Black Marble’s gloomy bedroom ‘dance’ record

As Chris Stewart finishes the latest record for his somber synth-pop project Black Marble, he's reflecting on how he came to be interested in crafting his own music. With his third record in its final stages, he finds himself in a similar emotional space as he was at the beginning: making music that his friends would love. It spread from there infectiously, following a wave of artists producing synth-driven drone-focused pop like Cold Cave and the Soft Moon. Stewart's project found it's place in the midst of goth, post-punk, industrial and gloomy pop, amplified by a warm, lo-fi atmosphere that [...]

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Live This Month: May 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: May 2017 (Podcast #405) 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. There's something for everyone in this podcast episode. Like garage rock? Check out locals Control Freaks and Trash Vampires making their podcast debuts. Dig heavy psych? We've got songs from Oakland's Mondo Drag and San Diego's Sacri Monti. If you're more into indie-pop, though, be sure to check out the soulful folk-pop of the Bay's Cave Clove as well as recent transplant Max Gardener and the [...]

Soft Metals to play Rickshaw Stop on tour in support of new LP

(Photo: Suzy Poling) LA synth-pop duo Soft Metals will be touring the West Coast next month in support of their sophomore LP release, and the tour includes a gig at Rickshaw Stop on July 24. The new album, titled Lenses, is out July 16 on Captured Tracks, and the duo recently shared the second single from the album. "In the Air" is easily one of their most danceable tracks to date, while lead single "Tell Me" is perhaps their finest. According to Pitchfork, "In the Air" features drum programming from Optimo's JD Twitch. Stream both singles below. Striking a balance [...]

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