Live This Month: September 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: September 2014 (Podcast #345) 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. If you dig back-to-basics noise pop -- the kind of indie rock that's propelled by great hooks, not trends and hype -- you're in luck this month. Scottish trio PAWS just released Youth Culture Forever, and the band's tight songs are matched by a live ferocity. Another trio crafting explosive, 90s-influenced rock is Slothrust; the Brooklyn band's Of Course You Do arrived earlier this year. As [...]

PAWS release new album, support We Are Scientists at The Independent tonight

Glasgow pop-punk trio PAWS have just released their sophomore album Youth Culture Forever yesterday, May 6, via FatCat Records. The boys are currently touring with We Are Scientists, and will open for the New York-via-Berkeley dance-rock duo at The Independent tonight. The Bay Bridged's own Roman Gokhman recently caught up with We Are Scientists to discuss their new album and latest sci-fi adventures. PAWS is guitarist Philip Taylor, bassist Ryan Drever, and drummer Josh Swinney. If you missed their wild San Francisco debut at last November's Professional Fans curated showcase at Cafe Du Nord, tonight's double bill is a great [...]

By |May 7, 2014|Tags: |

PAWS announce sophomore album, drop “Tongues” video

Irreverent Glasgow natives PAWS are back again after their 2011 debut Cokefloats!  Teasing us until Youth Culture Forever is released on May 6 via FatCat Records is a music video for single "Tongues". To answer both of your questions: yes, it's aptly named and yes, the entirety of the thing is two girls exchanging a lot of saliva. In the background PAWS continues the '90s slacker revivalism with heart-on-sleeve lyrics: "Do you think that we could have tried a little harder/I know that I should have tried a little harder.../sometimes we were forced to accept defeat." They'll be causing havoc with We [...]

By |March 5, 2014|Tags: |

Editors’ Picks: What We’ve Been Listening to This Week: PAWS, Owls, Fronds

Anna: I am so incredibly behind on everything. I finally got around to listening to Jonah Raydio after the podcast had already been around for a year. In one of the first episodes, he played "Jellyfish" by PAWS, and I became obsessed with Cokefloat!, on which "Jellyfish" resides. I then realized that this album has been out since October 2012. Well, better late than never. This album is totally addictive and thrilling - a rollicking throwback to the 90s. I adore it.   Nicole: Midwest emo fans everywhere cheered in unison on Monday when Owls shared their first [...]

By |January 10, 2014|Tags: , , |

PAWS, Surf Club, Tiaras play Pro Fans show @ Cafe Du Nord

Professional Fans return to Cafe Du Nord tonight with another exciting indie rock line up featuring PAWS, Surf Club, and Tiaras. Making their San Francisco debut, Glasgow-based trio PAWS (Phillip Taylor, Josh Swinney, Matthew Scott) will headline the Monday night show. Their lyrically-charged pop/rock album Cokefloat! was released last year on FatCat Records. Stream two tracks from that release below, and be sure not to miss tonight's rare West Coast performance from this fast-rising UK band. Stockton-based Phono del Sol veterans Surf Club will also be performing tonight. The Craft Spells-affiliated, shoegaze-oriented band led by Frankie Soto recently put out [...]

By |November 25, 2013|Tags: , , |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Kate Nash, Balkan Beat Box, Surf Club

To enter any contest, email with the name of the band and date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. November 21, 2013 The New Thoreaus, Ghost Lore @ The Lost Church 8pm, $10, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. November 22, 2013 Balkan Beat Box @ The Regency Ballroom 8:30pm, $25, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. November 22, 2013 Kate Nash, Emmy the Great, The Aquadolls @ The Fillmore 9pm, [...]

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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