Kelly McFarling’s bucolic and transportative “Deep The Habit”

Photo by Emily Sevin "All that I have / oh magnolia / painting light on the window / all that I have / my collection, deep the habit my memory / my collection / deep the habit my memory / all that I have" "There it is!!!" he blurts out, rising swiftly from his chair and almost knocking it over. "Deep the habit!" he exclaims to an empty room. I don't know about you, but I get very excited when I discover the moment a song mentions, especially in passing, its album's title. It makes me feel like a detective [...]

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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, [...]

Mixtape: San Francisco Twang — Sampling Local Americana, Country, and Bluegrass Bands

The Brothers Comatose (photo: Zack Sumner) Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Twang -- Sampling Americana, Country and Bluegrass Bands (Podcast #384) The San Francisco Bay Area's love for Americana, country and bluegrass music manifests most visibly during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which draws 750,000+ people to Golden Gate Park annually, but there are great twangy sounds coming out of the Bay all year round. Venues like The Plough & Stars, The Lucky Horseshoe, Amnesia, and Armando's in Martinez, as well as Twang Sundays at Thee Parkside, are a fertile incubator for local roots acts. Plenty of them, like The [...]

Summer Concerts in Berkeley’s Redwood Grove continue tonight

Bells Atlas at UC Berkeley Redwood Grove Looking to see a show in one of the most beautiful and intimate "venues" in the Bay Area? Well, tonight's your chance. Now in its fourth season, the Summer Concerts at Redwood Grove at UC Berkeley's Botanical Gardens continues tonight with performances from The Range of Light and Wilderness and Kelly McFarling. If you can't make it tonight, the series continues every Thursday this summer - check out the full list of shows here. Some shows have already sold out, with organizers expecting more to sell out soon, so make sure to get [...]

Review & Photos: Sleepless Nights — The 12th Annual Gram Parsons Tribute @ Great American Music Hall, 1/18/13

Eric Shea with Sweet Chariot Eric Shea looks like the nicest Hells Angel, or so declared Jill Olson. Jill played twice on Saturday. She kicked off the evening alongside Paula Frazer, and returned to the stage later with Red Meat. Red Meat's Smelley Kelley replied that if he was a woman, he would have sex with Shea. Eric is a long time fixture on the Bay Area music scene, a true soldier in the fight to keep live music alive. He currently plays with Sweet Chariot, but I first saw him at the Ivy Room in Albany with Mover long [...]

Kelly McFarling releases covers EP, 'Others'

San Francisco's Kelly McFarling just released an EP of covers, Others, featuring reworks of Whitney Houston, Tom Petty, and others. Covers can be tricky - too often the singer can over-sing in an effort to make the new version seem more like their own, or things can sometimes just get too cute. That's not the case with McFarling on Others. She took familiar pop songs and crafted interesting new arrangements around her banjo and a pedal steel (an instrument I am particularly fond of), with her strong voice front and center. I'm partial to McFarling's take on The Outfield's "Your [...]

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Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Sondre Lerche 9/20/12, Django Django 9/25/12 and more

We've got loads of tickets to give away today, including Sondre Lerche and Django Django at The Independent, Reptar, Kelly McFarling and loads more. Hands on the buzzer -- the clock starts now. 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 below. Thursday, September 20th Sondre Lerche, Fancy Colors @ The Independent To win, be the first, second, [...]

Fox & Woman play the Rickshaw Stop this Wednesday with Kelly McFarling and Lia Rose

Fox & Woman - Break Into My Heart Harmonizing folk quintet Fox & Woman bring their full-bodied acoustic sound to the Rickshaw this Wednesday, opening for Kelly McFarling and Lia Rose. McFarling and Rose are celebrating the release of their collaborative album Conspire, a four twelve-track effort featuring two six songs by each musician. The Last Mountain by Lia Rose Amid the wave of excellent Bay Area psych-rock and electro-pop that's been released the past few years, it's always nice to see the indie-folk scene keeping stride. Following Wednesday's gig, Fox & Woman have six more shows scheduled for mid-May. [...]

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