Julia Holter to play the Rickshaw Stop on Sunday, April 29

Julia Holter is a 27-year-old classical composer for the modern age — that is to say, with a pop sensibility. Her ethereal music appeals to the nerd in all of us, from the musicality, which includes dissonance that is, at times, evocative of Stravinsky, to the intertextuality at play that adds dimensions beyond the song’s aural elements. Tragedy, the aptly named debut album Holter released late in 2011, is structurally based on Hippolytus, a Greek play by Euripedes, and “Marienbad,” the first single off of Ekstasis, her just-released sophomore effort, is a nod to the highly acclaimed experimental French film [...]

By |April 13, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Dirty Ghosts – "Ropes That Way"

There are worse things you can spend four minutes watching than Dirty Ghosts's Allyson Baker rocking out solo on various sunny sidewalks, belting out the band's new single, "Ropes That Way," off their debut album Metal Moon. And hey, whaddaya know? Those minutes exist, thanks to their new video directed by TV Carnage, which you can check out below. The band is currently in the midst of their first major tour (ending with a hometown show here on May 5th at Cafe Du Nord), and you can keep up with all the happenings on their WordPress blog made specifically for [...]

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Video: Magic Bullets – "What Took You So Long"

With the release of the seven track EP Much Ado About, San Francisco indie pop five-piece Magic Bullets are now officially finished as a band (don't act surprised — we've been mourning the break-up for quite some time now). They've left us with one more treat, though. in the form of a new music video for the single "What Took You So Long." Created with footage from their last days on tour by guitarist Corey Cunningham, the black and white video is a goofy, lo-fi montage of the band laughing and fooling around.

By |April 12, 2012|Tags: |

tUnE-yArDs: new video for "My Country," Kickstarter project launched for SF Rock Project

Adding to the already-long list of reasons to love tUnE-yArDs, here's the band's new video for "My Country" (directed by Mimi Cave, who was also responsible for this clip for "Bizness"). The kids in the video come from Brightworks and the SF Rock Project, and the band has also launched a Kickstarter project to get an instrument lending library started for the Rock Project. tUnE-yArDs' spring and summer touring includes that live scoring gig at the SFIFF on April 23rd and a co-headlining date at the Fox with St. Vincent on the 24th. More details below. tUnE-yArDs Spring / Summer [...]

By |April 12, 2012|Tags: |

SF's moonbell release new 12" on Loglady Records

Trance-gaze band moonbell just dropped a new, self-titled album on 12" vinyl via Loglady Records and on CD via Deep Space Recordings. Okay, so as far as I know, "trance-gaze" isn't a thing. But it's entirely appropriate, I think: moonbell's music is equal parts hypnotic, trance-like drone and shoegazey fuzz rock. But don't take my word for it. Check out the video for lead single "Nothing Less" up above, or download the song via Soundcloud below:

By |April 11, 2012|Tags: |

Bender's to host a special 4/20 KUSF-in-Exile benefit

The next monthly benefit for KUSF-In-Exile hosted by Bender's Bar and Grill falls on 4/20, so there are plans to make this one extra special. I don't think that means they'll be passing out the sticky-icky at the door, but it does mean there are plans for it to be a "blowout" that will allegedly "BLOW YOUR MIND!!!" (Yes, I believe those are weed puns. And yes, all three exclamation points are from the original — they mean that shit.) Check out this video from headliners Uzi Rash. Looks like someone got into the 4/20 supplies a little early... SF's [...]

Video: Sea of Bees – "Broke"

Cinematic and pleasantly saturated is Sea of Bees' newest video for "Broke," the first from the sophomore album Orangefarben. The video premiered on VICE this week, and was shot on family property outside of Jules' stomping grounds of Sacramento. This is the debut from director Kat Gardiner with the production company Food Chain Films. Sea of Bees played one last Bay Area show in late March before a two-month departure for the UK - believe it or not, one can spend that much time in one region! We can't expect anything more from Jules and her band until summer at [...]

By |April 10, 2012|Tags: |

New Seventeen Evergreen album, 'Steady On, Scientist', comes with acid-washed trailer

If Lars Von Trier were to have replaced Wagner's Tristan and Isolde with the sounds of electro-psych rock in his gorgeously ruminating, pre-apocalyptic Melancholia, and if Kiefer Sutherland's character had taken mushrooms rather than (spoiler alert!) whatever pills were in that bottle, then the result may or may not have been the trippy album trailer for Seventeen Evergreen's new record, Steady on, Scientist, which features ever-expanding, hypnotizing planets that will most likely come to haunt you in your sleep if you're not careful. The visuals for the video were done by Antoine Boilevin, and this audio-aesthetic adventure follows November's "Polarity [...]

Video: Yalls – "Real Fantasy" (Terroreyes.tv session); free East Bay show on Wednesday

Once Sacramento, now Los Angeles-based video producer Terroreyes.tv gives Oakland electronic musician Yalls a strong party-vibe look with this session. Staged during a recent weekend trip to Los Angeles, this performance receives friendly help from Dylan Travis (Some Ember). It gives the bright, lyrically memorable "Real Fantasy" a new perspective -- the song's usual underwater echo has less impact on Dan's vocals, letting them fall further back in the mix. Both Yalls and Some Ember perform this Wednesday in Oakland at the first installment of a collaboration between Decoder and Mapzzz, appropriately named Easy Bay Wednesdays. Yalls, Some Ember, DJs [...]

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Philip Glass remix album drops June 26, features Beck, Amon Tobin, Memory Tapes, more

Few people truly deserve the title "living legend" as much as modern composer Philip Glass. Though he prefers to be thought of as a composer of "music with repetitive structures" instead of as a "minimalist," the list of musicians indebted to Glass's minimalist stylings is a long one. I'm willing to bet that many fans of contemporary electronic and rock music aren't even aware of the influence he has had on some of the top indie auteurs, knob twiddlers, and beatmakers on the scene today. But a new album of remixes of Philip Glass's works coming out June 26 on [...]

By |April 9, 2012|Tags: |
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