Interview: Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound on new album, touring with friends, and why their Santa Cruz show should get you laid

Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound have at last unleashed their latest psychedelic onslaught on the world, Manzanita. Check out the album's opener, "L.A. Sacrifice", which is lighter on the sunny side but certainly bursting with all kinds of head-nodding psych rock guitar: Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound - "L.A. Sacrifice" As it turns out, sunshine was a very real presence throughout the recording process, so Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound is kinda, in some ways, more than just a name. How do I know this? Assemble Head's Charlie Saufley was kind enough to submit to my questioning. Check it out [...]

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261)

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261) Think of our latest mixtape as something of an hour-long indie music/beer pairing, inspired by our upcoming The Bay Brewed rock and roll beer festival. On Saturday, December 3rd, we'll be at The Verdi Club, for performances by Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic, and Terry Malts, and unlimited local craft beer samplings from 21st Amendment, Anchor Steam, Beach Chalet, Drake's Brewing, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Marin Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, and Speakeasy. In this mixtape, we've collected music from 21 local indie rock, garage, lo-fi and psych bands whose rocking tunes serve [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday 2: Adam Haworth Stephens, The Futureheads, Dead Meadow

This is Part 2 of 2 for Ticket Giveaway Wednesday. Check our earlier post with three other giveaways. Saturday, October 2nd - Adam Stephens, Mini Mansions, Sea of Bees @ The Independent Adam Haworth Stephens - "The Cities You've Burned" To enter send an email to with your full name in the body and the phrase "I want to see Adam Stephens!" in the subject line. The THIRD person to enter will win a pair of tickets to the show and a digital copy of his new album, We live on Cliffs. Show starts at 9pm, $13 adv/$15 [...]

Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound – “Two Birds”; new album out now

Okay, so I'm unfortunately too late to plug the band's CD release show (which was earlier this month at El Rio), but San Francisco psych-rock trio Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound's third album When Sweet Sleep Returned is out now on Tee Pee Records. The album was produced by Tim Green at his Louder Studios here in the City, and features a diverse instrumental palette and some great engaging songs. "Two Birds" features harmonies from Brett Constatino and Evan Reese of Sleepy Sun and is a sweeping number that, like the best psychy-rock, paints an ambitious picture around its melodic [...]

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