Blasted Canyons broke up This arrived with five minutes left on April 1, so I initially hoped it was a late-breaking entry in the April Fools arena. Sadly, the band's Facebook post that same day ("BLASTED CANYONS: 2010-2013 R.I.P. (sorry)"), which has since become a place for fans to express their disappointment, confirmed that the group is indeed calling it quits. Blasted Canyons - "Holy Geometry" Which is a real bummer. 2nd Place was one of last year's highlights, with "Holy Geometry" the rare anthem with truly endless replay value. The EP felt somehow gloomier and poppier than the band's blown-out debut, #1, [...]

Useless Eaters (Nashville) join Blasted Canyons tonight at the Hemlock Tavern, 3/28/13

Nashville-based punk outfit Useless Eaters have wasted no time taking it easy over the last few years. On top of releasing a studio album every year for the last three years, including the 2013 LP Hypertension, the band has made appearances at South By Southwest and Idaho's Treefort Festival in the last two weeks alone. Driven by the songwriting prowess of guitarist and vocalist Seth Sutton, a self-taught artist who considers dropping out of high school the best decision he's made, Useless Eaters is a band that views punk as an attitude instead of a fashion statement. Inspired by the freedom to [...]

Review & Photos: OBN IIIs, Fuzz, Blasted Canyons, & G. Green @ The Knockout, 2/28/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Fuzz (Photo: Jason Shane) In what should be remembered as one of highlights of this year's installment of Noise Pop, OBN IIIs and Fuzz – the latest brainchild of SF-wunderkind Ty Segall and old pal Charles Moothart – co-headlined a spectacular and unpredictable night at The Knockout last Thursday, filling the tiny venue (capacity: 132) with their respective modern-day hardcore furor and paint-peeling throwback psychedelic blues metal. Opening the evening was Sacramento/Davis/Oakland quartet G. Green, playing punk-influenced indie rock with dueling guitars, a booming bassline, and the ripping drum work of Liz Liles. After tearing through a set full of [...]

The Mallard, Shannon and the Clams, Blasted Canyons host fundraiser for Ursula Rodriguez on 2/20/13

Long-time San Francisco resident Ursula Rodriguez (whom you may know from such hits as a being a bartender at Rite Spot, an Amoeba employee, a Bottom of the Hill employee or a KUSF DJ) had a pretty shitty 2012. Not long after her house of 15 years burned down, her car, containing all the stuff she could salvage from her home, was broken into and her possessions stolen. Good thing she’s got such strong ties to the local music community. On February 20th, Brick and Mortar will host a fundraiser to help cover the cost of finding a new home, [...]

Castle Face Records hosts Christmas benefit show at The Chapel, 12/20/12

Don’t you wish all benefits were this awesome? Castle Face Records, an LA label that's home to some of the Bay’s best bands in recent memory, will host A Very Castle Face Christmas at The Chapel, a benefit show that boasts and expertly-curated lineup and a more than worthy cause. A Very Castle Face Christmas will feature performances by a cast of stellar Bay Area bands: The Mallard, Blasted Canyons, Warm Soda and a featured appearance by Thee Oh Sees. Britt Govea will be at the helm of the DJ booth. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition on Homelessness, one of [...]

Blasted Canyons bring incendiary live show to The Bay Brewed 2012

Blasted Canyons - "Death and a Half" As if their songs aren't restless enough, the members of SF trio Blasted Canyons -- Matt Jones, Heather Fedewa, and Adam Finken -- switch between guitars, keyboards and drums between songs. An anarchic setup, sure, but the band's music frequently revels in fuzzy mayhem, mixing raw, garage jams with noisy drones. It's a unique sound that's been captured on two great records for Castle Face. This year's 2nd Place EP amped up the pop in the trio's synth-garage-pop with a collection of extremely catchy gems like "Holy Geometry." Most recently, the band served [...]

Mixtape: The Sounds of The Bay Brewed 2012 (Podcast #292)

Mixtape: The Sounds of The Bay Brewed 2012 (Podcast #292) On Saturday, December 1st, we're proud to be throwing San Francisco’s only rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2012, where we'll be taking over Public Works for a full afternoon of tasty craft brews and great indie music. It's a can't-miss festival featuring music performances by Bear in Heaven, Sonny & the Sunsets, Born Gold, Blasted Canyons, James & Evander, and Trails and Ways, and unlimited beer tasting from twelve great SF Brewers Guild breweries. To get you psyched for the festival, enjoy this mixtape, which collects fourteen songs from all [...]

Download seven Velvet Underground covers from The Fresh & Onlys, Blasted Canyons, Burnt Ones, and more

As we previously reported, Castle Face Records is releasing a tribute album to The Velvet Underground & Nico in conjunction with the 45th anniversary reissue of that classic VU record. The bad news is that the label's already sold out of copies -- just another reason to see any of these bands at shows, I think -- but tracks from the covers record have been steadily leaking around the web in recent weeks. Here's the bulk of the record, most of which can be downloaded for your future listening pleasure. (Download here.)

Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys on 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' tribute

Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and The Fresh & Onlys are among those that recorded cover tracks for an upcoming The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th anniversary tribute. If anyone could do justice to Lou Reed and company's iconic 1967 debut, it would be these guys. White Fence, The Mallard, Burnt Ones, and Warm Soda also contribute to the the album, which will be released in various formats on October 30th via John Dwyer's Castle Face Records label in conjunction with Universal Music Enterprises. The initial release of 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' by Castle Face And Friends will include [...]

Review: K-Holes, Dirty Ghosts, & Blasted Canyons bring the noise at Brick and Mortar, 6/26/12

K-Holes stopped off at San Francisco's Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Tuesday night, as the band's North American tour in support of their second LP Dismania continued down the West Coast before turning back east. The Brooklyn-based noise punk quintet was joined by two Bay Area acts also with fresh releases — Dirty Ghosts and Blasted Canyons — for what was a loud and aggressive show from start to finish. Blasted Canyons, the band Heather Fedewa (aka Hether Fortune) plays in when she's not doing her Wax Idols thing, kicked off the evening with an incendiary half-hour set. With [...]

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