Smokin’ Ziggurats (mems. of Social Studies and Foli) release EP, announce first SF club show

Smokin' Ziggurats are as mysterious as their name is epic. This photo is their only visual asset so far, and they don't have a Facebook. The details are sparse, but there are some things about them we know for sure: 1) The supergroup is composed of members of San Francisco bands Social Studies and Foli. 2) They definitely know how to craft a blistery garage rock number. 3) We know this because they dropped their first EP, self-titled, on Soundcloud. At one point, you could hear all five songs from this release, but as of writing this post, only two remain. We'll focus [...]

Mixtape: New SF Bands with Great Musical Resumes Download: Mixtape: New SF Bands with Great Musical Resumes (Podcast #344) In a scene as active as the San Francisco Bay Area, it's not uncommon to learn that the members of your favorite band are also involved in other musical projects. It's also not surprising to see bands break up, burn out or go through significant lineup changes, enabling former players to explore new terrain on their own. All of this means that a number of newer bands with unfamiliar names might have some familiar faces -- or, perhaps more appropriately, voices -- involved. It also means that if [...]

Live This Month: April 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: April 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #333) 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. Truth be told, a couple of the concerts highlighted this month are already sold out, but their inclusion here is meant to inspire you to do what it takes (hopefully just look on Craigslist?) to find tickets. One of those shows features Blood Orange, the latest project of Devonté Hynes. As a writer/producer, Hynes has worked with the [...]

Foli – "Figure Eight"

Photo: Vanessa Hellmann Foli began as the solo project of Social Studies guitarist Ben McClintock, who told me he started Foli as a traditonal songwriting outlet after several years in an instrumental band in Boston. About the time he joined Social Studies a year and a half ago, he put together a full band that recorded Foli's first true album. "When I started I was making a subconscious effort to combine Mount Eerie and D'Angelo knowing that whatever I came up with would be a far departure from both," explains McClintock. On the track "Figure Eight" (below), I can't help [...]

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