Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2015_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music (Podcast #377) At The Bay Bridged, we always bristle a little at the prospect of attempting to sum up a full year of the local independent music scene in a single retrospective podcast mixtape. Such a challenge is especially difficult in a place like the Bay Area, where year in, year out, a wide variety of talented local musicians release compelling and impressive albums, a great many of which gain acclaim well beyond the Bay's borders. Instead of trying to identify some objective list of the "ten best" [...]

Live This Month: October 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_October_2015.mp3 Download: Live This Month: October 2015 (Podcast #372) 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. Summer may be over, but music festival season hasn't ended yet, with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend and the Treasure Island Music Festival later this month. We've included a couple of Treasure Island tracks in this mix, but both festivals offer countless potential highlights, including Hardly Strictly's all-star performance of Big Star's Third in its entirety, and the debut of Big Grams (the new project of [...]

Watch Loma Prieta’s dizzying video for “Love”

Just weeks away from the release of their latest LP Self Portrait, Loma Prieta just dropped a frenetic new video for album opener “Love”. “Love” is an exercise in managing tension, unforgiving in its lack of relief as it creeps toward a climax that is never quite realized. Opening with overhead shots of the band members engulfed in darkness, the bleakness of the video capitalizes on a palpable uneasiness carried throughout the track. The unease soon turns to desperation as the video toys with distortion by way of kaleidoscope-like effects and blasts of red light. In less than three minutes, Loma [...]

By |September 18, 2015|Tags: |

Review: Pianos Become The Teeth and Loma Prieta pack Gilman

Loma Prieta (photo: Nikolas Soelter) Last night, Gilman hosted four bands playing a broad spectrum of a new wave of post-hardcore music that's been gaining traction over the last couple years. Pianos Become The Teeth, Loma Prieta, Gates, and The American Scene all play a style of music that emphasizes melody while still being powerfully distorted and emotional, with Loma occupying the more distorted side of the spectrum quite a bit more than any other band on the bill. Val and Brian of Loma Prieta (photo: Nikolas Soelter) Heading over right after work I arrived just as Gates was finishing [...]

Bay Area punk bands Loma Prieta, High Water, The Vibrating Antennas to play Gilman

East Bay collective 924 Gilman St. is known for some impressive punk and ska acts from the Bay Area and beyond, and, this Friday, the DIY, all ages-friendly spot will be hosting one of those important nights of music, with an impressive six band line-up of West Coast hardcore punk, screamo, and similar sounding bands. Hailing from the Bay Area are Loma Prieta, High Water, The Vibrating Antennas, and The Down House are a part of the bill, which is rounded out by LA hardcore band Dangers and Portland indie-punks Anne. Demo by The Down House The eclectic mix of [...]

Loma Prieta touring West Coast & Japan to start 2013

Photo By Matt Gill Fresh off a punishingly heavy set opening for Comadre recently at Sub-Mission, Loma Prieta continue to roll in 2013; the foursome have announced shows up and down the California coast, along with an opening slot for Deathwish labelmates Touché Amoré on their Japanese tour. Loma Prieta's 2012 LP, I.V., was to my ears one of the best releases of the year, regardless of genre. With that in mind, don't miss Loma Prieta's two Bay Area Shows in the next few weeks — they're opening for the Italian screamo band Raein at Sub-Mission (SF) and 1234 Go [...]

By |January 8, 2013|Tags: |

Limited edition Loma Prieta 'Dark Mountain' 12" repress available now

San Francisco hardcore veterans Loma Prieta are repressing their 2009 Dark Mountain LP in a limited edition lot of 500 on cloudy clear vinyl. Pick up a copy now before they disappear again and surround yourself with the band's distinctive, lurching Bay Area hardcore. Order here from Disco Huelga. Also, if you slept on their 2012 LP I.V., I'm hear to remind you once again to give it a listen. It's a ferocious album: caustic, heavy, melodic, confident, and produced with a dark, crunchy compression that gives a dense weight to the band's attack. In my opinion, it's the best [...]

By |November 7, 2012|Tags: |

Mixtape: Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #290)

Mixtape: Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #290) The Bay Area has held a prominent place in punk music since punk first became a thing, with groups like Crime, Avengers, Flipper, and Dead Kennedys among the genre's most important '70s and '80s bands. As punk artists began to achieve mainstream success in the '90s, Bay Area bands were again at the forefront, while a wide variety of acts continued to operate independently on local labels like Lookout! and Fat Wreck Chords. Given that history, it shouldn't be surprising to find that there's still a wealth [...]

March’s Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. So much good stuff came our way in March that we've actually got a two-part mix of blog songs this time. As always, we've included links below to download each of these songs individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog March 2012 (Part 1) Mixtape: Best of the Blog March 2012 (Part 2) Tracklisting: Mix 1 1. Grass Widow - "Goldilocks Zone" 2. Ty Segall & White Fence - "I Am Not A Game" 3. Twin Steps - "Pinkie Promise" 4. [...]

Interview: Loma Prieta discuss touring Australia, releasing new album on Deathwish

Bay Area hardcore stalwarts Loma Prieta's newest album I.V. is now available on Deathwish Inc.. For a band formed back in 2005 with numerous self-released records under their belt and extensive touring experience in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Japan, it's hard to believe I.V. is their first release for a bigger label. Even after one listen, though, it's easy to see why Deathwish pulled the trigger on these guys — the guitars crunch and grind every note, the song arrangements are ambitiously twisted, and the throat-ripping screaming surprisingly melodic. With I.V., Loma Prieta have crafted a powerful statement of [...]

By |March 1, 2012|Tags: |
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