Live This Month: May 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: May 2018 (Podcast #427) 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. Our May mix of concert picks features new and recent local music from DONCAT, Coke, Ezra Furman, and Mystic Priestess. There's also a ton of excellent local hip hop in this mix, including Ruby Ibarra, Kamaiyah, and Beejus, who is one of many artists performing at our 2018 Southside Festival on May 19. Seattle's Special Explosion offers one of this month's highlights from touring bands, as does [...]

The Bay Abridged: Oct 20 — Oct 27

(Jane's Addiction at The Warfield) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Marina and the Diamonds at Fox Theater (Oak) Oct. 20 Marina and the Diamonds brought her new album, FROOT, to Oakland's Fox Theater last week. Starting with their first album The Family Jewels, released in 2006, and continuing on to play songs [...]

Best of 2014: Sam Lefebvre of the East Bay Express on Michael Beach

In August, I booked a release event for the intermittent self-publishing enterprise you might call a “zine” but which I stubbornly refer to as a “mag.” Degenerate, the thing’s called, once in homage to the Nervous Eaters’ “I’m a Degenerate” but now intended to evoke the word as a verb: Deterioration, regression – a revolt into childhood (with judicious coverage of indie-pop). Along with a newly flexible title, I broke my minimal promotion rule and screen-printed a bunch of posters depicting the release show line-up: Alex Cruse/ARC, Violence Creeps, and Michael Beach. Michael Beach didn’t make a solo album this [...]

Swiftumz & Michael Beach in the MEGADOME this Friday

It's true, SF's Swiftumz and Michael Beach are bringing it to the MEGADOME this Friday, October 10! What the hell is the MEGADOME? So glad you asked. The MEGADOME is the future. This new monthly series is brought to you by The Octopus Literary Salon and takes place at Chabot Space & Science Center in the beautiful Oakland hills. 70mm films play overhead, Omnimax style, while the bands are rocking out. It starts at 7:30pm. There are always delicious tamales and ice cold Tecates. It is all-ages. There are beautiful hikes to check out before the show and at 10pm [...]

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Live This Month: September 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: September 2014 (Podcast #345) 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. If you dig back-to-basics noise pop -- the kind of indie rock that's propelled by great hooks, not trends and hype -- you're in luck this month. Scottish trio PAWS just released Youth Culture Forever, and the band's tight songs are matched by a live ferocity. Another trio crafting explosive, 90s-influenced rock is Slothrust; the Brooklyn band's Of Course You Do arrived earlier this year. As [...]

Happy First Birthday Stranded Records!

Michael Beach Oakland's Stranded Records is celebrating its first birthday with a whole mess of cool shit! Last Saturday, the label hosted SF's very own Michael Beach. Beach plays guitar with Colossal Yes and bass with Meercaz, and he also played guitar with Melbourne's sadly defunct Electric Jellyfish (they will now be called Shovels). His second solo LP Golden Theft is due out August 20. Hit Stranded on August 17 for a listening party celebrating the reissue of Dino Valenti's 1968 self-titled debut. Local music writer Richie Unterberger will read excerpts from his book Unknown Legends of Rock [...]

Michael Beach releases ‘Mountains + Valleys’

Mountains + Valleys by Michael Beach Local musician Michael Beach just released Mountains + Valleys, a new digital EP/cassette that finds the artist continuing to explore raw, stripped-down songwriting, weaving in instrumental guitar compositions as well. Having recently returned from a national tour, Beach will be at the Hemlock Tavern on November 17th (9pm, $6) with The Spyrals and Hypatia Lake.

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Michael Beach – A Horse/The Exhilarating Rise 7″

Michael Beach relocated to SF last year after a number of years in Australia, where he was a founding member of the psych rock band Electric Jellyfish. He's currently working on his second solo album, and, in advance of that, releasing this 7" on Twin Lakes Records. Music like this is why "singer-songwriter" is a better descriptor of a role than a genre; the label doesn't seem adequate to capture the raw, vulnerable beauty of these songs. Beach performs at the Hemlock Tavern on February 8th (9pm, $6) with Lazarus and Colossal Yes. The show doubles as a kickoff for [...]

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Live This Month: February 2011 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #242)

Live This Month: February 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. February can only mean one thing in Bay Area indie music: the annual and much celebrated Noise Pop Festival, now in its nineteenth year. There's so much good Noise Pop stuff that we'll be devoting a separate podcast to it in a few weeks. Before the fest, too, there are plenty of great shows to occupy your time, including Beach House, The Radio Dept. and MINKS on tour, and locals [...]

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