Moon Duo’s new intergalactic new tunes at New Parish November 23

Photo Credit: Brett Johnson Portland-based Moon Duo is coming to the New Parish on November 23 to play jams off their latest, disco-inspired album, Stars Are the Light. Duo Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada bust out their guitar-driven psych rock with a masterful hold on their spacey synthesizers. The baselines carry a world of sounds that all morph into trippy soothing lands. Praise to Prince on high. Stars Are the Light by Moon Duo Says Yamada of their new album: “...We were also very inspired by the space and community of a disco – a space of free self-expression through dance, fashion, [...]

Mixtape: Stellar Musicians with Bay Area Roots Download: Mixtape: Stellar Musicians with Bay Area Roots (Podcast #403) This episode first appeared on We showcase a ton of new and emerging Bay Area bands on these mixtapes every month, but have far fewer opportunities to revisit artists after they move away from the region. In this mixtape, we catch up with eleven acts with Bay Area roots, including Harriet Brown, who grew up in the Bay Area before heading to LA, where he's now poised to have a breakout year. Others, including Cotillon, spent fewer, but no less impactful years in the local music scene; for [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Moon Duo at The Chapel

Running low on funds after miscalculating your Noise Pop show budget? Try your hand at one extra freebie at The Chapel. Portland psych-rockers Moon Duo will be in town spreading the sounds of their just-released record Occult Architecture Vol. 1. The pair were originally forged as a side project of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson with Sanae Yamada in command of the keys. This record will also be part one of two, both built around the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. A major influence to the album’s dichotomy came directly from escaping California and returning to the Pacific Northwest, [...]

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Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Moon Duo, Tokyo Police Club and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, September 10th Tokyo Police Club, Max and the Moon @ Great American Music Hall 9pm, $23, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, September 10th Moon Duo, Peaking Lights, Britt Govea DJ set @ California Academy of Sciences 6pm, $12, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, September [...]

Moon Duo releases third LP, performing at Bottom of the Hill

Moon Duo have just kicked off their North American tour in support of their third full-length studio LP, Shadow of the Sun (out now on Sacred Bones). Catch the Portland-via-San Francisco psych-rock favorite at Bottom of the Hill on March 25 with support from Once And Future Band and Carlton Melton. The show is all ages. Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada still form the band's core, recruiting Canadian drummer John Jeffrey (who also played on Moon Duo's previous release, Live in Ravenna) to record on Shadow of the Sun. The new album was conceived during a break [...]

Live This Month: March 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2015 (Podcast #358) 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. Many San Francisco Bay Area bands are heading down to Austin to take part in South by Southwest madness this month. While that may mean that more locals are away, it also means more opportunities to see emerging artists on pre- and post-SXSW tours, including international buzz bands like Madrid's Hinds and London's Happyness. Both of those bands are younger than London-based 2:54, but that group [...]

Review & Photos: The Horrors @ The Fillmore

The Horrors have been playing music together for nine years. The band formed in England in 2005, and over the course of their four albums have gone from the punk-infused Strange House (2007) to the textured, layered sounds of Luminous (2014). It's always interesting to see how different bands bring life to those layered, dream pop, and shoegaze-y songs on stage. Psychedelic synths and echo-y guitars have all the makings of falling flat and not connecting with the audience. At last night's show at The Fillmore, The Horrors had it down to a dazzling spectacle of prismatic lights - all of [...]

By |October 17, 2014|Tags: , |

Coming to the Bay: The Horrors

There is a sort of judgmental satisfaction when a band's name matches their looks. I'm guilty of practicing this. The Horrors are an indie rock band from the UK that weaves synth-laden melodies with ease. The five-piece band's look is broody, wide-eyed, pale, unblinking guys in all shapes and sizes, donning black from head-to-toe or some kind of sharp red and blue contrast. While they look like art goths (that's a thing, right?), their sound is far from what art goths or regular goths probably really get into. In fact, The Horrors are known for evolving their sound with each of their albums. Released [...]

By |October 15, 2014|Tags: , |

Moon Duo releasing live set, play The Fillmore in October

(Photo by Magdalena Wosinska) Before heading out on a European tour in the summer of 2013, Moon Duo's Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson decided to make a change and for the first time ever, they hired a drummer, John Jeffrey, who got the job sight unseen after a chance meeting with the band's manager in Berlin. The newly minted trio soon gelled during day-in-day-out shows in the heat of the European summer – so much so that they asked engineer Mattia Coletti to record the Italian leg of the tour. The result? Live in Ravenna, due out August 19 via [...]

By |June 26, 2014|Tags: |

Record Store Day 2013 is tomorrow (pick up vinyl from locals Ty Segall, Golden Void, Moon Duo and more)

Lovers of vinyl will go to bed tonight with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, as Record Store Day – the high holiday for audiophiles around the world – returns tomorrow, and more than 25 Bay Area independent record shops are participating in the madness. This year's event (the seventh official RSD) features not only its usual array of special releases from high profile musicians, but a handful of local acts are jumping into the fray, dropping limited edition wax that will no doubt delight many scenesters from the Bay and beyond. Included on that list of local denizens [...]

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