Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Shamir, Thurston Moore and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the listed show and notified via email. Thursday, February 22 Lee Ann Womack, Eddie Berman @ The Chapel 9pm, $28, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, February 23 Thurston Moore, Heron Oblivion @ The Chapel 9pm, $25, all ages. Buy advance tickets [...]

By |February 21, 2018|Tags: , |

Noise Pop: A brief history of Shamir

(photo: Mathew Parri Thomas) From now until the start of Noise Pop, we'll be profiling some of our favorite artists playing the festival this year. Allow us to introduce you to Shamir, the unexpected, but now indispensable, pop star turning the established order of indie stardom on its head. “I don’t have much to offer you...but my soul, my heart, and everything I’ve been through,” Shamir confesses on “Games,” the opening track from his latest LP Revelations. As the 23-year-old genderqueer musician continues to battle his demons and move past the accidental success of his 2015 hit “On The Regular,” [...]

By |February 15, 2018|Tags: , |

Live This Month: February 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: February 2018 (Podcast #422) 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. This month's episode features a whole bunch of artists performing at the 26th annual Noise Pop Festival, which will be taking over local venues from February 19th through the 25th. There are so many great shows happening during Noise Pop 2018 that our picks barely scratch the surface, but enjoy new and recent music from Noise Pop performers Dick Stusso, Cuco, Sudan Archives, and Shamir. There are [...]

Review: Celebrating Mac DeMarco’s birthday with Shamir at the Swedish

I'm always the type to be ridiculously early to all shows or, well, ridiculously on time. Depending on the show, this could either be what everyone is doing, or I am just all alone at the show, with maybe 5 other people. On April 30, 2016, I was one of the first people in Swedish American Hall. Probably mainly due to the reason that it was 21 plus, which to me was strange, considering the fact that Shamir has barely turned 21. The fact that it was 21+ may explain why for the longest time I was one of the only [...]

By |May 2, 2016|Tags: |

A eulogy for the shoulders of the giant: Celebrating Prince through Shamir

When a musical icon passes away, it's as if a major institution crumbles. Prince held a vast wealth of cultural currency, and his death is akin to the Federal Reserve collapsing — you feel the absence of what you previously took for granted through the ripple effects of its departure. Prince mattered, and even up to the last second of his career, he never once leaned on his already existing legacy to retain his cultural clout. He was one of the last remaining musical legends, alongside David Bowie, who never ceased to experiment. Prince’s songwriting refused to age alongside a [...]

By |April 27, 2016|Tags: |

TIMF Interview: Shamir, the 20-year-old killing the game

There are many musicians and bands playing at Treasure Island Music Festival, and all of them are worth knowing, but Shamir is the one you need to keep an eye out for. The 20-year-old has been active for the last two years, with one album out on XL Recordings that has garnered nothing but acclaim. Shamir's solo project originally was meant to just be a side project to the punk band Anorexia, but after sending some demos to Nick Sylvester of Godmode Music, everything changed for Shamir. The Bay Bridged: So I hear you like Fefe Dobson? S: Um, Fefe Dobson is my everything, [...]

Mixtape: The Best New Bands from South by Southwest 2015

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/SXSW_2015_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: The Best New Bands from South by Southwest 2015 (Podcast #359) The early word on South by Southwest 2015 was that the music/technology/film conference and festival was scaling back this year, with a significant reduction in permitted events, fewer global mega-brands as sponsors, and less parties headlined by top mainstream acts. And while all of that was true, the week seemed to afford as many opportunities as ever to see a wide variety of emerging indie talent from around the world. If this is the scaled-down South By, then its future is safe for indie bands and [...]

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