Noise Pop Festival announces first bands for 2015, badges and tickets on sale this week

Our friends at Noise Pop announced the first batch of bands playing the 2015 edition of their iconic San Francisco indie music festival, and they're off to a great start. The lineup so far features a host of local Bay Bridged favorites (Giraffage, Cathedrals, Six Organs of Admittance, Tony Molina) as well as artists from far-and-wide (Caribou, Dan Deacon, Slow Magic, Surfer Blood). Early Bird festival badges are $125 and go on sale for TODAY at 11am PST – once those are gone, Regular Badges will go on sale for $150. Badges give you access to all general admission shows. [...]

Bay Area garage compilation to be released on Polyvinyl

Polyvinyl Record Co. has announced the release of I Need You Bad, a compilation that focuses on the Bay Area garage scene. A blend of both emerging and established Bay Area bands (and a few friends from the further reaches of the West coast), the compilation is curated by Sonny Smith. I Need You Bad will contain tracks by Warm Soda, Burnt Ones, Jessica Pratt and Cool Ghouls, with artwork by Shannon and the Clams and Hunx and his Punx’s Shannon Shaw. The album will be released on November 26th and is available for pre-order in the Polyvinyl shop. Listen [...]

Review & Photos: Woods, The Fresh & Onlys @ The Chapel 9/20/2013

Woods has claimed the title as ultimate zoned-out folk band with an edge; their meandering, acoustic epics are interjected by screaming reverb. At the risk of sounding trite, the term ‘folkadelic’ fits their sound quite aptly. They shook a sold-out crowd with an hour-long set at the Chapel on Friday night, and delivered a satisfying balance of well-received singles, lots of songs from their most recent album, and new material. Jessica Pratt opened the show -- is it just me or has she been prefacing every even-slightly psychedelic performance in the Bay Area as of late? Do we need a [...]

Review & Photos: Ty Segall, Mike Donovan, Jessica Pratt @ Great American Music Hall, 9/2/13

Photos by Emily Turner Ty Segall returned to San Francisco with his new Sleeper Band for a special acoustic performance at the Great American Music Hall last night. Mike Donovan, Jessica Pratt, and David Novick supported the show. Jessica Pratt took the stage around 9pm, battling the buzzing crowd with a quiet, acoustic solo set. The singer-songwriter announced that this would be her last show in San Francisco as a San Francisco resident, and politely asked the noisy crowd in the back of the venue to keep it down. Early on, there seemed to be a rift between [...]

Review & Photos: White Fence, Jessica Pratt, Jonathan Rado @ Rickshaw Stop

Photos by Nicole L. Browner Last night's show at the Rickshaw Stop packed a huge crowd, including familiar faces such as members of Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, Burnt Ones, and the fourteen year-old kid who Bradford Cox brought on stage during Atlas Sound's Noise Pop 2012 show at Bimbo's 365. Yep, you bet he crowdsurfed too, as did two or three other feisty individuals caught up in the energy of White Fence's phenomenal headlining set. Jonathan Rado and his band of "Gentlemen Jets" opened the show. Rado is one of the two permanent members of Foxygen, arguably the most [...]

White Fence playing Rickshaw Stop with Jessica Pratt and Jonathan Rado

Tim Presley of White Fence (Photo: Ruth Swanson) White Fence will be performing at the Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday, August 7 with Jessica Pratt, and Jonathan Rado of Foxygen. White Fence is the psychedelic pop-oriented garage rock project of singer-guitarist Tim Presley. Fresh off the heels of the fifth White Fence LP, Cyclops Reap, Presley is touring the West Coast this month. The album, released on Castle Face Records, was written mostly in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Listen to "Pink Gorilla" below. Jonathan Rado, co-head of New York duo-plus-whoever Foxygen, will open the show. Rado announced the release of his [...]

Review/Photos: Pickathon continues to thrive in the wilds of Oregon

Ty Segall and friends @ Pickathon 2013 (Photo: Joseph Schell) Article by Anna Schell / Photos by Joseph Schell Bay Area artists Ty Segall, White Fence, Jessica Pratt, The Devil Makes Three, and Diane Ferlatte played at Oregon’s annual Pickathon music festival this past weekend. After 15 years, Pickathon’s organizers have the winning festival formula dialed in: eclectic line-up + attendance capped at 7,000 + kid-friendly + environmentally-friendly = everybody’s happy. Featured musical artists tended to agree, frequently declaring the three-day festival a highlight of their touring circuit. “Everyone in the world is trying to do what you’re doing here,” [...]

Best of 2012: Dan Strachota on Jessica Pratt

You need to know this first: I adore almost every obscure female folk artist from 1965-72, from Karen Dalton and Vashti Bunyan to Linda Perhacs and Sibylle Baier. I'm just a sucker for those kinds of quiet, weird albums that seem to have been recorded alone, late at night, after too much booze or LSD or bad French poetry. The singer is miserable and the guitars sound despondent, and I just can't get enough. (I'll admit that I also like their obscurity -- the fact that there's something inherently off about the records that made them flop originally.) So it's [...]

Mixtape: Twelve Highlights from 2012 (Podcast #295)

Mixtape: Twelve Highlights from 2012 (Podcast #295) "Best of" lists are intrinsically a tricky proposition, but compiling them is made all the more difficult by the San Francisco Bay Area's rich pool of local musical talent. This mixtape compiles twelve of our favorite local performers from this year, all of whom had big years in their respective genres. Limiting the list to twelve meant that a lot of talented folks were left off, but this mix offers a nice sampling of some of the best that 2012 had to offer. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! About the bands: Ty [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Bloc Party, Dum Dum Girls, The World/Inferno Friendship Society and more

It's never not a good week for live music in the Bay, but for some reason this week seems especially good. Is it because it's the holiday season? Is it the impending apocalypse? Whatever it is, we think you'll like the cavalcade of stars in our giveaway roundup this week. 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. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed [...]

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