Live This Month: September 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #314) Download: Live This Month: September 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #314) 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. This month's episode is stacked with album release shows for Bay Area bands, with Bay Bridged favorites like Terry Malts and Kelley Stoltz introducing new albums we're really excited about. We're also proud to be presenting a series of September concerts celebrating the release of These Strange Days, a brand new compilation of local bands curated by [...]

Review: FIDLAR, Pangea, Meat Market @ Bottom of the Hill, 1/18/13

After milling about in an unusually long door queue, I wandered into Bottom of the Hill on Friday night smack in the middle of Oakland-via-Santa Cruz garage-surf foursome Meat Market’s rowdy set. The youthful group, who can now add their name to the tremendous roster of spry, talented Bay Area garage rock bands, wore amused grins throughout the show, dedicating songs to enthusiastic friends in the pit. Their music is lightweight and danceable, the singing style a mix of surf rock staple ooh-aahs and sore throat inducing screeches. LA-based Pangea played next and brought the same surf-punk-garage mix to the [...]

By |January 24, 2013|Tags: , , |

Oakland's Meat Market joins FIDLAR and Pangea at Bottom of the Hill this Friday 1/18/13

Garage punk four-piece Meat Market swings through San Francisco on Friday night, marking the second stop in a week-long tour of California alongside cohorts FIDLAR and Pangea. Originally formed in Santa Cruz while the band members attended college, the group pools a diverse set of musical interests, ranging from punk and garage to blues and old-school surf, into its sound. The result is a deftly combined mix of gritty garage rock tunes and sun-bleached melodies that calls to mind groups such as Black Lips and The Growlers. Buzz from the band's self-titled, Sugar Mountain-recorded album in early 2012 led to [...]

By |January 17, 2013|Tags: , , |

FIDLAR, Pangea, and Meat Market coming to Bottom of the Hill on 1/18/13

L.A. garage-punk brats FIDLAR and Pangea will blow up Bottom of the Hill on January 18th with Oakland's Meat Market. Even though the show is all ages, you can probably expect to leave covered in "Cheap Beer": FIDLAR, an acronym for "Fuck It Dog, Life's a Risk", was started in 2009 by guitarist Zac Carper. Joined by Elvis Kuehn, Brandon Schwartzel, Max Kuehn, the band achieves unlikely West Coast pop hooks with a manic sense of raw youthfulness and the aggressively lethargic push-and-pull of a passively rebellious lifestyle. The band will release its self-titled debut EP on January 22nd via [...]

By |December 18, 2012|Tags: , , |

Ticket Giveaway: Those Darlins, Pangea, and Heavy Cream at Rickshaw Stop this Friday, 11/9/12

A massive dose of Nashville is rolling through the City this Friday night, as Those Darlins are playing a gig at Rickshaw Stop with fellow Music City, USA natives Heavy Cream. L.A.'s Pangea is also joining the fray for what should be an evening of raucous rock 'n' roll framed by snarling guitars, furiously bashed snares and cymbals, and haunting vocals that climb to screeching heights when the time is right. And guess what? We've got tickets. Yessir – the kind folks at Rickshaw Stop gave us a pair of tickets, and we're giving them away to one lucky reader. [...]

Review & Photos: Total Trash Halloween Bash, Day 3 @ Lobot Gallery, 10/28/12

In near total darkness, Coachwhips appeared magically not on the stage but on the dance floor near the exit. Singing through a blowpop and without a PA they managed to have better sound than anyone on the actual stage. Although Austin's Amplified Heat unofficially closed the evening, The Coachwhips certainly were the grand finale for my beer-soaked weekend. Sunday night at the Lobot Gallery, what could be sweeter? With cheap Tecate and Beam, it was truly the weekend that wouldn't die, and John Dwyer is officially my hero. I hadn't seen The Coachwhips before and I may never be the [...]

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