Valentine’s Day 2020: Our favorite love and anti-love songs

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Another day to celebrate your love or perhaps another day to realize you’re single. Despite your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, we can probably all admit that there is a lot of music celebrating the glory and heartbreak of love. To commemorate, we here at the Bay Bridged collected our staff’s favorite love songs, along with their favorite anti-love songs to make sure everyone receives whatever they need this February 14th. Love Songs "Heat of the Moment" by Asia This probably isn't high on a lot of lists about love songs, or lists in general. Sadly, the [...]

Stern Grove 2019: Mitski, Lee Fields and the Expressions and tons more

It's festival announcement season, and right here in San Francisco, our favorite free festival (besides the new-and-improved Phono del Sol, of course), just announced 2019's full lineup. Mitski? Digable Planets? Madeline Kenney? Toots and the Maytals? Yes please. Check the full lineup for this year's Stern Grove Festival below, and start packing your picnic basket. 6/16: Digable Planets with Bang Data 6/23: Los Van Van with Banda Sin Nombre 6/30: Galatic with Baby and the Luvies 7/7: San Francisco Symphony conducted by Edwin Outwater 7/14: Mitski with Madeline Kenney 7/21: Toots and the Maytals with Lee Fields and the Expressions [...]

Review + Photos: Mitski and Steady Holiday at the Fillmore

Mitski (photo: Robert Alleyne) The first time I saw Mitski belt straight into her guitar strings was two years ago, during a shattering Audiotree Live Session I devoured through my computer screen. The last time was on Thursday, at the Fillmore, as Mitski finished her sold-out show with a solo rendition of “Class of 2013.” It’s a compelling image — Mitski, with her guitar flung into the air and pressed against her cheek, her face turned into its strings, which turn towards a shrill microphone — and one that I find relevant because of both its strength and its efficacy. If she [...]

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What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, April 10 – 13

Waxahatchee supports The New Pornographers at The Fox on Thursday. Monday, April 10 SFIFF presents Bill Nye: Science Guy @ Victoria Theater Join the pop scientist of your youth on a journey across the planet as he spreads science education and warms skeptics to the realities of climate change. Also of note: The spooky soundtrack you'll hear was made by Petaluma's William Ryan Fritch. Vanessa Carlton @ Great American Music Hall The "A Thousand Miles" pop pianist is all grown up and, having long ago said goodbye to radio-friendly stardom, is making music on her own terms. Pegi Young @ [...]

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Live This Month: July 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: July 2016 (Podcast #388) 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. July is packed with great shows, including our 2016 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival! Taking place on July 9, Phono del Sol 2016 promises a full day of great bands from the Bay Area and beyond, as well as an after-party with a stellar lineup over at the Rickshaw Stop. Learn more about Phono del Sol and all of July's highlights in this episode. [...]

Noise Pop: Mitski made us all cry like tall children

Mitski (photo: Jon Bauer) There was nothing about tonight I wasn't excited about. I had been emotionally preparing for it since the day it was announced that Mitski would be playing Noise Pop Festival. Mitski happens to be one of the most talented musicians who has happily been getting the attention she deserves. Her lyrics are perfectly crafted, and her vocals successfully portray the emotional toll that existing can bring. When it was announced who would be performing on her side at Swedish American Hall on February 24, 2016, the excitement only became more impatient. I was happily surprised to find [...]

To Die Clean and Pretty: Mitski’s Growing Legacy

Bury Me At Makeout Creek, Brooklyn musician Mitski's 2014 debut for Double Double Whammy, is a cohesive statement of an album. But it's not one of authoritative deliverance, nor is it one of unwavering confidence. It's a record of honesty, but one that doesn't downplay the fear inherent in seeing yourself openly — existing in the gaps between intimacy and dependency; freedom and idealism; loving and being loved. Mitski Miyawaki was born in Japan, yet spent most of her developing years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has lived in Turkey, Taiwan, China, and a number of other countries, but [...]

By |February 18, 2016|Tags: , |

Mixtape: The Best New Bands from South by Southwest 2015 Download: Mixtape: The Best New Bands from South by Southwest 2015 (Podcast #359) The early word on South by Southwest 2015 was that the music/technology/film conference and festival was scaling back this year, with a significant reduction in permitted events, fewer global mega-brands as sponsors, and less parties headlined by top mainstream acts. And while all of that was true, the week seemed to afford as many opportunities as ever to see a wide variety of emerging indie talent from around the world. If this is the scaled-down South By, then its future is safe for indie bands and [...]

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