

By |July 8, 2013|Tags: |

K.Flay releasing 'What If It Is' EP, to tour with Icona Pop

K.Flay is ramping up for busy summer, announcing recently that she will be releasing an EP titled What If It Is August 6 on RCA Records and that she will be touring in support of Swedish duo Icona Pop during their North American Iconic Tour. The new record should prove to be more of what we've come to expect from this unique female hip-hop act, who mixes elements of electronica and rock into her brash sound along with her knack for sharp-witted rhymes that concentrate of themes of disillusionment and indifference in an age of heightened technological reliance and consumerism. [...]

By |July 3, 2013|Tags: , |

Adam Healton releases 'And the Situation' LP

Photo: Aimee Belden San Francisco's Adam Healton released a wonderfully noisy LP And the Situation at the end of March, and he took a unique approach to creating this LP. "This album was an experiment," explains Healton. "I got together with a few friends from other bands and had them jam along with me over the course of a week. We took the audio from the tape and I put it onto my iPhone and remixed it and added vocals on GarageBand. It was a tape that became an MP3 that became a tape again." The end result is a [...]

By |July 2, 2013|Tags: |

Painted Palms release free EP ahead of Phono del Sol performance

San Francisco psych-pop duo Painted Palms have released a surprise EP ahead of their performance at Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival 2013. The new Nothing Lasts Long EP is available for free download via SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Stream the highlight "Upper Floors" below, which was recently given the Yalls treatment by Berkeley's Dan Casey. Painted Palms is the electronically inclined project of cousins Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme, who started collaborating on music by passing song ideas to each other through email. The SF duo gained recognition when of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes discovered their 2011 debut EP [...]

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