Cougar on a Meth Binge preps dreamy show

Oakland's Cougar on a Meth Binge has never sounded like their name might lead you to believe, and now they're hoping to lead you about as far from their name as possible. Tomorrow night, they'll be hosting "Dream Lovers: an immersive musical experience inspired by dreams" at the Savvy Rest mattress store in Berkeley. COAMB will be debuting material from their forthcoming EP The Dreamy Pea, which was arranged and recorded in the same store and incorporates cassette recordings from lead singer Lauren Alegre's dream diaries. For now, you can stream a couple tracks from the album below. [...]

Photos and thank you: China and Cougar on a Meth Binge at 25th Street Recording

Michael Tapscott of CHINA plays at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, CA (photo: Jon Bauer) It's not often that you get a chance to check-out some top notch bands at a world-class recording studio, but this weekend we did just that! We'd like to thank the great bands involved — China and Cougar on a Meth Binge — as well as DoTheBay, 25th Street Recording, and Doc's Classic Food Truck for being involved in this event. Of course, the event would not have been such a success without the help and support of everyone who attended! Thanks to each person who [...]

The Bay Bridged Presents: Cougar on a Meth Binge and China at 25th Street Recording

The Bay Bridged knows how to bring the party (I mean, have you ever been to Phono del Sol?). And next month, we are bringing the party to Oakland. On April 2, we're presenting two of our favorites: China and Cougar on a Meth Binge and 25th Street Recording, just off of Telegraph. Come by for some good local tunes and some good local grub provided by Doc's of the Bay, with both drinks and tunes provided by our very own TBB staff. Everything starts at 6pm and wraps up at 9. Best part of all? It's free if you [...]

Cougar on a Meth Binge releases debut full length, ‘Light in You’

We've really enjoyed following the growth of Oakland's Cougar on a Meth Binge, who first grabbed our attention with sweet, banjo-laced lo-fi recordings posted to soundcloud. They've released a handful of EP's, and this Friday, they're releasing their debut full length, Light in You at a show in Oakland at Studio Grand. Although the sound quality is a bit more polished, there's still an intimacy combined with subtly unpredictable and unconventional rhythms in COAMB's music that keeps bringing me back. The band has also released a pair of videos ahead of the album — catch the visuals for the title [...]

Best of the Rest – February 2015 (Six Organs of Admittance, bAd bAd, Panic Is Perfect, & more)

Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance (Photo Credit: Drag City) Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn't have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the [...]

Cougar on a Meth Binge releases ‘Empire Cave’ EP

After a promising debut, Cougar on a Meth Binge literally went underground for their follow up EP, Empire Cave, a split with The Christys. The indie-folk band with the cheesy death-metal name traveled to the EP's namesake cave in Santa Cruz to record all but one of the songs on a portable GE recorder. As you'd expect, the results sound very DIY, but it works great. Lauren Alegre's vocals somehow mesh perfectly with the prominent banjo, almost sounding like a sixth string at times. Just listen – it isn't a style you'll hear with your typical folk band. Cougar on [...]

Get to Know: Cougar on a Meth Binge (it’s not what you think)

Before I tell you about Cougar on a Meth Binge, please take a moment to listen to their track "Mono Lake": Whoa! Was that a banjo? Incredibly charming and delicate female vocals? Subtle percussion and acoustic guitar coming together to create a droning yet enchanting soundscape? Yes, Cougar on a Meth Binge is in fact a sweet new indie-folk band from the East Bay led by the voice of Lauren Alegre, who is also a member of the perhaps more aptly named Alegre Sisters. Cougar on a Meth Binge's self-recorded debut EP Greetings Kittens is available as a free [...]

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