Live This Month: October 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #258)

Live This Month: October 2011 (Podcast #258) 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. While the Treasure Island Music Festival is the month's biggest draw -- and we'll have a separate mixtape soon showcasing TIMF's many great bands -- there are plenty of great shows this month. Girls cap a national tour with two big hometown shows, while The War on Drugs brings an acclaimed new album to SF. Meanwhile, EMA and Hooray for Earth return to the City, while locals The [...]

Garrett Pierce – “Everybody Breaks”

Garrett Pierce - "Everybody Breaks" "Everybody Breaks" is the title track from singer-songwriter Garrett Pierce's new EP, out October 18th on Narnack Records. The EP is a warm-up of sorts before his next full length arrives in 2012. Pierce will be celebrating the EP's release on October 25th at the Hemlock Tavern.

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Garrett Pierce announces West Coast tour (including Santa Cruz, SF, and Berkeley shows)

After signing to Narnack Records to release the upcoming City of Sand, Garrett Pierce has scheduled a series of tour dates through California and one up in Portland, where he'll spread his dark, lush folk stylings to many along the way. This tour includes three local stops (two of which are next week!): the Crepe Place on May 16th (with Agent Ribbons and New Heirlooms), Bottom of the Hill on May 17th (with Strand of Oaks and Joe Pug), and the Starry Plough on July 30th. Until new music from City of Sand begins to emerge, Garrett Pierce's beautiful All [...]

Garrett Pierce signs to Narnack Records

"Statue Song," which accompanies the video above, is the first offering from Davis/SF artist Garrett Pierce's upcoming album, City of Sand, due out later this year on Narnack Records. I recently commented on the inadequacy of the "singer-songwriter" label, and that sentiment certainly holds true for Pierce, whose mixture of moving melodies and frequently heartbreaking lyrics can produce results that are no less than astonishing. By way of further example, 2009's All Masks, one of my favorite records of that year, and an album full of beautiful music and aching subject matter. Pierce is currently giving the record away for [...]

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Show reminder: Laura Gibson, Emily Jane White, Garrett Pierce tonight @ The Rickshaw

Tonight, Laura Gibson returns to San Francisco just after her performance at Noise Pop 2010 to promote a collaborative album with Portland recording artist Ethan Rose (Rickshaw 8pm, $10). Bridge Carols is a phenomenal piece of work, laying Gibson's delicate pick-and-whisper over Rose's warm electronic hums. It should find popularity amongst those interested in artists that crossover between folk and ambient, such as Volcano Choir or even Azure Ray. Two hearty folk/Americana local openers accompany Gibson on this bill: Emily Jane White and Garrett Pierce. EJW's "Liza" was recently featured on the Forkcast; it's off Victorian America (Milian Records), due [...]

Weekend Picks: 12/17-21

Thursday: Arrington de Dionyso, Death Sentence: Panda!, San Francisco Water Cooler, ButterClaw, William Winant Percussion Group @ Amnesia (9pm, $7) Death Sentence: Panda! - "New China Blazers" Friday: Ellie Fortune, Appetite, Joe Finkel, Mason Lindahl @ Adobe Books (7pm) Apetite - "Crack For Hippies" Saturday: The Mother Hips; Or, The Whale; Dave Gleason & the Golden Cadillacs @ Great American Music Hall (7:30pm, $20) Or, the Whale - "Rope Don't Break" Sunday: Garrett Pierce, Kacey Johansing, Ramon & Jessica, Jeremy Dalmas @ The Makeout Room (7:30pm, $8) Garrett Pierce - "Running From [...]

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 [...]

Ten from 2009 (Podcast #194)

[podcast][/podcast] In preparing some end-of-the-year features that will run over the next week, we were once again struck by how many Bay Area bands made a significant impact on indie music this year. We were pleased to sit down with some of the Bay Area's best this year for interviews on our podcast, and have collected music from 10 of our favorite interviewed bands for this recap episode. If you like what you hear, check out our podcast episodes spotlighting each of these bands. This will be our last podcast of the year, but we'll be continuing regular blogging right [...]

Female A Capella joins Garrett Pierce, Devotionals @ the Rickshaw Wednesday

What is the Conspiracy of Venus, might you ask? The last chance to find out before the leaves turn will be Wednesday at their "season finale" with Garrett Pierce and Devotionals at The Rickshaw (8pm, $10). Director Joyce Todd McBride started the choir in January 2007, which sums to roughly 40-50 lovely female voices to date. Conceptually speaking, McBride describes the Conspiracy of Venus as "a symphony of sound unique to the pre-existing A Capella format, and so contemporary, you're humming it on the way out!" Known for their A Capella arrangements of timeless songwriters such as Tom Waits, Björk, [...]

What happened last weekend: Bart Davenport, Garrett Pierce

Editor's note: 'What happened last weekend' is a new way for our staff to share with you snippets from live shows they attended the past weekend. Remember that you can always tag your photos of local shows with "TheBayBridged" on Flickr and they'll appear on our front page; you can also alert us to your show coverage, whether that be photos, YouTube videos, thoughts about a show, or anything else. Bart Davenport @ the Hemlock, Sunday May 3 Photos by Charlie Homo Garrett Pierce (record release), Agent Ribbons & Window Twins @ Cafe du Nord, Sunday May 3 Photos by [...]

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