Best of 2012: Tony Bedard on Buttons

I witnessed a lot of great live shows this year by local entertainment concepts such as Swiftumz, Carlton Melton, Tortured Genies, Hot Lunch, T.I.T.S., Bill Orcutt, Caitlin Gill, Chris Thayer, and Wet Illustrated. But I’m here to talk about Buttons. I’m pretty sure they’re from Oakland. Parker Gibbs told me about them and sent me a link to the video for their song, “Sidewalk Ends”. If it can be said that Buttons have a hit, then this is it. The song’s got sort of a Swell Maps vibe (except way more shambolic) and features an array of colliding, overlapping vocals, [...]

By |December 26, 2012|Tags: , |

Best of 2012: Lynne Angel on The Mallard

My first experience of The Mallard version 5.0 was at Rock Make this year and I was floored. I have known founding member Greer McGettrick for a while and have followed her musical meanderings since 2006 or so. Not only was I stoked to see her playing with a group that so wholly and completely compliment her melodic sensibilities, but I was also stoked to hear such a cohesive coupling of varying genres and sounds. The Mallard feels new, vital and free. I watched the crowd, fully engaged, tossed around within the tornado of musical vastness and familiarity, blissed out [...]

Christmas In The Bay, Part 2 – MORE Christmas tunes from local bands

Like we told you last week, Bay Area bands love the holidays and make plenty of music to celebrate. Here's another round of Christmas tunes from our local artists for you to enjoy. To kick things off, Cocktails released a sweet, original garage-rock Christmas tune, and they're playing a holiday show tonight with DSTVV and others! Details are at the bottom of the page. Fantastic bluegrass band The Parmesans actually recorded a special Christmas medley just because they heard of last week's post post (and because they are awesome). Stream or download here: The Parmesans - "Christmas Medley" A newcomer [...]

Best of 2012: Paul Koehler on Social Studies

There are a lot of Bay Area rock bands that I am digging right now, but my favorite local release of the year is Developer by Social Studies, hands down. Of course, I'm biased. My label released it. But we don't really release "rock" records all that often, so what is it about this band and this amazing album that compelled us to step outside our comfort zone on this? Social Studies' first album, 2010's Wind Up Wooden Heart was all twisty and turny, a proggy affair that was somehow catchy even as it threw verse-chorus-verse structures in the trash. [...]

Video: Pancho-san – "A Fool, A Fall, A Foal"

Pancho-san has released a video for the track "A Fool, A Fall, A Foal" off their latest LP, Americans. It was premiered by Magnet Magazine earlier this month, but you can peep it above. There's a good reason why Patrick Abernethy, Pancho-san singer/guitarist, sent me the video for posting here on The Bay Bridged. Most of the footage from the video was shot at a show I put together down in Austin, TX a couple years ago during SXSW. It was shot by Olivia Parriott, whom I wrote about earlier this year because she directed a film entitled Valencia that [...]

By |December 19, 2012|Tags: |

Josh Ritter announces new album, March show at The Fox backed by the Royal City Band

Native son of Moscow, Idaho and indie folk stalwart, the venerable Josh Ritter recently announced that his seventh studio album – the beautiful-yet-darkly-titled The Beast In Its Tracks – will drop March 5th on Pytheas Recordings, and he also confirmed a 44-date tour of North America and the UK in 2013 with his usual compadres the Royal City Band, including a stop at Oakland's Fox Theater on March 20th. The Beast In Its Tracks will be Ritter's first full-length studio effort since 2010's So Runs The World Away, and he was kind enough to share two glimpses of the new [...]

Ticket Giveaway for Girls In Suede's EP release at Bottom of the Hill, 12/20/12

San Francisco's Girls In Suede has a style that is tough to pin down. Their new self-titled EP takes you from intricate math-rock to loud, catchy choruses, while hitting just about everything in between throughout the album's 27-plus minutes. To celebrate the new release, the band is playing a show at Bottom of the Hill on December 20th, and we have a pair of free tickets for you. To win the two tickets, be the first person to email with "Girls in Suede" in the subject line. Starting as a Sonoma County high school band that broke up after [...]

By |December 18, 2012|Tags: |

Local Natives to release sophomore LP 'Hummingbird' on 1/29/13, playing Oakland's Fox Theater on 1/30/13

L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives plan to release their second studio album Hummingbird on January 29th, and they'll be at Oakland's Fox Theater the very next night as part of an epic North American and European tour that stretches all the way into late April. The quartet (comprised of Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn, and Matt Frazier) announced the new record back in October and then dropped the album's first single "Breakers", along with a video that you can watch here: Head over to iTunes to preorder either a standard or deluxe edition of Hummingbird and to grab [...]

By |December 17, 2012|Tags: |

'See A Little Light' — One week left to fund Bob Mould tribute concert film on Kickstarter

As BrooklynVegan recently reminded me, Bob Mould's Kickstarter campaign to fund the concert film version of See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould is nearing its end. With just has a week to go. the campaign is about 82% of the way toward funding the film, which captured the 2011 Mould tribute concert featuring performances by Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, Ryan Adams, No Age, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, and more. You can listen to a set of performances from the concert via this free collection on Google Play, [...]

By |December 14, 2012|Tags: |

Thee Oh Sees playing two nights at The Independent in January backed by Sic Alps, The Mallard, and Warm Soda

Local favorites Thee Oh Sees recently announced a two-night stand at The Independent on January 11th and 12th, and they didn't scrimp when booking the supporting acts – Sic Alps and Warm Soda open the first night, and Warm Soda returns with The Mallard on night number two. Unless you've been living in a hole, you know that John Dwyer and company had an eventful 2012, releasing their eleventh studio album Putrifiers II, participating in the great tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico, and dropping a split 7" with The Mallard as part of Brooklyn label Famous Class' LAMC [...]

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