Photos: The Pretenders with local Chuck Prophet at the Masonic

The Pretenders (photo: Aaron Rubin) One of the original punk-new wave bands the Pretenders performed at the Masonic last Friday night. Chrissie Hynde was in full force and gave her voice and attitude all the glory it deserves. They were supported by San Francisco's own Chuck Prophet, who has been recording solo for a number of years and was delighted to be performing in the city he calls home. Check out the gallery below by our own Aaron Rubin of both bands from the night.

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express at the Chapel

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the listed show and notified via email. Friday, December 29 Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, Jesse Malin @ The Chapel 9pm, $25, all ages. Buy advance tickets here.

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Mixtape: New Music from Longtime Bay Area Artists Download: Mixtape: New Music from Longtime Bay Area Artists (Podcast #413) Between streaming music services and social media, it feels easier than ever to find and consume an endless supply of new bands. But all of that access can also make it more challenging to find the time to keep up with previous favorites. There are plenty of good reasons to get excited about young bands, debut albums, and the prospect of discovering emerging artists, but there's also something uniquely rewarding to watching a great musician's career evolve over time. This mixtape collects new and recent music from twelve [...]

Live This Month: April 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: April 2017 (Podcast #404) 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. Purely by coincidence, Big Sur bookends this month's mix, which kicks off with a wonderful new song from Earth Girl Helen Brown, who is taking part in a great festival to support the Big Sur Storm Relief Fund over at The Chapel this month. The mix concludes with Porcelain Raft's “Big Sur,” a song from his new album Microclimate, a title that will surely have special [...]

Is the San Francisco music scene dead? We search for clues.

Hot Flash Heat Wave at the Rickshaw Stop, January 31, 2016 I recently heard the music scene in San Francisco was dead, and being a writer for a website dedicated to covering the music scene in San Francisco, I was obviously a little concerned. To get to the bottom of this, I went out to find some comments from some members on the scene. But man, it was kind of difficult. I thought I'd start with Chuck Prophet, who at this point should be considered one of the deans of the SF scene (if it still exists). Unfortunately, [...]

The Best of the Rest, 10/03/2014 (Quaaludes, Cocktails, & more)

Quaaludes (source) It's time for our roundup of all those highlights from the last couple weeks that we weren't able to feature on their own – here's the best of the rest, as determined by The Bay Bridged editors. City-based quartet Quaaludes dropped their Nothing New EP on September 18, and it's yet another 12 minutes of furiously-paced, rage-driven, soul-baring punk rock: Nothing New by Quaaludes The creators of The Bay Bridged's Featured Album for September, Cocktails, surprised everyone with a previously unreleased nugget entitled "Tonic Nights". The track was recorded during the sessions for their excellent LP Adult Life [...]

The Best of the Rest, 09/19/2014 (WATERS, Chuck Prophet, & more)

We here at The Bay Bridged get exposed to loads of new music everyday, and although we'd love to highlight everything that merits recognition, that just isn't always possible. So now's the time to clean up all the loose ends and get some well-deserving music out to the yearning masses. Below are the best of the rest from the last couple weeks, as determined by The Bay Bridged editors. Van Pierszalowski's project WATERS is now a five-piece that includes two members of The Tambo Rays (Brian DaMert and Greg Sellin), and the band is set for its second release, an [...]

Sunday: Chuck Prophet performs 'Temple Beautiful' with strings Chuck Prophet revisits Temple Beautiful, his acclaimed love letter to San Francisco, at the Great American Music Hall this Sunday night, performing the album in its entirety with a string octet. According to Prophet: We’re playing the Temple Beautiful album in sequence with an octet. For folks like me who weren’t exactly in school band, Temple producer Brad Jones informs me that a good shorthand reference for an octet is Eleanor Rigby. Basically an 8-piece string section. At one point, we were thinking of doing a musical. Like with costumes and a real production. Imagine the players decked out [...]

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Video: John Murry – "Southern Sky" (playing GAMH with Chuck Prophet tonight, 5/31/13)

Photo: Amoreena Berg Oakland's John Murry, who just wrapped up a European tour, will be playing Great American Music Hall with Chuck Prophet Friday night. Before Murry left for Europe, he released a great video for "Southern Sky" off his The Graceless Age album, which has continued to receive a lot of positive press and attention. I got in touch with him hoping for some quick comments on the symbolism in the video and the show, and ended up having two separate conversations that totaled well over an hour. The Wall Street Journal described Murry as a "marathon conversationalist", but [...]

11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music at Great American, 1/12/2012

Sleepless Nights headliner Red Meat A long list of Bay area artists will honor Gram Parsons Saturday at the Great American Music Hall for the "11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music". Event organizer and member of Sweet Chariot Eric Shea explains what "cosmic American music" meant to Parsons. "Music writers wanted to call him country-rock, but he pushed back and challenged them to listen more closely so they can hear the soul, gospel, Americana, blues and rock that all blended together into one grand sound," says Shea. "Cosmic American music was his vision [...]

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