Pregnant and Appetite: new sounds from Sacramento

If it seems like things have been quiet on the Sacramento front, we should clear that up. Here's the latest commotion coming from up north. Pregnant - "Wiff of Father" Pregnant comes from the Sierra foothills, a solo musician (real name: Daniel Trudeau) who gets it all done himself via looping, pedals, playing guitar and/or saxophone, anything to maintain a one-man show. The result is nothing hard on the ears -- these elements blend into a bright, electronic psych-folk medley, with creeping dark undertones. Trudeau's album Regional Music is out now on Life's Blood, and he has also released on [...]

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Saturday: Catch Sharon Van Etten, Jose Gonzalez with Junip @ The Indy

I like a woman who is unafraid to be her outspoken, dark-humored self in front of the audience -- a woman who is part Chan Marshall, part Julie Doiron. Wye Oak played the Independent last month, and guitarist Jenn Wasner encountered some technical difficulties. Between excessive apologies for the state of failing pedals and amp, Jen continuously cussed out her gear and promised the crowd that it would all be replaced before they came back with their next record. It was doubtful that anyone on the floor found the apologies necessary or wanted his or her money back, and whether [...]

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Video: Dominant Legs sits on the big ugly yellow couch

Clawing Out at the Walls by Dominant Legs from Big Ugly Yellow Couch on Vimeo. Of the many regularly occurring "live session" videos sprouting up around the internet, I've grown to enjoy the Big Ugly Yellow Couch sessions -- my favorites include the episodes with Twin Sister, Dawes and Maps & Atlases. The Brooklyn-based series' latest comes from one of our own, Dominant Legs. Something about the crowded shots required from filming in this living space give a similar feeling to an impromptu jam sesh circa college, but in a most endearing way. We all find this situation far too [...]

By |November 11, 2010|Tags: |

Melted Toys – “Lost Connection”

Melted Toys - "Lost Connection" Melted Toys are a newer SF band, with a debut EP out next year on Underwater Peoples. Dig the worn cassette vibe of this dark synth-pop track and then see them tonight at the latest Epicsauce show at Milk, with Woodsman, Craft Spells and Skeletal System (filling in for the previously-scheduled Gauntlet Hair, who canceled their West Coast tour).

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Backseat Beat, Episode 5: Still Flyin’ Backseat Beat is a video series highlighting indie musicians and the city by the Bay. Armed with Flip cameras, we interview bands in the back seat of our ‘83 Volvo as we spirit them away to unexpected, forgotten corners of San Francisco, where they plug in outdoors to play a few tunes. Each band’s performance transforms these urban spots from their anonymous day to day existence into surreal, magical backdrops. It was supposed to be a joke—a fake reggae band backed by a stage full of nonmusicians drinking beer on couches. But somehow, along the way, the joke band [...]

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Sunday: There’s an indie pop band playing Hotel Utah? (yes, it’s Tennis) We know the Hotel Utah is a confined space -- two-tiered with a cozy lower-stage below a micro version of the opera overhang. In turn, the venue appropriately books mellower performances, such as an open mic night or a variety of folk/Americana/singer-songwriter performers. Getting out of their expected casting, the Utah has lined up jubilant Denver surf pop band, Tennis for Sunday (9pm, $8). Might as well throw those loveless, impersonal large concert experiences out the door, and expect just enough space to bounce off the person next to you during the group's steadfast surf-rock medleys. Tennis has a [...]

By |November 10, 2010|Tags: |

Thursday: “Kim-O-Benefit” — help a local sound engineer fight breast cancer

Over the past decade-plus, SF sound engineer Kim Greiss has worked behind the boards at venues like Bottom of the Hill, Slim's, and Great American Music Hall. Greiss was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, and her friends in the local music community are rallying together to help support her as she embarks on treatment to defeat it. That support comes in three forms, beginning with a benefit show on Thursday, November 11th, at Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $10 and up sliding scale, All Ages). The show features locals Taxes, Fake Your Own Death, Kill Moi and DJ [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Candy Claws, Over the Rhine, Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s

Thursday, November 11 - Candy Claws, Chain Gang of 1974, Blackbird Blackbird @ Rickshaw Stop Candy Claws - Hidden Lands from twosyllable records on Vimeo. To enter send an email to with the phrase "I want to see Candy Claws!" in the subject line and your full name in the body. The SECOND person to enter will win a pair of tickets to the show! Th show starts at 8pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+. Purchase advance tickets here. Saturday, November 13th - Over the Rhine, Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Great American Music Hall To enter send an email [...]

Video: Bird By Snow play mystical folk in the woods of Big Sur

Bird By Snow recently spent some time hiking in Big Sur, where they crafted an instrument out of fallen branches and delivered some stripped down performances of a couple of songs from the excellent Common Wealth, out now on Gnome Life Records. See more videos from these Ascension Sessions at Bird By Snow - "There Is A Marriage" Bird By Snow - "Friends In The City"

By |November 9, 2010|Tags: |
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