Premiere: The Tet Holiday takes a humorous jab at tech culture with “Statues” video

"Look, our social media presence is garbage; we need to start being more relateable, and we need to start engaging with influencers," says a tech bro caricature as a band sits busking on a San Francisco sidewalk. That band is Oakland's The Tet Holiday, and in their new video for single "Statues," they're faced with a dilemma when opportunity strikes in the form of a $100 thrown in their guitar case, from said tech bro: Why shouldn't they try their hand at being more like him? With the bombastically catchy song as the soundtrack, the video follows them in their hilarious search [...]

By |February 26, 2016|Tags: |

Meernaa – “10/9”

One of Oakland's newest dreamy pop outfits, Meernaa, has just shared a new track, "10/9" ahead of a pair of February shows. As we learned on their debut, Meernaa's Carly Bond has an incredible voice, and her bandmates Rob Shelton and Nick Deryss help her produce dreamy yet sharp soundscapes. The track lives somewhere in the vicinity of where jazz, spacey synths, and world rhythms intersect, (which I think is somewhere around North Oakland). 10/9 by Meernaa Meernaa plays tonight at the Night Light in Oakland with MRCH, followed by a show March 29 at Bottom of the Hill with [...]

By |February 24, 2016|Tags: |

Porches, Alex G, Your Friend tour stops for sold out show at Rickshaw

Credit: Crystal Lee Farris With a few exceptions, Domino Record Co. has had a particularly strong run this past year. From last year's Beach Music, to January's Gumption and this month's Pool, the label has been instrumental in introducing the talents of certain bedroom pop heroes to the masses. Domino label-mates Porches, Alex G, and Your Friend will soon join forces on an extensive spring tour, which includes a night at the Rickshaw Stop on March 28. You're smart. You already bought tickets. The show is now sold out. Your Friend (aka Taryn Miller) released one of the [...]

By |February 23, 2016|Tags: , , |

Brooklyn’s Big Thief makes “Masterpiece” video, plays Bay in March

Isn't it great and awfully convenient when a song is so aptly titled? Big Thief, a four piece out of Brooklyn, are making their mark with their first single since announcing their signing to Omaha-based label Saddle Creek. "Masterpiece" is, well, a slow-burning masterpiece that brims with emotional vigor, fueled by Adrianne Lenker's gritty, lilted vocals. The accompanying video riffs on this emotional component, but with added fun and games that show an alternate side of the band. The video starts by revealing their vibrant and goofy personality right off the bat: They're sitting around a table, exchanging fake telegrams via phone chargers [...]

By |February 18, 2016|Tags: |

Burnt Palms release new LP ‘Back On My Wall’, video for “Last Time”

Seaside, California-based quartet Burnt Palms have released their third studio album. Back On My Wall is out now on We Were Never Being Boring. The Limited Edition 12-inch black vinyl LP comes with a bonus demo CD with earlier versions of songs from the LP. The album is also available streaming via Bandcamp. Burnt Palms' new single "Last Time" comes with a music video that reveals the band recording the song at Speakeasy Studio in San Francisco, before the album was mixed at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn. The video even features front-woman Christina Riley smiling as she flips off the [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Tags: |

The Stone Foxes release video for “Dying Star”

It's a story most of us can relate to: a true spaceman stuck at a dead-end space job until he's had enough and breaks out his counterpart from his equally terrible space job, the both of them riding off towards the good old days and stopping at space Tijuana along the way. The Stone Foxes understand. Our raucous rockers continue to remind us about their musical contributions from 2015's Twelve Spells with a new video for the battle cry of "Dying Star." Having ignited the promotional machine almost a full year early, the Foxes released a track a month until [...]

By |February 12, 2016|Tags: |

Video Premiere: The Painted Horses “I Wanna Tell Ya,” the first of a special video series with Gadgetbox

Santa Cruz folk trio The Painted Horses grabbed our attention with their lovely 2015 debut LP, Ponderosa Pines. Today, we're excited to share with you a new live video for "I Wanna Tell Ya" off the same album. The video is the first of Gadgetbox's "One Night Stand" series: each month is offering up a free 24 hours of studio time to a filmmaker and artist to record a video. Here are the details: Beginning in January 2016, Gadgetbox Studios is proud to present the One Night Stand live music video series. The goal of the showcase is to pair [...]

Mark Nelsen releases new music video for “Tennessee Valley”

Singer-songwriter Mark Nelsen has a new music video to share for his song "Tennessee Valley." Consisting entirely of stock footage from the mid-20th century (practically ancient history), the splice job fits the track's old-school sonic vibe. It's got a country-tinged melody, a hint of gospel soul, and a folky rhythmic bounce — like a car rolling down the highway, surrounded by nothing but the great wide open expanding outward to infinity on all sides. This is definitely an "on the road" song, a tour through overlooked or outright forgotten America, one best enjoyed with the windows down and the breeze [...]

By |February 10, 2016|Tags: |

Indie guitar rock icons Built to Spill performing two shows at Slim’s

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In 1999, Built to Spill debuted “Carry the Zero,” an essentially-perfect song off Keep it Like a Secret, an essentially-perfect album,  which completed an essentially-perfect three-release run that included 1994’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love and 1997’s Perfect From Now On. While the group has continued to churn out great music since (albeit at a much slower pace — they’ve only released four albums in the last 15 years), that flawless stretch of music in the mid-90s forever established the band as icons of indie rock—practitioners of both expansive, guitar-driven melodies and humble, unassuming pop concoctions. Their [...]

By |February 5, 2016|Tags: |

Brian Jonestown Massacre announce two shows at The Independent

More than 10 years after its release, Dig! remains one of the finest music documentaries ever made. The tale of two indie-rock bands — the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre — taking wildly divergent career paths still resonates today as an inside glimpse into the challenges facing artists on the periphery of stardom. While he comes off as an insufferable asshole in the film, BJM’s chief genius/weirdo Anton Newcombe is easily the most captivating character in Dig!. He is a mercurial, drug-addled mess, but Newcombe is also a damaged individual who has an otherworldly ability to write some [...]

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