Live This Month: November 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #318) Download: Live This Month: November 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #318) 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. For some reason, November's concert offerings include a ton of exciting reunions, returns and anniversaries. This mix includes new music from Medicine, the shoegaze vets who are now touring behind their first album in 18 years, post-punk luminaries Wire, whose Change Becomes Us finds the band fleshing out ideas first generated three decades ago, and The Sonics. [...]

TBB to present first night of Social Studies’ Brick & Mortar residency

Social Studies takes up residency at Brick & Mortar Music Hall during November, and The Bay Bridged is proud to present the first of the band's four shows on November 4, when the band is joined by local faves Upstairs Downstairs and Tartufi. Social Studies, now nearly a year removed from their outstanding sophomore effort Developer, has set up four remarkable shows for their month-long stay near the corner of Mission and 13th, with the likes of Cannon and Clouds, Foli, Ash Reiter, and The She's filling out the last three bills. The residency should prove to be four nights [...]

Who to See at C2SV

Are you ready, South Bay? Thursday marks the kickoff of C2SV, San Jose’s first real music festival in recent memory. Hosting over 70 acts across 12 venues in the downtown area, stretched out across four days, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Stumped on who to see? In no particular order, here are our picks for best bets at what we hope will be the first of many C2SVs to come. Brother Grand, Saturday,September 28th, 9pm, Agenda Ben Henderson, and the many projects he’s taken part in, is a little bit of a legend around San Jose. His latest [...]

Video: Social Studies – “Terracur” (Live at the 2013 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival)

Last but surely not least in our series of videos produced out of this year's Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, we present a live clip of Social Studies performing "Terracur" off of their latest album, Developer. Social Studies was a no-brainer for the PDS bill this year, as their momentum has been building like a scene out of the Katamari game all summer. They played a phenomenal set at the festival this year, so enjoy this flashback to that sunny day in July: Social Studies live at Phono from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo.

Mixtape: The Bands of the 2013 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival (Podcast #308)

Mixtape: The Bands of the 2013 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival (Podcast #308) On Saturday, July 13th, 2013, The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone are returning to Potrero del Sol Park for the third annual Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, an all day, all ages celebration of great music and food. We've got twelve amazing bands set to perform, led by SF's Thee Oh Sees and LA-by-way-of-Portland band YACHT. They'll be joined by garage pop duo Bleached, rapper K.Flay, guitar shredder Marnie Stern, and synth-pop duo Painted Palms, as well as Blouse, Radiation City, Social Studies, [...]

Social Studies – "Let's Live for Today" (The Grass Roots cover)

SF indie pop quintet Social Studies recently shared this cover of The Grass Roots' "Let's Live for Today," which took place during a Daytrotter session a few years ago. You can compare it to a live performance of the original after the jump. We're really excited to have Social Studies performing on July 13, 2013 at Phono del Sol 2013, alongside Thee Oh Sees, YACHT, Bleached, K.Flay, Marnie Stern, Painted Palms, Blouse, Radiation City, Cool Ghouls, Surf Club and B. Hamilton as well as some of our favorite local food trucks. Tickets for Phono del Sol are moving quickly, so [...]

TBB Premiere: Social Studies – "Away for the Weekend (Painless remix)"

Local indie rock heroes Social Studies are releasing their Away For The Weekend EP, which includes a handful of remixes, and we've got the exclusive premiere of the title track as reworked by Painless (a.k.a. Nicolas Dobbratz from of Montreal, Yip Deceiver, and Sugar & Gold). The original, off of 2012's excellent Developer (Antenna Farm Records), is a catchy-as-hell mid-tempo rocker. Painless turns it into a bass-heavy slow burner, mainly using Natalia Rogovin's vocal hiccups as the melody draped over the drums and low end. In addition to the original and remix of the title track, the EP also includes [...]

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Review & Photos: Ramona Falls, Social Studies, Harriet, Mahgeetah @ Brick & Mortar, 2/27/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Photos by Charlie Homo I've had the distinct pleasure of catching Social Studies two years in a row at Noise Pop: I saw them open for Wye Oak last year, and I caught them again Wednesday night with Ramona Falls. While this review isn't quite a "What a difference a year makes!" piece, because the band was excellent on both nights, the evolution of the band has been pretty exciting to watch. But before I get to all that, there's a matter of the two openers. Newcomers Mahgeetah may have borrowed their name and most of their sound from fellow [...]

Video Premiere: Social Studies – "Still Life"

Social Studies has a new video out this morning for "Still Life", one of the key tracks off of their November release, Developer (Antenna Farm Records), and we are proud to premiere it here on The Bay Bridged. This melancholy, vibrantly illustrated animated short cued to "Still Life" was created by Murder Doll House Films, and according to the filmmaker's website they're pretty stoked on the way it came out: "Last month I got finished with a project, STILL LIFE, I’m really proud of. It’s the best animation I’ve done so far so really excited for people to see it." [...]

Best of 2012: Paul Koehler on Social Studies

There are a lot of Bay Area rock bands that I am digging right now, but my favorite local release of the year is Developer by Social Studies, hands down. Of course, I'm biased. My label released it. But we don't really release "rock" records all that often, so what is it about this band and this amazing album that compelled us to step outside our comfort zone on this? Social Studies' first album, 2010's Wind Up Wooden Heart was all twisty and turny, a proggy affair that was somehow catchy even as it threw verse-chorus-verse structures in the trash. [...]

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