Live this week: Bay Area Shows 10/12-17

Tuesday, October 12: El Ten Eleven, Baths, Sister Crayon @ Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, October 13: Shadow Shadow Shade, AM Magic, Upstairs Downstairs @ Red Devil Lounge Shuteye Unison, Carcrashlander, Silian Rail @ Rickshaw Stop Jane Lui, Goh Nakamura, Melissa Polinar @ Cafe du Nord Thursday, October 14: The Acorn, Leif Vollebek, Angel Island @ Cafe du Nord Crayon Fields, Magic Bullets, The Old Fashioned Way @ Rickshaw Stop Chikita Violenta, Leopold and His Fiction, Echo Twin @ Bottom of the Hill Dan Black, Butterfly Bones, DJ Morale @ The Independent Friday, October 15: Kelley Stoltz, The Fresh & [...]

Birds & Batteries + Judgement Day, a co-headlining bonanza 5/28/10

In the midst of SF Popfest 2010, the Rickshaw Stop will host yet another noteworthy bill on Friday, May 28th (10:00 pm, $10/adv, $12/door, all ages) - a show that will trade indie pop for reverberating synths and strings. Birds & Batteries will co-headline with Judgement Day, preceded by Sacramento's Sister Crayon, in a show presented by Spinning Platters. Cobra Strike by Judgement Day Birds & Batteries have returned from a U.S. tour just in time for Friday's show, and with a new remix in tow. Odawas took a stab at re-creating B&B's "The Villain," and the result is the [...]

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 1)

The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year. A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of [...]

Ten from 2009 (Podcast #194)

[podcast][/podcast] In preparing some end-of-the-year features that will run over the next week, we were once again struck by how many Bay Area bands made a significant impact on indie music this year. We were pleased to sit down with some of the Bay Area's best this year for interviews on our podcast, and have collected music from 10 of our favorite interviewed bands for this recap episode. If you like what you hear, check out our podcast episodes spotlighting each of these bands. This will be our last podcast of the year, but we'll be continuing regular blogging right [...]

Modest Mouse/Grandaddy vet plays du Nord tomorrow with Odawas

Odawas hopped onto a pretty fantastic show at du Nord tomorrow (8:30pm, $10), opening for a fellow who just happens to dabble in historical indie rock bands (Modest Mouse, Grandaddy). Jim Fairchild grew up in Fresno (where he met Jason Lytle of Grandaddy) and recently aided Modest Mouse with some tourdates. But he primarily plays with a reputable group of Sleater-Kinney, Black Heart Procession and Menomena members, All Smiles (Portland). All Smiles - "Moth in a Cloud of Smoke" Odawas - "Harmless Lovers Discourse"

By |September 15, 2009|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Odawas, Octopus Project, Love is Chemicals, Emiliana Torrini

It's time for another Ticket Giveaway Wednesday! We've got giveaways for a bunch of great shows this week. Thursday, August 13th - Odawas @ Rickshaw Stop Odawas - "Harmless Lover's Discourse" SF electronic rock duo Odawas play their first local show in sometime Thursday night at the Rickshaw Stop. They'll be joined by locals City Light and Mira Cook. 8pm, $10. Odawas - "Harmless Lover's Discourse" To win a pair of tickets to this show, send an E-mail to with your full name and "I want to see Odawas!" in the subject line. The first entry will [...]

Local acts takeover @ BFD Saturday: Wallpaper, MC Lars + more

This weekend brings local music to the big stage, well...near the big stage. Live 105's annual BFD is this Saturday at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, with the "Soundcheck Local Band Stage" just for local acts to blow up the Bay: MC Lars may be a bit gimmicky, but he will definitely entertain you. Check out his video for “Guitar Hero Hero,” it’s an instant gut-buster. His songs are silly, catchy, and full of pop culture references. Remix masters, Wallpaper, comes complete with Vocoder originals like, “Txt Me Yr Love,” and twists on dance favs like Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.” [...]

Odawas (Podcast #164)

[podcast][/podcast] This week's podcast profiles Odawas, a duo fusing ambient synth tones and singer-songwriter rock. Michael Tapscott ("keyboards, guitars, vocals, harmonicas, dry skin, songs and sounds") and Isaac Edwards ("keyboards, patience, ears and beards, sounds and songs") met as students in Bloomington, Indiana in 2004, and the band moved around the Midwest before ultimately settling in Berkeley last winter. Their arrival in the Bay was soon followed by the release of their excellent latest album, The Blue Depths (Jagjaguwar), a critically-acclaimed work that they've supported with performances up and down the West Coast. It's been a busy 2009 for Odawas, [...]

By |May 19, 2009|Tags: |

Odawas: Amoeba, Great American shows this week

Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Odawas recently relocated from Chicago to Berkeley and we're excited to now have them as a Bay Area band. The duo of Isaac Edwards and Michael Tapscott have released four albums, including 2009's The Blue Depths (Jagjaguwar). It's a great album mixing ambient synths and sweeping rock. Check out the video and mp3 for "Harmless Lover's Discourse" below: Odawas - "Harmless Lover's Discourse" Odawas are playing a free show at Amoeba SF on Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm. They're also performing at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday, April 25th with Autolux, Mini [...]

By |April 20, 2009|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Friday Night Preview!

There's no excuse to stay in this weekend, not even the weather - Noise Pop's weekend forecast is more great music, rain or shine. On Friday the exceptional pop arrangements of St. Vincent can be heard at the Great American. "Now now," before she charms your socks off will be That Ghost (Santa Rosa), the quirky sound scientist Rafter (San Diego), and Cryptacize (out of the East Bay - think Camera Obscura with a splash of Deerhoof). Here’s a preview of what’s to be of their sophomore Asthmatic Kitty release, Mythomania: Cryptacize - "Mini-Mythomania" Carrying on with the [...]

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