Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2015_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music (Podcast #377) At The Bay Bridged, we always bristle a little at the prospect of attempting to sum up a full year of the local independent music scene in a single retrospective podcast mixtape. Such a challenge is especially difficult in a place like the Bay Area, where year in, year out, a wide variety of talented local musicians release compelling and impressive albums, a great many of which gain acclaim well beyond the Bay's borders. Instead of trying to identify some objective list of the "ten best" [...]

Giveaway: Win tickets to the first annual Oakland Echo

Oakland Echo may be a first-year fest, but it's already packing heat. Three nights, two Oakland venues, and an absurd number of psych bands, including headliners Lumerians on October 24 at The New Parish, Dead Meadow on October 25 at Leo's Music Club, and Cosmonauts on top of a day-long bill on October 26, also at Leo's. We're giving away a pair of tickets to each night of Oakland Echo. Send an email to mike.g@thebaybridged.com with the show you want to attend in the subject line and your full name in the body. A winner will be chosen at random and notified by [...]

Cold Beat to release debut LP ‘Over Me’

(Photo by Madeline Allard) Cold Beat is at it again. After the band's essential debut of the Worms/Year 5772 EP on Hannah Lew's very own Crime on the Moon, the band is coming out with its first full length album Over Me on July 8. Themes of romantic imagery, paranoia, and an ever-present sense of impending doom come together to form a dynamic release. Over Me is available for purchase via Midheaven Mailorder, with part of the proceeds going to Charity: Water. For a taste of what the album is shaping up to be, check out the eery post punk [...]

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Wood Shoppe presents San Francisco Is Doomed compilation release show

These days, there's been a lot of debate over whether or not the San Francisco music scene is truly dead or not (see: Not Dead Yet Fest, this SF Weekly article). Then on Tuesday, a compilation tape, San Francisco is Doomed, by Hannah Lew's label Crime on the Moon (which we told you about earlier in the month) injected itself into that conversation, featuring an array of artists including the likes of Scraper, Thee Oh Sees, Mane, and many more. And what better way to celebrate the release of this comp than a free show thrown by Wood Shoppe SF [...]

Cold Beat drops video for “Mirror”, and bandleader Hannah Lew spearheads ‘San Francisco Is Doomed’ compilation

(Photo by Madeline Allard) Last month, Cold Beat announced the release of their debut LP Over Me, out July 8 via singer/bassist Hannah Lew's Crime On The Moon imprint, and also dropped the album's first single, "Mirror", an uptempo indie pop gem that features an epic little solo from guitarist Kyle King. Now the band is back with a video for that track, which matches the music's intensity and pace beat-for-beat. Directed by Lew (who wrote "Mirror", as she does all Cold Beat songs), the video was shot by Madeline Allard and edited by Renny McCauley. In it, the band's [...]

By |June 10, 2014|Tags: |

Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2014

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Bands_to_Watch_2014.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2014 We cover a whole lot of San Francisco Bay Area bands at The Bay Bridged, a sign of the wealth of musical talent here. The size of this talent pool, however, presents its own challenge: with so many interesting local bands out there, and with acts emerging seemingly every day, who are the new artists to keep a close eye on in the months to come? This mixtape takes a stab at answering that question, showcasing fourteen excellent local bands that are new to our podcast, young groups with [...]

Cold Beat & Tony Molina playing free show at The Uptown

Cold Beat and Tony Molina, the acts behind some of 2013's best releases, are teaming up on the first Friday of 2014 to give their fans a great gift for holidays – a free show at The Uptown. Oakland's Yi and Washington native Cairo Pythian round out the bill, opening the evening at the Oakland venue. Cold Beat, the solo moniker of Grass Widow’s bassist and co-songwriter Hannah Lew, dropped its debut EP Worms/Year 5772 earlier this year. The record, which we described as a "whirlwind of weird synthesizers, electronic remixes, and heavy post-punk bass lines," can be streamed in [...]

Grass Widow's Hannah Lew releases new solo EP

There’s something deeply satisfying about listening to Cold Beat – the solo work from Grass Widow’s bassist and co-songwriter Hannah Lew. A whirlwind of weird synthesizers, electronic remixes, and heavy post-punk bass lines – Cold Beat’s Worms/Year 5772 is a dark and intriguing EP. Composed shortly after the passing of Lew’s father in 2009, the lyrical content focuses on questions of death and science fiction. Despite the grim content, Lew manages to harbor some great pop elements that exemplify her captivating and harmonic vocals. Along with presenting a fresh and deeply personal piece of work, Lew has managed to showcase some of [...]

By |October 31, 2013|Tags: , |
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