Tabernacle – “Bury a Tooth/Let Me Be”

Oakland's Tabernacle is a project fronted by Oakland's Andrew Simmons that rarely plays shows and just releases music whenever Simmons feels like it. There's plenty of bands around town that release music like this that normally wouldn't capture our attention. But there aren't many bands like this that are this damn...good. Tabernacle has a sound that doesn't quite sound like much I've heard before: at times I get the feeling like I'm in the middle of one of those epic James McMurty tales except it's set in a California soundscape, and I appreciate that. Simmons, who fronted local band Sands [...]

By |March 10, 2015|Tags: , |

Tabernacle releases new EP 'Three' as free download

Tabernacle, the side project of Sands guitarist Andrew Simmons, is an outlet we haven't heard much from since its 2009 debut, Word, Pioneer. A few days ago, however, the Bandcamp page came alive with a trio of new songs titled, appropriately, Three. Have a listen below and download it for free. Three by Tabernacle Between this project and Sands, it's acceptable to think selfishly and wish Simmons' outlets produced more material and appeared live more often. But wishing should be the extent of it. Surprises like Three wouldn't really be surprises if they surfaced consistently. Thanks for the music, Andrew!

By |April 6, 2012|Tags: , |

Photos: Two Sheds, Sands @ Amnesia 1/27/12

Last Friday, friends gathered at Amnesia for a rare performance from Sacramento's husband-and-wife duo Two Sheds, who pulled together a full band including Sea of Bees guitarist/vocalist Amber and Chris Larsen, a Sacramento musician (founder of Buildings Breeding), who successfully met his fundraising goal to release his first solo recording under the moniker Flowerss. Two Sheds opened for local pysch-folk band Sands, who invited Caitlyn Gutenberger of Two Sheds up on stage for a number. [nggallery id= 120127_sands]

By |January 31, 2012|Tags: , |

Sands, Two Sheds play early Amnesia show this Friday

This Friday, January 27th, Sacramento folk band Two Sheds will open an early show for Sands at Amnesia (6pm, $5-7). Two Sheds' most recent release was 2008's EP, but we're happy to share the group is in fact working on new material. "We're going to be playing new tunes," says the band of Friday's show. "As far as 2012, we plan on releasing a new record at some point, but no official release date just yet." Look for the two bands to share the stage too, as the Sheds' Caitlin Gutenberger is lending some harmonies for Sands' forthcoming studio effort. [...]

By |January 25, 2012|Tags: , |

Recommended, 8/16-8/21: Wooden Shjips, Sea of Bees/Chloe Makes Music, Dark Nights Family Jam, Fuzzfest

Every week, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Wooden Shjips' West Coast pre-West tour Wooden Shjips' West Coast tour with Night Beats hits Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, August 18th (9:30pm, Free with RSVP). The Shjips' latest collection of psych-rock jams, titled West, comes out in September. Wooden Shjips – "Lazy Bones" Night Beats - "Dial 666" Sea of Bees and Chloe Makes Music [...]

Five non-Outside Lands ways to see music this weekend

While many tens of thousands will be spending their weekends in Golden Gate Park, if you aren't planning on attending Outside Lands, that doesn't mean you're out of luck on the live music front. Below, five ways to check out local music this weekend. Total Trash Fest 3 continues this week with a series of shows in spaces around Oakland, with names like The Wrong Words, Spencey Dude and The Doodles, and The Mantles offering plenty of great local representation. Joining them at various shows are King Tuff, Audacity, and San Diego garage poppers Christmas Island. Check out the full [...]

Sands announce ‘Sea of Trees’ EP, bicoastal tourdates and a video by Danny Perez (Black Dice, Animal Collective)

Quietly but surely, Sands (formerly Dame Satan) has been building up a comeback since they premiered the first song from their 4-song EP Sea of Trees, now available. They commissioned a music video by the notably talented Danny Perez for the song "Signs" - Perez, the talent behind the projections at many Animal Collective shows, sure made the video a trip! Sands will be hitting the road in August, paying a visit to the East Coast for a few shows. Back in the Bay Area mid-August, they play Bottom of the Hill August 12 with Califone and Yesway (members of [...]

By |July 27, 2011|Tags: |

Song Premiere: Sands – “Fares and Tolls”

Sands returns with the new track "Fares and Tolls" -- featuring the otherwordly backing vocals of Two Sheds' Caitlin Gutenberger -- one of four songs recorded for an upcoming EP. Sands couldn't be a better pick for the local opener on Friday's Wye Oak and Callers show at Bottom of the Hill (8:30pm, $12). The three-piece calls upon folk and country's dark, trance-like elements and tops them off with fine studio adjustments, as it sounds from what Sands shares about recording "Fares and Tolls" below: One of a handful Sands recorded at The Hangar in Sacramento over the course of [...]

By |March 23, 2011|Tags: |

Saturday, July 3rd: 5th Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest

The Big Time Freedom Fest returns for its fifth year at El Rio this Saturday, July 3rd, presented by Hippies Are Dead. In lieu of the more traditional patriotic party, this particular Freedom Fest celebrates a variety of local and out-of-town bands, the (hopefully) warm holiday weekend and El Rio's excellent back patio. This year's lineup is as follows: Sands (formerly Dame Satan; with Neil John Thompson from Low Red Land) Finn Riggins (from Idaho) Slow Trucks With Child & Neil John Thompson (opening acoustic sets) Sands - "Dawn and Delta" Finn Riggins - "Hraka" Doors open at 9:00 pm, [...]

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