Review + Photos: Swervedriver at the Fillmore

Swervedriver (photo: Patric Carver) "Oh, man, look how young Jerry is," breathed a young woman as she pointed at one of the Fillmore's archival photographs of the Grateful Dead. "They're all young," sneered her boyfriend, pieces of the iconic Fillmore-provided apple occupying his mouth as he spoke, his hand around her waist and his other hand looking up the Grateful Dead on his phone. "And, hun, that's not Jerry, it's Bob." "I don't think I actually know any Dead songs," the woman said as they went into the auditorium. So began the evening. I'm not criticizing anyone for not having [...]

Live This Month: May 2019

31 Days. 31 shows. 31 songs. Spring is in full swing, so here are a month's worth of tunes to help you reach for those evasive Bay Area rays of sunshine. As summer festival season starts to creep into the hearts and minds of all of us, find coverage of all of your local favorites right here at the Bay Bridged. For more playlists, follow us on Spotify.

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Wand, Emo Night and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) Want even more giveaways? Sign up for our newsletter for access to extra contests. 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 in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the listed show and notified via email. Wednesday, May 1 Henry Jamison, Saint Sister @ Rickshaw Stop 7:30pm, $15, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, May 2 Wand, [...]

By |May 1, 2019|

UnderCover Presents calls on Bay Area artists to reimagine A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy

(photo courtesy of Starita Music) Michael Starita remembers when Phife Dawg came to Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios back in 2016 to work on some new, mysterious record. “I hear the beat come in and I’m like, ‘Wow that sounds a lot like Tribe.’ Then I heard this little hook line,” says the two-time Grammy-nominated producer and owner of Starita Music, from Awaken Cafe in downtown Oakland. First, he hears Jarobi. Then, the indelible Q-Tip. “I look over at Phife and he’s on his phone writing lyrics and I said, ‘Is it safe to say that this is a new A Tribe [...]

Photos + Review: Sol Blume 2019 at Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento

Tierra Whack (photo: Robert Alleyne) Sol Blume just wrapped up its second annual boutique festival this past weekend in downtown Sacramento with over 6,300 festival-goers vibing out to R&B, soul, and hip-hop performances. The square block, which is home to the historical Cesar Chavez Plaza, was flipped to host the one-day festival which featured GRAMMY-award winning artist Miguel, Jessie Reyez, Tierra Whack, Masego, and much more on two separate stages. As an attendee of last year’s show, I had high hopes coming into this. Previously, being that it was its inaugural year, there were plenty of hiccups that made the overall [...]

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Review + Photos: Roky Erickson 50-Year Retrospective at the Chapel

Roky Erickson (photo: Joshua Huver) Over the course of two nights last weekend, Friday April 19 and Saturday April 20, the Chapel and (((FolkYEAH!))) hosted Roky Erickson of psychedelic rock originators the 13th Floor Elevators. Two of the biggest holidays in the world of psychedelia and often referred to as Bicycle Day and 4/20 respectively, they represent the intentional intake of LSD and cannabis for many people. Erickson was a proponent of both, even though his use of substances may have exacerbated underlying mental health issues. Roky Erickson with the Mad Alchemy liquid light show at The Chapel In 1965, [...]

Review + Photos: Ghosts of the Forest + Khruangbin at the Greek Theatre

Ghosts of the Forest (photo: Joshua Huver) On Saturday, April 20, 2019, the hills of Berkeley came alive for an evening of powerful, transformative, and ultimately groovy rock and roll. Houston-based three-piece Khruangbin returned to the Bay Area five months after wrapping their own headlining tour last November. They opened the evening ahead of Ghosts of the Forest, the latest project from Trey Anastasio, lead guitarist and vocalist for the jam band giant Phish. Consisting of guitarist Mark Speer, drummer DJ Johnson, and bassist Laura Lee, Khruangbin has been making huge strides in the global music world. This opening performance at the Greek, for [...]

Geographer premieres music video for “Summer Of My Discontentment”

(photo: Brittany O'Brien) Just before hitting the road for his upcoming tour, Geographer has dropped the music video for “Summer of my Discontentment” off of his latest EP, New Jersey. Geographer was formed in San Francisco by Mike Deni as a American synth pop/indie rock band. New Jersey is the latest EP, released back in March, focusing on Deni’s transition in life of being without a home in the six-month gap between leaving San Francisco and moving to Los Angeles. He spent that time touring, couch surfing and at his childhood home in New Jersey where he began writing the [...]

By |April 30, 2019|Tags: |

Live This Week: Jessica Pratt to showcase her tranquil reverie at the Chapel

Imbued with the kind of warmth found in a cup of tea on a dreary day, Jessica Pratt's nimble voice is enchanting as it is peculiar. On Quiet Signs, her latest record, Pratt continues to deliver the hushed melodies that colored her debut, On Your Own Love Again. The faintly-strummed and spare acoustic guitar anchors her evocations, providing a comfort that manages to probe into the unknown. Songs like standout single "This Time Around" feel oddly familiar, like blowing off the dust of an old keepsake stowed in the attic, hidden away from the elements. Pratt seems unfazed by the [...]

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Ticket Giveaway: MUTEK.SF’s Experience, featuring art, food and more

We've got something to make your Monday a little brighter: How about two tickets to MUTEK.SF's closing rager, Experience? Making its SF debut last year, MUTEK is an interactive art and music festival with a long and storied history in other major metropolitan hubs around the globe. Bridging tech and art in a way that no other festival can really match, MUTEK has returned for a second year, featuring artists like Kode9 & Koji Morimoto, GAIKA, Byetone, Dopplereffekt and more from May 2-5. For San Francisco's final show, MUTEK will host Experience at the Midway, featuring live music from CYRNAI, [...]

By |April 29, 2019|Tags: |
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