Brijean signs to Ghostly International, releases “Moody”

Photo by Jack Bool Brijean, the duo of percussionist/singer Brijean Murphy and multi-instrumentalist Doug Stuart, returns with a new single and some pretty big news. They've signed to Ghostly International, current home of Tycho and Shigeto, among many others. Ghostly has also re-released the duo's excellent debut album Walkie Talkie. Both members of Brijean are accomplished in their own right; Murphy has toured internationally with Poolside, Toro y Moi, and U.S. Girls. Stuart has performed with a host of Bay Area bands for the past decade plus, including Bells Atlas, Meernaa, and Luke Temple. Together, the two musicians [...]

Quaran-tunes: Coping with shelter in place, Bay Area edition

It sure didn't take long for our world to be upended, did it? Look, there's no way to pussyfoot around this: COVID-19 sucks. It will cost countless lives the world over. But as we hunker down in this preemptive shelter in place quarantine, why not fire up the stereo and pass the days away with some tunes? Music is always a good antidote for when there's not one in sight for the foreseeable future. Here's a selection of "quaran-tunes" from local artists that we hope will be a balm for these unprecedented times. Follow us on Spotify! Jody Amable, Content Director [...]

By |March 19, 2020|Tags: , , |

Live This Month: May 2019

31 Days. 31 shows. 31 songs. Spring is in full swing, so here are a month's worth of tunes to help you reach for those evasive Bay Area rays of sunshine. As summer festival season starts to creep into the hearts and minds of all of us, find coverage of all of your local favorites right here at the Bay Bridged. For more playlists, follow us on Spotify.

Bells Atlas celebrate their EP at the New Parish

Bells Atlas will celebrate the release of their new EP Salt and Soap with Tender Loving Empire on Thursday, September 20 at the New Parish, blending jazz, psychedelic noise-pop, and the serene sounds of soul. This hometown show is a fitting sendoff for the band's US Fall tour, which includes stops in Chicago, Denver, and Phoenix. Since 2016 they've toured with NPR’s Snap Judgment and have shared the stage with a variety of performers, such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. Their kaleidoscopic sound and presence will allow you to walk right [...]

Announcing the 2017 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival: Thee Oh Sees, The Coathangers, Jay Som lead an amazing musical lineup! Phono del Sol — the Bay’s beloved community-centered nonprofit music and food festival — is back for amazing seventh year in Potrero del Sol Park. Come hang with music fans of all ages on Saturday, June 17, and take in the summer vibes with an incredible lineup of indie rock, punk and hip-hop sounds that’s sure to keep your ears happy all day long. Phono del Sol 2017 features a ton of national and local heavy hitters, including the return of garage-punk giants Thee Oh Sees, Atlanta noise-punks The Coathangers, Oakland-based indie favorite Jay Som, acclaimed SF singer-songster Sean [...]

Live This Month: February 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: February 2017 (Podcast #401) 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. The Noise Pop Festival turns 25 this month, which is the sort of anniversary that would make this year's fest noteworthy even if it somehow didn't include a top-notch of array of local and touring artists. But as shown by the six festival bands included in this mix -- Weyes Blood, This Will Destroy You, Uniform, Clipping., No Vacation, and Creeper Lagoon -- Noise Pop 2017 [...]

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Jan 23 ― Jan 26

See Devendra Banhart at The Fillmore this Thursday night. Monday, January 23 No Age @ Starline Social Club Distortion heavy No Age, similar in style to Japandroids and signed to Sub Pop Records, will be playing an all ages show this Monday night. Down Dirty Shake @ El Rio Down Dirty Shake is a San Francisco psychedelic / soul rock and roll band "here to magnetize your hips and excursive your lips." Tuesday, January 24 Drink Steam with Bells Atlas @ Rickshaw Stop A FREE 21+ show of local artists for the 21+ crowd. Be sure to make it in time [...]

Bells Atlas to provide ‘Snap Judgment’ with beats

Oakland-based storytelling program Snap Judgment promises stories with a beat. And now, those beats will be provided by another local force: Bells Atlas. After Bells Atlas provided live music for Snap Judgment in LA at the Ace Hotel back in September, the two local powerhouses joined forces, announcing that Bells Atlas would be joining Snap Judgment on their live tour. Snap Judgement, hosted by Glynn Washington, first aired in 2010 on NPR. Now, the program is distributed widely throughout the United States. Despite national growth, the crew has kept their offices in Oakland, and kept in touch with the Bay Area [...]

By |November 7, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: Bells Atlas cover Grimes’ “Genesis”

Bells Atlas think and talk about space a lot. They also sound like space, in an extraterrestrial, starry sense, but also in a mathematical sense: their music has a vastness that sounds like the distance between things, the space. The Oakland foursome covered Grimes' “Genesis” and are headlining Leo's Music Club Saturday, August 22. Listen to Grimes' original then Bells Atlas' reimagination. It's tempting to say dang, these songs are way different, but I think it's better not to. About a minute into the original version (two minutes into the video) a bouncy synth falls out of the track and in [...]

By |August 18, 2015|Tags: |

Interview: Bells Atlas release new EP, Hyperlust

There are, and will be, bands whose sole purpose seems to push and pull genre in new directions. But I don't think Bells Atlas is really one of those bands. They're definitely hard to describe, and describing them results in a lot of words ending in "-ish" and "-ey." But their inimitable sound seems like less of an intention and more of a symptom of their band dynamic; I think this is just what Bells Atlas are and sound like. Hyperlust, the four-track EP, came out this week, and was recorded primarily at Zoo Labs (Oakland) with Jacob Winik, and at Robot [...]

By |June 4, 2015|Tags: |
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