Live This Month: May 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: May 2015 (Podcast #362) 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 probably not that surprising that this month’s mix includes two bands each from Portland (Other Lives, Wishyunu) and from Brooklyn (San Fermin, Ava Luna), but Memphis? Supported by stellar local label Goner Records, the Tennessee city’s garage rock scene is brimming with talent, and Nots and Ex-Cult both deliver intense, raucous rock and roll likely to make for some excellent live shows. Speaking of raucous, [...]

Best of the Rest – March 2015 (Cathedrals, King Woman, Male Gaze, Vetiver, & more)

Cathedrals (photo: Jon Bauer) Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn’t have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for March 2015 [...]

Bandcamp’s first City Guide spotlights Oakland: Bells Atlas, Waterstrider, Kid Trails, and more

Recently, Oakland's music scene has been raking in the national press. In February, it was Fantastic Negrito delivering the winning video for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest filmed inside of a freight train: "behind a desk made of a steel slab and a work bench, this soulful character won our hearts" was Bob Boilen's praise. The winnings included a place on the bill for a SXSW showcase alongside the likes of Charles Bradley and King Tuff, and now he's slated to perform at this year's Outside Lands. Now, Bandcamp – or more specifically, content curator Andrew Jervis – has taken notice. Jervis explains, "Oakland is considered home to [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Check out all of our festival coverage!

Jessica Pratt at The Chapel (Photo Credit: Jon Ching)   Got any plans for the weekend? If you're like us, you're still recovering from the week that was Noise Pop 2015, and you're not quite ready to wrap your brain another show-filled weekend. Well, if you'd rather stay in this weekend, wear your pajamas around the clock (don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts Saturday night), drink some herbal tea, and go on a Netflix binge, we don't blame you. But, at the very least, you can relive some of the best moments from Noise Pop with this wrap-up of all [...]

Ring in the New Year with a Bells Atlas Residency

Oakland's Bells Atlas is wasting no time making the new year a busy one, with a month-long residency at ERA Art Bar & Lounge. Joining the rhythmic pop stylings of Bells Atlas will be a wide variety of local talent, including a surprise DJ set from what I am told is a very special guest. Bells Atlas plans to release a few covers this month before playing a Noise Pop show at The Fox with Geographer in February. Listen to their 2013 self-titled debut followed by the residency details. Bells Atlas by Bells Atlas Bells Atlas, Surprise Guest DJ ERA [...]

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La Cocina and Do415 team up to present El Mercado, a holiday market at Ghirardelli Square

This weekend, our friends at Do415 are teaming up with culinary entrepreneur incubator La Cocina to present something completely different – a holiday market in Ghirardelli Square called El Mercado – and The Bay Bridged is happy to be partnering with them for this unique, locally focused event. Envisioned as "a vibrant marketplace for natives and tourists alike to celebrate local entrepreneurship and find the perfect gift for the holidays," El Mercado (that's Spanish for "The Market," don'tcha know?) will feature some 20 food vendors and 40 DIY artisans, allowing these small businesses that are ever so important to our [...]

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Oakland’s Bells Atlas headlines Rickshaw Stop

Afro-beat and hip-hop explorers Bells Atlas cannot stop moving up. Joyfully rhythmic and harmoniously diverse, the textured strangeness brings to mind Sylvan Esso or Dirty Projectors, but is still undeniably, purely unique. They're also cultivating a burgeoning music scene in the East Bay with non-market, a collective of bands (Trails and Ways, Waterstrider, The Seshen, and more) who jam together, play shows together, and put out really cool compilations together. Friday night Bells Atlas will be headlining San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop along with San Francisco indie-pop crooners Guy Fox, as well as Brass Magic who say they're influenced by "the garbage of Manhattan, [...]

Non-Market collective releases debut compilation

"Non Market", a collective of East Bay friendbands that currently includes Trails and Ways, Astronauts etc., Waterstrider, Bells Atlas, The Seshen, (and perhaps a few more related acts), has released their debut compilation. The five track EP is all covers, partially because of the background of many of the bands' members. "A lot of us come from/get inspiration from the jazz tradition, where you play standards all the time," explains Keith Brower Brown of Trails and Ways, "and these tracks are some of the standards of right now." The EP kicks off with the best falsetto in town, Anthony Ferraro [...]

Interview: Getting to know Oakland band Bells Atlas

Oakland's Bells Atlas released their strong debut LP earlier this year to pretty decent acclaim for an independent release from a previously "un-googleable" band. Saturday night, they're opening for Tumbleweed Wanderers at Great American Music Hall, so I caught up with Bells Atlas guitarist Derek Barber to learn a bit more about the band. Bells Atlas by Bells Atlas The Bay Bridged: For those that don't know, how did you guys get together? Derek Barber: The band started a little over two and a half years ago. Sandra and Doug started collaborating musically a while before I joined the band [...]

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Oaktown Music Festival winners announced

The inaugural Oaktown Music Festival — which celebrates the best Oakland-based bands & solo artists — has announced this year's contest winners. The victors include Lila Rose (Best in Show) for her "Heart Machine" music video, a darkly polished, seemingly high-budget take on her Florence & the Machine + Regina Spektor inspired indie pop and singer-songwriter Emily Moldy (People's Choice) for her music video for "My Own One". Meanwhile, the best Music Video submission went to The Seshen for "2000 Seasons", best song by band to Bells Atlas for "Kazoo", and best song by solo artist to Art Elliot for "Earth [...]

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