Crush share new music video, play Rickshaw Stop tomorrow

"I lowkey have a crush on Crush (from Oakland) because they crush it," is something I and many other people have said while in the crowd of a Crush show. Because everyone loves cheesy jokes when they're drunk and watching a great band. It's as though we can let go of the beers we use as emotional crutches when the music makes you feel better than the alcohol. Maybe it is the alcohol that we chugged to pause our insecurities when we got to the space, maybe it's them, because for me at least, the moment they come on I throw away [...]

By |July 18, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Abridged: May 25 – June 7

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Myra Flynn at Hotel Utah (SF) May 26. Even after seeing 31 bands in 3 days at BottleRock, Myra Flynn's beautiful voice still echoes in my ears from her intimate set at Hotel Utah. Soulful, heart-soaked ballads filled the tiny club as she belted out [...]

KDVS presents: ORMF XVI Festival in Davis

There aren't many festivals where you can see 18 great bands and artists for only 17 dollars, but there is KDVS's Operation Restore Maximum Freedom Festival or to be short and real: ORMF XVI Festival. Not only does its name have two meanings — one pertaining to the freeform format of the station, and one stating that they are mostly funded by the listeners and community — this festival is for the people who may live a little to out of the way to get to the house show in Oakland or SF on a Wednesday night. This is for the [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2016

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Bands_to_Watch_2016.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2016 (Podcast #379) Every year, it's an exciting challenge to compile our "Bands to Watch" mixtape: exciting because it heralds another year full of great music from the Bay Area's rising stars, and a challenge because there are far too many young acts worth including. This year's mix of bands to keep an eye on in 2016 collects fourteen artists from around the Bay Area. Notably, all of them are new to The Bay Bridged podcast, offering a variety of sounds that include forward-thinking bedroom pop, stripped-down singer-songwriter tunes, energized [...]

Oakland’s Crush release two smashing tributes to American guitar music

Oakland's Crush play self-described "musclegaze", something they made clear beyond all doubt on their self-titled debut just this last January (that EP is available for your collection on 7" via Mayfly Records). The new EP, aptly titled Crush II, juxtaposes a dense, thoughtful ballad, with a noisy banger of a track. Opener "Soviet Life" is laced with acoustic guitars, and beautiful hooks sung in harmony by both vocalists- "let's destroy the government, just because there's punishment", the song ends with triumphant, sustained chords, chords that embody the "musclegaze". [bandcamp width=350 height=470 album=4154710350 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false] These are songs whose upbeat melody belies their content; [...]

By |July 14, 2015|Tags: |

Oakland’s Long Knives to play record release show at Thee Parkside with Prawn and Frameworks

  Long Knives are a band with members from across the Bay Area who play a nostalgic mix of pop-punk and indie that reminds me of The Get Up Kids – crystal clear vocals, sliding octaves and rock steady drumming that never crowds the composition. While it's not a new sound, they're executing it well – after playing with Michigan emo heavyweights Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) last October, Long Knives were immediately approached by that band's Keith Latinen and asked to release music on his label Count Your Lucky Stars. The label has been curating indie and emo since 2007 [...]

Oakland’s Crush joins Mayfly Records

(cover art by Stacie Willoughby) Mayfly Records, a label based out of Cleveland, have made a name for themselves curating the first releases of bands like Code Orange and Pianos Become the Teeth. While both of these bands and much of Mayfly's roster delve into the dissonant world of post-hardcore, their most recent addition is a fresh new band from Oakland who worship 90's grunge and guitar rock - they're called Crush. The band features members of Santa Cruz's Valley Girls, and the recently deceased LA hardcore outfit Calculator. As the name Crush suggests, the songs are huge, and production from [...]

By |February 17, 2015|Tags: |
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