Friends w/o Benefits announce new singles project, rock a Noise Pop happy hour

In the promo video for their Real Singles Life project, Friends W/O Benefits outlines their plan to release eight new songs over the course of four months, a single each month with an 'A' side and a 'B' side. But that's not even the best part. The best part is when they say they'll be covering topics ranging from 'love and longing' to 'taxes and cookies' to 'FUCKING SHARKS.' Emphasis not mine, but that was a fun sentence to write and one I'm sure will, sadly, never happen again. The first two are out now on Bandcamp - "Sausalito Catfish" [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Best Coast plays intimate set with The She’s, Night School

Photos by Martin Lacey California natives Best Coast aren’t known for subtlety. The lyrics, the songwriting, and the guitar tone – they all revolve around a simplified, overly sunny version of the West Coast – presumably inspired by lead singer Bethany Cosentino’s own life experiences. So it made sense when the band came out last night as a five piece to thicken the sound — a few details might have been lost, but that’s a small price for Best Coast to pay. Playing an extra small, nearly sold out (I heard there were some tickets available at the door) show [...]

Friday: The Bay Bridged Presents a Noise Pop Happy Hour with Couches, Stalls, and Never Young!

Noise Pop 2015 is here, with its nightly series of free happy hour concerts at Bender’s. We’re excited to present the happy hour show from 5pm-8pm this Friday, February 27, with Couches, Stalls, and Never Young. It’s gonna be loud and it’s gonna rule. And it’s free! RSVP on Facebook and we'll see you there! Couches This 90's throwback slacker rock three-piece led by 20 Sided Records founder David Mitchell released one of our favorite records of 2014 with their EP Slackin' Since The 80s. Whether they’re penning more amped up tracks (“Train Of Thought”, “Thinkin’ About Money”, “Infatuation”) or [...]

Interview: Geographer, philosophy, and Ghost Modern (plus a ticket giveaway!)

With a unique reconciliation between live instrumentation and electronic innovation, Mike Deni of Geographer has forged a name for himself in the Bay Area, becoming one of its most prized sources of music culture. If you didn't know it, Deni actually grew up in New Jersey. After moving to San Francisco in 2007 to find something greater, he subsequently met the synthesizer and companions that enabled him to translate his experiences into sound. Since then this artist has released albums such as Innocent Ghosts and Myth into the music scene, bringing an eclectic yet relatable account of his own life imprinted into the songs that [...]

RZN8R releases new single; plays Noise Pop 2015

RZN8R has a new single out that epitomizes his distinctive blend of spacey/sexy electro-soul. Called "Feel Free To Be Free," it contains a beat that could fit both a laid-back hip-hop jam or smooth R&B tune, a hypnotic vocal chant and celestial synths that propel it beyond the 21st century. Oh, and that's not to mention the psychedelic rock influences, hints of trap, and jazz cool that floats around the perimeter, a unique concoction that gets both your mind and body moving. It's the soundtrack of the cosmos, a meditation on mankind's place in the universe, kinda like Interstellar, only [...]

Noise Pop 2015 Day-by-Day (Part 2): Your guide to the best of this year’s festival

The 2015 Noise Pop Festival is upon us! With a whole lot of concerts from Tuesday, February 24 through Sunday, March 1, the sheer number of choices can be somewhat daunting. This is the second of two sets of day-by-day previews for the festival. Whatever you end up doing, go see some Noise Pop shows! Friday, February 27 Don’t Miss: Friday is a day meant for happy hours, so you better start your evening at The Bay Bridged's happy hour show at Bender's. We've got three killer bands on deck -- Couches, Stalls, and Never Young -- and you'll want [...]

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Noise Pop 2015: Screaming Females at the Hemlock

As I watched Screaming Females casually blow the minds of the 100 or so fans gathered in the very hot, very smelly, and very dark back room of the Hemlock Tavern, I had a pretty controversial thought. Is Screaming Females one of the last great rock bands? No, I thought. That's not right, although it occasionally felt as if I was seeing an even more seasoned group than I was, one that had perhaps performed throughout the 90s college rock circuit in its prime alongside bands they are constantly compared to -- like Dinosaur Jr. and The Breeders for instance. But maybe, I concluded, [...]

Noise Pop 2015 Day-by-Day (Part 1): Your guide to the best of this year’s festival

The 2015 Noise Pop Festival is upon us! With a whole lot of concerts from Tuesday, February 24 through Sunday, March 1, the sheer number of choices can be somewhat daunting. This is the first of two sets of day-by-day previews for the festival. Whatever you end up doing, go see some Noise Pop shows! Tuesday, February 24 Don’t Miss: It took LA-via-Australia duo The Black Ryder almost five years to release a follow-up to their terrific debut album, with The Door Behind the Door set to arrive the day of their Noise Pop show. The psych-meets-shoegaze band is supported [...]

By |February 20, 2015|Tags: |

Giveaway: Noise Pop NightLife with !!! DJs, Dawn Golden, and more

  In case you've been living under a rock, you know that Noise Pop starts this weekend. In fact, everything kicks off TOMORROW NIGHT when Noise Pop takes over NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences "for an evening that explores the science of ear candy," with a DJ set from !!!, Dawn Golden playing live, and much, much more. Find out below how to win a pair of tickets to this unique evening in Golden Gate Park. !!! DJs will actually only be the band's man on horns and percussion, Allan Wilson, spinning a crazy mix of "house/tech/diva/club/kwiato/disco/leftfield shit", [...]

Noise Pop 2015 is coming: listen to 100+ festival bands right now!

Noise Pop 2015 takes over local music venues next week with a whole lot of great shows full of top local and touring bands. We'll be doing more detailed previewing in the coming days, but if you're still not sure who to check out (or just want to sample the many artists taking part in the fest this year), dig into this 100+ song mega-playlist of bands you can see in the Bay Area next week during Noise Pop! http://open.spotify.com/user/thebaybridged/playlist/3bT7a72iSpJetrGrpmtO4G Check out the full calendar of Noise Pop shows (which actually start with a pre-party this Thursday) over at Noise [...]

By |February 18, 2015|Tags: |
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