Van Pierszalowski of Port O’Brien returns with WATERS

WATERS - "O Holy Break Of Day" Following the dissolution of beloved SF rock band Port O'Brien last year, Van Pierszalowski moved to Oslo, Norway, before spending time visiting Alaska, California, and New York. All of that traveling helped inspire him to write a batch of songs for a new project Pierszalowski is calling WATERS. WATERS - "For the One" As you can hear in the songs above, there's a more decidedly rock and roll vibe to WATERS than Port O'Brien had. WATERS performs at The Independent with Mister Heavenly on August 22nd, and the band's debut album, Out in [...]

By |August 9, 2011|Tags: , |

Weekend Mix: 5/13-17

Thursday: Tempo No Tempo, Fake Drugs, Cosmonauts, Starfucker (DJ Set), oOOoO (DJ Set), Bye Bye Blackbird (DJ Set) (9pm, $5) Tempo No Tempo - "Kilometer" Friday: Lucky Dragons, Eats Tapes @ UC Berkeley Art Museum (7:30pm, $5, more info) Eats Tapes - Oh Yes You Didn't (unmastered quick edit) by eatstapes Saturday: Tortured Genies, Gravid Wives, The Lambs, Sean Smith & the Present Moment @ Amnesia (9pm, $5) The Lambs - "In the Streets" Sunday: Port O'Brien @ Artaud/Z-Space (4pm, free with ticket) Port O'Brien - "Oslo Campfire" Monday: Meta, Stirling Says, Burnt Thumbs [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: DAWN with Fool’s Gold, Port O’Brien, Francis and the Lights

Saturday, May 15th - DAWN with Fool's Gold @ California Academy of Science Fool's Gold - "Surprise Hotel" DAWN 2010 is a late-night cultural arts festival in celebration of the Jewish holiday Shavuot. This eclectic line-up includes a live performance by Fool's Gold, as well as conversations with Sandra Bernhard and Gary Shteyngart, author of internationally acclaimed novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan. To enter send an email to with your full name and the phrase "I want to go to DAWN 2010!". The FIFTH entry will win a pair of tickets to the event. The [...]

Pick up a free ticket to Dodos, Port O’Brien with a cup of Joe

So, the Coffee Shop Series could possibly be our favorite mobile company-independent music partnership yet. Verizon teamed up with local coffee shops to provide free appearances of tip-top Bay Area bands: Port O'Brien next Sunday, and The Dodos this Saturday. There's a catch: free tickets will only be available during windows at select coffee shops, and no other form of admission will be granted at either event. See the nitty gritty below: The Dodos at Victoria Theater Saturday, May 7, 4pm Free ticket pickup: Four Barrel Coffee (375 Valencia) Thurs May 6th - 9am-2pm Fri May 7th - 9am-2pm Sat [...]

Media Monday: The Heated, Rogue Wave, Amp Live, locals on Daytrotter

The Heated (aka Cristina Espinosa) has focused her DIY spirit and embarked on the Twelve Songs Project, a project that involves recording and releasing one song at a time for every month of 2010. Her classic, bluesy Liz Phair style is well-represented in "Cars Roll Down," the first song of this project that will be available for free download until the end of February. Subsequently, February's song will be available for all of March, March's song for all of April, etc. Listen to and download the songs from the Twelve Songs Project, and check out the video for "Cars Roll [...]

Port O’Brien tour with Portugal. The Man, Haiti benefit EP

Yesterday Port O'Brien released the Pan American Sessions EP, recorded with Jason Quever (Papercuts) in his Pan American Recording Studio. All sales will be donated to Doctors Without Borders for their efforts in Haiti earthquake relief, and the EP is for sale on their website and MySpace for $4. The EP includes alternate versions of four Threadbare songs. Port O'Brien's US tour dates with the soul-psych Alaskans Portugal. The Man are after the jump: US TOUR WITH PORTUGAL. THE MAN: 2/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater 2/26 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 2/27 St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle/ Washington [...]

By |January 21, 2010|Tags: |

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 1)

The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year. A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of [...]

Grand Lake covers Silver Jews and includes Port O’Brien on new EP

It's hard to fight the urge of covering the Silver Jews, and many do falter -- like Little Wings at Outlerlands Cafe, the night that almost didn't end due to Field's surprising thrill in covering Silver Jews and Grandaddy. Grand Lake has also fallen victim to the temptation. They've included a cover of "Slow Education" on their four-track EP out next Tuesday (preorders available on MySpace) and paired it with a fantasticly abstract video (above). Half of the EP is made up of covers, which also reveals a retired Port O'Brien track, "Pigeonhold." Caleb's rationale is rooted in his "stint" [...]

A Welcome Homecoming: Port O’Brien, Geographer, Golden Gram, 11/5 @ Bottom of the Hill

Photos by: Charlie Homo It's been a long seven weeks for Port O'Brien. They've been on tour all over the country, had their van broken into, and had some equipment stolen. Well, they are finally back in town and you could tell how glad they are to be home. "Golden Gram" LeBron got up first and gave us a tasty treat as the crowd began filling the venue. As is the case with most early crowds, people seemed a bit more preoccupied with catching up and getting a beer than listening to the first act. Gram played mostly songs off [...]

Port O’Brien: back in Northern California this week

Port O'Brien - "My Will Is Good" Port O'Brien cap off their North American touring with three Northern California dates this weekend, a victory lap of sorts to celebrate the group's great new album Threadbare. Did you download our New, Improved, LIVE session with the band? Port O'Brien - "Oslo Campfire" (New, Improved, LIVE session) Thursday, they'll be at Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $12), with Geographer and Golden Gram, the solo project of POB touring member Gram LeBron (formerly of Rogue Wave). LeBron recently put out Master of None, his second solo album, on Cedar [...]

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