Review + Photos: Live 105 Soundcheck Holiday Party

Panic is Perfect (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) In the midst of the holiday madness, Live 105's Soundcheck Holiday Party brought together a collection of some of the Bay Area's best indie-rock acts on Thursday, December 22, just days before Christmas. The night of music kicked off with Abbot Kinney, who had the crowd at The New Parish chanting to the chorus of "It's the middle of the night." A young but soulful band named The Blondies followed. Next, Panic Is Perfect played an impressively upbeat set whilst wearing warm festive holiday sweaters. The show came to a close with Oakland's own dreamy-synth duo Midi Matilda, who [...]

Abbot Kinney play Great American Music Hall this Saturday

Playing the renowned Great American Music Hall for the first time is a milestone that would make any local musician giddy. For singer-songwriter Jared Swanson, frontman of Abbot Kinney, it's a symbolic next step in his musical career. He explains to The Bay Bridged, "Long before moving to San Francisco, the spirit of the Great American Music Hall loomed. Its rich history dripped down to Los Angeles. In addition to being where Journey and Jerry Garcia's solo career debuted, it was designed by a French architect and was originally named after a notorious Barbary Coast house of prostitution. I've since seen a dozen shows [...]

Mixtape: San Francisco Songs for Summer Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Summer Songs (Podcast #365) Even though San Francisco's summers get an unfairly bad rap, that doesn't prevent us locals from enjoying many of the best parts of the season. Days at the beach, barbecues, road trips, street fairs and festivals: sure, you might need to carry a light sweater on some of your summer excursions, but the long days can't be beat for outdoor fun. With the solstice kicking off summer earlier this week, we've compiled this mixtape of songs for the season, collecting new and recent releases by San Francisco Bay Area bands that [...]

Live 105’s BFD 2015 lineup abounds with local independent acts

  Live 105 bills itself as "The Bay Area's Alternative," and the radio station is living up to this title with its BFD 2015 lineup, which was announced this morning. Headlined by indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse, Icelandic indie-folkers Of Monsters And Men, and indie-pop act Panic! At The Disco, and with main stage support from the likes of Cold War Kids and Atlas Genius, BFD 2015 will also feature a host of local independent bands playing three of the festival's four stages on June 6 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. That's right, this year's iteration of the alternative radio station's summer [...]

Best of the Rest – February 2015 (Six Organs of Admittance, bAd bAd, Panic Is Perfect, & more)

Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance (Photo Credit: Drag City) Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn't have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the [...]

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