LA Bridged: Panache Booking’s Village of Love benefit celebrates intersections of activism and LA music

Entrance at Village of Love, February 14, 2017 It's 9:00, exactly 50 minutes after I lapped the Teragram Ballroom for the first time. Nearly an hour and exactly $13 later, I finally approach the show I've circled the streets of LA to see, and perhaps unlike exorbitant parking fees near downtown, I know the money being raised at tonight's Panache Booking Village of Love Valentine's Day extravaganza is going to a good cause: Planned Parenthood. Something about the venue felt cavernous, and after wandering through a dark hallway, I ended up at the stage, where my valentine for the evening was [...]

Treasure Island announces single day ticket sales and lineups

The venerable Treasure Island Music Festival is returning this October 17-18 for its ninth annual weekend. Hosts Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop officially announced the single day lineups today. As usual, the day lineups are broken down by genre. Saturday will feature primarily electronic acts with EDM powerhouse Deadmau5 headlining Saturday's festivities while the dour rock of New York City-based The National will close out the weekend on Sunday. In the meantime, a limited number of single day tickets will go on sale this Thursday. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 Deadmau5 • FKA twigs • Azealia Banks • STS9 • Run [...]

Mikal Cronin shares “ii) Gold”

  Even if you haven't, you've pretty much heard the first twelve seconds of Mikal Cronin's newest song, "ii) Gold". But not in a tired or trite way. It's more that the pushy riff and swell of feedback are so damn certain sounding that they serve as a recognizable heads-up for the breakneck fervor to come, like a trigger warning for the rock 'n' roll weary, or something. "ii) Gold" sounds different than a lot of Cronin's lighter material, namely about twelve seconds into the song when you realize you may or may not have had your speakers way too loud. It's very fast and the guitar is very loud [...]

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Best of the Rest – January 2015 (Mikal Cronin, Geographer, Sonny & the Sunsets, & more)

  Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we'd love to write about everything that catches our ear, it's impossible – there's just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn't have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for January 2015. Former son of [...]

Outside Lands 2014: Your Guide to SF’s Biggest Summer Musical Experience

Outside Lands 2014 show poster (DKNG Studios) It's that time of year again – the yearning masses will descend upon San Francisco this weekend for the City's now hallmark summer musical experience Outside Lands. Yep, the seventh edition of the gigantic gig in Golden Gate Park kicks off Friday at noon and, as you've undoubtedly learned by now, it will be headlined by none other than Kanye, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and The Killers. Headliners can be hit-or-miss, but the strength of Outside Lands (or any festival, for that matter) typically lies in the undercard. Sure, you may get [...]

Outside Lands a homecoming for performers with Bay Area ties

Outside Lands is just one of dozens of summer music festivals that spring up out of nowhere in America’s parks, dustbowls, parking lots and beaches. Nationwide, it’s still at the end of conversations about large festivals like Coachella or Lollapalooza. But for those who’ve made the trek into San Francisco’s Outer Lands the first weekend of August for the last six years, this festival is more than just about the music, wine and food. And for performers who are raised or based in the Bay Area, Outside Lands is a unique opportunity. “It's not just playing another gig for me [...]

Mikal Cronin contributes “Soul in Motion” to latest LAMC release

(Photo by Daniel Kielman) Following a monster 2013 that saw the release of his stellar sophomore LP MCII and a headlining gig at The Bay Brewed, Mikal Cronin has kept a relatively low profile so far 2014, playing a handful of California shows, prepping for a run of four summer festivals concluding with a stop at Outside Lands on August 8, and (quietly) participating in the latest release in Famous Class Records' LAMC (Less Artists More Condos) series. Yes, back on April 1, Famous Class dropped LAMC #11 featuring Cronin's "Soul In Motion" with Vancouver band Wand's "Screaming Eye" on [...]

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Mikal Cronin continues to ride high in Noise Pop gig at The Chapel

Photos by Daniel Kielman Noise Pop always saves the best for Saturday. As part of the weekend festivities, The Chapel hosted San Francisco’s newest favorite son Mikal Cronin, along with fuzzy West Coast compatriots Vertical Scratchers, Old Light, and Blood Sister. At about 11pm, Cronin, clad in the shabby summer-camp tie-dye that’s become his trademark, started up. Backed by a band of longhairs that would have gotten under the skin of the establishment in the ‘60s, he wasted little time launching into a set of hit after hit. Cronin’s been on a career high for the last year or so, [...]

Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322) Download: Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322) As usual, our year-end wrap-up podcast comes leaden with hemming, hawing and caveats aplenty. How can another wide-ranging year full of impressive Bay Area releases be distilled down to a coherent list of "best" works? The obvious answer is that it can't. Ultimately, this podcast collects thirteen bands that had impressive 2013s, including a number of groups that won't be a surprise to attendees of Bay Bridged events or close followers of the blog. 2013 was once again banner year for local garage rock, with another stellar album from [...]

Polyvinyl announces 4-track singles series

Polyvinyl Records continues to foster the development and distribution of the best up-and-coming artists from around the world with its new 4-Track Singles Series. Featuring 12 artists, the series is a subscription-only deal that includes a digital download and clear vinyl pressing of twelve 7" inches, each containing two never-before released recordings. Subscribers will receive a 7" every month of 2014, as well as a as custom designed box to store all 12, and for people who subscribe before December 31, an exclusive t-shirt, a slipmat and a chance to win a test pressing along with each month's 7". The 4-Track [...]

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