King Woman to embark on West Coast tour with Flenser labelmates Sannhet

This weekend, The Flenser-curated tour featuring Sannhet, King Woman, and Planning for Burial kicks off in Portland. The label is home to a fleet of dark, introspective bands and solo acts, who often navigate experimental or even 'arty' waters. All three bands on this tour play music that utilizes thick distortion and its inherent textures as a medium for meditation, bands whose live shows feel like a calm evisceration. Sannhet back their heavy textures with blast beats and rapid, stop/start drum fills, while King Woman use repetitive, droning guitar riffs and crushing break downs to highlight Kristina's raspy, almost spiritual vocals. All three [...]

Best of the Rest – March 2015 (Cathedrals, King Woman, Male Gaze, Vetiver, & more)

Cathedrals (photo: Jon Bauer) Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn’t have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for March 2015 [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2015 Download: Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2015 (Podcast #357) What does 2015 have in store for San Francisco Bay Area music? Using our very scientific prognostication tools, this mixtape seeks to answer that question, highlighting emerging bands in a number of genres that are poised to have breakout years. Some have upcoming albums or tours, while others are continuing to gain acclaim from their 2014 releases. Whatever the case, these are fourteen local bands to watch this year. Many of them are new to our podcast, and all of them are worth checking out in the [...]

King Woman releases new single “Burn”

Photo by M.J. Bernier Like a weeping Siren clinging to Ulysses' ship, the guitar on King Woman’s new single "Burn" seduces you, drawing you near even though you can feel the darkness lurking within. Kristina Esfandiari's voice will hypnotize you, striking that ethereal balance of sorrow and dread, pulling you in before you can realize you're drowning. It's the beauty of disaster - you want to get close to the flames but not too close to get scarred, simultaneously enthralled and petrified by the creeping doom and haunted truth. "Burn" is a simmering meditation on spirituality and religious dogma. Its lyrical [...]

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Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Alex G, Ceremony, David Kilgour, and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, August 1st David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights, The Shifting Sands, The Mantles @ Rickshaw Stop 9pm, $14, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, August 2nd Ceremony, Nothing, Dangers, Flesh World, King Woman @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $14, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Tuesday, [...]

Premiere: King Woman – “Fond Affections”

We last heard from Kristina Esfandiari in February with the release of Halloween Dream, her 7-inch solo debut as Miserable. As promised, she has returned again with equally strong material as King Woman. The new Dove/Fond Affections cassette single will be released June 17 via The Native Sound. The "cassingle" is currently available for pre-order in purple, white, and clear tape variants, each limited to 50 copies. While "Dove" has already debuted, you may now stream the exclusive premiere of "Fond Affections" below. The dark, lovely shoegaze track is a cover of an original Rema-Rema song, that [...]

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