Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322)

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2013_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322) As usual, our year-end wrap-up podcast comes leaden with hemming, hawing and caveats aplenty. How can another wide-ranging year full of impressive Bay Area releases be distilled down to a coherent list of "best" works? The obvious answer is that it can't. Ultimately, this podcast collects thirteen bands that had impressive 2013s, including a number of groups that won't be a surprise to attendees of Bay Bridged events or close followers of the blog. 2013 was once again banner year for local garage rock, with another stellar album from [...]

Review & Photos: Deafheaven, Marriages, Monuments Collapse @ Bottom of the Hill

Photos by Nicole L. Browner Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke cultivated a peculiar psychopath/serial killer/hitman vibe onstage at Bottom of the Hill Monday night, wearing his trademark all-black outfit plus black gloves. He is one intense dude. His band's music is rife with long instrumental passages of experimental noise and psychedelic exploration, during which Clarke stalks the stage like he's possessed, glowers at the crowd, and makes what look like threatening gestures. Sometimes he appears to be gagging himself with his own fingers. But then the next minute he's screaming in a black metal screech so full of menace and foreboding [...]

Live This Month: July 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #309)

Live This Month: July 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #309) 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. Festival season kicks off this month in the Bay Area, and we're really excited to be bringing you the the third annual Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival on July 13th. This episode features new music from Phono del Sol performers Blouse and Painted Palms, two of the twelve great bands that will be performing all day. Speaking [...]

Antwon releases collaborations with Nature Boys and Kerry McCoy of Deafheaven

San Jose's Antwon has no doubt had a hell of a year, leading to a major festival appearances at FYF Fest in LA, Musicfest NW in Portland, and the Bay's own Treasure Island Music Festival (props for our friends at Noise Pop for including a local hip-hop act at TIMF two years in a row). Now he's back with two outstanding collaborations, both released last week. The first collaboration for Antwon was with his "Nature Boys" collective on the track "Mansions" where DCxDCxDC and Himself the Majestic take turns over yet another outstanding Friendzone beat before Antwon's booming staccato delivery [...]

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Eleanor Friedberger, Magnetic Fields, GRMLN and more)

Deafheaven (Photo: Randi Sumner) Editors' Picks is a new feature collecting music that we've been enjoying recently. Ben: I'm normally a "the weirder the better" kind of guy, but I'm really digging Eleanor Friedberger's Personal Record. Friedberger's solo songs might sacrifice some of The Fiery Furnaces' weirdness, but her measured indie pop rewards close listening. "When I Knew" is an early highlight, with the singer-songwriter offering a series of colorfully-detailed vignettes tempered by a playful unwillingness to offer the whole story. What's more, the final one actually takes place in the Castro! Friedberger is performing at The Independent with TEEN [...]

Deafheaven tours new album 'Sunbather', playing two SF shows

San Francisco's buzzworthy black metal band Deafheaven is gearing up for the release of its new LP Sunbather by playing three West Coast shows with Boris, followed by a full U.S. headlining tour backed by Marriages. Included in the itinerary are two San Francisco shows – with Boris on May 22 at Rickshaw Stop, and with Marriages on July 15 at Bottom of the Hill. Sunbather is due on June 11 via Deathwish Records. It is Deafheaven's second full-length release from the label (following 2011's Road to Judah) and its third release overall. After vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry [...]

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Deafheaven, Bosse-de-nage, Wreck & Reference play DNA Lounge 11/30/12 (Update: Show Canceled)

Update: Unfortunately, this Friday's show has been canceled. Take note, metal fans, because there's a hell of a celebration going on November 30th at DNA Lounge when Deafheaven, Bosse-de-Nage, and Wreck & Reference take the stage together. Ostensibly a record release show for the new Deafheaven/Boss-de-Nage Split EP — which we wrote about here — the show represents one of the few times we've seen three top metal acts from the Bay Area and Sacramento all gathered in San Francisco at one time. Purchase the EP here via Flenser Records. Based in San Francisco, Deafheaven write black metal songs that [...]

Deafheaven and Bosse-de-Nage recording split EP

Bay Area black metal groups Deafheaven and Bosse-de-Nage are prepping for the release of a split EP for San Francisco's Flensor Records. The EP, which is due for release soon (an exact date has yet to be announced) will feature Deafheaven covering Mogwai's "Punk Rock / Cody," while Bosse-de-Nage are recording a new song called "A Mimesis of Purpose." Bosse-de-Nage are a band to watch in the Bay Area underground metal scene — their latest LP, III, caught the eyes of Pitchfork and other mainstream publications, while Deafheaven's last album Roads to Judah was featured on numerous year-end lists, including [...]

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