Review + Photos: MGMT at the Fox Theater

MGMT (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy MGMT are five talented men who create some unique music with roots in electronica, pop, and psychedelic rock. The band started their 2019 tour at Oakland’s incredible Fox Theater with LA indie-rockers Warpaint, who blasted it hard with their powerful opening set. The sold-out show boasted hits and relatively new material from their 2018 album Little Dark Ages, as well as their three prior albums. Not basing a national tour on a immediate new album release only points to the fact that this band has a solid fan base that will show up [...]

By |May 7, 2019|Tags: |

BFF.fm presents MUSH, a concert series at Jack London Square

This week, Jack London Square will host the inaugural show for the new concert series, MUSH (a name inspired by Jack London’s Call of the Wild). The series, which is presented by BFF.fm, will play every other Thursday, starting May 9 through September 19, and will feature artists that jive with the vibes of Oakland: vibrant, eclectic, diverse, and exciting. Speaking of exciting, this Thursday’s kick-off show will be a killer start to the series. The night will feature bands Same Girls (The Cure meets Green Day meets dreamy), Samplelov (warm soul with cool percussion and spacey synths), and BFF.fm [...]

Interview: David Brookings on the the release of ‘Scorpio Monologue’

David Brookings and the Average Lookings recently released their second album, Scorpio Monologue, and a documentary of the making of the record. I recently sat down to talk to frontman David Brookings about the release of both the album and film. The Bay Bridged: What was the catalyst for this album? David Brookings: As soon as I finish one, I start on the next one. The only catalyst is I am always making music. When I have 12, 13 good songs, I know I've got an album. TBB: Can you tell me about the title, Scorpio Monologue? On stage, the [...]

Ryan Von Gonten at the Knockout

Along with SEEMWAY and Gracie Gray, Ryan Von Gonten will be playing the Knockout this Sunday, May 5. His music is slow, sad and sentimental featuring gentle string and smooth synth pads. He fits in pretty well with the bedroom pop wave; everything feels very DIY and personal, but his songs have a danceable (or maybe a sway-able) groove to them and plenty of catchy melodies to keep the audience engaged. His music video for “Corpse Flower,” a track off his latest album Truthlikeness (2018), is essentially just a video of him and his band playing the track live, maintaining [...]

Photos: Telekinesis at Cafe du Nord

Telekinesis (photo: Ian Young) Seattle's Michael Lerner, better known as Telekinesis, has been making feel-good indie power pop since 2009. He brought his band and songs from his latest album, Effluxion, to Cafe du Nord on Tuesday night. Nashville's SONTALK warmed up the crowd.

By |May 3, 2019|Tags: |

Tasha supporting Helado Negro for sold-out Chapel show

Chicago-based songwriter Tasha has announced a string of tour dates supporting Helado Negro and Hand Habits, as well as a few upcoming festival dates. Tasha will support Helado Negro's sold out San Francisco show at the Chapel on May 8. Tasha's debut album, Alone at Last, was released in late 2018 via Father/Daughter Records. Those who purchase vinyl copies of the album will be treated to a poetry zine featuring contributions from Chicago-based Black women writers including Imani Jackson, Keisa Reynolds, Jamila Woods, and Stella Binion. One dollar from each LP sold will be donated to #NoCopAcademy, "a collective of [...]

By |May 3, 2019|Tags: |

New Release: James Lanman’s ‘Mosaics’

Photo courtesy of James Lanman James Lanman is no stranger to the road. Fed up with the concrete jungle of New York City, Lanman embarked on a cross-country tour with only his instruments and the shirt on his back. Since then, his wandering heart has found a base back in San Francisco, but it is still most full when he's performing. Over the past three years, Lanman has performed for hundreds of audiences, including many "living room shows." Like the title of his new album Mosaics suggests, Lanman's experiences and influences have culminated into a work that has peaks of [...]

Photos: John Vanderslice + Meernaa at the Rickshaw Stop

John Vanderslice (photo: Ian Young) It was a celebration of Bay Area music on Sunday night when the man at the center of so much of it, John Vanderslice, celebrated the release of his latest album The Cedars by playing a show at the Rickshaw Stop. Exciting up-and-comer Meernaa opened the night with members of the band joining Vanderslice on stage for most of his set.

Photos: Zelma Stone at Amnesia

Zelma Stone (photo: Robert Alleyne) San Francisco's Zelma Stone performed at Amnesia last Friday night with support from Tino Drima and Oakland's Classic Hat. All of the bands got a lot of love, as the venue was packed before the openers even took to the stage. Back in town for a bit, our London-based photographer Robert Alleyne was at the show to capture the gallery of our local bands performing. Check it out below.

By |May 2, 2019|Tags: |

Cave Clove and Agouti’s upcoming double-release party

Agouti and Cave Clove, two contemporary Bay Area bands with shared roots in psychedelic rock, release their respective records at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco this Friday night. And they’ll share the stage with Battlehooch, San Francisco’s premiere purveyor of Zappaesque zanyism. Cave Clove’s Dollars To Tokens EP is a powerful five-song collection that exhibits frontwoman Katie Colver’s lyrics-driven approach, recalling everyone from Stevie Nicks to Neil Young. “I’ve only continued, my dollars have all turned to tokens. At least I’ll be able to say I’ve followed my dreams,” she sings on "Sage Advice." To gamble everything you own on [...]

By |May 2, 2019|Tags: , |
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