Hey now: Don’t Dream It’s Over to bring art exhibition to life at SFMOMA

Hey now, hey now, let's catch our '80s nostalgia "deluge in a paper cup," as Neil Finn of Crowded House lightly crooned in their 1986 breakout hit "Don't Dream It's Over." A shining, majestic example of New Zealand pop balladry, the song is seeing new light in a fabulously curated SFMOMA event that's capping off Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July's exhibition, "Learning to Love You More." Before we dive into an endless hole of lyric quoting, let's explore the simple yet brilliant concept that anchors the event. Will Rogan and Jonn Herschend of The Thing Quarterly, a local publisher, have [...]

Premiere: Listen to Bronze’s new ‘Live In San Francisco’ LP

Local trio Bronze is the latest band to receive the Live in San Francisco treatment from Castle Face Records, and, as you'll hear in the stream we're premiering below, it's another winner in this great series. Drummer Brian Hock, singer Rob Spector, and electronics guy Miles Friction have been conjuring up ever-mutating, experimental post-punk/psych jams over the course of three full length albums, but the weirdness feels extra raw and captivating on this live LP. Side note: is anyone other than Castle Face doing right by the live album these days? Bronze's Live In San Francisco arrives on March 25 [...]

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Bronze to be next subject in ‘Live in San Francisco’ record series

Castle Face Records has brought us a handful of great live, local records from the likes of Fuzz and White Fence in the form of their album series Live in San Francisco, and we're excited to find out another is on the horizon. The concept is simple: Record a local show, then release it in all its raw, undiluted glory. This latest installment comes from San Francisco trio Bronze, a band who seems to defy explanation and uses a practice space in the Dogpatch where they also "undergo disciplined training exercises in various weaponry, sonic hypnosis, horticulture and the all-important copper talk." [...]

By |March 4, 2016|Tags: |

Mixtape: Hidden Gems from San Francisco Music in 2014

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Hidden_Gems_2014_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Catching Up With Some Former Locals (Podcast #350) 2014 was another great year for releases from Bay Area bands, but some of the year's most impressive releases may not have initially received the attention they deserved. Those sorts of oversights are understandable given the volume of new albums coming out year-round. Still, as we approach the time of year when people naturally begin assembling their "Best of 2014" lists, it seemed like the right point to look back at ten of the year's most interesting local releases that may not have gotten their due when they arrived. [...]

Bronze announce sophomore LP ‘World Arena,’ record release at the Eagle Tavern

San Francisco’s Bronze have announced their sophomore album World Arena on Not Not Fun Records. A smorgasbord of psychedelic, electronic influences the band plays their record release show at the Eagle Tavern on February 13. Joining them are local acts Sam Flax, Woman and Sacramento’s Screature. Recorded in San Francisco and mastered in Amsterdam, World Arena is the second LP for Bronze. Varying wildly in sound, the album features trance-like, electronic beats to post-punk bass heavy mediations. Listening to World Arena is kind of like taking a psychedelic journey through a multitude of influences. Take a moment to stream the album over [...]

By |February 12, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Muscle Drum (Bronze’s Robert Spector) releases ‘Fog Hag’ LP

Muscle Drum - "Compromise" New SF label Break Up recently released the first LP from Muscle Drum, the solo home recording project of Bronze's Robert Spector. Spector's demos had previously been circulated on CD-Rs, and this LP collects a set of hazy synth-pop songs that periodically calls to mind Ariel Pink's early works. Fog Hag by break-up Muscle Drum performs at Saint John the Evangelist (15th St. between Mission and Valencia) on October 30th (6-9:30pm, $8-20 suggested donation, all ages) with Group Rhoda and Primary Structures. There will also be a showcase of Day of the Dead altars by nine [...]

Five non-Outside Lands ways to see music this weekend

While many tens of thousands will be spending their weekends in Golden Gate Park, if you aren't planning on attending Outside Lands, that doesn't mean you're out of luck on the live music front. Below, five ways to check out local music this weekend. Total Trash Fest 3 continues this week with a series of shows in spaces around Oakland, with names like The Wrong Words, Spencey Dude and The Doodles, and The Mantles offering plenty of great local representation. Joining them at various shows are King Tuff, Audacity, and San Diego garage poppers Christmas Island. Check out the full [...]

Bronze: new 7″ picture disc on World Famous in SF

Bronze - "The Rouge Became" SF's Bronze have a new 7" picture disc out on World Famous in SF, featuring the above slice of bubbling electronic post-punk on the A-side and "Wits" on the B-side. There's a release party this Friday, August 6th at Bay Area 51 (8:30pm, $5), with T.I.T.S., Pod Blotz, Jaws, Paul Knowles and Prawns.

By |August 2, 2010|Tags: |

Tussle, Javelin, Bronze – Rickshaw Stop 5/6

Photos by: Charlie Homo So, I get it - indie rock/electro duos and trios are multiplying like rabbits dosed up on viagra right now. Sleigh Bells, Matt and Kim, The Bird and the Bee, LA Riots . . . the list goes on. With such a densely populated field you run the gamut from 'total shit' to 'holy shit!'  If you wanted to judge two such groups for yourself, the Rickshaw Stop last Thursday was the place to be. My last visit to Rickshaw was about year ago for the Bay Bridged birthday bash, which was one hell of a [...]

By |May 13, 2010|Tags: , , |

One Hundred Episodes of XLR8R TV

Congratulations to XLR8R TV for reaching 100 episodes of high-quality shows spotlighting some of the best in indie rock, electronica and experimental music. To celebrate the achievement, they're throwing a 100th episode party this Sunday, March 15th at The Knockout featuring local garage machine Ty Segall, whose rep as an amazing live performer is matched by a prolific run of singles, tapes and LPs that doesn't appear to be stopping anytime soon. Ty Segall - "The Drag" The XLR8R TV folks will be playing their favorite episodes at the party, but you should also check out their archives [...]

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