Playlist: Get a musical history lesson from Adam Widener

San Francisco's Adam Widener has released some excellent rock and roll over the last few years, most recently his LP Vesuvio Nights. Later next month Widner will tour the Midwest as Adam and the Cola Kids. After the tour, Adam tells me he plans on recording yet another LP. Widener is a true punk rock historian, and his ten-track playlist of some of his influences will take you on a ride that is heavily rooted in punk but definitely includes tangential styles (much like Widener's own music – huh). Widener introduced me to some acts I'd never heard before, and [...]

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Live This Month: December 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #321) Download: Live This Month: December 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #321) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's December again, which means something of a slow down in the world of live music. Tours become more infrequent as bands avoid winter weather, and few albums are being released during a time when most critics are putting the finishing touches on their best-of lists. Likely to appear on more than a few of those lists [...]

Fuzz City releases second annual 'Summer of Fuzz' cassette

Flying under the radar earlier this summer was the second installment in Fuzz City Records' Summer of Fuzz compilation series, released exclusively on cassette back on June 10. As with last year's debut, Summer of Fuzz Volume 2 is chock full o' hot summertime cuts from a host of bands from around the Bay and beyond, including Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones, White Mystery Drags, Part Time, Sabba Rabba, and label founder Matthew Melton's band Warm Soda. Melton was kind enough to share a few tracks from Volume 2 with me recently, and you can hear those cuts (from Drags, Part [...]

Mixtape: Bay Area Rock and Roll, Garage Punk, Lo-Fi, and Power Pop (Podcast #312) Download: Mixtape: Bay Area Rock and Roll, Garage Punk, Lo-Fi, and Power Pop (Podcast #312) Over the past few years, the San Francisco Bay Area has dominated the world of garage rock, with folks like Thee Oh Sees, Shannon and the Clams and Ty Segall recognized as the leaders of a fertile local rock and roll scene. In 2013, all three of those acts remain great: the first two put out a couple of the year's best albums, and the now LA-based Ty's newest comes highly anticipated from Drag City next week. An honest accounting of Bay Area rock [...]

Primitive Hearts and Adam Widener open for The Steve Adamyk Band and Needles//Pins

San Francisco solo garage rock machine Adam Widener will join fellow San Franciscans Primitive Hearts opening for Canadian punks The Steve Adamyk Band and Needles//Pins Tuesday night at Thee Parkside. Widener, who plays bass at his live shows, has performed with Warm Soda as his backing band for solo shows in the past. For Tuesday's show, the well-connected Widener enlisted the help of drummer Phil Lantz and singer/guitarist Patrick Clos from Cocktails, and will use DSTVV's Joel Cusumano as his lead guitarist. You can stream The Steve Adamyk Band's most recent LP on Exclaim and listen/watch to the rest of [...]

Adam Widener releases new EP, playing at Monarch 1/10/13

San Francisco's Adam Widener, who once played bass for Bare Wires, is set to release a new EP Gimmee Gimmee Scientific Stuff on January 22nd. A vinyl copy of this album would make a sweet addition to your collection even if it wasn't full of catchy, high-energy garage pop. The album cover is actually an old school 3D image designed by Widener, and the red and blue translucent vinyl functions as 3D glasses. Although the album isn't officially out until the 22nd, you can order it now from the Sexy Baby Records Bandcamp page. Widener will be playing live with [...]

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