The Bay Bridged Presents: Low Red Land’s reunion show

A few months ago, we re-introduced you to Low Red Land. Though the rock and roll trio was well-loved in its day, in 2011 they parted ways to pursue other ventures — much of them in the local restaurant industry. Back in December, we reported that they're reuniting for Treefort in Boise later this month. They still are, but before they take off, they're treating their hometown of San Francisco to their first show together in six years. On March 22, Low Red Land will join up with locals The Vans and Hungry Skinny for a show at El Rio, [...]

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Former local band, Low Red Land, reuniting for Treefort Music Festival

Earlier  this month, fans of San Francisco’s local music scene were treated to a surprising bit of welcome news: Low Red Land, a rock trio that made this city home for years, will be reuniting for a performance at the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. The group — which combined elements of aggressive hardcore, bucolic alt-country, dreamy shoegaze, and classic rock sounds to form a unique and disparate sonic template — had been dormant since playing a triumphant farewell show on July 4, 2011 at El Rio. Vocalist and guitarist Neil Thompson moved back to the East Coast, leaving [...]

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Photos & Video: Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest 2011

Monday's Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest was a really, really good time, and Low Red Land's final performance ever was appropriately heartfelt and nostalgia-inducing. Perhaps a little more surprisingly, considering how long it's been since the trio last played together, they sounded as tight and powerful as ever, and we briefly considered rushing the stage to beg them to reconsider the many new endeavors that necessitate the band's dissolution. Instead, Low Red Land's set served as a fitting end to a day that also included great performances from John Vanderslice, Tartufi, Walking in Sunlight, Finn Riggins, and [...]

The Bay Bridged Presents: The Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest!

This July 4th, come spend your holiday with us on the El Rio patio for the Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest (3pm, $8, 21+). Six great bands are on deck to help celebrate the things that make this country great: indie music and afternoon beers. Oh, and freedom. Definitely freedom. By this point, we hopefully don't need to sell you on the many merits of John Vanderslice and Tartufi, two of our favorite local acts/comrades, but the show also features the very last performance ever by SF trio Low Red Land, the understated beauty of Walking in [...]

Saturday, July 3rd: 5th Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest

The Big Time Freedom Fest returns for its fifth year at El Rio this Saturday, July 3rd, presented by Hippies Are Dead. In lieu of the more traditional patriotic party, this particular Freedom Fest celebrates a variety of local and out-of-town bands, the (hopefully) warm holiday weekend and El Rio's excellent back patio. This year's lineup is as follows: Sands (formerly Dame Satan; with Neil John Thompson from Low Red Land) Finn Riggins (from Idaho) Slow Trucks With Child & Neil John Thompson (opening acoustic sets) Sands - "Dawn and Delta" Finn Riggins - "Hraka" Doors open at 9:00 pm, [...]

REMINDER! The Bay Bridged Presents: The Fourth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest

The Bay Bridged is proud to co-present The Fourth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest this Fourth of July on the lovely El Rio patio. Presented in conjunction with Tartufi, Thread Productions and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the show features eight great bands at a price that can't be beat, including Bay Area/Bay Bridged favorites like Birdmonster, Two Sheds, Low Red Land, and Birds & Batteries. The show's an all day affair, meaning that once you're nice and buzzed on El Rio's wonderful patio, you'll still be able to head down to the Bay to not see the [...]

Weekend Mix: 7/2-7/5

Thursday: Moondoggies, Harbours, Sarah Bethe Nelson @ The Rickshaw Stop Harbours - "Situation" Thursday: Double Dagger, Awesome Tapes From Africa (DJ), Mi Ami, Beast Of Thought, Psychic Reality @ The Knockout Mi Ami - "New Guitar" Friday: The Heavenly States, Boatclub, The West Of, The Dashing Suns @ The Uptown in Oakland The Heavenly States - "The Race" Saturday: Birdmonster, Two Sheds, Low Red Land, Finn Riggins, D Numbers, Birds & Batteries, Writer, Murray The Thief @ El Rio Writer - "Try and Stop Me" Sunday: Weather Pending @ Mojito's in North [...]

Two great shows on Saturday

I'm going to be attempting to split my time between two very distant shows going on in San Francisco Saturday night - and you should too. Our friends over at The Deli:SF (who are just about to finish their band of the year contest) are presenting a great rock show over at the Hemlock Tavern featuring Low Red Land (one of whom just started a delicious local BBQ company), Ketman (Boston), and Teeeth. If you missed out, Low Red Land kicked off our video podcast series last summer with an incredible acoustic performance on the roof of my house in [...]

Best of 2008: Tartufi on Low Red Land’s Dog’s Hymns

The Details: Recorded [mostly] at The Hanger in Sacramento with engineer Robert Cheek tweaking the "knobs" and yanking on 'levers" - oh and manning the sound board - in July and August of 2008. The Facts: Dog's Hymns is an amazing representation of how dynamic and proficient Low Red Land is at laying down a sound that is at once vital and fluid, both essential and inescapably entrancing. The album is able to capture the raw energies of their live set while still projecting a product that is polished and full, thick with instrumentation and vocal treatments. Low [...]

Best of 2008: Ben Thorne of Low Red Land on Dame Satan’s Beaches and Bridges

2008 found a number of fantastic local albums seeing release (and one, Tartufi’s Nests of Wave and Wire, seeing a delay that only means it will be my favorite album of 2009), and the best, by far, is Dame Satan’s Beaches and Bridges. It’s a stunning, expansive album that swells and breathes, building on impressive vocal interplay and tasteful musicianship. Dame Satan - "The Struggle" The album wastes no time establishing the mood, as opener "Downstream" begins with a far-off, decaying delay ticking down to a simple, catchy guitar line. Acoustic instruments pair with electric effects, commanding the [...]

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