FASIV releases new music video for “Everybody Knows”

FASIV has released the first music video in support of their new record Ride, a sprawling, double-album showcasing the group's expanding range of influences and forays into genre experimentation. The video itself is a bit stranger than you would initially expect from the straightforward rock vibe of the song. It's a psychedelic spaghetti-western pizza party, full of kaleidoscopic visual effects and disorienting cuts, a stoner haze hanging over the suggestive nature of the images. Not only is the band exploring new sonic territory, they seem to be intent on warping your vision too. If you haven't seen the former Strange [...]

By |March 24, 2016|Tags: |

Kendra McKinley debuts video for sultry single “Party Mask”

There's a handful of news tidbits from the Kendra McKinkley camp. For one, she has a new video for single "Party Mask," and it's a sublime little masterpiece that features the lush string accompaniment of fellow San Francisco locals Amaranth Quartet. Two, it's the first single off her new record Treat, which is due out in June of this year. Recorded at Tiny Telephone studios, the video emulates the black-and-white aesthetic of classic noir style and is in itself quite simple: It's comprised of shots of her and the quartet playing in the studio, some with her joining the other [...]

By |March 22, 2016|Tags: |

Friendless Summer release new video for “All The Time”

If you're looking for some goofy-but-still-actually-decent escapist lo-fi pop, Friendless Summer is for you. Jack Brown of Friendless Summer has not only recently released a new EP with Death Records, but also a witty music video with a goofy look on romance. Watch as Brown goes on a date and sings about his love for his blow up doll, but if you want to watch this live, Emotional and Friendless Summer are ending their west coast tour in Oakland next Wednesday, March 23. It's also the official cassette release party for Friendless Summer (oh dang, that's even better!). Hopefully Jack [...]

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Terracur” (Part 4 of 4)

We can't believe it's finally here: We're in the last week of our Social Studies video release project! For those of you who are just catching this series, we'll give you a little context: We're working on a fun project with Portland's Banana Stand Media, who is a live music outfit that hosts and records live sessions from a variety of local and touring bands. A couple years back, in June of 2014, one of those bands was our local darlings Social Studies. After a bit of a waiting period due to the downtime between the session and the release their record Wake, their spirited set is [...]

By |March 21, 2016|Tags: |

Cougar on a Meth Binge releases debut full length, ‘Light in You’

We've really enjoyed following the growth of Oakland's Cougar on a Meth Binge, who first grabbed our attention with sweet, banjo-laced lo-fi recordings posted to soundcloud. They've released a handful of EP's, and this Friday, they're releasing their debut full length, Light in You at a show in Oakland at Studio Grand. Although the sound quality is a bit more polished, there's still an intimacy combined with subtly unpredictable and unconventional rhythms in COAMB's music that keeps bringing me back. The band has also released a pair of videos ahead of the album — catch the visuals for the title [...]

Kev Choice to perform “88 Steps to Eternity” at Yoshi’s

Kev Choice is a staple in the Bay Area hip-hop scene. There's no doubting it. He's recorded and toured with the likes of Too $hort, Lauryn Hill, and Goapele, worked with Souls of Mischief and Martin Luther, and has performed solo alongside Mos Def, Digable Planets, and DJ Quik. From The Power of Choice to Love and Revolution, he's put out releases that have highlighted his lyrical proficiency as well as his production knowledge. Now he's back with a mostly instrumental project titled 88 Steps to Eternity, which is set to be released later this spring. 88 Steps to Eternity is a demonstration [...]

By |March 15, 2016|Tags: |

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Moment is Dead” (Part 3 of 4)

We're in week three of our Social Studies video release project! For those of you who are just catching this series, we'll give you a little context: We're working on a fun project with Portland's Banana Stand Media, who is a live music outfit that hosts and records live sessions from a variety of local and touring bands. A couple years back, in June of 2014, one of those bands was our local darlings Social Studies. After a bit of a waiting period due to the downtime between the session and the release their record Wake, their spirited set is being released as a live record, Live [...]

By |March 14, 2016|Tags: |

Backing new album, Shearwater play the Independent March 4

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg has a thing for birds, looks like he’s about 12 years old, and writes hyper-literate music — not exactly the template for rock star status. But he also has the ability to project his commanding voice in a way that exudes confidence — if you were to listen to Shearwater’s excellent new album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, you’d be convinced he’s the second coming of Warren Zevon (or someone like that). Due in large part to Meiburg’s exceptional range as a singer, Shearwater’s music has always contained elements of theatrics, from the Medieval-sounding double-disc Palo Santo to [...]

By |March 3, 2016|Tags: |

Detroit punkers Protomartyr play Bottom of the Hill tomorrow

There is always something strangely satisfying about when a band’s sound perfectly aligns with the image and aura of the place they call home. Whether it’s the Strokes conveying the detached coolness of New York City or Queens of the Stone channeling the scorched vastness of the California desert, bands that musically reflect their origins just seem to have an extra layer of authenticity. So it’s heartening to see the noticeable connection between punk rockers Protomartyr and Detroit, the crumbling Midwestern metropolis that is their home. Like the city’s blue collar lineage, Protomartyr’s sound is direct, blunt and without airs, [...]

By |March 3, 2016|Tags: |

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ video premiere: Social Studies, “Territories” (Part 1 of 4)

We are very excited to announce a fun series that we're working on with Portland's Banana Stand Media. BSM is a live music outfit that hosts and records live sessions from a variety of local and touring bands. A couple years back, in June of 2014, one of those bands was our local darlings Social Studies. After a bit of a waiting period due to the downtime between the session and the release their record Wake, their spirited set is being released as a live record, Live at the Banana Stand, on March 25th. Here's where we come in: Each and every Monday leading [...]

By |February 29, 2016|Tags: |
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