Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Yuck, Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death, & more)

Ben: Yuck could have gone the way of plenty of bands that lose their lead singers, which is to say that the group could have quietly imploded or shattered amid tabloid drama. Instead, the group, which released one of the best albums of 2011, returns with Glow & Behold, a late contender shaping up to be a highlight of 2013. The sound is different, less fuzzed out and more jangle pop, but it's probably for the best that the reinvention backstory seems like a footnote easily eclipsed by the work at hand. It's a far better second act than plenty [...]

TONIGHT: Our Buried Treasure party with Meat Market, Fine Steps, bingo and more!

This week, the Treasure Island Music Festival is taking over San Franpsycho's store at 505 Divisadero Street for a four-day pop-up shop featuring some great parties! TONIGHT, starting at 6pm, we'll be hosting an evening of bands, DJs, and BINGO, for prizes including tickets to TIMF and The Bay Brewed, and other sweet offerings. We're really psyched for performances by two of our favorite local bands: Oakland garage-surf-pop band Meat Market, who just released a new 7" on Suicide Squeeze, and local jangle-poppers Fine Steps, who have a new single out on Volar. It'll be a full evening of great [...]

Announcing Buried Treasure: Our Party at the Treasure Island Music Festival Pop-Up Shop!

From October 9 through 12, the Treasure Island Music Festival will be taking over San Franpsycho's store at 505 Divisadero Street for a four-day pop-up shop featuring some great parties, including one we're proud to be presenting! On Thursday, October 10, we'll be hosting an evening of bands, DJs, and BINGO, for prizes including tickets to TIMF and The Bay Brewed, and other sweet offerings. We're really psyched for performances by two of our favorite local bands: Oakland garage-surf-pop band Meat Market, who just released a new 7" on Suicide Squeeze, and local jangle-poppers Fine Steps, who have a new [...]

Fine Steps – "All Day Long"

Roughly a year after the release of Fine Steps’ first LP, Boy’s Co., the Sacramento native foursome is back with a new 7”, All Day Long. The upbeat jangle and surf-rock guitar is offset by singer Julian Elorduy’s deep vocal undercurrent, almost echoing Ian Curtis. The vocals and the extra jangle are what set this song apart from the rest of the Beach Fossils/DIIV/Surf Club type surf rock emerging these days. Plus, Fine Steps name has absolutely no reference to water sports. Even cooler is Elorduy’s DIY music video for “All Day Long”, which he made on his dad’s old [...]

By |May 7, 2013|Tags: |

Beyond the Bay Area: A Sacramento Mixtape (Podcast #297)

Beyond the Bay Area: A Sacramento Mixtape (Podcast #297) It's not technically part of the Bay Area -- and by "technically," of course, we mean "at all" -- but we've been known to cheat a little bit and claim a good number of Sacramento bands as adopted locals over the years. Can you really blame us? Plenty of acts from the state's capital have made an big impact on independent music, including Death Grips, Chelsea Wolfe, and Trash Talk. All three of those groups eventually migrated to Los Angeles, with Death Grips leaking their latest album during a two-month stay [...]

Parquet Courts (NYC), Andy Human, and Fine Steps at the Hemlock, 1/16/13

Up-and-coming NYC-based indie rockers Parquet Courts — whose lineup includes Andrew Savage of the Texas garage rock group Fergus & Geronimo — will headline an excellent roster at the Hemlock Tavern on January 16th that includes Andy Jordan of LENZ's glam/punk solo project Andy Human. Parquet Courts are touring in support of their 2012 LP, "Light Up Gold", which Savage has described as a return to "America's scandalous origins". Sacramento's Fine Steps, who write pop rock 'n roll ditties with a smooth, rich vocal style, round out the lineup. Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts Parquet Courts, Andy Human, Fine Steps Hemlock Tavern [...]

Sacramento's Fine Steps to release first LP this spring

Is Sacramento the new Stockton? It's certainly the birthplace of Fine Steps, the surf pop project of 26-year-old Sacramento native and former Mayyors drummer Julian Elorduy. Other members include guitarist Kyle Hoover and bassist Alex Sowles of Ganglians and Dylan of G. Green, all also hailing from California's capital. The band's first LP, Boy's Co., was recorded at Tiny Telephone and will be released on Elorduy’s own Song Records in April/May. Until then, you can listen to one of the tracks, "Painted Church," below.

By |March 30, 2012|Tags: |

Two-for-One Review & Photos: Mist and Mast, Fine Steps @ Make-Out Room; Bootcuts, Harkenbacks @ Plough and Stars, 1/6/12

Mist and Mast - "Getting Out Soon" The Make Out Room sits in the center of a hot scene - Cafe's Lolo and Revolution and a mini-park across the street and all - and yet it operates in relative quiet and on its own terms. One such example - the happy hour show. For whatever reasons, the management often splits the evening between live music early and DJ sets later- the music afficionado's penchant to still be napping or eating before 9:30 be damned. And so, with two bands I very much wanted to hear at the Plough and Stars [...]

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