Recommended, 5/9-5/15: Maus Haus, The Raveonettes, Bare Wires, Young Prisms/Melted Toys

Every Monday, 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. Maus Haus headlines at Bottom of the Hill Maus Haus recently toured in support of the similarly eclectic Dengue Fever, and the SF electronic rock band has always been a TBB favorite, live and on wax. On Friday, May 13th (9:30pm, $10), the guys headline an all local bill of synth-oriented bands at Bottom of the Hill, [...]

Live This Month: May 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #248)

Live This Month: May 2011 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. May features a couple of local festivals -- S.S. Records' ten-year anniversary celebration and SF Popfest (which we'll be discussing later this month in a separate mixtape) -- as well as the usual slate of touring bands coming through town. Veterans like Cass McCombs and The Raveonettes both recently put out what might be the best albums of lengthy careers; others, including Craft Spells and No Joy, are enjoying strong [...]

Noise Pop: Film School, Apex Manor, Gregory and the Hawk, Melted Toys 2/24/11

Sometimes Noise Pop Festival lineups aren't necessarily about Noise Pop as an entity. In fact, my very first Noise Pop show was in 2007, and I wasn't even aware that the Noise Pop Festival had been going on for years - I just wanted to see Spinto Band. And I did. And it was fun. Day 3 of Noise Pop 2011 featured Film School, Apex Manor, Gregory and the Hawk, and Melted Toys at Cafe du Nord. Stylistically, you can draw some parallels between each band, or at the very least, appreciate what each act has accomplished and the role [...]

Out now: Melted Toys on Underwater Peoples, Tim Cohen on Captured Tracks

The debut release from the young New Wave pop trio Melted Toys went public yesterday on Underwater Peoples. Here's more about the release from the UP site, and the track "Come On" from the EP: Melted Toys Washed & Dried 12" EP: Melted Toys is Steven Harkins on guitar and vocals, Daniel Rosado on guitar, and Brian Wakefield on bass. The band plays lurid and mischievous pop music via synthetic tones and persistently inspiring guitar riffs. Their music intimates, intimidates, envelops and envigors; they've managed to bottle up San Francisco in their songs and we'd like to share it with [...]

By |February 23, 2011|Tags: , |

Video: Melted Toys ventures Into the Woods via own living room

Young and in lust with soft-pop and a drum machine, Melted Toys have started off on a strong path, with the date February 22 set for their debut 7-song EP. To garner attention before the release, the group brings us into the living room of their "cat palace" for a faux fog performance of "Portals," made possible by Into the Woods.TV. Yesterday, the trio unleashed the smooth-sailing "Come On" (via Altered Zones) from the upcoming Washed & Dried EP, which comes pressed to a 12" via Underwater Peoples next month. Previously: Review: Young Prisms/Melted Toys/Speculator at Bottom of the Hill [...]

By |January 28, 2011|Tags: |

Recommended, 1/3-1/9: White Fence and The Babies, Melted Toys, The Velvet Teen and more

Every Monday, 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! Also, we've launched a new Local Concert Calendar, which you should be sure to check out for an expanded set of daily listings. Bands/promoters/managers, feel free to submit your own shows to the Calendar too. The Babies - "Run Me Over" White Fence - "Lilian (Won't You Play Drums?)" Melted Toys - "Lost Connection" The Art Museums - "Sculpture Gardens" Sean Smith – "Palak Paneer" White Fence and The Babies' joint tour [...]

Melted Toys – “Lost Connection”

Melted Toys - "Lost Connection" Melted Toys are a newer SF band, with a debut EP out next year on Underwater Peoples. Dig the worn cassette vibe of this dark synth-pop track and then see them tonight at the latest Epicsauce show at Milk, with Woodsman, Craft Spells and Skeletal System (filling in for the previously-scheduled Gauntlet Hair, who canceled their West Coast tour).

By |November 11, 2010|Tags: |

Review: Dominant Legs, Holy Shit, Melted Toys @ Cafe du Nord, 11/2/10

What a night was dealt to Dominant Legs and friends. In the 48 hours before their show at Cafe du Nord Tuesday, we went from mass euphoria over our local sports miracle to somewhere in between head scratching bewilderment and numbing déjà vu over events on the political landscape. By showtime, many of those who have energy or inclination left to hear some music are over at the Democratic Party gathering at the Great American, which turned out not to be the wake we feared when California bucked the current trend. Only a handful of the most refined heads cheered [...]

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