Premiere: King Willow, “Settled”

Remember back in May, when King Willow sang us (and You're Going To Die) a song about not having your shit together? They're back with a studio version of that song, "Settled," premiering today on The Bay Bridged. This time, with drums, bass, and more! King Willow is sisters Amanda and Julianna Salguero, based in San Francisco. Watch their stripped-down Music and Mortality entry below.

By |November 2, 2018|Tags: |

Beyond the Bay: She Makes War at Epic Studios in Norwich

She Makes War (photo: Ria Burman) Ezifreak, a new duo of an experimental funk-dance mix opened for She Makes War last week at Epic Studios in Norwich, a fine city of Norfolk county on the east coast of England. Bristol-based She Makes War brought their brilliant, no-fuss rock and roll to the night for some dream-weaving, foot-stomping, sway-smiling tunes. With technical difficulties riddling their set, they remained focused and positive, playing songs from their newly released album, Braced For Impact.

By |November 1, 2018|Tags: |

Premiere: Jay Stone and his mind are ‘Calibrating…’

When "Flying Monkeys" first came across our desks, we were hooked on to Jay Stone's ruminations and the classically hip-hop sound anchored by producer Micah Aza's soul-sampling. The single was the first to emerge from Stone's full-length album, Calibrations of An Altered Mind and leading up to the record's much-anticipated release (Nov. 9!) we got our hands on the exclusive peek into his latest video, "Calibrating...". "Calibrating..." actually remixes the videos of Stone's last two singles ("Flying Monkeys" and "Good Seat") with the release of the audio single, "Told You" featuring Black Spade. From the start, the visuals and sound [...]

By |October 31, 2018|Tags: |

The Frail Ophelias revive ‘Macbeth’ for the 21st century

(photo: Bradley Cox) Isn’t it obvious why Karl Digerness chose to start the Frail Ophelias with Macbeth? “With like, murderous despots,” he says, a half-stifled scoff interrupting him, “it feels very different.” He’s sitting at a near-empty bar on Polk Street just after its 3pm opening, talking about reading Macbeth this most recent time, as he prepared to record an album of the same name with the Frail Ophelias. “It’s like, ‘Oh, what does untamed and unchecked ambition and power look like?’ We’ve seen this,” he says. The Frail Ophelias are mostly defined by what they are not. They call [...]

By |October 31, 2018|Tags: |

Photos: Captured Tracks anniversary with Drahla at Starline Social Club

Drahla (photo: Ian Young) Captured Tracks, the Brooklyn-based indie record label whose roster has included DIIV, Wild Nothing, the Soft Moon, Mac DeMarco, Meredith Graves and more, celebrated their 10th anniversary by bringing their CT-X tour to the Starline Social Club on Sunday night. It was a ruckus night of fresh music from the label’s newest additions: New York’s Lina Tullgren, Auckland’s Wax Chattels and Leeds’ Drahla. While it was Captured Tracks who was celebrating a birthday, it was the crowd that got the gifts. Check out a gallery of all three performers below.

By |October 31, 2018|Tags: , |

Bands In Portrait: Elizabeth Moen

For four years I had two homes. I lived day-to-day in San Francisco, yet always referred to London, England as my home whenever anyone asked. When I visited London, the opposite would happen — home became San Francisco. I defined home as the place I was away from. Cheap flights and messaging apps have made the world a smaller place in the last 20 years, so defining "home" can be complicated. Why tie yourself down to one place when you can roam free? All you need is a mobile phone, a credit card, a few friends, and an idea. Soul-folk [...]

By |October 30, 2018|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Christine and the Queens at the Fox Theater

Christine and the Queens (photo: Ian Young) As a concert photographer and lover of live music, I've been lucky enough to attend quite a number of shows, performances and festivals. But every now and then a performer comes along and makes you feel like you're experiencing live music for the first time. Héloïse Letissier, better known as Chris, flanked by dancers and an ace backing band, stunned the crowd at the Fox Theater in Oakland with a flawless, inspiring and jaw-dropping performance. From the technical perfection of a highly choreographed and physically demanding show to the emotional delivery of her deeply personal [...]

By |October 30, 2018|Tags: |

Open Mike Eagle brings new project to Starline in November

What Happens When I try to Relax, a six-song project from Open Mike Eagle, is now available on streaming services. The Los Angeles rapper, who is originally from Chicago, released the project on his own record label AutoReverse. According to the artist’s Twitter account, it is the first time that the rapper has independently released his own music. https://twitter.com/Mike_Eagle/status/1042845822881292289 The project — the rapper says not to call it an EP — follows his 2017 critically acclaimed LP Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, a concept record about the demolition of the Robert Taylor housing complex in Chicago. According to an [...]

By |October 29, 2018|Tags: |

With ‘Chains Are Broken,’ The Devil Makes Three headline the Fox

The Devil Makes Three performs at the Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 in Madison, WI (Photo: Jay Westcott) The Devil Makes Three, a high-energy bluegrass/punk amalgamation of Santa Cruz's own, will headline the Fox Theater this Saturday, October 27, in Oakland. The group's latest tour started Wednesday in Flagstaff and runs criss-cross through the left coast before ending mid-November in Montana. The Devil Makes Three are touring in support of Chains Are Broken, released August 24. Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom opens, supporting her solo effort, Sweet Unknown. Over the summer, the band, consisting of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean, released [...]

By |October 26, 2018|Tags: |
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