Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2015_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music (Podcast #377) At The Bay Bridged, we always bristle a little at the prospect of attempting to sum up a full year of the local independent music scene in a single retrospective podcast mixtape. Such a challenge is especially difficult in a place like the Bay Area, where year in, year out, a wide variety of talented local musicians release compelling and impressive albums, a great many of which gain acclaim well beyond the Bay's borders. Instead of trying to identify some objective list of the "ten best" [...]

Live This Month: July 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_July_2015.mp3 Download: Live This Month: July 2015 (Podcast #366) 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. While the returns of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall to SF this month are certainly cause for excitement, one former local we're especially psyched to see is Tamaryn, previewing songs from next month's Cranekiss over at the Rickshaw Stop. While the artist's first two LPs found her voice floating amidst atmospheric waves of guitar, her new album incorporates elements of dance-pop as well, and finds [...]

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 [...]

POW! announces new LP, out on April 6th

San Francisco local synth punk band POW! is back with a sophomore LP Fight Fire out on Castle Face Records on April 6th. The group emerged in early 2014 with Hi Tech Boom, a debut that received acclaim for being a timely think piece on San Francisco’s socio-economic climate. Since then, POW! has transformed from a trio to a four piece. The album’s press release, written by Castle Face label owner, Thee Oh Sees frontman, and outspoken tech-boom opposer John Dwyer, reads like a 21st century Kerouac rant. Capturing the future-punk vibe of the album’s debut single “Liquid Daydream”, Dwyer [...]

By |February 17, 2015|Tags: |

Editors’ Picks: What We’ve Been Listening to This Week (Alcest, POW!, Robyn)

Ben: Now that I like Alcest, that means they're no longer a metal band, right? If it's any consolation to the metalheads who feel burned by the French band's wholehearted embrace of anthemic shoegaze and post-rock, I'll note that Shelter actually convinced to look backward into the band's catalog, which I'm also now digging. Shelter sounds lush and beautiful, but it's neither formless nor boring, which is the most common pitfall for me with even some of the more celebrated shoegaze acts. Please tour the States soon! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADIEAW65H5o Jason: To be completely honest, I'm more than a little bored by [...]

By |January 31, 2014|Tags: , , |

Video: POW! – "Hi-Tech Boom"

Hannah Lew directed this clip for "Hi-Tech Boom," the title track from POW!'s debut LP. The record's out now on Castle Face Records, and the band is performing tonight at the Make-Out Room with Warm White and Mane. http://vimeo.com/83528732

By |January 23, 2014|Tags: |

A special night with Warm Soda, The Herms & Pow!

Months after John Dwyer and friends at Castle Face Records reintroduced The Herms to a new decade of listeners with the LP Drop Out Vol. 1, a collection of the band's forgotten demos and tracks, the bedroom project is emerging once again to play a show at Bottom of the Hill on December 17. Originally born in Berkeley and now based in Los Angeles, the band is powered by the vocals and songwriting prowess of Matthew Lutz, who founded the project in the mid-2000s with a distinctive pop sound that's equally scuzzy and fuzzy. Joining The Herms will be San Francisco-based [...]

By |December 13, 2013|Tags: , , |

Taking Stock of December: A dozen of our favorite songs from the blog last month

It can be extremely difficult to keep track of all of the new music that's constantly floating around the Internet. Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are a dozen new tracks that were posted on TheBayBridged.com in December, with links below to download each of them individually. The Bay Bridged - Best of the Blog December 2011 Mixtape Tracklisting: 1. Terry Malts - "Tumble Down" 2. Cruel Summer - "White Flag" 3. POW! - "Cyberattack!!" 4. Poor Sons - "Scales" 5. Royal [...]

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