Dan Casey drops "Playing Games" from upcoming LP 'Empty City'

(Artwork: May Lin Le Goff) Dan Casey, the brain behind Berkeley-based electronic project Yalls, is taking a different approach to his self-titled project. A far cry from his experimental dance-ready tracks, the upcoming LP Empty City (out October 22 via Ceremony) has more of a singer-songwriter vibe. As we previously discussed with Casey, the project formerly known as Steezy Ray Vibes is about "refinement and cohesion." Expect a tight, slowed-down feel to the new album. Stream "Playing Games" below, and pre-order the LP here. Casey celebrates the release of Empty City this Sunday, October 27 at Amnesia in San Francisco. [...]

By |October 21, 2013|Tags: |

Botanist debuts experimental track "Tillandsia"

In anticipation of his upcoming split release with Palace of Worms, San Francisco's own black metal outfit Botanist has released the frenzied album cut "Tillandsia" via Revolver Magazine. The Botanist is a one-man band from San Francisco, and met acclaim earlier this year with IV: Mandragora. Back again, the Botanist premieres his "hammered dulcimer instrumentation" on the upcoming split, of which the Botanist's side is called The Hanging Gardens of Hell. The record is out November 12 from The Flenser. Pre-order the album here, and listen to "Tillandsia" below.

By |October 21, 2013|Tags: |

Giveaway: Surfer Blood @ The Independent this Tuesday

That band that loves to swim in reverb, also known as West Palm Beach, FL indie rockers Surfer Blood, are playing the Independent this Tuesday in support of their sophomore LP, Pythons. Released by Sire Records and recorded by Gil Norton (he's produced albums by The Pixies, Foo Fighters, and uh, Sum 41) in California, Pitchfork called the album "hooky, Weezer-ish guitar pop," which seems like a pretty reasonable description. To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Surfer Blood at The Independent on Tuesday, email contest@thebaybridged.com with “Surfer Blood” in the subject line and your full name and email [...]

By |October 18, 2013|Tags: |

Giveaway: Okkervil River returns to SF Tuesday at The Fillmore

Okkervil River (photo: Ben Sklar) Austin-based Okkervil River is touring North America in support of their seventh studio album The Silver Gymnasium, out September 3 via ATO Records. The band's run, which pairs them with Matthew E. White, drops by The Fillmore next Tuesday, October 22, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. The Silver Gymnasium is a concept album that takes place in Okkervil River lead singer Will Sheff's home-town of Meriden, New Hampshire in 1986 when his parents were working at the nearby boarding school Kimball Union Academy, and NPR is [...]

Song Premiere: Sleepy Sun – "The Lane"

We're big fans of Sleepy Sun here at the Bay Bridged - this is not news. In fact, we like them so much that we booked them to perform at the very first Bay Brewed, back in 2011. Earlier this week, we mentioned that Sleepy Sun very recently released a new self-titled 7", out now via Dine Alone Records, featuring A-side "11:32." Today, we're proud to premiere the 7" B-side, a powerful, driving tune called "The Lane." Check it out here and now: Matt Holliman from Sleepy Sun describes "The Lane" as follows: The Lane was conceived several years ago [...]

By |October 18, 2013|Tags: |

Song Premiere: The Y Axes – "Nothing With You"

San Francisco's The Y Axes have debuted "Nothing With You", the first single off their upcoming full-length, Sunglasses & Solar Flares, to be released later this year. For the uninitiated, The Y Axes are "pop music from the future." Formed in 2011, they've slowly built their sound into a layered, gleaming orchestra of slightly spacey sounds. “Nothing With You” is a little bit of a new frontier for the band, but it's not entirely unexplored: more polished than previous work, but still danceable as ever. Stream the new song below:

By |October 17, 2013|Tags: |

New York City's SKATERS cruise to Berkeley with Palma Violets

Earlier this month, New York City's SKATERS kicked off a West Coast tour with London's indie rock sweethearts, Palma Violets, and they're making a stop in the Bay Area at UC Berkeley's Eshleman Hall tomorrow, October 18, at 5:00pm for a free show. Fresh off of the release of their latest music video for "Deadbolt," which premiered only days ago on The New Musical Express, the gritty garage rock group is building some serious momentum leading up to its anticipated debut album. Crafted at Jimmy Hendrix's Electric Lady studio in New York and due to be released on February 24 [...]

By |October 17, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Casey Chisholm – "Pick Me Up"

Oakland's Casey Chisholm just released a video for "Pick Me Up" off his split cassette with Arcata's Tabor Mountain. Like much of Chisholm's work, the track is forlorn and distant, but still catchy enough to get stuck in your head. The visuals include the demolition of CSUEB's Warren Hall, where Chisholm tells me he was the only person in a group of hundreds with his back to the implosion. Casey is currently on a West Coast tour that includes a stop at an unofficial venue in West Oakland October 19, which should have the potential to be wonderfully weird. Catch [...]

By |October 17, 2013|Tags: |

Sleepy Sun creeps into darker territory with new 7"

Three albums deep, the psych rock and rollers of Sleepy Sun recently dropped their latest tune "11:32," from their new self-titled 7-inch out now via Dine Alone Records. Along with the b-side "The Lane," the single is the band's first offering since the 2012 LP Spine Hits, and if it is any indication of what we can expect from Sleepy Sun's fourth studio album, due to be released sometime next year, we should brace ourselves for a fully confident record that leans towards the heavier, darker side of the psychedelic spectrum. Earlier this month, the band premiered the music video for "11:32," [...]

By |October 16, 2013|Tags: |

Brass Magic – "Peacebone" (Animal Collective cover)

Brass Magic, as the name suggests, is a band of brass (and woodwind) instruments. However, they aren't what you'd typically expect from a brass band - this isn't New Orleans jazz, polka, or yet another incarnation of Bay Area chamber pop. Based on the few songs I've heard from Brass Magic, they strike me as a possible indie version of Brooklyn instrumentalists Budos Band. On their cover of "Peacebone" and their original "Brassno", you can tell Brass Magic doesn't use their six horns as a gimmick - they all can play, and their grooves quickly suck you in and make [...]

By |October 15, 2013|Tags: |
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