Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Haunted Summer, Ezra Furman and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Winners will be notified no later than the Friday of the week of the giveaway. Wednesday, August 3 Cairo Gang, Night School, Tim Cohen @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $10, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, August 4 Marissa Nadler, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Muscle and Marrow @ The Chapel [...]

Q&A: Six bands John Vanderslice is listening to right now

Longtime friend of The Bay Bridged John Vanderslice is a busy guy these days. His new recording studio Tiny Telephone Oakland opened this month, and its SF counterpart continues to be a destination for indie artists. Vanderslice has also been producing albums like Into It. Over It's forthcoming Standards, which arrives in March. Oh, and he's also a stellar singer-songwriter is in own right, who will be performing at our 10th anniversary party this Saturday night at the Rickshaw Stop alongside The Stone Foxes, Annie Girl & The Flight, and Hot Flash Heat Wave. Before Saturday's show, we asked John [...]

Jody’s best album of 2015: Ezra Furman’s “Perpetual Motion People”

Ezra Furman really seems to speak to depressed people. As you all learned last year, my mom died in the summer of 2014. I was fine...for a while. The loss wasn’t sudden — it didn't put me in bed for months on end or convince me to stop eating. It just left me feeling kinda "...What now?" So I filled my time with a bunch of temporary distractions: going to shows, buying out my ModCloth wishlist, even taking a 10-day jaunt to Europe with some of the money my mom left me. But I still felt...wrong. It started as physical [...]

Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2015_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music (Podcast #377) At The Bay Bridged, we always bristle a little at the prospect of attempting to sum up a full year of the local independent music scene in a single retrospective podcast mixtape. Such a challenge is especially difficult in a place like the Bay Area, where year in, year out, a wide variety of talented local musicians release compelling and impressive albums, a great many of which gain acclaim well beyond the Bay's borders. Instead of trying to identify some objective list of the "ten best" [...]

The Bay Abridged: Dec 2 – Dec 8

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. Family of the Year at The Independent (SF) Dec. 1 I arrived with an open mind, appreciating the overly catchy hooks that make shitty bands popular. They were a sight to behold with dramatic arm gestures straight out of a beer commercial. Rhyming "ocean" with "love potion" [...]

The Bay Abridged: Oct 20 — Oct 27

(Jane's Addiction at The Warfield) 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. Marina and the Diamonds at Fox Theater (Oak) Oct. 20 Marina and the Diamonds brought her new album, FROOT, to Oakland's Fox Theater last week. Starting with their first album The Family Jewels, released in 2006, and continuing on to play songs [...]

Ezra Furman unveils electrifying cover of The Replacements’ “Androgynous”

In a recent piece in The Guardian, our Oakland-based favorite Ezra Furman says firmly about his gender identity, "I am proud to exist in an ambiguous, undecided state." Furman's unabashed honesty about his gender fluidity and sexuality makes his most recent cover — "Androgynous" by the Replacements — that much more poignant. The unadorned electric guitar that drives on in the background gives Furman's reverb-addled vocals the perfect canvas to express a rough-around-the-edges sense of intimacy, one that perfectly matches the tone of Paul Westerberg's 1984 gender revolution anthem. The urgency in his delivery of the line, "And today, the people dress the way that they please/The [...]

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Mixtape: San Francisco Songs for Summer

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Summer_2015_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Summer Songs (Podcast #365) Even though San Francisco's summers get an unfairly bad rap, that doesn't prevent us locals from enjoying many of the best parts of the season. Days at the beach, barbecues, road trips, street fairs and festivals: sure, you might need to carry a light sweater on some of your summer excursions, but the long days can't be beat for outdoor fun. With the solstice kicking off summer earlier this week, we've compiled this mixtape of songs for the season, collecting new and recent releases by San Francisco Bay Area bands that [...]

Ezra Furman: The Renewal Junkie

You heard it here first: Ezra Furman’s a big deal. Actually, if you’ve been paying attention, you heard it in Europe first. Though he’s been working as an artist for nearly a decade now — in Boston, in Chicago, in the Bay Area — the Oakland resident is touring Europe this summer, with special attention paid to the United Kingdom, all to meet a public demand that took root last year. “It was kinda wild," he says. "They increasingly care about me and my band,” he says of his snowballing fame on the other side of the Atlantic. He's speaking [...]

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Ezra Furman performs “Restless Year” on Later with Jools Holland

Although we've appreciated his work here at The Bay Bridged, Chicago native & Oakland resident Ezra Furman may be in the process of blowing up in Europe. Or perhaps he's already become a star there and I'm just now noticing. Either way, he's spent most of May touring Europe, and will return later this summer to hit a host of European festivals. Last week was especially big for Mr. Furman - he performed on Later with Jools Holland, where he absolutely killed it in his $5 dress, and was later called "the most compelling live act you can see right [...]

By |May 27, 2015|Tags: |
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