Photos: Jay Som + Boy Scouts at the Fillmore

Jay Som (photo: Norm deVeyra) The Bay Area's rock darling Melina Mae Duterte, better known by her stage name Jay Som, gave a hometown performance at the beloved Fillmore in support of her latest album, Anak Ko. Also performing that night were fellow Bay Area rock band Boy Scouts. It was a night of fantastic indie rock from some of the best in the business and all locally-grown, and our photographer Norm deVeyra has the gallery below to share from the night of both bands.

By |September 17, 2019|Tags: , |

Live This Month: Old favorites and new voices come to town in September

Summer in the Bay has provided no shortage of opportunities to chase the elusive sun while getting a shot of adrenaline via a well-curated music festival. From the small stages of Phono Del Sol, 20th Street Block Party and Burger Boogaloo, to the record-breaking crowds of Outside Lands, chances are there’s been a favorite artist or two of yours in town. And while these beloved hazy days (Karl permitting, of course) are beginning to dwindle as the fall season rolls in, the good news is that we have a team dedicated to finding the gems for you. We've got you [...]

By |September 2, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Boy Scouts release new single and video, “Hate Ya 2”

Just in time for their fall US tour, Boy Scouts have released a new single and accompanying video "Hate Ya 2." Raised in California's Central Valley, Boy Scouts (also known as Taylor Vick) grew up listening to soft, acoustic guitar focused icons like the Dixie Chicks and Michelle Branch. Their latest single "Hate Ya 2" discusses the difficulties of navigating relationships and conflicting emotions. Boy Scouts' latest release is the perfect introduction to their upcoming album Free Company out August 30. The Oakland-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist makes music that is warm and inviting; similar to seeking advice from a [...]

Jay Som announces sophomore album, tour with Boy Scouts

Jay Som, the moniker under which musician Melina Duterte releases music, recently announced her new album Anak Ko (2019) and an accompanying fall tour. The title translates to “my child” in Tagalog, and the album comes in the wake of Duterte's relocation from Oakland to Los Angeles. However, with vocal and instrumental contributions from many notable Bay Area bands including Taylor Vick from Boy Scouts, it's clear Duterte has not abandoned the Bay's music scene. The lead single, “Superbike,” is a dreamy indie pop tune, with sweet and sentimental lyricism by Duterte over a simple and tonally washed-out chord progression. [...]

By |June 11, 2019|Tags: |

Best of 2018: Robert Alleyne’s favorite photos from 2018

The Seshen (photo: Robert Alleyne) I moved from San Francisco back to London early in 2018, and in some ways I thought I’d left the Bay Area music scene behind. Then the summer happened, and it felt like week after week musicians from the Northern California (or with Bay Area connections) were visiting. Jay Som packed out Oslo in Hackney, and Fantastic Negrito was, well, fantastic in Camden. Caleborate brought the house down in Shoreditch, and on the same night, the Pendletons brought the funk to East London. Jay Som Caleborate As winter closed in, the Seshen, Geographer, and Rituals of [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Nov 31 – Dec 2

Friday, November 30 Jay Som, Justus Proffit @ Starline Social Club Though she recently relocated to (guess where) LA, Jay Som will always be ours. There, she linked up with label-mate Justus Proffitt, and released an EP with him called Nothing's Changed. The two bring the new work to Starline tonight. Nicki Bluhm @ Terrapin Crossroads Without her usual Gramblers behind her, Nicki Bluhm plays the North Bay with help from the Coffis Brothers. Dragon Smoke @ The Independent Born of the high-class, high-energy late-night magic of NOLA Jazz Fest's SuperJam, Dragon Smoke make a rare return to the Independent. [...]

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

Download: Live This Month: November 2018 (Podcast #435) 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. November's concert lineup includes big record release shows for the great local bands The Total Bettys and Perhapsy, and you can sample new music from both acts in this episode. Speaking of records, Same Girls will be performing at the Bay Area Record Fest this month, which offers a chance to learn more about local record labels amidst performances by half a dozen excellent Bay Area bands. [...]

Beyond The Bay: Jay Som at Oslo in London

Jay Som (photo: Robert Alleyne) One of our favorites from the Bay, Melina Duterte — better known by her stage name Jay Som — tore up the stage in London at Oslo on June 13, 2018. She was joined by London band Lazy Day, who shared a story about how they befriended Jay Som after Melina Duterte wrote a nice comment on one of their SoundCloud songs a few years ago. Before playing "Bus Song," Duterte asked the crowd for their favorite London bus route. After many lines were shouted by the audience, and after a little debate, they settled on the 29. During the encore, Jay Som played a fun medley of [...]

By |June 18, 2018|Tags: |

New ‘Pirouette’ 7″ coming soon from Jay Som

Jay Som's Everybody Works was one of last year's best Bay Area releases, so we're really excited about the announcement of the Pirouette 7" (out this month on Polyvinyl Records), which includes two new songs recorded alongside (but omitted from) last year's LP. According to Melina Duterte: Both of these tracks were made during the spring of 2016 - the first demo stages for Everybody Works. They were fun to write and record but felt out of place on the track list during the finalization of the album. These tracks remain close to my heart and I'm really grateful they're [...]

By |January 18, 2018|Tags: |

Mixtape: Highlights from Bay Area Music in 2017

This episode originally ran on Download: Mixtape: Highlights from Bay Area Music in 2017 (Podcast #419) With each passing day, 2017 appears increasingly determined to solidify its place as the worst year in recent memory. Despite all of the hardships being experienced locally, nationally, and around the globe, the year has offered a wealth of impressive albums from Bay Area musicians. For some of the notable artists featured in this mixtape, their 2017 successes built on the previous year's achievements. Jay Som followed up 2016's buzzed-about Turn Into compilation with her first proper LP Everybody Works. It's a [...]

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