First City Festival adds Future Islands, Liars, Tanlines and more

The First City Festival just announced five new additions to their two-day festivities in Monterey this August, and what a set of bands it is! Future Islands leads the newcomers, with Liars, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Tanlines, and Connan Mockasin rounding out the 30+ acts headed to the festival. Tickets are on sale now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5gUsnJX2oA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbrNt-dMDsY

Mixtape: What You Need to Know About SF’s Summer Music Festivals

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Summer_Festivals_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: What You Need to Know About SF's Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #338) Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! Text by Zack Frederick In 2014, there’s been more controversy about the gentrification of San Francisco than any other city in America. Similarly, anyone who looks beyond the success of well-known Bay Area festivals like Outside Lands will find an emotional debate about the city’s ability to foster a healthy, independent music scene rumbling just below the surface. And yet, mid-to-small sized, do-it-yourself festivals continue to flourish in SF and the larger Bay Area. While mega-festivals enjoy lucrative corporate [...]

First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

First City Festival set for August 23–24

The second iteration of the First City Festival has been confirmed for August 23 and 24, 2014 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. David Lefkowitz, Vice President of Goldenvoice in Northern California said, “We could not be more excited to bring First City Festival back in 2014 and hopefully many more years to come" about the festival that attracted more than 20,000 attendees in its first year, with performances by artists such as Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Beach House, The Dodos, Antlers, Father John Misty, and more. No artists have yet been confirmed for the 2014 version of [...]

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Review & Photos: First City Festival @ Monterey, CA 8/24–8/25/13

In its very first year, Monterey’s First City Festival is already off to a rollicking start. The fledgling festival, conceived by live-event giant Goldenvoice, was a major coup for the oft-overlooked central coast, drawing a nicely-curated range of bands that hung between indie cred and mainstream appeal, making for a nice alternative to other, bigger summer festivals for more discerning tastes. Say hello to the first Northern California festival to give Outside Lands a run for its money. Given time, there’s no doubt First City will find itself, and could even be a major contender in the years to come. [...]

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The First City Festival is this weekend!

This weekend marks the first edition of the First City Festival in Monterey. To help get you prepped for the festival, here's a repost of our mixtape sampling some of FCF's many great bands. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/First_City_Fest_2013_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Bands of the 2013 First City Festival (Podcast #310) Forty-six years after Monterey Pop, which established the template for the major music festival, a new fest is bringing rock music back to the Monterey County Fairgrounds this August. The First City Festival is the first Northern California fest presented by Goldenvoice, which also created Coachella, and it promises two days of indie bands, [...]

Video: The Dodos perform new song "The Ocean" at Tiny Telephone with Yours Truly

The Dodos & Magik*Magik Orchestra "The Ocean" from Yours Truly on Vimeo. The Dodos are ramping up for the release of their fifth album and Polyvinyl debut, Carrier, out August 27th. During the long hours they've spent inside of Tiny Telephone these past months, Yours Truly stopped in for a live performance with the Magik*Magik Orchestra of the new album's final track, "The Ocean." This wasn't the first time The Dodos worked with the orchestra, and the comments on this collaboration from director Minna Choi are pretty spot on: the string arrangement baked in a very oceanic texture to an [...]

First City Festival announces daily schedules and after shows

Monterey's First City Festival is fast approaching, and Goldenvoice recently announced the new event's daily schedules and also revealed lineups for two official after shows on the night of Saturday, August 24 following the fest's first day. Festival goers can create a custom daily schedule over on First City's lineup page, allowing them to map out how they want to bounce back and forth across the three aptly-named stages (Redwood, Cypress, and Manzanita). Also, those that foresee having some gas left in the tank following a long Saturday at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center should check out the [...]

Mixtape: Bands of the 2013 First City Festival (Podcast #310)

Mixtape: Bands of the 2013 First City Festival (Podcast #310) Forty-six years after Monterey Pop, which established the template for the major music festival, a new fest is bringing rock music back to the Monterey County Fairgrounds this August. The First City Festival is the first Northern California fest presented by Goldenvoice, which also created Coachella, and it promises two days of indie bands, led by big-time headliners including Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT and Neko Case. The true measure of a festival, though, is the talent level beyond the headliners, and this mix collects sixteen great bands performing at [...]

Ticket giveaway: First City Festival in Monterey, 8/24-8/25/13

As previously announced, the First City Festival will take place in Monterey on August 24th and 25th. Not only will this inaugural festival take place in California's "first city," but it will feature a huge list of notable bands: Modest Mouse and Passion Pit supported by Beach House, Toro y Moi, Deerhunter, Animal Collective side project Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks (in its first West Coast show), and so many more. Tickets are on sale via the First City Festival website! We have a pair of tickets to give away to the 2013 First City Festival! For your chance to win, [...]

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