Ticket Giveaway: Want to see Black Cobra, Glitter Wizard, and Lecherous Gaze at Brick & Mortar for free?

Glam metal maestros Glitter Wizard are supporting doom/sludge metal duo Black Cobra with Lecherous Gaze this Friday night at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and we want to send you and a friend for free. Email me at mike.g@thebaybridged.com and tell me why you're so hella metal that you deserve to go this show. I'll pick one winner to go thrash their face off for free. Black Cobra's latest album Invernal came out on Southern Lord last year, and the video for album cut "The Crimson Blade" was directed by none other than Glitter Wizard's Greg Downing. Check it: [...]

Video Premiere: Social Studies – "Still Life"

Social Studies has a new video out this morning for "Still Life", one of the key tracks off of their November release, Developer (Antenna Farm Records), and we are proud to premiere it here on The Bay Bridged. This melancholy, vibrantly illustrated animated short cued to "Still Life" was created by Murder Doll House Films, and according to the filmmaker's website they're pretty stoked on the way it came out: "Last month I got finished with a project, STILL LIFE, I’m really proud of. It’s the best animation I’ve done so far so really excited for people to see it." [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Two Gallants return to The Fillmore on 2/2/13 with Akron/Family and Future Twin (watch Two Gallants' recent Take Away Show)

After touring Europe and playing a few East Coast gigs at the end of 2012, San Francisco folk-rock duo Two Gallants will soon head out on a West Coast tour that caps off with a hometown gig at the Fillmore on February 2nd with Akron/Family and Future Twin supporting. Oh yeah, and the fine folks at the historic venue were nice enough to give us a pair of tickets as a prize for one lucky fan who will attend the band's first show at the corner of Geary and Fillmore since 2008 free-of-charge. Fresh off a year that saw the [...]

Video Premiere: A Million Billion Dying Suns – "Woke Up Floating"

Photo by Peter Freund A Million Billion Dying Suns is a brand new solo project from The Park guitarist Nate Mercereau, and I couldn't be more excited to share his brand new sights and sounds with you. Mercereau, who released the instrumental western album $1,000,000 Worth of Twang last year, has taken his music in yet another direction with AMBDS and is now back with a second video from the project, this time for the track "Woke Up Floating". Similar to his process on Twang, Mercereau self-recorded the new album in both his apartment in the Sunset, as well as [...]

Grayceon releases epic new track, record coming out 2/12/13 on Flenser Records

Chamber metal outfit Grayceon is set to release its new album, Pearl and the End of Days, on February 12th via Flenser Records, and the first taste has surfaced on Alarm-Magazine.com. This is more than a mere sneak peek of the album, however, given that it's a full track from a 30-minute album that consists of just two epic tracks. Head on over and listen to "Pearl" in its entirety. "We wrote this song when I was pregnant with my daughter, Pearl, who is now just over a year old, but the lyrics came after she was born," Grayceon's cellist/vocalist [...]

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Chris Forsyth playing tonight at the Hemlock and Saturday in Berkeley; watch videos for two tracks off 'Kenzo Deluxe'

Despite its projected eminence, the title "guitar virtuoso" isn't always a good thing – not when it conjures images of self-indulgent hard rock ax-men from decades past. But in the case of Philly's Chris Forsyth, the term registers with its intended effect. Forsyth mixes styles ranging from delta and electric blues to folk, ambient, and prog, sometimes diving but more often easing into seemingly unending psychedelic spirals, and he does it all by his lonesome, sucking you in with shockingly beautiful arrangements that do anything but call to mind dinosaurs like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai. Six months after releasing [...]

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11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music at Great American, 1/12/2012

Sleepless Nights headliner Red Meat A long list of Bay area artists will honor Gram Parsons Saturday at the Great American Music Hall for the "11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music". Event organizer and member of Sweet Chariot Eric Shea explains what "cosmic American music" meant to Parsons. "Music writers wanted to call him country-rock, but he pushed back and challenged them to listen more closely so they can hear the soul, gospel, Americana, blues and rock that all blended together into one grand sound," says Shea. "Cosmic American music was his vision [...]

The Parmesans release "The Smell of Silence" EP, set to embark on California tour with stop in Oakland, 1/24/13

Bay Area folk & bluegrass band The Parmesans continued their steady stream of releases by dropping The Smell of Silence this week, their third EP in a little over six months. The Parmesans might not stick to traditional, rigid bluegrass, but they can craft a damn fine melody, beautiful harmonies, and sound like they have have a hell of a lot of fun in the process. I know I have plenty of fun listening, at least. The band is now writing material for a new LP that they expect to release in the spring, and will be touring California starting [...]

By |January 9, 2013|Tags: |

Sufis releases second video from October performance for BAMM.tv, playing five Bay Area shows

Photo: Pamela Garcia-Aguirre SF quartet Sufis self-describes as "gypsy blues" and "garage jazz," and either characterization is incredibly apt. Comprised of Jon Shaheri (aka Jonny Cat) on guitar, Lauren Bjelde on vocals, Tyden Binsted on bass, and Felix Macnee on drums, the band delves into sounds not often found around these parts, laying down throwback, jazz-infused, swinging tracks that call to mind the roaring '20s and big band music, while maintaining a hint of garage rock edge. Crediting influences ranging from ancient Persian poets Rumi and Hafez, to jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday, and Cab Calloway, and [...]

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King Dude joins Chelsea Wolfe for acoustic show at Great American Music Hall, 1/11/13

King Dude and Chelsea Wolfe are kicking off 2013 with an acoustic tour that runs through January. If you missed Wolfe's acoustic show at Rickshaw Stop in September, don't skip out on this chance to catch the songstress and her bandmates perform unplugged at Great American Music Hall this Friday, January 11th. The former Bay Area resident (now based in Los Angeles) will be joined by Seattleite King Dude, so expect a night of darkly spiritual and deeply enchanting folk-rock from these two singer-songwriter-guitarist acts. Wolfe has graced San Francisco with her presence at several local venues over the past [...]

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