What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 28 – 30

Friday, September 28 Hollie Cook @ The New Parish Sex Pistols progeny Hollie Cook brings her distinct brand of "tropical pop" to Oakland. Neighbor Lady, Tino Drima, Doncat @ Cafe du Nord Two of our favorite locals supprt Athens' lo-fi melodic rock project Neighbor Lady. Jessica Hopper + Carvell Wallace @ Green Apple Books on the Park Tonight, living female rock critic Jessica Hopper will be joined by Oakland writer Carvell Wallace for a talk on her new memoir, Night Moves. Parquet Courts @ The Ritz Miss them at the Fillmore last night? There's still time to catch a ride [...]

Parquet Courts bringing ‘Wide Awake’ tour to the Bay

(director: Claes Nordwall) Parquet Courts are making their way back to the West Coast on their Wide Awake tour, and are headlining the Fillmore on September 27 with support from Beijing "transnational blues" duo Gong Gong Gong. Their new album is a clever and cutting response to the modern political climate starting with the opening single "Total Football," where the central message is "collectivism and autonomy are not mutually exclusive." Steering away from nihilism, "Violence" and "Normalization," these post-punk art-rockers are spreading a message of love and compassion. After all, we could all use a little more "Tenderness." Produced by [...]

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Noise Pop: I was proven wrong about Parquet Courts on Friday at The New Parish

Parquet Courts (photo: Kristin Cofer) I’ve always been slightly hesitant to fully embrace the art-rock of Brooklyn-quartet Parquet Courts. Co-vocalists Austin Brown and Andrew Savage have sharp tongues but dull targets, and their air of disaffection can feel mockingly careless, as if to prove to themselves that they have nothing to prove. Which is a shame, because it’s apparent that these guys are serious about their craft — their songs are full of striking guitar tricks and endless momentum. It’s the kind of music I should love, but just haven't been able to. The band doesn’t seem to want you to [...]

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Giveaway: Parquet Courts at The Independent

Brooklyn-based post-punk band, Parquet Courts, are headlining The Independent on May 27th. While it's commonly reported that their upcoming LP, Sunbathing Animal, will be the band's third release, it's in fact their fourth. After forming in 2010, the band released their debut album, American Specialties, a year later. Put out on cassette via Play Pinball Records, the debut seems forgotten. Instead, 2013's Light Up Gold took the spot in most people's mind of debut album. Confused? Read the band's blunt blog post on the matter. Light Up Gold was a steady blast of post-punk done right. An album to listen to [...]

Review & Photos: Parquet Courts, White Fence, CCR Headcleaner @ Great American Music Hall, 1/16/14

Photos by: Ryan McDonald Last night's sold-out Parquet Courts/White Fence show at Great American Music Hall is the kind of lineup that builds great expectations. And yet, throughout the sometimes plodding, sometimes exciting show, neither band seemed to be able to harness much of the high-level artistry that pushes great bands beyond the acceptable ordinary. Opener CCR Headcleaner might have come closest despite playing for a room filled to 10% of its capacity. Knowing little about the band before the show (except seeing their name frequently plastered on show flyers across the Bay Area), CCR threw down some serious sludge [...]

Giveaway: Parquet Courts at the Great American Music Hall

Parquet Courts just released the Tally All The Things That You Broke EP a few months ago, and I'm hoping they play it in full at the Great American on January 16. Mainly because I want to hear "He's Seein' Paths," which features lead man Andrew Savage's eight-minute meandering rap written from the point of view of a weed bicycle delivery guy in NYC. I kinda doubt they're gonna play it, but you never know. Want to go and find out for yourself? Email your full name as well as your favorite snack to eat when you're stoned and starving [...]

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Live This Month: January 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #324)

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_January_2014.mp3 Download: Live This Month: January 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #324) 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. As we mentioned several podcasts ago, The Magik*Magik Orchestra has been adding welcome orchestral layers to local indie artists' works for years. The orchestra's five years of work is being celebrated with a special concert at the Fox Theater this month, where they'll be joined by a bevy of great acts, including past collaborators How to Dress [...]

Review/Photos: Parquet Courts, Cocktails, Pang @ Rickshaw Stop, 6/7/13

Rickshaw Stop packed in a full house on Friday night, cutting off the line just as I was able to weasel my way into the madness. I suspect almost everyone was there for Parquet Courts, who, for the most part, lived up to the hype. Local openers Pang hit the stage just after 9:30, performing a brief set of punk-infused garage rock songs. The all-female quartet actually sounded a bit like Wax Idols, only much more passive. The frontwoman, who played rhythm guitar, keyboard, and vocals, announced "this is our last show," so who knows if we will be hearing [...]

Parquet Courts playing two Bay Area shows this weekend

(Photo: Ben Rayner) Brooklyn-via-Texas post-punk rockers Parquet Courts will headline two shows in the Bay Area this week as part of a U.S. tour flanked between two Texas festivals, Chaos in Tejas and Austin City Limits. The band will perform with San Francisco's Cocktails and Pang on June 7 at Rickshaw Stop, and with Pure Bliss and Meat Market for an afternoon show on Sunday, June 9 at 1-2-3-4-Go! Records in Oakland. The young four-piece released its acclaimed proper debut LP, Light Up Gold, last year. As the follow-up to the overlooked cassette release American Specialties, Light Up Gold matches [...]

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302)

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302) As discussed earlier today, we saw a ton of great bands at South by Southwest 2013. Here are fifteen SXSW discoveries from a number of genres. As you'll see, the first half of the mix (Side A, if you will) includes some of our favorite rock, punk and psych highlights from SXSW. The second half, by contrast, is all about electronic pop. We'd previously covered a few of these acts before, but we'll be watching all of them closely in the future. For more about these bands and all of [...]

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