Review: The Porchsteps, The Mumlers, and Or, the Whale – Friday Sep 26, 2008, at the Starry Plough

Are you ready for Round 2 of Jake Butler checking out a show at the Starry Plough on behalf of The Bay Bridged? I sure as hell was last Friday and this train is leaving town, so jump on board! The night was very promising for the sheer fact that Or, the Whale was coming off a great set at Treasure Island Music Festival (note: for those of you who couldn’t make it, the festival was like Outside Lands minus all the bad parts). Toss in one part The Mumlers, and a generous spoonful of The Porchsteps and badabing badaboom [...]

Winter’s Fall: Winter’s Fall

"Indie? Narco-Country?" That's the question posed by Berkeley quartet Winter's Fall on their web site, and it's one that could be asked of a number of the bands dominating alternative music today. In recent years, groups like My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes have emerged as the spiritual successors to Neil Young and his CSN brethren, mixing reverb-saturated vocals and twangy guitars into music that's firmly rock-pop but with an introspective emotional core. From the moment you hear singer Peter Stanley's voice, it's apparent that Winter's Fall draws from this same lineage, but the band's first full [...]

By |September 29, 2008|Tags: , |

Review: Girls, Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, Port O’Brien

So maybe going to the Rickshaw Stop to catch the latest stop on the Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin/Port O'Brien tour wasn't the best way to beat the heat last Wednesday (5/14/08). It actually felt substantially hotter inside the club and no amount of cold, delicious Hunter's Point Porter seemed to help as we waited for show opener Girls, the much-blogged-about San Francisco duo of Christopher Owens and Chet JR White. Apparently Owens has also collaborated with Ariel Pink in the group Holy Shit, but there isn't much other information out there about this relatively new group. Still, World [...]

Morning Benders @ 330 Ritch — Oh very young. . .

More photos from this show can be seen at the bottom of the post. Shall we agree that the simple act of pairing the adjective "independent" to the noun "music" did signify, once upon a time, our righteous disavowal of wicked Big Music and all her sinister A&R retinue? Shall we say that it used to be so much more real and so much more independent, this indie rock music, back when it was truly about doing it yourself? No, we shan't. We shan't say that at all. "Independent music." Ha! Such fancies as these betray only the epithetical gravity [...]

Port O’Brien CD Review on KQED Interactive

For those of you who haven't noticed, about a month ago The Bay Bridged began a partnership with KQED Interactive. About twice a month we'll be writing up shows, CD Reviews, and other happenings in and around the bay area on their site. This week Emily reviews Port O'Brien's brand new album, All We Could Do Was Sing which came out this week: The opening track "I Woke Up Today" feels like a modern day "We Will Rock You," only with a much less forceful message -- the kind of tune that you and might sing (or yell) along to [...]

By |May 15, 2008|Tags: , |
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