What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, August 4 -6

Catch King Woman on Saturday. (photo: Mary Manning) Friday, August 4 Kendrick Lamar @ Oracle Arena Damn. Kristin Kontrol @ Rickshaw Stop Dum Dum Girl Kristin Welchez has reinvented herself as Kristin Kontrol, making dark synth-rock that's right for Rickshaw's vibe. Bent Knee @ Cafe du Nord Don't miss this "energetic and vibrant" live show. Non Stop Bhangra feat. Panjabi MC @ Public Works It's not strictly music, but it's a great show nonetheless. Saturday, August 5 Vudaje @ Forager Tasting Room and Eatery Sweet vocals and entrancing rhythms at San Jose's newest spot for live music. King Woman, Plush [...]

Giveaway: King Woman to shake your soul at GAMH with the help of Mane and Plush

San Francisco's very own King Woman will always be an act not worth missing, especially now that the lead and brain of it all, Kristina Esfandiari, is touring all over, (her project Miserable just got back from a tour in Mexico) and is mostly residing in New York. If you've been lucky enough to catch King Woman before, you know that it's an ethereal experience, but if you haven't, this Saturday is a perfect chance to understand how otherworldly seeing them perform really is. It's especially perfect because two other amazing local bands are sharing the stage with them at [...]

By |August 3, 2017|Tags: , , |

Photos: King Woman celebrate new record release at Starline Social Club

King Woman (photo: Kristin Cofer) Bay area doom-rockers King Woman celebrated the release of their latest album Created in the Image of Suffering last Friday at the Starline Social Club in Oakland on February 17, 2017. It was an inspiring performance where lead singer Kristina Esfandiari performed in the audience multiple times and gave everyone a memorable night to enjoy. Our photographer Kristin Cofer has these photos of the band celebrating and rocking the crowd.

By |February 21, 2017|Tags: |

Preview: King Woman celebrate record release at Starline

2016 was a huge year for King Woman — starting with a sold-out show at Starline Social, followed by their first US tour with Wax Idols and culminating in an offer from Relapse Records. It's appropriate then, that following front woman Kristina Esfandiari's move to Brooklyn, the band will celebrate the release of their new album in their hometown, and at the same venue at which they kicked off last year. The three singles off of Created in the Image of Suffering build on the atmospheric metal the band introduced on their 2014 EP — winding, slowly arpeggiating guitars accented with heavy, [...]

By |February 14, 2017|Tags: |

King Woman announce ‘Created In The Image Of Suffering,’ Starline date

Seven years into the life of King Woman and the world will soon be receiving a full-length record. On February 24, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Oakland four piece will release Created In The Image Of Suffering. You can already cross it off your buy list now up for pre-order (digital, CD, and vinyl) in partnership with Relapse Records who signed the band earlier this summer. Created in the Image of Suffering by King Woman The first preview pummels forth from the starting line on “Utopia.” In line with previous singles, the aurally haunting Kristina Esfandiari guides you through a barrage of dead-waking guitar [...]

By |December 26, 2016|Tags: |

Review: Welcome to the church of King Woman and Wax Idols

King Woman, Wax Idols, Plush on June 19, 2016 at Starline Social Club. There was not one bit of me that was not excited for this show. I spoke about it as if it was a religious experience, and in the end it felt that way. It was that way. Walking through the empty streets of Oakland because everyone was inside watching the game (sorry for your loss, Oakland) to Starline Social Club was surreal on its own. Peaceful, in the sense that I knew I was safe and that everyone was safe as well. Walking into the space, with [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: King Woman, Ice Cream, John Carpenter and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, June 16 Nightlife with Lower Dens & Tamaryn @ Cal Academy 6pm, $15, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, June 16 Yukon Blonde, The Zolas, Ice Cream @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $12, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, June 17 John Carpenter: Live Retrospective @ Fox [...]

Wax Idols and King Woman return home with Plush on June 19

After a hectic beginning of a tour that quickly ended the Wax Idols and King Woman tour dates with Pentagram, these unstoppable women have only proved their strength. All their fans and friends already knew that they are not the types to allow harassment, but now the whole world knows and hopefully follows in their path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16fKaITlhHs#t=10 So come to Starline Social Club on June 19 to show support to the super women that reminded all of us that it's okay to leave an unsafe environment. You're not weak for leaving, and instead stronger than many will ever understand. [...]

Interview: King Woman on creating, mental illness, and feminism

King Woman (photo: Mary Manning) I was having a slight panic attack while waiting, in a fancy cafe that I’ve previously ignored, for Kristina Esfandiari of King Woman and Miserable. The night before had been a little harsh on my sleep. It was also the hottest day of the year so far, so my whole being was a little out of whack. I even got to the cafe early to prepare my thoughts and try to mentally wake up. I had met Kristina at a house show a couple weeks before. Before this, however, I had already decided that [...]

By |April 19, 2016|Tags: , |

Best of 2015: Sarah Sexton of Oaktown Indie Mayhem on King Woman

Although 2015 was flooded with badass local releases, signings to hip AF labels, and love from around the globe for our tasty Bay Area music scene, there is one particular band that burrowed their way into my heart, that I'm not soon to forget. They didn't do so with doe eyes, lyrical glitter explosions, or pop laden hooks for days that I so often succumb to - oh no - but rather they shredded a whole chunk of my innards out with their razor sharp teeth, and left in its place a den to hibernate for winter. The band I [...]

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