Premiere & Interview: Trans Van Santos – “The Flight”

Mark Matos, who you should already know from his work with Os Beaches, has transformed into Trans Van Santos for his latest LP Moon Mirage, which is available now on Royal Oakie records. Today, we're excited to share the first video from the album, for the track "The Flight". It's one hell of a trippy western: In advance of Van Santos' upcoming album release show at Amnesia, I chatted with him about the name change, creating his own tradition, Joshua Tree, and how he hooked up with the dreamy James Franco to score an upcoming film. Definitely read it [...]

Live This Month: March 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #330) 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. With South by Southwest luring over one thousand bands to Austin later this month, it's touring season in indie music. While that means plenty of locals are already on the road, it also means some exciting opportunities to see buzzed-about out-of-town acts without taking a flight to Texas. Those acts include UK producer Forest Swords, touring around SXSW [...]

The Love Dimension – "True Love Comes 'Round Again"

As the hypnotic poster above indicates, SF quintet The Love Dimension is performing at the Great American Music Hall on Thursday night in support of their new album, Forget The Remember. We included "True Love Comes 'Round Again" on our recent Live This Month podcast, but it's a psych-jangle-rock-pop-enough-with-the-hyphens nugget worth revisiting and downloading below. The Love Dimension - "True Love Comes 'Round Again" Mark Matos' Os Beaches join the band at the Great American. They recently released Coyote & The Crosser, which you can stream below. coyote & the crosser by Mark Matos & Os Beaches

Zodiac Death Valley, Mark Matos & Os Beaches, Ash Reiter play Rickshaw this Friday 6/1/12

The Rickshaw Stop has your craving for eclectic soundscapes taken care of this Friday, as local groups Zodiac Death Valley, Mark Matos & Os Beaches, and Ash Reiter are joined by Santa Barbara's Little Owl, rounding out an exceptional line up of off-the-cuff, unique musicians. Adding to the mystique of the evening will be Matos' debut of his new tripped-out, prop-accompanied performance titled Coyote & The Crosser Ceremony. His website explains to us that this show "...will be the first to feature the new props and signal a tecnicolor future. Come with us." Zodiac Death Valley's self-titled album and Ashe [...]

January'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. Gathered in the mix are over a dozen new tracks that were posted on in January, with links below to download each of them individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog January 2012 Tracklisting: 1. Surf Club - "Lonely Days" 2. Terry Malts - "Nauseous" 3. SorryEverAfter - "Honey Girl" 4. Future Twin - "Yuka" 5. Magic Bullets - "What Took You So Long?" 6. Young Prisms - "Floating in Blue" 7. James & Evander - "Unthinkable" 8. Donovan Quinn [...]

Mark Matos & Os Beaches to release 'Coyote and the Crosser'

In March, local psych-rock mystic Mark Matos will release his second album with Mark Matos & Os Beaches, Coyote and the Crosser. Matos calls the new record a "psychedelic allegory, the story of my transformation into my cosmic alter ego, Trans Van Santos." Matos' prior Os Beaches release was a real gem, and you can stream the new album below: COYOTE & THE CROSSER by Mark Matos & Os Beaches Matos also heads up a "rock 'n roll revue" called the Family Folk Explosion that has been holding a residency at Amnesia every Tuesday, where his house band is joined [...]

Recommended, 5/31-6/5: The Botticellis, Penny Arcade, Mark Matos & Os Beaches, Winter’s Fall

Every Monday (and in this case Tuesday), we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. The Botticellis headline Bottom of the Hill It's been a few years since I'd heard anything about The Botticellis, but it looks like the SF surf-inspired rock-pop band is back in action, headlining Bottom of the Hill this Thursday, June 2nd (8:30pm, $10), with locals Yesway (featuring Kacey Johansing and Honeycomb's Emily [...]

2010 Mission Creek Music Festival Mix (Podcast #222)

2010 Mission Creek Music Festival Mix (Podcast #222) After a weekend of shows in Oakland, the 2010 Mission Creek Music Festival kicks into full swing this week with concerts around the City featuring a bunch of ace predominantly local bands. This mix features ten bands playing Mission Creek shows. For the full list of upcoming events, head to I don't know a lot about The Lambs ("Brother Sister White") yet, but the San Francisco group has some excellent demos available for download on their web site. Parenthetical Girls, Grand Lake, and LENS (featuring Andy Human) join them at the [...]

Recommended: Nick Jaina, Mark Matos & Os Beaches, Buxter Hoot’n, Monday @ Elbo Room

Thinking a little ahead to the near future (for once), this coming Monday, the Elbo Room is hosting a solid and extremely affordable evening of Americana/psych rock, with Nick Jaina (Portland), Mark Matos & Os Beaches and Buxter Hoot'n (8:30pm, $5 and $2 drink specials!!). Like other current superstars of the PDX folk scene -- such as Loch Lomond, Shelley Short and Weinland -- the Nick Jaina band boasts outstanding musicianship, vivacious stage performance and overall just embody the local folk flavor. Jaina is on the brink of already his fourth HUSH Records release, A Bird In The Opera House, [...]

Family Folk Opry unites Bay Area songwriters this Wednesday

Little Wings - "Sandy Babe" This Wednesday in the Yoshi's SF Lounge (9pm, $5), a group of the Bay's best singer-songwriters gather for the "Family Folk Opry." The show features solo and group performances from Kyle Field (Little Wings), Matt Adams (The Blank Tapes), Kacey Johansing, Moomaw, and Mark Matos (Mark Matos & Os Beaches). Seriously, that's one hell of a bill. Some more preview songs below: Mark Matos & Os Beaches - "Hired Hand" Moomaw - "March"

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