Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Music Festivals

This episode first appeared on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Festivals_2017_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Music Festivals (Podcast #407) Music festival season unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the latest installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival attracting 120,000 attendees for three days of food, wine, and over 80 bands ranging from the Foo Fighters to the Napa Youth Symphony. The number and types of music fests has grown considerably in recent years -- among this year's new offerings are not one, but two new music and comedy weekends coming to the Bay in June -- surely to the dismay of [...]

The Mantles blast off with Rocketship, Boyracer, and The Softies at Rickshaw Stop

The second day of San Francisco Popfest, much like most of the 4-day series of concerts throughout the city, was a '90s indie pop enthusiast's wet dream. As a person who lived out their first two years of college on a steady diet of sad '90s college rock, shoegaze and twee, I (like many others) was thrilled to hear that The Softies, Boyracer, and Rocketship would be joining The Mantles to play a Slumberland Records dominated show at the Rickshaw Stop. The Softies, frazzled from traveling woes, graced the stage first. Only 15 minutes earlier did I see Softies guitarist [...]

Mixtape: What You Need to Know About SF’s Summer Music Festivals

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Summer_Festivals_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: What You Need to Know About SF's Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #338) Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! Text by Zack Frederick In 2014, there’s been more controversy about the gentrification of San Francisco than any other city in America. Similarly, anyone who looks beyond the success of well-known Bay Area festivals like Outside Lands will find an emotional debate about the city’s ability to foster a healthy, independent music scene rumbling just below the surface. And yet, mid-to-small sized, do-it-yourself festivals continue to flourish in SF and the larger Bay Area. While mega-festivals enjoy lucrative corporate [...]

SF Popfest announces 2014 lineup

San Francisco Popfest (the little indie music festival that could) will take place once again this year from May 22nd through the 25th. Check out the recently-announced lineup at SF Popfest and keep your eyes peeled for ticket information! This year's lineup includes a variety of great bands, such as Dressy Bessy, Dreamdate, Swiftumz, the Mantles, Terry Malts, and many more. To help you get prepped, the festival organizers have put together a YouTube playlist.

By |March 25, 2014|Tags: |

SF Popfest 2013 is happening this weekend

This weekend is the latest installment of SF Popfest, the somewhat intermittent, but pretty much yearly, festival inspired by the sounds of the jangly, dreamy, and shoegazy pop ethos spawned from mid-eighties UK labels like Postcard, Sarah, and Creation. A ragtag lil’ festival that could, SF Popfest is the grassroots, punk house party alternative to the Noise Pops and the Coachellas, organized and curated by musicians and music nerds, essentially. People who have nothing else to gain other than putting on shows that they themselves would want to go to, and hope you will too -- and usually at the [...]

By |May 24, 2013|Tags: |

Looking back at SF Popfest 2012: a collection of photos, videos and highlights, including Seapony, BOAT, Manatee, Surf Club and more

Video by Claude Cardenas SF Popfest returned for a fourth year and packed 13 bands and 10 DJs into two venues for a memorable Memorial Day Weekend. Below, check out a ton of videos, photos and highlights from one of our favorite annual events. I arrived late to the first night at their website, they will be returning to the Hemlock in July, but it hasn't been confirmed on the venue's calendar. Keep an eye out for them. Seattle’s BOAT channeled Pavement and rightly so love The Clean. Here they are playing an original number followed by a cover of [...]

Interview: Surf Club to bring their landlocked surf rock to SF for Popfest

Surf Club may be from Stockton, but that doesn't mean they've got the Land Locked Blues. On the contrary, their sound is pretty light and breezy summer pop, with — as you might have guessed — plenty of surf rock sounds mixed in. And as it turns out, their sound is still very much shaped by their hometown, even though it's miles and miles from the coast. Young Love EP by Surf Club I talked with Surf Club singer/guitarist Frankie Soto about wanting to escape Stockton, his favorite SF venues, and how 60s girl groups helped shape his sound. Check [...]

By |May 22, 2012|Tags: , |

Mixtape: SF Popfest 2012 is one week away!

SF Popfest returns for a fourth year for indie music lovers with a sweet tooth. This year’s festival spans three days and two venues, featuring 13 bands and three ten DJs for what should be a very confectionery Memorial Day weekend. Standouts include Kids on a Crime Spree, Cruel Summer, Manatee, Desario, and Black Elephant (just to name a handful), while the kids from Shine-on will take Saturday into the wee hours of Sunday morning with an indie pop dance party. Check out the full schedule and get your tickets here, but first, listen to this mix made by Jamie [...]

San Diego's TV Girl coming to San Francisco Pop Fest 2012

San Francisco Pop Fest 2012 is gearing up for this year's Memorial Day Weekend festivities (May 25-27) with 14 bands playing over three nights at the Hemlock Tavern and the Knockout. Looks like a pretty good time with a solid lineup. San Diego indie pop duo TV Girl will be making the trip up and you can download their new mixtape The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle via Stereogum (zip file). Full lineup for the festival: THE BILINDA BUTCHERS * BLACK ELEPHANT * BOAT * ALLEN CLAPP AND HIS ORCESTRA * CRUEL SUMMER * DEAD ANGLE * DESARIO* KIDS [...]

Videos: Dominant Legs, The Mantles, more from SF Popfest 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8h1iADMogg&feature=youtu.be DIY filmmaker/music fan Claude Cardenas, whose work aggregates under the moniker Popsongromance, did an extensive video capture of this year's SF Popfest. Posted to the YouTube channel are songs performed during soundchecks across this year's festival, from the low-lit stage of the Hemlock, where he managed to capture Eternal Summers and The Beets (below) as well as nights at the Rickshaw, including the Mantles' set (above). Hats off to Popsongromance! See his photo set on Flickr. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJUeW6oSXwE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak90snQ-9bE&feature=related

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