Seatraffic & Silver Hands co-headlining Professional Fans showcase @ DNA Lounge, 4/18/13

Professional Fans, a San Francisco-based "group of music lovers eager to serve as a vessel for new and exciting music," will be presenting its second official showcase on Thursday, April 18 at DNA Lounge. The event will feature a handful of the Bay Area's most promising new synth artists, with Seatraffic and Silver Hands co-headlining the show with support from Shortcircles, Running in the Fog, and Pro Fan DJs. San Francisco drum-and-synth duo Seatraffic recently released the track "Tempo of Regret" (above), the latest in a series of new singles. As previously reported, drummer/producer Andrew Marcogliese remixed the duo's "Superficial [...]

Video: Comfort Slacks – "Coffee" (complete with karaoke video campaign)

Probably the worst part about being in a band is the world of PR. You spend all sorts of money and time recording your art just so it can sit in the inbox of some dumb blogger or club booker. Perhaps you write up a nifty bio that compares yourself to other artists you hope the dumb blogger will like too, and hopefully you never make an appearance on Folder Rock. Not only is it difficult to stand out in the sea of all-too-easy-to-share flood of music, being too boastful or outlandish could just as easily turn someone off as [...]

By |April 15, 2013|Tags: |

Interview: BRMC's Robert Levon Been joins his father's bandmates to bring back The Call

Seminal ‘80s Santa Cruz rockers The Call disbanded in 2000 when frontman-bassist Michael Been decided to focus his energy on his son’s fledgling career. So in a roundabout way, Robert Levon Been is returning the gesture, when he briefly steps away from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for two shows this week to join his father’s bandmates and bring The Call back to life – or so it would seem. But the younger Been, who performs with The Call Thursday at Slim’s and again in Los Angeles the following night, before BRMC’s sold-out show at the Fillmore on April 22, [...]

Review, Photos & Video: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Diamond Rings @ Regency Ballroom, 4/12/13

Photos by Paige K. Parsons Following Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s show at the Regency Ballroom Friday evening, no one could claim that that frontman-bassist Andy McCluskey was phoning it in. The 53-year-old, drenched in sweat in an oversize shirt that he said fit snugly prior to the start of OMD’s current tour, worked the stage for the duration of the band’s nearly two-hour set. He routinely demonstrated his unique dance moves, shook hands and made the capacity crowd feel he was interacting directly with them. The tour, in support of this year’s English Electric, featured a selection of songs [...]

Saadi Halil releases debut album 'Before I Head Out Again'

Santa Cruz' Saadi Halil finally released his long anticipated, proper full-length Before I Head Out Again on March 20 via Soul Without Borders Publishing. The album was several years in the making, with Halil releasing at least one of the tracks (lead single "Delta Riders") on 2007's Sonny Boy Blue (a collection of early recordings circulated among friends and family on burned CD-Rs) and as a stand-alone single last year. Halil's music is truly something to behold. Spanning "Delta blues, Spanish Cumbia, Portuguese love songs, Swahili songs of freedom, and more," his sound is well-developed and unique, exhibiting a myriad [...]

By |April 12, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Thee Oh Sees — "Minotaur"

Thee Oh Sees released their music video for "Minotaur," the first single off of the forthcoming album Floating Coffin, due to be released on April 16, and the low-budget piece is an interesting visual to go along with the slinky song. With less than charming knights playing the heroes and a half-human, half-beast playing the misunderstood captor who unenthusiastically clocks into his job of kidnapping a damsel, the video gets the point across that many people work jobs they hate and then die and then that's it. It's a solemn message, but John Dwyer offers a remedy to this tragic [...]

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Video: Chrystian Rawk – "Famous"

Chrystian Rawk – the "I'm not sure what exactly is going on but I like it" band fronted by Christian Carpenter – released their final single and video, "Famous", last week. Carpenter, who has played with Eight Belles, Anna Ash, and The Lawlands, says "Famous" is "a Satirical-Satan-Pop guide to celebrity success is in the style of comedy-pop and addresses the various Illuminati conspiracies and Soul selling myths increasingly popular in explaining the symbology and success stories of contemporary and perennial pop culture figures." The video stars Carpenter along with LA's Joey Dosik and New York's Theo Katzman, who produced [...]

By |April 11, 2013|Tags: |

Video: Luke Sweeney – "The Marrow" (plus tour dates with Garrett Pierce)

Luke Sweeney (of Wet Dreams Dry Magic and VOWS fame) released the second video from his new solo album, Ether Ore (read my interview with Luke about the album). The video, which Luke directed himself, features the lo-fi folk track "The Marrow" and seems to be a commentary of sorts on the perilous state of the American dream: with a montage of haunting images of poverty in San Francisco as a backdrop, Luke panhandles for "dreams" and plays a song to his real-life (and really adorable) baby girl, Pele. "I never really thought about the song's meaning until I started [...]

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Oakland's Legs release new video for "Two Colours"

Oakland's own Legs recently offered a fuzzed out, hazy, and colorfully psychedelic video for "Two Colours." The video showcases babe-ly Amelia Adams, who contributes vocals alongside Jeffrey Harland; Harland and New Zealand native Matt Bullimore are the original members of Legs, who have watched their band grow from two to five members. In "Two Colours," one minute you're watching Adams sing forlorn lyrics, and the next, a burst of confetti explodes behind her and the rest of Legs emerges, ripping through the song. "Two Colours" starts with a heavy bang, but simmers and fades slowly into a mellow groove of [...]

By |April 9, 2013|Tags: |
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