Taking Stock of November: Seventeen of our favorite songs from the blog last month

If you're anything like me, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all of the new music that's constantly floating around the Internet. Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are seventeen new tracks from Bay Area bands that were posted on TheBayBridged.com in November, with links below to download each of them individually. The Bay Bridged - Best of the Blog November 2011 Mixtape Tracklisting: 1. Fine Steps - "Tomorrow for All of Today" 2. Churches - "Save [...]

Recommended, 6/6-6/12: Rumble, Black Lips, Tied to the Branches, My First Earthquake, Kelly Malone Benefit

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Free Rumble party Wednesday: Sister Crayon, Excuses for Skipping, White Arrows LA's White Arrows really impressed me at Popfest, and the band is back in SF opening The Rumble this Wednesday, June 8th at Milk (8pm, RSVP here). They're joined by Sister Crayon from Sacramento, and locals Excuses for Skipping, who recently released Tonic For Hysteria. Sister [...]

Live This Month: June 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #250)

Live This Month: June 2011 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. June kicks off the summer touring season, which means a bunch of acts coming through SF and locals heading out on tour. Not coincidentally, a bunch of the bands included here have new records out this month, including My First Earthquake, Matt Bauer, The Wooden Birds, and Black Lips. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! About the bands: Local band [...]

New album from My First Earthquake – ‘Friction’

After successfully funding a new album via Kickstarter, that new album has finally arrived - My First Earthquake's Friction comes out on June 7th. It's the group's latest record following 2008's Tremors EP, 2009's Downstairs full-length, and 2010's Crush EP. My First Earthquake - "Nice to See You" The first single, "Nice to See You," is full of the sharp synth-pop and lively vocals that we've come to expect from My First Earthquake. Those who pre-order the album via Bandcamp will receive the first three tracks now. My First Earthquake will celebrate the release of Friction at Cafe du Nord [...]

Backseat Beat, Episode 3: My First Earthquake

Backseat Beat is a video series highlighting indie musicians and the city by the Bay. Armed with Flip cameras, we interview bands in the back seat of our '83 Volvo as we spirit them away to unexpected, forgotten corners of San Francisco, where they plug in outdoors to play a few tunes. Each band’s performance transforms these urban spots from their anonymous day to day existence into surreal, magical backdrops. Taking turns in the back seat today is local indie-pop sensation My First Earthquake, also known individually as Rebecca Bortman (vocals), Chad Thornton (keyboard, bass), Andre Salcido (drums), and David [...]

Saturday at the Rickshaw: My First Earthquake, The Dont’s, Spiro Agnew, Phantom Kicks

True to their mantra ("Sweet Sounds from the Bay"), the Deli SF powers-that-be have lined up four solid bands to play at the Rickshaw Stop this Saturday, September 4th (8:00 pm, $10/advance, $12/door). My First Earthquake - "Neon for You" The Dont's - "Which Side You're On (The Pirate Song)" Phantom Kicks - "Eyes Familiar" My First Earthquake, The Dont's, Spiro Agnew, and Phantom Kicks will all convene amongst the rickshaws, along with a DJ set from H.A. Eugene (Business 80). Saturday's set will also serve as Spiro Agnew's official album release (OH What Model Citizens We Be, available via [...]

Review: My First Earthquake, The Downer Party, The Attachments @ Rickshaw, 6/17

Photos by: Anna Gazdowicz My First Earthquake has a gift for humor that is tricky to achieve in song. Last Thursday at the Rickshaw Stop they released their new EP, Crush, which has refined what they do best - funny, nerdy dance songs with glimpses of gravity. Starting with old favorites, "Vow to Vowels" and "Cool in the Cool Way," MFE got the upfront audience enthusiastically singing along. The most striking element of their performance was frontwoman Rebecca Bortman's ebullient stage presence and agile voice. With dead-on pitch and unique cadence, Bortman was a pleasure to watch singing live. In [...]

Thursday, 6/17: My First Earthquake release ‘Crush’ @ Rickshaw

Thursday night, get crushed: My First Earthquake is releasing a new EP, Crush at the Rickshaw Stop (9pm, $10). The EP was recorded in one day at Hyde Street Studios, and its four songs ring true to MFE's fun, clever pop with its upbeat rhythms and catchy melodies. The EP is available for free download right now at MFE's Bandcamp page. In describing the sound on the EP, the band says they are drawn to Beck and Prince, "who can explore styles and timbres but still keep a recognizable sound." They added, "two of the songs on the EP are [...]

Noise Pop 2010: !!!, Maus Haus, Sugar & Gold, My First Earthquake @ The Mezzanine

!!!, Maus Haus, Sugar & Gold and My First Earthquake all brought their A-game to the Mezzanine last Saturday night. My First Earthquake, a local electro-pop quartet, opened up the night with their snappy humorous ditties. "Sack Lunch" - about a pervy teacher (Rebecca's words, not mine) - and "Hot Girlfriend" were the standouts of the night. Lead singer Rebecca Bortman is a born show-woman, ribbing her band mates and chatting up the audience before prompting us to rock the fuck out. "Cool in the Cool Way" (which has an accompanying video about Mission hipsters), with its Nintendo-inspired synth riffs, [...]

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