Valentine’s Day 2020: Our favorite love and anti-love songs

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Another day to celebrate your love or perhaps another day to realize you’re single. Despite your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, we can probably all admit that there is a lot of music celebrating the glory and heartbreak of love. To commemorate, we here at the Bay Bridged collected our staff’s favorite love songs, along with their favorite anti-love songs to make sure everyone receives whatever they need this February 14th. Love Songs "Heat of the Moment" by Asia This probably isn't high on a lot of lists about love songs, or lists in general. Sadly, the [...]

We paired our favorite local bands with astrological signs

Whether you believe in astrology or not, each zodiac symbol is known for birthing a different personality. Similarly to that of astrology, we’ve noticed a personality with each Bay Area band that comes across our desk. Read on to figure out what zodiac sign your favorite Bay Area talents are most like. Aries: Culture Abuse Aries are known for their courage, leadership, and being the life of any party. For that reason, punk rock band Culture Abuse is the perfect choice for the first sign. Their punk rock is engaging and fierce, they are unafraid to try new things and [...]

Band Art with Cody Blanchard

“I like surreal art that doesn’t take itself too seriously,” says Cody Blanchard as we discuss the vaguely disturbing but wonderfully intriguing images from books like Shel Silverstein’s Falling Up or Grimm’s fairy tales. Blanchard mentions the work of Hieronymus Bosch. “I like that dark and silly and surreal work....the idea from Dadaism: taking really ordinary, everyday objects and mixing them together in surreal ways.” Blanchard, the well-known guitarist and vocalist for Oakland’s beloved Shannon and the Clams, creates art in many realms outside of his Clams stardom. In addition to his solo music career as King Lollipop and just [...]

Shannon and the Clams hit the road with Greta Van Fleet, the Black Keys

Oakland’s prized set of dreamboats, Shannon and the Clams, just announced their early fall tour supporting Greta Van Fleet. Later in the fall they’ll be touring with the Black Keys. Tickets are on sale now, and if you must see them earlier, come on out to Burger Boogaloo for some Clams in their element. They released their newest album, Onion, last fall and it’s another collection that just can’t disappoint — '60s beach punk never felt so good. Check out their pleasing stop-motion freaky cute video for “Backstreets.” Extra props to Cody Blanchard’s raspy good vocals and to that rat [...]

Burger Boogaloo adds to lineup, offers Valentine’s Day Sale

It's hard to believe that Oakland's Burger Boogaloo is a decade old. The raucous, two-day festival held at Mosswood Park in Oakland is full of punk spirit, oddballs, and as always, the venerable, self-declared pope of trash himself, John Waters. Held in the middle of summer festival season, Burger Boogaloo is a welcome staple for all of its gratifying eccentricities, electrifying headliners, local food vendors, and merchants. Today, Burger Boogaloo released more names for the festival, including King Tuff, Davilla 66, and Nobunny. Additionally, in celebration of Valentine's Day, a 2-for-1 "Lover's Special" sale has been announced for one day [...]

Shannon Shaw releases new video ahead of first solo album

Shannon Shaw, the dazzling vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, will release her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville, on June 8. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced the album in his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, and is currently joined by Shaw on his US tour. In her music, Shaw has made an art out of embodying '60s-era aesthetic and soul, while allowing her own rarefied sound to come to the fore. She says of the songwriting process — "The way I typically write songs is: Something has happened to me and I want to encapsulate [...]

Shannon and the Clams share three videos ahead of ‘Onion’ release

In case you haven't noticed, it turns out Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys loves the Bay. He's signed two fantastic Bay Area bands to his label Easy Eye Sound — Sonny Smith is releasing Rod for your Love in March and Shannon and the Clams is releasing Onion February. To get you ready, Shannon and the Clams has released a trio of videos for the songs "Did You Love Me," "Backstreets," and "The Boy." As you'd expect, the songs are a delight and the visuals are all wildly different, yet exactly what Shannon and the Clams videos should be. [...]

Exclusive: The Burger Boogaloo 2017 lineup

You heard it here first. These ain't no alternative facts. These are thee facts, Jack. FACT: Iggy Pop and Buzzcocks will perform for the first time ever in Oakland's beautiful Mosswood Park for this year's Burger Boogaloo. Either one of these bands would be reason enough to drive down from Vallejo, but to have both together...sheeeet. FACT: Saturday July 1st line up: Iggy Pop, Guitar Wolf, NoBunny, Baby Shakes, Bloodshot Bill, Personal & The Pizzas, Wounded Lion & Car Crash! FACT: Sunday July 2nd line up: Buzzcocks, X, NRBQ, Roy Loney (Flamin' Groovies), Shannon & The Clams, Quintron & Ms. [...]

The Bay Abridged: Sept 28 – Oct 11

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Dinosaur Jr at The Independent (SF) Sept. 28. Dinosaur Jr. has got to be the most baffling-looking band on the planet. You got the long-haired wizard master (guitarist J Mascis), the South Boston bar bouncer (drummer Murph), and the perpetually amped-up teenager (bassist Lou Barlow). [...]

‘Pet Sounds’ tribute features Shannon and the Clams, several Bay Area bands

It's hard to overstate the influence of the Beach Boys' 1966 masterwork, Pet Sounds. A 36-minute collection of emotional highs and lows, confessional lyrics, and melodies almost impossible to sing along to, it's an album that, at 50 years old, is a frequent denizen of best-of lists and retains its relevance to just as many disillusioned young adults as it did in '66. Appropriately, there's a tribute album in the works, and the lineup features a healthy helping of Bay Area bands: The She's, Cool Ghouls, Shannon and the Clams, Burnt Ones, and Morgan Delt (who is no longer based [...]

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