Recommended, 11/14-11/20: Wet Illustrated/Devon Williams, MINOT (ex-FMTM)/Tartufi, Kimya Dawson, The Stone Foxes/Steve Taylor

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Wet Illustrated kicks off tour with Devon Williams Fresh off the release of 1x1x1, SF's Wet Illustrated bring their exuberant art-pop to Amnesia on Thursday (9pm, $7-10), kicking off a series of West Coast dates with Devon Williams. Tim Cohen's Magic Trick headlines the evening. Wet Illustrated - "Gypsy Town" Magic Trick (Tim Cohen) - "Daylight Moon" [...]

From Monument to Masses: final show 8/28/10 at GAMH (Ticket Giveaway)

From Monument to Masses perform their final show at Great American Music Hall on Saturday, August 28th (9pm, $15). They'll be joined by fellow local instrumental rock bands Judgement Day and Silian Rail. From Monument to Masses - "Beyond God & Elvis" It was a real treat to sit down and interview these guys for the podcast last year, and we know they'll be missed by devoted fans around the world. Earlier this year, guitarist/co-founder Matthew Solberg offered a lengthy statement about the band's decision to call it quits: "...There is too much to say here about our experience. We’ll [...]

Live this week: 8/24-29

Tuesday, August 24: Grand Lake (record release), It's For Free Grace, Sean Smith & the Present Moment, James and Evander @ Cafe du Nord Il Gato, Sandy's (Alexi of the Botticellis), Debbie Neigher @ Viracocha Wednesday, August 25: Sweet Bones, Huff This!, The Mallard, Dylan Tidyman Jones @ Kimo's Thursday, August 26: Lazer Sword, Rainbow Arabia, Religious Girls, Sister Crayon @ Rickshaw Stop Royal Baths, Th Mrcy Hot Sprngs, Outlaw, Lilac @ Hemlock Tavern Light Asylum, You, Veil Veil Vanish, Sssleeping Desiress @ The Knockout Wallpaper., The Downer Party @ California Academy of Sciences Friday, August 27: Audrye Sessions, Dave [...]

Live This Month: August 2010 (Podcast #225)

Live This Month: August 2010 (Podcast #225) Every month, we dedicate the first week's podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got eleven great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in August, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to iTunes! About the bands: The Splinters ("Blood on my Hands") celebrate the release of their new 7" on Southpaw Records at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, August 18th. Woven [...]

Farewell to From Monument to Masses

From Monument to Masses - "Beyond God & Elvis" With much sadness and nostalgia we share the news that beloved local band From Monument to Masses are calling it quits, as announced in lengthy statement made by guitarist/co-founder Matthew Solberg on Golden Antenna Records' website: "...There is too much to say here about our experience. We’ll be blogging about it later, I’m sure. Suffice it to say, that I’m incredibly grateful for my time spent with FMTM and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. From the responses we heard in talking to people about our music, I’m convinced [...]

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 1)

The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year. A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of [...]

Episode 156: From Monument to Masses

[podcast][/podcast] This week's podcast features From Monument to Masses, a San Francisco/New York based trio writing forward thinking instrumental rock music with elements of electronica, hip-hop and prog-metal. A lot of bands lay claim to writing "epic" songs that are actually just long exercises in musical addition and subtraction. FMTM, on the other hand, create emotionally powerful movements and precisely shifting moods with a seemingly endless bag of well-honed ideas. The guys' skill with dynamics have helped the band build a reputation as an absolutely killer live act, using loops and effects to recreate its dense jams. Similarly, the band [...]

From Monument to Masses at Bottom of the Hill

Words and Photos by: Nicole L. Browner From Monument to Masses means so much to a lot of people, and this is something easy to forget when a band goes on a prolonged hiatus. I still listen to The Impossible Leap once or twice a week, dwelling in the memories of their shows, which always left me feeling reborn. Last night Bottom of the Hill sold out by the time doors opened, and frequent audience shouts for the headliners during first two bands made it clear that excitement was in the air. Built for the Sea's warmth seems to radiate [...]

Noise Pop: Thursday Night Preview!

Start off your Thursday with a great local Happy Hour show at Bender's from 5-8pm, presented by SomaFM. With the high-energy performances of Scissors for Lefty, Picture Atlantic and Man/Miracle, you'll be pumped for whatever show comes next for you. The Swedish American will host indie princess Thao Nguyen (DC) alongside David Dondero, Sean Smith and Colossal Yes. 7:30pm, $14. "Swimming Pools" (track 4 on We Brave Beestings and All) is a perfect preview of Thao's banjo-sprinkled energy: Thao With the Get Down Stay Down - "Swimming Pools" If you're looking for a slightly different pace, head over [...]

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