Sonoma County rock bands rally to benefit The Phoenix Theater

Sabertooth Zombie and Brown Bags will rock out at The Phoenix Theater on February 16, in a collective effort to raise funds for necessary updates to the iconic venue. They will be joined by Glitter Wizard and Thus the Buzz, for a rousing night of heavy rock and progressive punk. Sabertooth Zombie hails from the North Bay and never fails to deliver the loudest, most energetic heavy rock with a zip of punk wedged in for good measure. The show's exciting array of rockers makes it easy to show up with friends to support The Phoenix Theater, a venue that [...]

Review: Joyce Manor at the Phoenix Theater

Joyce Manor (photo: Derek Nielsen) Droves of eager post-emo and punk kids filed into the Phoenix Theater on a chilly May evening, where jackets quickly peeled off, giving way to the seductive pull of a mosh pit. Under the vibrant haunt of red and green lights, Brown Bags exploded onto the Phoenix’s practiced stage, guiding the crowd closer, as if letting them in on a precious secret. The youthful mass (and their somewhat older counterparts) leaned into the lure of Brown Bags’ airtight melodies and impassioned singing, hanging on to every chord with an appreciative bob of the head. Brown [...]

Get ready to headbang May 3 – Brown Bags is opening for Joyce Manor

Indie rock will collide with pop-punk in the raddest of ways when Brown Bags and awakebutstillinbed open for Joyce Manor at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater on Thursday, May 3. Brown Bags hails from Santa Rosa, California, and is no stranger to the graffiti-splashed walls of the Phoenix, where hoodie-swaddled concert goers wear nostalgia and love for the seasoned venue like a badge of the highest honor. This past January, Brown Bags released their second album, Twenty-Something Mutant Nobodies via Side With Us Records. Impassioned songs like “Walnuts” and “No Matter” dig under your skin and remain there, feeling somehow familiar and [...]

Live This Month: January 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: January 2018 (Podcast #420) 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. With the start of the new year come new releases by local musicians, and this mix features new songs from Santa Rosa punks Brown Bags and the old school country-influenced sounds of Laura Benitez and the Heartache, as well as Sacramento post-punk band Screature. We've also included great new-to-the-podcast songs from records Madeline Tasquin and GLO released last year. January also provides opportunities to check out [...]

Mixtape: The North Bay’s Best Indie Bands Download: Mixtape: The North Bay's Best Indie Bands (Podcast #341) There's a reason that Napa and Sonoma are known as "Wine Country," not "Music Country," but recent efforts have endeavored to bring the music festival experience to an area that's understandably known more for great food and drink. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Napa Valley Expo hosted the relaunched BottleRock Napa Valley, which drew tens of thousands to see Outkast, The Cure, and a lineup disproportionately heavy on '90s radio stalwarts. Just a few days ago, the Huichica Music Festival served up an indie-oriented two-day fest at the Gundlach [...]

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