5 Bay Area Albums You May Have Missed in 2020

Words by William Wayland As I write this, nationwide deaths from COVID-19 are expected to surpass 600,000 in only a few months. We’re close to a year without live music and it’s just hard to watch shows on Zoom. I applaud everyone who's trying but it’s just not the same. Right? Is it just me? All of this makes it hard to hear about new releases, so I’ve compiled a few from Bay Area artists that have helped me get through shelter-in-place so far. This isn’t a “Best Of”, it’s just a few words about local music you may have missed because [...]

Review + Photos: Monophonics at the Flamingo Resort

Monophonics (photo: Carolyn McCoy) If you have yet to experiencing a live show from Bay Area soul-rockers Monophonics, you must know that the main reason for going to one of their shows is so that you can dance — like, really dance. Try as you might, being a wallflower or sitting in your chair is next to impossible, as the funky groove-music of Monophonics is so high-energy, so completely soul-inspiring, so incredibly mesmerizing, uplifting, and joyful, your feet and your ass will take on a mind of their own and make you move. To some people, their shows are “church,” to others [...]

By |December 9, 2019|Tags: |

Video: Monophonics deliver soulful cover of “My Heart Cries”

Local psychedelic soul titan Monophonics has a new EP, Mirrors, coming February 15. The six-song set of covers finds the band digging into and reinterpreting a number of their influences. Below, check out a video of the band's cover of the Invicibles' "My Heart Cries," featuring stellar lead vocals from local jazz singer Tiffany Austin. Monophonics is about to embark on a month-long tour — check out those dates below as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG107nMMCeo Monophonics Tour Dates: 02/06 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall 02/07 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub 02/08 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo 02/09 [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Tags: |

Mixtape: Standout Bay Area Funk, Soul, and R&B Artists

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Funk_Soul_RandB_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Standout Bay Area Funk, Soul, and R&B Artists (Podcast #409) This episode first appeared on KQED.org. The legacy of groups like Sly & the Family Stone and Tower of Power may loom large, but the the Bay Area has a wealth of emerging local funk, soul, and R&B acts that draw from a wide variety of sounds to craft exciting works. To be sure, you can hear influences of Bay Area classics in bands like the ascendant Con Brio, now bringing their energetic live sets to festivals around the world, and Monophonics, a group crafting music layered [...]

Live This Month: May 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_May_2016.mp3 Download: Live This Month: May 2016 (Podcast #385) 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. Plenty of younger bands populate this month's set of concert picks, but May's highlights include a significant number of indie veterans. Take the Atlanta trio pictured above, The Coathangers, whose fifth album may be the group's best yet. Local vets Rogue Wave returned last month after a three year break between records with their sixth LP, Delusions of Grand Fur, while the new LP from former [...]

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