Live This Month: October 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: October 2018 (Podcast #433) 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. After a month off, Live This Month is back with a mix full of tunes that will make you want to see some concerts! This month's mix is bookended by post-punk, with the lean and atmospheric EXEK starting things off, and Wax Chattels' raw and noisy sounds wrapping the episode up. In between, we've got a wealth of new music, including recent and new-to-us songs from locals [...]

Best of the Rest – January 2015 (Mikal Cronin, Geographer, Sonny & the Sunsets, & more)

  Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we'd love to write about everything that catches our ear, it's impossible – there's just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn't have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for January 2015. Former son of [...]

Mixtape: Listening into San Francisco’s Recording Studios Download: Mixtape: Mixtape: Stepping Inside San Francisco's Recording Studios (Podcast #355) San Francisco's legacy of producing great music isn't just a function of supremely talented bands and inviting concert venues. Hidden behind the scenes is the Bay Area's rich array of recording studios, providing opportunities for artists, local and otherwise, to create great albums. An ideal studio isn't just a quiet room stocked with the right mixing board, microphones, and other gear. More than that, it's an environment in which musicians can elevate their songs, permanently capturing them at their best. There's a long history to a number of [...]

Howlin’ Rain shares “Big Red Moon”, announces ‘Mansion Songs’ LP

Photo: Alissa Anderson Howlin' Rain, the project of Oakland's Ethan Miller, just shared "Big Red Moon", the first single from his forthcoming LP Mansion Songs. With an a capella intro leading into a prominent slide guitar, Miller channels his inner-Seger (in a good way), making "Big Red Moon" feel like it was made for the highway. Despite the wide-open feel, Miller says the album was "brewed up in a basement studio where Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District meet at a street corner in SF far from the concerns of album sales and marketing." You can preorder Mansion Songs [...]

By |November 5, 2014|Tags: |

Howlin Rain bring ‘Live Rain’ to The Chapel (win tickets!)

Local psych rockers Howlin Rain recently released the band's first official live record, Live Rain. The double-LP set captures songs from the band's 2012 tour across the globe; check out this eleven minute take on "Self Made Man," which features some great guitar jamming from Ethan Miller and Isaiah Mitchell: Howlin Rain performs this Sunday night at The Chapel with Buffalo Killers. Want to go for free? To enter for a chance to win tickets to Howlin Rain's upcoming show on May 25th at The Chapel, email with “Howlin Rain” in the subject line and your full name in the [...]

By |May 22, 2014|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway: Howlin Rain and Vetiver pre-New Year's Blowout

Still no plans for New Year's Eve? We can't help you with that, but we can help you with the 29th -- enter our contest to call dibs on a pair of tickets to the second of Howlin Rain and Vetiver's three-show streak at Cafe Du Nord this weekend, which culminates in a New Year's Eve blowout on the 31st. [Update: tickets have been claimed -- thanks!] To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. Winner will be chosen at [...]

By |December 27, 2012|Tags: , |

Vetiver, Howlin' Rain share the stage for New Year's Eve!

Those who prefer a little – or, more realistically, a whole lot -- of retro rock ‘n’ roll with their New Year’s Eve celebration can head on out to Café du Nord on New Year’s Eve to check out two San Francisco rock ‘n’ roll powerhouses, Vetiver and Howlin’ Rain. The show, said to be born out of a “mutual musical admiration” between the bands, will start at 9:30 and go straight on ‘til morning. If you’ve already made NYE plans, never fear – they’ve secured a three-night string of shows together at Cafe du Nord starting the 28th (skipping [...]

By |December 7, 2012|Tags: , |

Live This Month: December 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #294)

Live This Month: December 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #294) 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. Few new albums and winter conditions mean that there's a seasonal dip in the number of bands hitting the road and coming to town in December. A dip, however, doesn't mean that there aren't noteworthy highlights, including the return of former locals Moon Duo, whose latest LP, Circles, came out earlier this year. As luck would have it, Moon [...]

Photo Recap: The Bay Area rocks South by Southwest 2012

Two Gallants at the Google Live Lot. 03/16/12 I present to you some photos of just a few of the Bay Area bands that played SXSW this year. I'm only one man, so I called on a couple friends to contribute photos as well. But even still, there was only so wide a net we could cast. For the first time in years, for instance, I somehow managed to not catch a single Thee Oh Sees concert — but have no fear, a Spin photographer captured this amazing moment (seriously, click through, it's worth it). Gratuitous second shot of Two [...]

February's Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are over a dozen new tracks that were posted on in February, with links below to download each of them individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog February 2012 Tracklisting: 1. Swiftumz – “More Than Sleep” 2. Sea of Bees - "Strikefoot (Live)" 3. Churches – “Feel Alright” 4. Ceremony – “Adult” 5. Sourpatch – “Cynthia Ann” 6. Hunx – “Always Forever” 7. Chuck Prophet – “Castro Halloween” 8. Howlin Rain - "Phantom in the Valley" [...]

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