Mixtape: San Francisco Twang — Sampling Local Americana, Country, and Bluegrass Bands

The Brothers Comatose (photo: Zack Sumner) http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/SF_Twang_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Twang -- Sampling Americana, Country and Bluegrass Bands (Podcast #384) The San Francisco Bay Area's love for Americana, country and bluegrass music manifests most visibly during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which draws 750,000+ people to Golden Gate Park annually, but there are great twangy sounds coming out of the Bay all year round. Venues like The Plough & Stars, The Lucky Horseshoe, Amnesia, and Armando's in Martinez, as well as Twang Sundays at Thee Parkside, are a fertile incubator for local roots acts. Plenty of them, like The [...]

Album Premiere: listen to Eight Belles’ new self-titled LP

Three years after the release of its debut album, Girls Underground, Oakland indie folk duo Eight Belles returns with a self-titled follow-up on Saint Rose Records, and we are beyond stoked to premiere it today. The band will celebrate the release with a performance at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Dec. 10 with Cave Clove and The Young Elders. Singer Jessi Phillips, guitarist Henry Aloysius Nagle, and engineer Ross Harris (Emily Jane White) tracked the album over three years, enlisting a cadre of prominent Bay Area musicians including singer/ pianist Joel Robinow (Once and Future Band, Howlin’ Rain), drummer Shaun Lowecki (Painted [...]

By |December 8, 2015|Tags: |

Live This Month: December 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_December_2015.mp3 Download: Live This Month: December 2015 (Podcast #376) 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. In this month's podcast, we check out thirteen highlights from December's concert lineup, including touring artists Beach House, Eskimeaux, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and GospelbeacH. We also sample local tracks from a number of new and emerging bands, including Silver Shadows, Eight Belles, John Travoltage, Ancient Rites, and Perhapsy. And on a bittersweet note, we include a new one from the always-inventive producer Al Lover, [...]

Cave Clove plan to get loud at the Rickshaw, release album news

Soulful indie rockers Cave Clove will be making the long journey from Oakland to the Rickshaw Stop next week bringing with them new music, a new bassist, and news on how soon we can see an album. The original project of singer-songwriter Katie Colver and drummer Melissa Kilkuskie has since plugged in with guitarist Brent Curriden (who may have also recognized from 1-5 of your other favorite Bay Area bands). This has brought to the table another live incarnation ready for an acoustic night featuring Katie and Brent as a duo. Most recently, enter Alisa Saario rounding out the lineup [...]

Eight Belles release Harry Nilsson ‘cover’; host tribute show at Viracocha

Heads up, Harry Nilsson-heads: Eight Belles have released a lovely cover of "Living Without You," as a preview for a tribute concert, featuring a long list of performances from Bay Area artists. It's actually a Randy Newman tune, but is closely associated with Nilsson, and either way it's gorgeous. The song also features a supporting cast of other Bay Area musicians: Shaun Lowecki, Braden Young, and Joel Robinow. Listen below. As we mentioned, Viracocha's plotting a Harry Nilsson tribute night, titled "Don't Forget Me." It's scheduled to take place on the 20th, with performances of Nilsson songs from [...]

By |February 5, 2015|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Foxtails Brigade, Eight Belles and more

To enter any contest, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, December 19th The Scrap on Capp: A Songwriter Showdown featuring Maurice Tani and Paul Griffiths @ The Lost Church 8:15pm, $10, 12+. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, December 20th Foxtails Brigade, The Seshen, Farallons @ The Chapel 9pm, $12, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, December 21st The Range, Friendzone [...]

Video Premiere: Eight Belles – "Buried Child"

Video still from Christine Hucal Eight Belles is technically playing their video premiere show tomorrow at Amnesia, but they were nice enough to let us share it with you now. The video, which was directed by former Bay Area resident Christine Hucal, was extra special for singer Jessi Phillips, as it was filmed mostly on her family farm near Kalamazoo, MI. Phillips tells me the video "includes the horse I've owned since I was 13, and shots of the abandoned church I used to smoke cigarettes in when I was 14." Director Hucal now lives in Detroit, but has directed [...]

By |March 28, 2013|Tags: |

Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293)

Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293) With its rich history of folk musicians and lyrical rockers, the Bay Area has long been a source of terrific singer-songwriters. Even today, while much of the buzz around local musicians focuses on some of our weirder (or, perhaps, more "now") rock subgenres, there continue to be numerous talented folks crafting lyrically-rich, deeply personal music. For some reason, 2012 seems like an especially strong year for local songwriters, with well-received new albums this year from beloved veterans like Mark Eitzel and Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon, as well as newer [...]

Interview: Eight Belles, featuring crooning songstress Jessi Phillips

Bay Area-based Americana group Eight Belles celebrated the release of their first record, Girls Underground with a live show at the Cafe Du Nord back in June. This is the first official record for the group, brainchild of crooning songstress Jessi Phillips. Phillips was raised on a farm in Michigan, left to move to New York and landed in Oakland, and you can hear pieces of each city in her music. The record will appeal to listeners who appreciate strong vocals and gritty Americana, as well as heart wrenching lyrics coupled with catchy tunes. To sum it up - it's [...]

By |August 14, 2012|Tags: |
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