Live This Month: May 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: May 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #336) 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. It's a big month for local bands Doe Eye and Papercuts, both of whom have record release shows for exciting new albums. Doe Eye's Television is the first LP from Maryam Qudus and her band, and, on first listen, it's a real winner. Embellishing Qudus' singer-songwriter pop with impressive studio inventiveness, there's a feeling of liberated creativity to [...]

April's Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. So much good stuff came our way in April that we've actually got a two-part mix of blog songs this time. As always, we've included links below to download each of these songs individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog April 2012 (Part 1) Mixtape: Best of the Blog April 2012 (Part 2) Tracklisting: Mix 1 1. Exray's - "Ancient Thing" 2. PreTeen - "Nueva York Is Too Far (from me)" 3. Swiftumz - "Willy" 4. Big Drag - "Let You [...]

SF's moonbell release new 12" on Loglady Records

Trance-gaze band moonbell just dropped a new, self-titled album on 12" vinyl via Loglady Records and on CD via Deep Space Recordings. Okay, so as far as I know, "trance-gaze" isn't a thing. But it's entirely appropriate, I think: moonbell's music is equal parts hypnotic, trance-like drone and shoegazey fuzz rock. But don't take my word for it. Check out the video for lead single "Nothing Less" up above, or download the song via Soundcloud below:

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Tonight: Dustin Wong (of Ponytail), Woodsman, Moonbell @ Hemlock Tavern

We've been waiting all month for tonight's Dustin Wong (ex-Ponytail) show at the Hemlock with Woodsman (CO) and local opener, the dream-gazey Moonbell (9pm, $7). Dustin Wong released his second album this February on ThrillJockey (Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads), and it's an ultimately shiny, technical record with hundreds of loops and ambient sounds structured in. We heard great things about his live performances out at SxSW this year, and for those that missed out tonight is the chance to see Wong, as his tour continues with Woodsman (tour dates after the jump). It's always interesting to hear about [...]

Mixtape: The New Wave of Bay Area Shoegazers (Podcast #253)

Mixtape: The New Wave of Bay Area Shoegazers (Podcast #253) Amidst its various other micro-scenes, San Francisco has long fostered bands incorporating the dreamy and noisy sounds of shoegaze. Over the years, groups like Film School, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Stratford 4, and others emerged from the Bay Area, employing dense, melodic distortion to much acclaim. Recently, it seems, a new crop of shoegaze-influenced bands has begun to emerge, led by breakout acts like Weekend, Young Prisms, and The Soft Moon. You'll recognize some common threads among these bands, but there's a diversity of influences and approaches here that [...]

From the Mailbag: Extra Classic, Teen Witch, moonbell, J. Irvin Dally

We get more submissions than we can handle here at TBB, so periodically we'll dip into the mailbag and check out a bunch of songs we've recently received. As always, feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments. Extra Classic - "Give Them the Same" San Francisco's Extra Classic is led by the duo of Adrianne Verhoeven (who sang and played keyboards in The Anniversary) and songwriter/producer Alex de Landa (who has worked with The Donkeys, Papercuts, and Casiotone For The Painfully Alone). The pair's love of classic Jamaican sounds translated into an all-analog approach for the [...]

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