Download: True Panther releases “Finally Champions” comp featuring new music from a ton of Bay Area bands

The folks at True Panther have just released a remarkable compilation of new and unreleased music from Bay Area bands, with the dual purposes of celebrating the Giants' recent World Series victory and benefiting the SF Coalition on Homelessness. It's only $1, and it's full of songs from SF's best, including previously unreleased tracks from Ty Segall, Nodzzz, Sonny and the Sunsets and many, many more. Head to True Panther for more details.

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Bear Hands, Clinic, Rykarda Parasol, The Sadies

To enter any contest submit an email to with your full name in the body and the concert you're entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Thursday, November 18th Bear Hands, LoveLikeFire, SAFE @ Rickshaw Stop To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter! The show starts at 8pm, $8, 21+. Purchase advance tickets here. Friday, November 19th Clinic, The Fresh & Onlys, The Loons @ Independent To win a [...]

Listen to The Velvet Teen’s brand new EP, “No Star”

Sonoma County's The Velvet Teen have just digitally put out their first release in about four years, a four-song EP called No Star. The band's now a quartet -- Judah Nagler, Casey Deitz, Matthew Izen and Josh Staples -- and the new songs feel louder than their past stuff, but still plenty catchy. It's difficult for me to even try to think about this band in any critical capacity, so clouded is my perspective by nostalgia for one of the first local acts I ever truly adored. Instead, here's the new EP in its entirety: The band's No Star release [...]

By |November 17, 2010|Tags: |

Video: Zach Hill – “Second Life”

Here's Zach Hill's latest video for the song "Second Life" from his new album, Face Tat. The song features vocals from Devendra Banhart and the video was directed by Christian "Megazord" Oldham. The clip makes me want to watch The Lawnmower Man again. I'm sure it hasn't aged well, but I've always had a soft spot for the underrated Jeff Fahey. Stream the new album in its entirety below:

Review: Rufus Wainwright and the San Francisco Symphony think big

Warning: I'm going to talk about classical music but it's only going to be a little boring, I promise. There are lots of different ways for rock star kids to rebel against their rock star parents. If you're Hank Williams III, you rebel against two generations of country music establishment by playing nasty-ass punk rock. If you're Jakob Dylan and your dad is a living legend, you rebel by sucking. If your parents are dyed-in-the-wool folkies like Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, you rebel by composing a lavish orchestral piece that calls for three flutes, three oboes, a piccaolo, [...]

Odawas – “Mind of Christ”

Mind of Christ [edit] by Odawas by mettamind Cassettes go out of print quick, but the music shouldn't disappear into thin air that same way. And so, Odawas have posted the tracks from their Mind of Christ tape, which saw a very limited run on Tired Trails, as a free download on their website. About the recording: The first track for this cassette was our soundtrack to Neil Blakemore’s Cannes selected short film, "Kill Yr TV." The other two tracks were experimental pieces penned by Isaac and finessed by me in a kind of reversal of the usual Odawas process. [...]

By |November 16, 2010|Tags: |

Recommended, 11/15-21: Eux Autres, Clinic, KIT and the SFX Festival

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Also, we've launched a new Local Concert Calendar, which you should be sure to check out for an expanded set of daily listings. Bands/promoters/managers, feel free to submit your own shows to the Calendar too. Eux Autres celebrate the release of Broken Bow Outrageously catchy, slightly raw, Broken Bow is the third album from SF's Eux Autres, and it's one that fans of indie pop shouldn't miss. The album comes out next [...]

Barn Owl – “Light from the Mesa”

Barn Owl - "Light from the Mesa" Ancestral Star is the latest release from SF drone rock duo Barn Owl and is out now on Thrill Jockey. Yesterday I listened to this song five times in a row and found its rumbling expanse to offer a very calming influence. Your results may vary, but you might as well give it a try. Barn Owl's got some East Coast/Midwest dates next week, with their next SF show opening for Om and Lichens at The Independent on December 16th.

By |November 12, 2010|Tags: |
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