New Yours Truly video: BOY – "Oh Boy"

The latest installment of Yours Truly music vids features half-Swiss Swedish, half-German pop duo, BOY. While passing through town on their first American tour a few weeks ago to play a date at – guess where? – the Swedish American Hall, BOY laid down some idyllic backyard footage with YT for “Oh Boy,” a sweet acoustic tune that is as warm and charming as the scenery behind them. Beautiful song, beautiful people, beautiful backdrop. Watch the video below to hear the song and find out a little bit about their songwriting process.

By |April 9, 2013|Tags: , |

Danny Brown playing two Bay Area shows, ditching Baauer for the second

Detroit rap personality Danny Brown is poised to take over the Bay Area this spring with a couple of live shows separated by a month-long gap. The first gig, on April 17 at The Independent, is a stop on Brown's "Worst of Both Worlds" co-headlining tour with Baauer. Last year, Brown collaborated on a track with Purity Ring, who will coincidentally be playing the same night at Bottom of the Hill. I wonder if they will meet halfway for burritos. Baauer, an instrumental trap producer currently signed to LuckyMe, recently skyrocketed from an overlooked Pitchfork post to international notoriety after [...]

By |April 8, 2013|Tags: , , |

Music Video Race returns for its second year

The Music Video Race is back for its second year, and they need you...if you're a film whiz or in a band, that is. I wrote about the MVR last time around, but since it's been a year, let me refresh your memory: MVR randomly pairs 20 filmmakers with 20 bands and gives them a weekend to conceive, shoot, and edit a music video (this year, that weekend is June 7–9). The following Saturday (June 15) there is a big party at Rickshaw Stop at which all 20 videos are screened and a panel of music industry professionals pick the [...]

By |April 8, 2013|Tags: |

Palma Violets prep for show at the Independent, release YoursTruly Video

It would be hard for me to lie and hide my excitement about Palma Violets. Their first single "Best of Friends" off of 180 came out of nowhere late last year -- a stomping, energetic party of a song from four London 20-year-olds. I couldn't help but be completely taken with their earnest sound and freshness. Palma Violets are filling that post-Libertines void in Brit rock, morphing 1960's garage rock into a very British sound. The band formed in 2011 and thanks to house shows that were spread by word-of-mouth, and a wild energy that overtook their short but punchy [...]

Win tickets to see Tinariwen, Warpaint, Chelsea Wolfe, and more at Desert Daze, 4/20/13

The good folks who put on the annual Moon Block Party in Pomona, CA are once again hosting Desert Daze—a psych fest out in the desert, where shit gets real trippy. The festival happens around the same time as Coachella, and is meant as a much more affordable way to see some killer bands under the Southern California sun without all the hassle. As you can tell from the pics I posted from last year's Moon Block Party, these people know how to throw one hell of a show. This year, the Desert Daze lineup is absolutely mindblowing: Tuareg psych [...]

Interview: BottleRock aims to bring a major music festival to wine country

Longtime Napa residents and businessmen Bob Vogt and Gabe Meyers think that as important as Napa County has been for the Bay Area in terms of food and wine, entertainment is extremely lacking. Meyers, a 42-year-old sports media producer, and Vogt, a 63-year-old lawyer and commercial real estate developer – he’s one of the principal owners of Napa’s Uptown Theatre – believe the city and region should represent more than a good meal and spa day. “You can only have so many great meals and so much great wine before you’re like, ‘I have to work off this meal – [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Phosphorescent, 4/6/13 at The Independent

The first name in dreamy, ambient, almost-folk, Phosphorescent is coming to The Independent at the end of the week. Raised in Alabama but musically reared in hipster-cred hotbeds Athens and Brooklyn, Phosphorescent (born Matthew Houck) sounds just like the perfect melding of the two. Staunchly part of the wild-haired, artsy, NPR-darling school of music, his work is reverent and solemn, with a sparkling strain of folk that ebbs underneath. His new album, Muchacho, was released just a couple weeks ago. The Indy show this weekend, unsurprisingly, is sold out, but we've got what just might be the last pair of [...]

By |April 4, 2013|Tags: |

Rue '66 playing Neck of the Woods with The Satin Chaps & Paradise, 4/5/13; listen to "Laisse Tomber les Filles"

San Francisco's Rue '66, who claim to be the City's "only authentic '60s French yé yé band" will headline a throwback to the '60s at Neck of the Woods with Portland bands The Satin Chaps and Paradise. The band was formed in 2010 when two UCSF library employees with a love of '60s French music joined forces with Carol Pott, a French speaker who was a singing musette with an accordion player. Since then, they've gradually added members (including one native Frenchman) and are now an eight-piece complete with two vocalists and horns. Rue '66 currently plays all covers, but [...]

Remote View trilogy concludes at The Lab with Barn Owl (record release), Max & Mara, Vereker this Friday, 4/5/13

This Friday will bring a close to the Remote View live aural trilogy at The Lab in San Francisco. Conceived by Evan Caminiti, Sky Madden, Lisa McGee, and Jon Porras, Remote View kicked off back in February, followed by the second installment in March. Caminiti (who played the first Remote View as Painted Caves) and Porras (who played the second installment as Vallens) will headline the final event together as Barn Owl, with Max & Mara and Vereker also performing live. Remote View is a unique audio-visual experience combining live experimental music with a variety of visual elements including film [...]

Interview: Music and water bring San Cisco to San Francisco

Jordi Davieson has known Scarlett Stevens since he was a toddler. Their parents are friends and they grew up together in the coastal town of Fremantle, Australia – just south of Perth on the country’s west coast. “There’s a photo of Scarlett and me and I’m still in my nappies,” the San Cisco singer-guitarist recalled. “Scarlett is pushing me around in a wheelbarrow or something.” So it may come as a surprise that the lyrics to “Awkward,” a song about uncomfortable communications between a boy and his crush – off the band’s E.P. of the same name, and sung by [...]

By |April 3, 2013|Tags: |
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