Sonoma County rock bands rally to benefit The Phoenix Theater

Sabertooth Zombie and Brown Bags will rock out at The Phoenix Theater on February 16, in a collective effort to raise funds for necessary updates to the iconic venue. They will be joined by Glitter Wizard and Thus the Buzz, for a rousing night of heavy rock and progressive punk. Sabertooth Zombie hails from the North Bay and never fails to deliver the loudest, most energetic heavy rock with a zip of punk wedged in for good measure. The show's exciting array of rockers makes it easy to show up with friends to support The Phoenix Theater, a venue that [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Music Festivals

This episode first appeared on Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Music Festivals (Podcast #407) Music festival season unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the latest installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival attracting 120,000 attendees for three days of food, wine, and over 80 bands ranging from the Foo Fighters to the Napa Youth Symphony. The number and types of music fests has grown considerably in recent years -- among this year's new offerings are not one, but two new music and comedy weekends coming to the Bay in June -- surely to the dismay of [...]

Halloween is coming, and so are the tribute bands

Halloween really brings something out of the Bay Area's local bands, because there are a ton of Halloween-themed shows happening this week. But while some groups may throw in a cover or two, or wear costumes on stage, others are going the extra mile and performing full tribute sets celebrating great artists. Tribute bands, as it turns out, likely get a bad rap most of the year because the bands they're celebrating aren't very good; when the right tributes are presented, they sound pretty appealing. Here are five tribute band shows to consider this week. Any other great tribute shows [...]

Ticket Giveaway Thursday: The Hood Internet, Sam Flax, Finish Ticket, Glitter Wizard and more

It’s your lucky week – we’ve got a large haul of tickets to give away this fine Thursday. If you see anything that strikes your fancy, give us a shout at To enter this contest, submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and the name of the show you’re entering for in the subject line. Winners will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted. Friday, August 16th Part Time, Sam Flax, Ruby Pins @ The Chapel 9pm, $12, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, August [...]

Creepers (Deafheaven, White Cloud) and Glitter Wizard play The Knockout tonight, 8/8/13

The heavy psych project from members of White Cloud and Deafheaven, calling themselves Creepers, plays tonight at the Knockout. Last week they celebrated the release of their new 7" split with Buffalo Tooth on Under the Gun Records. Memory Fog by Creepers Creepers plays with female heavy garage band from San Diego, Wild Honey, and San Francisco's premiere psych outfit Glitter Wizard. Glitter Wizard, Creepers, Wild Honey The Knockout August 8, 2013 10pm, $7

Mixtape: San Francisco's Newest Psychedelic Sounds (Podcast #306)

Mixtape: San Francisco's Newest Psychedelic Sounds (Podcast #306) It's almost 18 months since we last did a psych-focused mixtape, which means there's quite a bit to catch up on. The Bay continues to be a vital source for top-notch mind-expanding bands, whether it's the heady drones of Carlton Melton and Date Palms, or the swaggering rock of Glitter Wizard and Coo Coo Birds. Several of the groups included here have new records either out now or coming out soon. Prolific instrumental duo Barn Owl just released its fifth album, V, on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, cosmic rock group Lumerians is serving [...]

Glitter Wizard and Carlton Melton head to the Hemlock Tavern tonight, 5/9/13

Locals Glitter Wizard and Carlton Melton team up tonight for an evening of psychedelia at the Hemlock, pairing the former's metal/hard rock punch with the latter's expansive drones. If the poster is any indication, the show just might melt your face off. Hunting Gatherers by Glitter Wizard Glitter Wizard, Carlton Melton, Joy Hemlock Tavern May 9, 2013 9pm, $10

Ticket Giveaway: Want to see Black Cobra, Glitter Wizard, and Lecherous Gaze at Brick & Mortar for free?

Glam metal maestros Glitter Wizard are supporting doom/sludge metal duo Black Cobra with Lecherous Gaze this Friday night at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and we want to send you and a friend for free. Email me at and tell me why you're so hella metal that you deserve to go this show. I'll pick one winner to go thrash their face off for free. Black Cobra's latest album Invernal came out on Southern Lord last year, and the video for album cut "The Crimson Blade" was directed by none other than Glitter Wizard's Greg Downing. Check it: [...]

Four local release shows this weekend: Philistines/MINOT, Tussle, Glitter Wizard, Trails and Ways

If you're not sure what to do this weekend, consider four options featuring local bands celebrating new releases: Tonight is Y La Bamba's second night at Amnesia, and they'll be supported by Trails and Ways, who have a new 7" single via Turntable Kitchen. The B-side is this cover of Miguel's "Sure Thing." Over at the Hemlock Tavern on Friday night, heavy rockers Glitter Wizard will be partying for the release of their latest album, Hunting Gatherers, on Captcha Records. Stream the whole new album below. Hunting Gatherers by Glitter Wizard One night later -- that's Saturday -- at the [...]

Not content to merely party on Halloween? Go to Hallorager at Thee Parkside!

If you'd rather RAGE than merely party on Halloween, this one's for you: Hallorager at Thee Parkside. It should be a pretty cool night. For starters, four Bay Area bands will be masquerading as some of their favorite punk pioneers for the night and playing all covers. Glitter Wizard will go back to their roots as The Seeds, Twin Steps will be spasming as The Cramps, Meat Market will hopefully not defecate on the stage as they interpret their favorite G.G. & The Jabbers tunes, and The Parmesans will be working out The Kinks. But that's not all! No, for [...]

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