Free Craft Spells show Friday at SF State

So this week's Drums/Craft Spells/Part Time show at the Great American is sold out, but Craft Spells will be performing a free, all ages show on Friday, May 11th at SFSU's The Depot. The band's new Gallery EP is available for pre-order now. Craft Spells, Dempsey, Horrorscopes The Depot at SF State May 11, 2012 6-9pm, Free

Song Premiere: Surf Club – "Lonely Days"

Back in August 2011, we deemed Craft Spells as "one that got away," as the band relocated to Seattle with the charms of Idle Labor still fresh on our minds. As Craft Spells developed into the band we know today, one of its original members stayed behind in Stockton - and thus, Frankie Soto joined with new bandmates Eddie Zepeda, Alfonso Robles, and Jose Medina, and Surf Club was born. Lonely Days by SurfClubCa "Lonely Days" is the new single from Surf Club's debut EP, entitled Young Love, which comes out on February 14th (Valentine's Day). Without a doubt, "Lonely [...]

Recommended, 8/22-8/28: Magic Trick/Magic Bullets, R. Stevie Moore/Ariel Pink, Mikal Cronin, The Soft Moon/Craft Spells

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Tim Cohen's Magic Trick releases album, Magic Bullets play final show Tim Cohen's other band, Magic Trick, releases its new album, The Glad Birth of Love, Tuesday on Empty Cellar Records, and the band celebrates its release on Wednesday night at the Rickshaw Stop (8pm, $8). The show is a packed one, and it also marks the [...]

Mixtape: The Ones That Got Away (Podcast #255)

This episode is sponsored by BottleRockIt. Mixtape: The Ones That Got Away (Podcast #255) Our recent Regional Bias fundraiser concert featured the final local performance by Royal Baths before the band relocates to the East Coast, a fact that got us thinking about the many active artists who have left the Bay Area for other pastures in recent years. As an organization founded to champion local music, we focus on bands while they live here, but there's always a lingering feeling that great bands that depart are "the ones that got away." This podcast is a mix featuring thirteen bands [...]

Live This Month: May 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #248)

Live This Month: May 2011 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. May features a couple of local festivals -- S.S. Records' ten-year anniversary celebration and SF Popfest (which we'll be discussing later this month in a separate mixtape) -- as well as the usual slate of touring bands coming through town. Veterans like Cass McCombs and The Raveonettes both recently put out what might be the best albums of lengthy careers; others, including Craft Spells and No Joy, are enjoying strong [...]

Recommended, 5/2-5/8: Dark Nights KUSF Benefit, Cass McCombs, Craft Spells, Okie Rosette

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Dark Nights at Verdi Club raises funds for KUSF Tartufi recently launched a "spontaneous show series" called Dark Nights at the Verdi Club, and May's event, taking place Wednesday, May 4th (8pm, $7-20), looks like the best yet. The organizing trio will be joined by an eclectic mix of Northern California groups, including Santa Cruz heavy psych [...]

Craft Spells’ new album is great heat wave music

Craft Spells – "From The Morning Heat" Craft Spells - "You Should Close The Door" Even though Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros recently relocated from Stockton to Seattle, the band's new album Idle Labor feels well-suited to this heat wave we're experiencing in the Bay Area. The album is packed with heady pop treats and it's out this week on Captured Tracks. Craft Spells' upcoming US tour heads to Slim's on May 5th. Full dates below. 04/07 Stony Brook, NY - University Cafe (Stony Brook University) * 04/08 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg * 04/09 Brooklyn, NY - Glassands [...]

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Mixtape: Previewing the 2011 Noise Pop Festival (Podcast #243)

Previewing the 2011 Noise Pop Festival This episode is presented by Long before we started The Bay Bridged, we'd look forward to February's annual Noise Pop Festival, and now, in the fest's nineteenth year, things are no different. That's a remarkable achievement, and this year's week of events brings together buzzworthy out-of-town bands and talented locals for stacked four band bills sampling some of the best in contemporary indie rock. Subscribe to the The Bay Bridged podcast! The Noise Pop Calendar, while extremely helpful, might also be a little staggering, which is why we've compiled this mix of sixteen [...]

Mixtape: Surveying the Indie Pop Renaissance (Podcast #241)

Mixtape: Surveying the Indie Pop Renaissance (Podcast #241) We love psych rock, garage, folk rock, singer-songwriter stuff, and a variety of other musical genres here at The Bay Bridged, but our first love was, and will forever be, indie pop. From the jangly to the synthy, an uber-catchy, clever pop song is something to be treasured. After what felt like a few slightly lean years for the genre (from our perspective, anyway), we're now in the midst of a real fertile time for great indie pop. This month's mixtape collects over an hour's worth of great new and recent indie [...]

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