Live This Week: Dawes to bring rootsy folk-rock to the Fox Theater

It’s day 27 of the government shutdown. Caught in the political riptides, many Americans find themselves trying to sort through and mend damaged relationships in a system that seethes in dysfunction. Los Angeles folk-rockers Dawes are among those trying to crack the case. Passwords, the band’s sixth album on their own label, HUB Records, finds the band deftly utilizing their rootsy, weathered sound to find a needed pathway to kindness and understanding. Shifting in sonic texture from their Laurel Canyon-bathed back catalogue, the record finds lead singer/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith and bandmates utilizing softer pianos, strings and woodwind flourishes to smooth [...]

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Noise Pop: Rediscovering Dawes at The Fillmore

Dawes (photo: Brittany O'Brien) A ubiquitous facet of music radio is "live sessions" — those intimate mini-performances that artists do for stations that get uploaded straight to YouTube to add to the limitless mass of promo materials that is a band's online presence. When I was first becoming interested in band culture, those clips — think KEXP or BBC Live Lounge — were cherished because they provided another perspective in which to foster burgeoning obsessions after I had already exhausted all available studio albums, concert videos, and loosely scattered unreleased tracks. I saw them as brief windows into an artist's impression [...]

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The Bay Abridged: Sept 13 – Sept 21

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Zedd at The Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumThe Gathering of the Tribes with The Gentle Cycle, Buzzmutt, The Spiral Electric and more at Public Works (SF) Sept. 13. More than anything, I think it’s embarrassing to say that I had yet to venture out to Public Works - [...]

First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Forgetters, Deerhoof, Wallpaper, Spanish Bombs, The Hot Toddies, The Blow, Dawes

To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Thursday, January 27th Forgetters (ex Jawbreaker), Street Eaters, Bam!Bam! @ Bottom of the Hill To win a pair of tickets to the show be the FIFTH person to enter! The show starts at 9pm, SOLD OUT, 21+. Friday, January 28th Deerhoof (album release!), Ben Butler & Mouspad @ Great American Music [...]

Live This Month: August 2010 (Podcast #225)

Live This Month: August 2010 (Podcast #225) Every month, we dedicate the first week's podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got eleven great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in August, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to iTunes! About the bands: The Splinters ("Blood on my Hands") celebrate the release of their new 7" on Southpaw Records at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, August 18th. Woven [...]

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