Premiere: BAUS perform ‘We are BAUS’ live at The Grassy Null

  The Grassy Null and Oakland's Vacant Stare Records recently teamed up, releasing a cassette compilation comprised of all the audio from live sessions recorded last year. Today, we're premiering the footage from BAUS's take of their anthemic 'We are BAUS,' which was only recently compiled. The East Bay trio play a frantic, funk-infused brand of no-wave centered around Thomas Jackson's inventive drum work and Sierra Wendt's hooky bass playing. Mike Morales' warped guitar work is more rhythm oriented than anything, furthering the bands ultimate goal — groove. Although all three members handle vocal duties, Sierra and Mike's sassy shouting is [...]

By |July 18, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: Feb 17 – Mar 1

Gardens & Villa (photo: Jon Ching) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Sun Foot, Sally Timms, and Quasi at The Chapel (SF) Feb. 17. When Sun Foot began the evening I thought it might be a joke, but by the end of the night they were my new favorite band — DEVO [...]

Noise Pop Interview: Getting Down with Oakland’s BAUS

This Friday, February 26, The Bay Bridged presents to you a Noise Pop Happy Hour at San Francisco's Bender's Bar in midst of the Bay Area's annual Noise Pop festivities. Before you make your way to this happy hour event, I've taken the time to get to know Oakland's BAUS, one of the acts for Friday's performance. If you're not familiar with the band, BAUS' music combines a blend of jittery musical fashions suitable to the trio comprised of Mike Morales, Thomas Jackson, and Sierra Wendt. I asked BAUS member Mike more about the artistic process behind the group and [...]

By |February 24, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Bridged Presents: a Noise Pop Happy Hour with Baus, The Classical, and Motor Inn

Are you ready for Noise Pop? Well, we are, too. One of our favorite Noise Pop traditions is our annual Happy Hour show at Bender's February 26, and we're excited to bring it back this year with a trio of great local bands: Baus, The Classical, and Motor Inn. The show will start at 5pm and it's completely FREE. Baus is a trio formed by Thomas Jackson, Mike Morales, and Sierra Wendt who know how to play LOUD and without defined boundaries. Their 2014 LP Idol Minds draws from their wide array of influences to produce an entirely unique, high [...]

Silver Shadows to play El Rio on Monday

If you have gone to El Rio on a Monday, then you already know it's one of the craziest nights to be there, because it's their classic $1 beer and $3 wells night. Lately, they've also been smacking great live bands on top of this. Next Monday is a perfect example, as two of my favorite local bands grace the ears of the cheaply drunk. Silver Shadows from SF, who in the past year have opened for La Luz and Shannon and the Clams are the main band, and one I am very excited about. Their music excretes a feeling in me as [...]

By |November 13, 2015|Tags: , |

Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore Download: Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #334) In 2012, ancient by Internet standards, we showcased a mixtape of local punk, post-punk and hardcore bands that featured terrific groups like Ceremony, Loma Prieta, Terry Malts, Wild Moth, and Synthetic ID. Since then, we've seen a number of promising new bands emerge -- Scraper, Creative Adult, and others we've showcased on the podcast in the interim -- but it felt like high time to do a deeper dive back into Bay Area punk. This mix includes twenty-two Bay Area punk, post-punk and hardcore bands that we haven't [...]

Get to Know: Baus

Oakland's Baus was originally formed by SoCal natives Thomas Jackson and Mike Morales, who also is a member of Sacramento's G. Green. Lacking a bass player, they added Sierra Wendt, who also provides some great screams. "We think that our music embodies the street and sound of Oakland and we're proud to represent it when we're out of town," says Wendt. Although they have obvious punk and garage influences, Wendt tells me they draw inspiration from all over the place, including R&B, noise, funk, and no wave. The end result doesn't fall neatly into any genre, unless you consider "loud [...]

By |March 10, 2014|Tags: |
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