We paired our favorite local bands with astrological signs

Whether you believe in astrology or not, each zodiac symbol is known for birthing a different personality. Similarly to that of astrology, we’ve noticed a personality with each Bay Area band that comes across our desk. Read on to figure out what zodiac sign your favorite Bay Area talents are most like. Aries: Culture Abuse Aries are known for their courage, leadership, and being the life of any party. For that reason, punk rock band Culture Abuse is the perfect choice for the first sign. Their punk rock is engaging and fierce, they are unafraid to try new things and [...]

Club Night celebrates release of debut album “What Life” at Bandcamp store

Photo: Mariah Tiffany Club Night is a local band making waves in Oakland right now, playing chaotic-but-exhilarating indie rock. Their sound is a bizarre blend of guitar riffs usually found in midwest emo and frontman Josh Bertram’s high-pitched psychedelic wail, all layered on top of some synth pads and frenetic drumming. They’re unapologetically high energy, but they never let their excitement get the best of them. Drummer Josiah Majetich does a great job of reigning in the band and keeping everything together, playing rhythms that are more reminiscent of Noah Lennox’s early work with Animal Collective than the [...]

Noise Pop 2019: Bobby, SOAR, Club Night, Illuminati Hotties bring delightful distortion to Starline Social Club

Noise Pop is in full swing. On Wednesday (night three), Local bands Bobby, Soar, and the recently-featured quintet Club Night joined Illumnati Hotties at the Starline Social Club in Oakland. Though a stacked bill, each band kept crowds energized well into the night. Bobby opened the set with her guitar-driven pop. Following Bobby, SOAR — a local supergroup in their own right — played some earnest tunes, even stopping about midway through to wish bandmate Rebecca Redman a happy birthday. The celebratory mood continued with a raucous showing from Club Night, who played a few songs from their upcoming record. Vocalist [...]

Noise Pop Preview: Club Night recalibrate

Oakland's weirdo-pop group Club Night is no stranger to practicing patience, especially for their debut record, What Life, set to be released on Tiny Engines. The release of it was originally attached to their upcoming Noise Pop performance, but will now be postponed until April because the high demand for vinyl these days caused a back-up at the plant. Guitarist and vocalist Joshua Bertram's attitude isn't hampered by the arbitrary delay, instead he sees it as an opportunity to refocus and refine. “It's a living, breathing organism. It's not always going to be on, it's in these different stages of [...]

By |February 20, 2019|Tags: |

Mixtape: Highlights from Bay Area Music in 2017

This episode originally ran on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2017_Highlights_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Highlights from Bay Area Music in 2017 (Podcast #419) With each passing day, 2017 appears increasingly determined to solidify its place as the worst year in recent memory. Despite all of the hardships being experienced locally, nationally, and around the globe, the year has offered a wealth of impressive albums from Bay Area musicians. For some of the notable artists featured in this mixtape, their 2017 successes built on the previous year's achievements. Jay Som followed up 2016's buzzed-about Turn Into compilation with her first proper LP Everybody Works. It's a [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 8 -10

Come one, come all to see Planet Booty at the Chapel on Saturday...and come ready to dance. Friday, September 8 The Lovemakers, Moonlytz, Mothers Worry @ The Ritz Enjoy one of the Bay's longer-running acts in that less-traveled corner of the live scene, San Jose. Life Size Models, the Y Axes, Zelma Stone, the Jolly Llamas @ The Art Boutiki A lovely lineup of locals. Mac DeMarco @ The Greek Theatre The perpetually chill slacker-rock king brings his extremely mellow vibes to the massive Greek Theatre. Saturday, September 9 Roselit Bone, the Bye Bye Blackbirds, Anna Hillburg, Trip Wire @ [...]

Live This Month: September 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_September_2017.mp3 Download: Live This Month: September 2017 (Podcast #414) 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. A ton of stellar local bands are featured in this month's mix, including newer acts Club Night, Sea Blite, and Humid, all of which formed just last year. By comparison, Tino Drima got its start way back in 2014, evolving from a duo into the six-piece band whose first LP arrives this month. We've also got new music from the terrific Oakland bands Everyone Is Dirty [...]

The esoteric narratives of Oakland’s Club Night

Words by Jordan Martich A powerful thing about the new(ish) Oakland band Club Night is their hands-off, restless energy. It's apparent in every element of their being — the gooey tones, the ceaseless rhythmic momentum and slushy vocals. Songs on their debut five-song tape Hell Ya from Tiny Engines resist shallow patterns for uncompromisingly spirited compositions that trawl along with a jumble of sincere emotions and esoteric narratives. These tracks convey the group's fearless forward direction, illuminated by the shimmering, summery feelings that Club Night produces. “We don't worry about that sounding too poppy or too weird – let's follow [...]

By |September 6, 2017|Tags: |

Preview: Oakland’s Club Night debut performance with Joan of Arc and split release

It's been an extremely trying couple of months here in the Bay, between the never-ending fallout from the election results and the continuing tragedy of the Ghost Ship Fire, which has spurred the closing of artist spaces around the country. However, in the wake of all this hardship, countless individuals have risen to the occasion, banding together to confront city officials and demand support for low-income artist communities. Spaces like San Francisco's Gray Area Foundation have helped to create and manage the largest fire relief fund, and organizers have grouped together to form the Oakland Warehouse Commission, hoping to bridge [...]

By |January 23, 2017|Tags: |
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