Live This Month: January 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts Download: Live This Month: January 2018 (Podcast #420) 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. With the start of the new year come new releases by local musicians, and this mix features new songs from Santa Rosa punks Brown Bags and the old school country-influenced sounds of Laura Benitez and the Heartache, as well as Sacramento post-punk band Screature. We've also included great new-to-the-podcast songs from records Madeline Tasquin and GLO released last year. January also provides opportunities to check out [...]

Mixtape: San Francisco post-punk, electronic and industrial sounds Download: Mixtape: Gloomy and Intense: Local Post-Punk, Electronic, and Industrial Sounds (Podcast #381) It's not all sunshine in the Bay Area, and our music scene isn't all upbeat indie pop and garage rock. On the darker end of the spectrum, there are bands more influenced by Siouxsie and Bauhaus than by surfing and beaches. For local musicians in the related constellations of post-punk, dark wave, and industrial music, a sharp sense of mood and atmosphere adds an emotionally powerful layer to compelling songwriting. There's a feeling to each of these songs that is raw, often visceral. That's not to [...]

Giveaway: Win tickets to the first annual Oakland Echo

Oakland Echo may be a first-year fest, but it's already packing heat. Three nights, two Oakland venues, and an absurd number of psych bands, including headliners Lumerians on October 24 at The New Parish, Dead Meadow on October 25 at Leo's Music Club, and Cosmonauts on top of a day-long bill on October 26, also at Leo's. We're giving away a pair of tickets to each night of Oakland Echo. Send an email to with the show you want to attend in the subject line and your full name in the body. A winner will be chosen at random and notified by [...]

Bronze announce sophomore LP ‘World Arena,’ record release at the Eagle Tavern

San Francisco’s Bronze have announced their sophomore album World Arena on Not Not Fun Records. A smorgasbord of psychedelic, electronic influences the band plays their record release show at the Eagle Tavern on February 13. Joining them are local acts Sam Flax, Woman and Sacramento’s Screature. Recorded in San Francisco and mastered in Amsterdam, World Arena is the second LP for Bronze. Varying wildly in sound, the album features trance-like, electronic beats to post-punk bass heavy mediations. Listening to World Arena is kind of like taking a psychedelic journey through a multitude of influences. Take a moment to stream the album over [...]

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Review & Photos: Chelsea Wolfe @ Great American Music Hall

Photos by Zack Frederick The Great American Music Hall sold out last night, right around the time Dallas trio True Widow started playing at 9:15pm. Following an opening set from Screature, the sludgy shoegaze band performed songs from its new Circumambulation LP. Nicole Estill's heavy, droning bass lulled listeners into a subdued state, while Dan Philips frequently swapped out his electric guitars between songs. He even had to stop in the middle of the fourth song for another guitar change. "I got the wrong guitar!" Philips informed the sold out crowd. "I knew I would fuck up. I [...]

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