Before SF show this weekend, unearthing Planning for Burial

Words by Jordan Martich After spending his 20s in New Jersey, Planning for Burial’s Thom Wasluck came home to Pennsylvania. There, he found himself drinking heavily and newly uncomfortable in a place he'd once called home. “I felt like I tried for this record to be more about aggression and people are more affected by the sadness,” he says of his latest effort, Below the House. “I've been thinking about lately how that sadness becomes an underlying aggression in people and they just don't know what to do.” Wasluck, the solitary force behind experimental-heavy project Planning for Burial, unleashed his [...]

Live This Month: May 2017 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: May 2017 (Podcast #405) 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. There's something for everyone in this podcast episode. Like garage rock? Check out locals Control Freaks and Trash Vampires making their podcast debuts. Dig heavy psych? We've got songs from Oakland's Mondo Drag and San Diego's Sacri Monti. If you're more into indie-pop, though, be sure to check out the soulful folk-pop of the Bay's Cave Clove as well as recent transplant Max Gardener and the [...]

King Woman to embark on West Coast tour with Flenser labelmates Sannhet

This weekend, The Flenser-curated tour featuring Sannhet, King Woman, and Planning for Burial kicks off in Portland. The label is home to a fleet of dark, introspective bands and solo acts, who often navigate experimental or even 'arty' waters. All three bands on this tour play music that utilizes thick distortion and its inherent textures as a medium for meditation, bands whose live shows feel like a calm evisceration. Sannhet back their heavy textures with blast beats and rapid, stop/start drum fills, while King Woman use repetitive, droning guitar riffs and crushing break downs to highlight Kristina's raspy, almost spiritual vocals. All three [...]

Wreck and Reference tours Northern California with Planning For Burial

Sacramento/LA duo Wreck and Reference are playing four Northern California shows to close out September, including a gig on Sunday 22 at Ouija Club in San Francisco with Oakland bands Swamp Witch and Alamoon. (Note that this is an early show, which will start around 6pm and end before 10, with Wreck and Reference likely playing around 7.) The gigs coincide with a Planning For Burial tour, and the New Jersey band is scheduled to join Wreck and Reference for all four shows. The first set takes place this Friday at Third Space in Davis, where Wreck and Reference drummer [...]

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