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 [...]

Beyond The Bay: Kacey Johansing interview at the St. Pancras Old Church, London

On a cold, misty, November 8th evening in London, England, Kacey Johansing, the former Bay Area musician, now living in LA, played two sold-out shows opening for Haley at St. Pancras Old Church. The centuries-old parish church was famously used during The Beatles' 1968 Mad Day Out photo shoot. In recent years, the venue (which still operates as a church holding regular services) has hosted the likes of Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor, Freya Ridings, and Sam Smith. The Bay Bridged's Robert Alleyne caught up with her following the second of her two performances. The Bay Bridged: Thank you for taking [...]

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Kacey Johansing and Meernaa celebrate new releases at Rickshaw

A few interconnected musicians are celebrating new releases tomorrow night at Rickshaw Stop, and you should get excited! Headlining the night is Kacey Johansing, who's releasing her first post-Yesway solo album The Hiding. The Hiding was largely recorded in spiritual cousins West Marin and Big Sur, and it feels like it. It's a highlight record for me this year and it should be purchased while you listen below. The Hiding by Kacey Johansing Meernaa has steadily been releasing one-off singles over the past few years, with a sound defined by Carly Bond's strong vocals, surprising rhythms, and Rob Shelton's synth [...]

Live This Month: July 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: July 2017 (Podcast #410) 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. This month's mix features unpredictable Philly art-rock band Palm, the genre-mashing punk-meets-electronic music of Algiers, and Vinyl Williams' psych-pop. This podcast also highlights the returns of veteran indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars and noise project Pharmakon, whose latest albums are being heralded as career highlights. We've also got new music from a slew of great local bands, including Flesh World, whose new album arrives in September, [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: White Denim, Kacey Johansing, Delorean

To enter any contest, email with the name of the band and date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Wednesday, February 5th White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks @ The Fillmore 8pm, $22, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, February 6th Breakaway Patriot, Midnight Cinema, Pushing the Sun, They Went Ghost @ Slim's 8pm, $13, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, February 6th Kacey Johansing, Mara Hruby, Emily Moldy, Sparkbox [...]

Mixtape: The Orchestral Side of San Francisco Indie Rock (Podcast #317) Download: Mixtape: The Orchestral Side of San Francisco Indie Rock (Podcast #317) Guitars and drums may make up the core of indie rock, but a considerable number of Bay Area artists also use instruments more traditionally associated with an orchestra than a rock band. Adding strings, horns or woodwinds might seem pretentious to some -- and, admittedly, genre names like "chamber rock" and "orchestral pop" probably don't help that assessment -- but, when used deftly, these instruments can heighten a song's emotion, add weight to dynamic shifts, and provide layers of texture that generate wonderfully unexpected moments. String and [...]

Review & Photos: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Before the Brave, Kacey Johansing @ GAMH 3/2/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Noise Pop 2013 - Thao and the Get Down Stay Down @ GAMH 3/2/13 - photo by Nic Buron San Francisco's semi-soloist, Kacey Johansing was joined by a quartet of jazz minded players. The arrangements had a dreamlike quality that was rooted in the ground by Johansing's confident earthen pipes. The arrangement was jazzy but the songwriting felted rooted in folk music. They created a fresh juxtaposition that felt like a natural sonic marriage. There was no gimmick to be found here. Before the Brave are a relatively new article. With a solid EP under their belt and a strong [...]

Kacey Johansing – "Pinecone"

Kacey Johansing makes lovely music. The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter, who's played with fellow Bay Area acts Geographer and Yesway, has a voice like velvet and creates moody, meandering melodies. So it's not surprising that MTV Hive caught wind of the songstress and premiered her latest single "Pinecone." The track is a taste of her forthcoming new album, Grand Ghosts (tracklist below), out February 26th. MTV Hive also got to the bottom of the new song's inspiration, born in the midst of a tour with Graves and the Range of Light, while camping in Northern CA's High Sierras: After taking mushrooms one day, [...]

Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293)

Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293) With its rich history of folk musicians and lyrical rockers, the Bay Area has long been a source of terrific singer-songwriters. Even today, while much of the buzz around local musicians focuses on some of our weirder (or, perhaps, more "now") rock subgenres, there continue to be numerous talented folks crafting lyrically-rich, deeply personal music. For some reason, 2012 seems like an especially strong year for local songwriters, with well-received new albums this year from beloved veterans like Mark Eitzel and Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon, as well as newer [...]

Kacey Johansing releasing latest LP at Brick and Mortar, 9/28/12

Photo courtesy of Danielle Rubi Oakland's Kacey Johansing will release her newest LP Grand Ghosts at a performance at Brick and Mortar September 28th. This forthcoming effort was recorded a bit differently than her previous release. "On my last album Many Seasons, I was doing so much learning, really exploring what it meant to be a recording artist and a band leader," explains Johansing. "I was collaborating with many people back then and would pull in different musicians for different songs depending on who was around or what the feeling of the song was." For Grand Ghosts, she began recording [...]

By |September 24, 2012|Tags: |
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