Just announced: Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 at the Hemlock Tavern

During their brief four-year run, the much-adored Galaxie 500 pioneered a dynamic, Velvets-updating dream pop sound, traces of which can be heard in new bands over two decades later. The good folks at the Hemlock Tavern just announced two May 11th shows featuring Dean Wareham performing Galaxie 500 songs in the Hemlock's intimate room. Wareham will be accompanied by Britta Phillips and Anthony LaMarca for both sets (7:30pm, 10:30pm, $20, 21+), which are on sale right now. Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 Hemlock Tavern May 11, 2012 7:30pm, 10:30pm, $20

The Ferocious Few to play free show for The Neighborhood (RSVP details here)

On April 12th, San Francisco rock and roll trio the The Ferocious Few will deliver a special performance for TheNeighborhood.TV, presented by Audyssey and Noise Pop. Those who wish to attend can RSVP by commenting on the event page on The Neighborhood's web site. The Ferocious Few announced in February that they are close to finishing a new record which will see light sometime in 2012. As we reported previously, frontman Francisco Fernandez's car was stolen earlier this year, with all of his instruments (including three guitars worth thousands of dollars) inside. The group has set up a Paypal account where fans can [...]

Bear in Heaven play The Independent on April 8

Now that Bear in Heaven's I Love You, It's Cool is out, you can finally decide for yourself if all the hype is warranted. And you can catch watch them play a set full of songs that sound like the synthy soundtrack to the scene from an 80s movie, where the protagonist stares forlornly out of windows after losing the girl/boy, at The Independent on April 8. If you're epileptic, prone to motion sickness, or easily frightened by hobos in sparkly suits, do not watch this video for I Love You cut "The Reflection of You."

By |April 5, 2012|Tags: |

Video: Gentleman Surfer – "Sweep Tactics"

Gentleman Surfer is the brainchild of Jon Bafus (ex-Sholi), who writes, arranges, and performs all of the project's songs. In November 2011, he released Bountiful Ore, a 12-track collection of instrumental tunes ranging in style from synthed-out victory lap music to jazzy, percussive numbers. Bafus also drums in the band Appetite, a skill at the forefront of many Ore songs. Bountiful Ore by Gentleman Surfer Recently, the first Gentleman Surfer video was released for the catchy track "Sweep Tactics," which you can watch below.

Bowerbirds release 'The Clearing' — performing at The Independent on April 6th

Bowerbirds - "In the Yard" Listening to a Bowerbirds record is like meandering through a forest: generally tranquil, and peppered by shadows -- but sometimes, somehow, the light manages to fall through the trees. Composed of couple Beth Tacular (accordion, vocals) and Phil Moore (guitar, vocals), in addition to Mark Paulson (violin, vocals), the band has a propensity for writing sad, homespun songs about love, nature, the human existence, and, mostly recently, gratitude. Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina, their sound is steeped in the Appalachian folk tradition -- down to the use of strings and accordion -- but often subverts [...]

By |April 4, 2012|Tags: |

K. Flay returns to the Bay Area for Popscene on 4/5/12

K. Flay will return to the Bay Area (she left us for Brooklyn last year) to perform at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop on April 5th with usual DJ sets from Live 105's Aaron Axelsen and Miles the DJ. It has been quite the busy year so far for K. Flay. Earlier this year the female MC released her new EP Eyes Shut through Spin, which you can also download for free at her website. After performing this year at SXSW, K. Flay now sets her eyes on some of music's biggest summer music festivals including Bonnaroo and Governor's Ball [...]

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Odd Future return to play The Warfield April 9

Perhaps you've seen their new music video for "Rella" where the entire LA rap collective terrorizes a suburban neighborhood — slapping women and busting through walls while head-honcho Tyler, The Creator snorts mountains of cocaine as a centaur. Or you could have spotted one of the many advertisements for their new album, The O.F. Tape Vol. 2 plastered on Market St. Better yet, maybe you've read one of the thousands of music critic think pieces that overloaded the internet when Odd Future first came to fame. Point being, pretty much everyone already has an opinion about OFWGKTA. Love them, hate [...]

By |April 3, 2012|Tags: |

New Foxtails Brigade video shot by Pomplamoose, catch them with Emily Jane White

Foxtails Brigade have released a new video shot by Jack Conte of YouTube darlings Pomplamoose. It's apparently the first of four videos that they plan to do together. The other three will be released on Foxtails Brigades' YouTube channel. The video is shot very much in the Pomplamoose style, where what you hear is what you see — the person and instrument making every single sound at some point makes a cameo in the video. In other words, they're keepin it real, and they can prove it. Conte explained the method to NPR a couple years ago, and it's worth [...]

Video: Nanosaur – "T33n Dayze"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlgDZg0Sqpo&feature=related East Bay dream-pop artist Nanosaur (the one man project of Michael Solorzano) has a new video for his single "T33n Dayze," shot entirely on the Venice Beach boardwalk. The song lives up to its name, embracing chillwave genre signifiers musically (shimmering keywords and distorted drums) and visually (lens flares, the beach). The light-hearted video follows a young woman as she dances along the boardwalk, engaging locals and tourists alike with her wild dance moves. Smiles ensue. Afterglow by NanosauR Check out Nanosaur live with Yalls and Shortcircles this Saturday, March 31st at Milk. Tickets are $6 at the door.

By |March 29, 2012|Tags: |

Sunday: The Fifth Annual Switchboard Musical Festival, with Faun Fables, Beep, Dominique Leone and more

The Switchboard Music Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary on April 1st with eight hours of non-stop music from Bay Area artists who are pushing the boundaries in their respective genres. BEEP - "Wolf Pantalones (feat. Merrill Garbus from Tune-Yards)" The lineup includes a number of artists we've blogged about here before -- Faun Fables, Beep, Dominique Leone, and Ramon & Jessica -- as well as Volti, Jeff Anderle, Cornelius Boots, Dan Cantrell, Grains, Danny Holt, Hurd Ensemble, The Living Earth Show, Mercury Falls, Nonsemble 6, and the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble. Faun Fables - "Parade" Ryan Brown, a [...]

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