Review & Photos: Laura Gibson, Breathe Owl Breathe, Morgan Manifacier @ Bottom of the Hill, 2/6/12

The light persistent rain couldn’t keep San Francisco’s damp masses from huddling together for a night of varied folksters at Bottom of the Hill on February 6th. The evening starter, Oakland’s very own singer/songwriter Morgan Manifacier, was accompanied by a celloist. Both were seated, but that did not stop an enthusiastic crowd from gobbling them up. I do suspect a few ringer audience members were in attendance, as the activity near the front of the stage threatened to shake free a couple of ceiling tiles. Manifacier’s sound is reminiscent of everyone’s favorite bearded Foxes. No complaints… Co-headliners Breathe Owl Breathe [...]

Live This Month: February 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #270)

Live This Month: February 2012 (Podcast #270) 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. The twentieth installment of the Noise Pop Music Festival takes over a wide variety of local venues later this month -- and we'll be covering many of those shows -- but there are also plenty of pre-NP events worth checking out. Locally, two bands are seeing the release of records for which it feels like we've been waiting forever: the debut LP from ultra-catchy punks Terry Malts, and [...]

Show reminder: Laura Gibson, Emily Jane White, Garrett Pierce tonight @ The Rickshaw

Tonight, Laura Gibson returns to San Francisco just after her performance at Noise Pop 2010 to promote a collaborative album with Portland recording artist Ethan Rose (Rickshaw 8pm, $10). Bridge Carols is a phenomenal piece of work, laying Gibson's delicate pick-and-whisper over Rose's warm electronic hums. It should find popularity amongst those interested in artists that crossover between folk and ambient, such as Volcano Choir or even Azure Ray. Two hearty folk/Americana local openers accompany Gibson on this bill: Emily Jane White and Garrett Pierce. EJW's "Liza" was recently featured on the Forkcast; it's off Victorian America (Milian Records), due [...]

Noise Pop 2010: Mark Kozelek, Laura Gibson, Paula Frazer, Fences

Photos by: Charlie Homo We got a little lost on the way to the gig last night due, in part, to losing our bearings among the thousands of people gathered on Market Street to watch floats of Tiger Woods and light things on fire. The melee unfortunately caused us to miss the opener. Having missed Fences we decamped to the parquet for SF’s Paula Frazer whose bewitching tunes rolled around the Great American as if tumbleweed in a spaghetti western starring Grace Slick. Her operatic falsetto is the cherry atop her earthy, Scotch-Irish but-wouldn’t-be-out-of-place-in-Texas vocal quality; Lucinda Williams peering through [...]

Noise Pop 2010 Preview Mix – Part 1 (Podcast #201)

[podcast][/podcast] Our latest podcast highlights ten of the great bands performing during the 2010 Noise Pop Music Festival, which kicks off on February 23rd. We'll be delivering close-to-comprehensive festival coverage over the next few weeks, so get ready for the fest with this mix. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged's podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Philadelphia band Free Energy's ("Hope Child") full length debut Stuck On Nothing comes out on March 9th on DFA Records. They'll be at the Rickshaw Stop with Foreign Born, The Fresh & Onlys and The Splinters [...]

Josh Ritter, Laura Gibson, Dave Smallen and Tiny Television at GAMH

Words by: Emily Logan Photos by: Adrian Bischoff I've yet to see a bad show at the Great American Music Hall. And last night was no exception. The show that sold out so early in the game was well worth any extra effort to push your way into the crowd or burrow for a ticket on Craigslist. The audience was a bit different than some other Noise Pop events – perhaps slightly older, with more glasses of white wine floating around than plastic cups of beer. First up was Tiny Television. This intimate performance featured just guitar, vocals and slide [...]

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