King Dream pushes the big red reset button on “Return to Zero”

photo: Giant Eye Photography Like the rest of us, musicians had to make the great pivot in 2020. For Jeremy Lyon of King Dream, whose average week stacked multiple shows with different bands, playing solo, private events, parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, you name it — the shift to "work-from-home" was, well, rather extreme. And yet, he's been keeping pretty busy. The shows — albeit remote ones — are still there. Sometimes they're live on the web, sometimes pre-recorded and rebroadcast. One day it's for Social Distance Live, the Bay Area-based affair that bands together many local artists covering a famous [...]

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King Dream closes a banner decade with “Patriot”

Jeremy Lyon's really had a great decade. From cutting his professional teeth with the locally loved Tumbleweed Wanderers to striking out on his own as King Dream last year, Lyon's become beloved on the Bay Area psych and folk music scenes. But he's got one more trick up his sleeve for the 2010s: He's released "Patriot," the last single off his self-titled debut album from last year. Whereas previous singles have been a bit more airy, "Patriot" is four minutes of guitar-driven rock and roll that juxtaposes the carefree sounds of classic rock with words that display the more urgent [...]

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Blanket the Homeless releases new record at the Independent

Blanket The Homeless Record Cover In these turbulent times of friction and fire, it’s nice to see truly good work being done on a large scale in the Bay Area. Blanket The Homeless, a non-profit organization started by Ken Newman, provides both literal blankets to homeless folks alongside necessities like toiletries, socks, first-aid supplies, and other essential items. The organization is “committed to improving the day-to-day experience of people living on the street,” and announced a partnership with St. Vincent De Paul Society in July of this year. But it wouldn’t be a Bay Bridged article without music, [...]

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 [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Aug 24 -26

Come meet King Dream tonight at the Independent. Friday, August 24 King Dream, Kendra McKinley @ The Independent Jeremy Lyon's new project, King Dream, makes its official recorded debut at the Independent tonight, with a little help from singer-songwriter Kendra McKinley. Jerry's Timeshare, King Willow, Silhouette Era @ Amnesia For Amnesia's late show, local indie with off-kilter quirk take Amnesia's stage. With only a $5 cover, you can afford this one. Life Size Models, Unlikely Heroes @ Art Boutiki San Jose pop-art-punk band Life Size Models are hosting a one-night-only live recording session at Art Boutiki. Come take part in [...]

The undeclared Jeremy Lyon

(photo: L. Herrada-Rios) Jeremy Lyon is 26 years old. This isn’t particularly remarkable information — lots of people are 26 — until he talks about his band’s breakup. He does so with a breezy, casual air, one dark night at Kingfish in Oakland. “Pat joined Con Brio, and then rob joined Soft White Sixties...I started teaching, started being kind of a local working musician, full-time musician...and I started working on my own thing.” This is also unremarkable information — lots of bands break up — unless you understand that the band he's talking about, Tumbleweed Wanderers, were one of the [...]

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