Following tweet poll, Blackbird Blackbird, Giraffage, and Mark Redito to form an emo band

The arms of this Blackbird Blackbird member at our Phono Del Sol Festival sum up our excitement of his latest news: he, Mark Redito (fka Spazzkid), and SF local Giraffage are taking their friendship to the next level and forming an emo band. Mikey Maramag, the LA via SF via Honolulu electro-pop musician who performs under Blackbird Blackbird, tweeted out a New Year's challenge. We're not sure if they were expecting it to reach 500, but it did just that and 29 more. NestHQ was the first to talk to the guys about the reality of the project, confirming that it is, in fact, very real. [...]

Phono del Sol: The LAST ticket giveaway before the show!

John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees at Phono del Sol 2013 Phono del Sol is so close, we can taste it. In ten days, Potrero del Sol Park will be the epicenter of all that is right with the Bay Area independent music scene with a lineup featuring both locals (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Blackbird Blackbird, Yalls, Tony Molina, A Million Billion Dying Suns, The Tambo Rays, and Bill Baird) as well as a dash of out-of-town talent (Baltimore's Wye Oak and San Franciscans-turned-Angelenos Nick Waterhouse and White Fence). We could not be more excited to open [...]

Win tickets to see Wye Oak, Tony Molina, and more at Phono del Sol!

Phono del Sol is one month from today, and we're gearing up for the home stretch by giving away yet another pair of tickets to San Francisco's best summer festival. Taking place July 12, 2014 in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park and featuring ten of the best local and out-of-town indie acts, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Tony Molina, and more, Phono del Sol Music Festival is slowly becoming one of the City's hottest summer shows, entering its fourth year in 2014. Find out how to win tickets below, and then check out [...]

Mixtape: Bands of the 2014 Phono del Sol Music Festival Download: Mixtape: Bands of the 2014 Phono del Sol Music Festival (Podcast #340) We're just a month away from the 2014 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival! Our fourth annual all day, all ages fest returns to Potrero del Sol Park on Saturday, July 12, 2014, with a lineup full of great local and touring bands! This mixtape collects two songs each from all ten of the terrific acts performing at this year's festival, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Nick Waterhouse, Blackbird Blackbird, White Fence, Yalls, Tony Molina, A Million Billion Dying Suns, [...]

Phono del Sol: Blackbird Blackbird soars on ‘Tangerine Sky’

Part of the wonder of Phono del Sol 2014 performer Blackbird Blackbird's new Tangerine Sky is how it deftly defies categorization. Read a couple of reviews and you're likely to hear songs from this aural Rorschach test described as R&B, folktronica, dream pop, post-dubstep, and my favorite (or maybe least favorite, I can't really tell at this point) "psychedelic poptronica." In cases like this, I always default to the vague and generally unhelpful "electronic pop," which meets the truth factor but totally undersells the level of genre-blending creativity that San Francisco's Mikey Maramag serves up on his new collection of [...]

Listen to Blackbird Blackbird’s new ‘Tangerine Sky’ LP right now

Tangerine Sky -- the new LP from Mikey Maramag's Blackbird Blackbird -- comes out on Om Records next week, but you can stream the whole album below right now. While you're doing that, you should grab your tickets now to see Blackbird Blackbird perform alongside Wye Oak, Thao, Nick Waterhouse and many more at Phono del Sol 2014. That show comes at the conclusion of Maramag's upcoming US tour -- see the full dates here.

Giveaway: Win tickets to Phono del Sol 2014 with Wye Oak and more!

This year's installment of Phono del Sol Music Festival takes place July 12, 2014 in San Francisco's Potrero del Sol Park and features some of the best and brightest local and out-of-town acts from the world of independent music, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Blackbird Blackbird, White Fence, and more. This week, we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader completely free-of-charge! To enter for a chance to win a pair of General Admission tickets to Phono del Sol 2014, RSVP over on the Facebook event page. The contest ends on Tuesday, [...]

Blackbird Blackbird releases dark R&B single “There is Nowhere”

Blackbird Blackbird, the San Francisco project of Mikey Maramag, just released a single from upcoming album Tangerine Sky (due May 27 via Om Records). The track, called "There is Nowhere", is as consumptively dreamy as many other cuts from his 2012 EP Boracay Planet and 2011's Halo, but "There is Nowhere", which you can already grab on Blackbird Blackbird's Bandcamp site, is a foray into hypnotic, trance-inducing R&B. Maramag, who is currently on tour in Europe, also released an accompanying video for the new track. It's a bit dark, featuring a young boy jumping into the deep end, but it speaks to the [...]

Blackbird Blackbird releases another new track, "Refresh"

Just a month after releasing his first track since last year's Boracay Planet EP, SF's Mikey Maramag (aka Blackbird Blackbird) is back with another new song, "Refresh". It's another lush, club-ready track capable of getting even the most rigid audience members moving – something that I wish I could have seen at Maramag's appearance with Hot Chip, Tycho, and Social Studies at Slim's on Tuesday night as part of the Converse Represent series (but alas, I was one of the many fans left hanging by Converse's lottery system). My only complaint? At barely two-and-a-half minutes, "Refresh" leaves the listener wanting [...]

Blackbird Blackbird – "Summer's Almost Here"

Back with his first new material since last year's excellent EP Boracay Planet, SF's Mikey Maramag (aka Blackbird Blackbird) just released yet another irresistibly lavish track, the new single "Summer's Almost Here". According to Maramag, "This track is about dancing under moonlight with friends and loved ones, embracing the seasons, and transitioning into a period of irreversible change." The cover art (above) reflects these themes, an ethereal picture of lush green flora overlaid with images of what appear to be clusters of stars, and "Summer's Almost Here" transcends Maramag's description of Blackbird Blackbird as a just another synthpop band, weaving [...]

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