Live This Month: August 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: August 2018 (Podcast #431) 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. This month's mix kicks off with a song from Shannon & the Clams, one of many great Bay Area bands performing over the three days of the 2018 Outside Lands Festival. Outside Lands isn't the only outdoor fest highlighted here. We've also included a track from The Marias ahead of their appearance at the 20th Street Block Party. This episode also showcases heavy sounds from Drowse and [...]

Astronauts, etc. launches new single “The Room”

Astronauts etc. (photo: Brittany O'Brien) Oakland-based indie electronic arranger Astronauts, etc. has released the latest single "The Room" from his forthcoming album Living in Symbol. Out July 27, Living in Symbol brings Anthony Ferraro's writing with co-production by Chaz of Toro y Moi. "Addiction, depression, unhealthy love, bad ideology," said Ferraro of the new single. "They're all rooms that can start to feel like home, with its safety and familiarity, if you spend enough time in them. I wrote this song while watching my good friend try and fail to leave such a room. I hoped to represent both sides [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Astronauts Etc., Shannon and the Clams and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, February 18th The New Mastersounds, Earphunk @ The Independent 2 pairs available 9m, $25, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, February 18th Cosmic Rodeo with Hibbity Dibbity, Down & Outlaws, Loco Tranquilo @ Slim's 8pm, $15, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, February 19th POPSCENE presents [...]

Astronauts, etc. moves from bedroom project to full band with ‘Mind Out Wandering’

I can remember the exact first time I heard Anthony Ferraro's voice under the moniker Astronauts, etc. Bandcamp put together this great city guide for local music in Oakland, and since I had just moved into the neighborhood from San Francisco I felt compelled to dive into what I could learn about an area that I had taken so little time to get to know (I know, I know. But the Bay Bridge and the Transbay Tube are really daunting before you get used to them.). "Sometime Tomorrow" by Astronauts, etc. is the second track on the compilation. It's lyrically-focused and subtly driving. It's [...]

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Giveaway: The Max Savage Show Episode 3: A Storm of Sword-Sharp Intellects

After two triumphant installments, The Max Savage Show returns for "Episode 3: A Storm of Sword-Sharp Intellects" tomorrow night at the lovely Starline Social Club in Oakland. Joining max will be musical guests Waterstrider (plus an unnamed super secret musical guest!), weed expert David Downs, Avery Trufelman from design podcast 99% Invisible, followed by a DJ set from Astronauts, Etc. As if that wasn't enough, all profits from the show go to Arts for Oakland Kids. Learn more here: Max tells me he was inspired to start the show by an "amazing weirdo guy in Baltimore named Ed Schrader", [...]

Astronauts, Etc launches “Rocket Man” cover, advance album stream

Chaz Bundick and Anthony Ferraro seem to be teaming up in many musical ways these days. Aside from being East Bay chums, Mr. Ferraro plays keyboard in Toro y Moi's touring band (aka Chaz & co) and will be playing double duty as Toro's opening act with his bedroom-project-turned-full-band Astronauts, etc. All this musical synergy has put forth a brilliant cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man." From the first few seconds of Ferraro's reverb-cushioned vocals, Astronauts, etc, with special guest Mr. Bundick, give the sleepy piano rock hit the spacey vibe it deserves. From plunky basslines to an extended keyboard hook-laden jam solo, they take [...]

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Photos: Astronauts, etc. and O at the Rickshaw Stop

Astronauts, etc. (photo: Brittany O'Brien) Oakland band Astronauts, etc. played a sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  The band is fronted by Anthony Ferraro, the keyboardist for Toro y Moi, and was joined by O, formerly known as Black Cobra Vipers. Brittany O'Brien was there to capture some shots from the night's events.

Mixtape: San Francisco Songs for Summer Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Summer Songs (Podcast #365) Even though San Francisco's summers get an unfairly bad rap, that doesn't prevent us locals from enjoying many of the best parts of the season. Days at the beach, barbecues, road trips, street fairs and festivals: sure, you might need to carry a light sweater on some of your summer excursions, but the long days can't be beat for outdoor fun. With the solstice kicking off summer earlier this week, we've compiled this mixtape of songs for the season, collecting new and recent releases by San Francisco Bay Area bands that [...]

SONG-FREUD: Astronauts, etc.’s “I Know”

Welcome to SONG-FREUD, home of the SONG-FREUD. Can I take your order??? ***** I’ve been out-Freuded, and like Harry when he and Voldy go wand to wand, my powers have backfired on me. My hands are shaking, my bowel movements are irregular, my virility has been sapped. What happened, you ask, my dear, committed readers? The blame lies at the feet of Astronauts, etc. Two days ago, I was at home, the ferret wrapped around my neck, a fernet and coke in hand, listening to the new Astronauts, etc. song “I Know.” And it was just too easy for an [...]

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Wood Shoppe founder talks Astronauts, etc., staging free shows, and their third anniversary party

These days, San Francisco isn't really known for its free events. Ticket prices have swelled, festival costs are up, and you can't buy a pint at a show for less than $5. The music industry in the city is stressed, and a night out will set you back more than it ever has before. Free concerts—let alone ones that feature professionally curated local acts—are almost mythical. And yet, Wood Shoppe, a nonprofit production collective and free monthly music series, has been able to stage a free monthly show for the last three years. Formed by local industry vets from High [...]

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