Soft Metals to play Rickshaw Stop on tour in support of new LP

(Photo: Suzy Poling) LA synth-pop duo Soft Metals will be touring the West Coast next month in support of their sophomore LP release, and the tour includes a gig at Rickshaw Stop on July 24. The new album, titled Lenses, is out July 16 on Captured Tracks, and the duo recently shared the second single from the album. "In the Air" is easily one of their most danceable tracks to date, while lead single "Tell Me" is perhaps their finest. According to Pitchfork, "In the Air" features drum programming from Optimo's JD Twitch. Stream both singles below. Striking a balance [...]

Review & Photos: Rainbow Arabia, Spoek Mathambo @ Mighty 3/8/11

Mighty, Potrero’s hidden gem, is fast becoming one of my favorite venues in town (at least as far as those who regularly feature artists with tectonic rattling beats are concerned). The club is medium-sized, but packed to the gills with speakers. Not just the big blaring variety but well-placed specialized ones that fill in all the gaps. You feel a bit outnumbered. An audiophile’s dream. It’s hard and not particularly fair to try to label Johannesburg’s Spoek Mathambo. Though his recorded music jumps from Kalashnikov-clutching songs like “Mshini Wam” to the hypnotic Reznor meets Deadmau5 of “War on Words,” - [...]

Review/Photos: Lazer Sword, Rainbow Arabia, Religious Girls, Sister Crayon @ The Rickshaw Stop 8/26

Sacramento quartet Sister Crayon, opened the show, led by singer Terra Lopez, who used vocal effects so well they functioned as another instrument. Sister Crayon play well crafted songs that are passionately textural. Lopez is backed by a keyboardist who also knocks outs out very impressive beats live on an MPC, another keyboardist who also plays guitar, and a drummer.  Sometimes the bass coming from the keys was so deep my vision literally was vibrating. Sister Crayon is raising money to buy a van to tour in, so if you feel like opening your pockets to help a very talented [...]

Live This Month: July 2009 (Podcast #171)

[podcast][/podcast] Every month, we dedicate a week of our podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got a dozen great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music! Subscribe to The Bay Bridged's podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: French Miami ("Multi-Caliber Rifles") headline Regional Bias, our first fundraiser, which also features performances by the also-amazing Adam Stephens and the Finite Plain, Or, the Whale, and Leopold and his Fiction. The [...]

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