Friendless Summer release new video for “All The Time”

If you're looking for some goofy-but-still-actually-decent escapist lo-fi pop, Friendless Summer is for you. Jack Brown of Friendless Summer has not only recently released a new EP with Death Records, but also a witty music video with a goofy look on romance. Watch as Brown goes on a date and sings about his love for his blow up doll, but if you want to watch this live, Emotional and Friendless Summer are ending their west coast tour in Oakland next Wednesday, March 23. It's also the official cassette release party for Friendless Summer (oh dang, that's even better!). Hopefully Jack [...]

Live This Month: February 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: February 2016 (Podcast #380) 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. Noise Pop 2016 features prominently in this month's podcast, which shouldn't be a surprise given how many great bands partake every year in this annual highlight. Among other Noise Pop bands in the mix, check out new music from Seattle's The Cave Singers, a track from the acclaimed collaborative album by Kneebody and Daedelus, and recent tracks from DIIV and Julien Baker. Beyond Noise Pop, there [...]

Go be emotional with Emotional at the Golden Bull tonight

Going to see Emotional (Brian Wakefield of Death Records/Melted Toys) is the perfect way to say "I am not over summer, summer is not over, stop trying to tell me it is, because it's not." Summer is not over. Summer is never over, and Emotional has the perfect tunes to always remind you that Summer is always in the air. Summer and the freedom that comes with it, are not something that just disappears. I am obviously very emotional about summer. Overall, Emotional is the perfect solo project to come out of Melted Toys, Brain Wakefield. The tunes still have [...]

By |September 29, 2015|Tags: , |

Live This Month: September 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: September 2015 (Podcast #370) 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. How has it taken this long to include Chelsea Wolfe in one of our podcasts? Wolfe started out in Sacramento before relocating to LA, and over the course of four albums has defined a unique mix of heavy doom and gothic folk. "Iron Moon" comes from her new album, Abyss, and it highlights both sides of her sound very well. Speaking of Sacramento, our state capital [...]

Deathstock Fest coming to Guerneville in June

There was Woodstock ’69, Woodstock ’94 and ’99 (yikes), and now, on a completely new note, there’s Deathstock. SF label Death Records is celebrating their one year anniversary how? With a full blown two-day music festival campout in the woods - duh! The lineup is already partially announced, including many Death Records roster artists like Smiles, Air Surgeon, Tiaras, Teenage Chain, The Strange Land, and Cole Lodge, making it a truly local affair. Friends of the label like Tomorrows Tulips, Danny James, CCR Headcleaner, Part/Human, and label head Brian Wakefield’s own band Emotional are the other additions to the bill [...]

Commune Wednesdays does it again with White Fang, Big Tits, and more

Commune is throwing its monthly party this Wednesday, February 11 with a Portland's White Fang, Big Tits from Oakland, and LA's Emotional. This West Coast lineup is next up in a series of ridiculously cool bills put together by the movement (they just announced a San Diego show with Tijuana Panthers!), so come on out and support the cause. As always, these shows are about taking a stand against big tobacco companies, not the smokers, so all are welcome! And in true Commune fashion, the show is free all night long. White Fang, Big Tits, Emotional, Jonathan Reddick Elbo Room February 11, 2015 9pm, [...]

REPLICANT returns to Oakland with Bad News, plots February shows

If the new year has given you the itch to seek out new artistic territory, you should direct your attention towards the local REPLICANT series. REPLICANT has been hosting events in San Francisco and Oakland since June of last year, at venues such as The Lab, Elbo Room, and The Night Light. Showcasing the latest in industrial, post-punk, ambient, experimental, goth and black metal music, each installment of REPLICANT aims to open our eyes and ears to something new and exciting. Blurring the boundaries between "performative art" and underground music, REPLICANT has introduced the Bay Area to genre-shattering artists like [...]

By |January 17, 2014|Tags: , , |

Best of 2013: Draut on the Most Overlooked Bay Area Releases

While you've undoubtedly heard (or at the very least, heard of) this year's long list of lauded LP releases from local headliners such as Deafheaven, Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Shannon and the Clams, Ty Segall/Fuzz, and the like, there are dozens more digital, vinyl, and cassette releases that may have slipped under your radar. You probably also caught wind of our extensive local coverage of 2013 debuts and breakthroughs from acts like Dan Casey, Glenn Jackson, Wild Moth, Cool Ghouls, Antwon, and Tony Molina, but there are even more treasures to be found by digging deeper into the musical [...]

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