Mixtape: Twelve Highlights from 2012 (Podcast #295)

Mixtape: Twelve Highlights from 2012 (Podcast #295) "Best of" lists are intrinsically a tricky proposition, but compiling them is made all the more difficult by the San Francisco Bay Area's rich pool of local musical talent. This mixtape compiles twelve of our favorite local performers from this year, all of whom had big years in their respective genres. Limiting the list to twelve meant that a lot of talented folks were left off, but this mix offers a nice sampling of some of the best that 2012 had to offer. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! About the bands: Ty [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Social Studies, Mynabirds, Andrew Jackson Jihad and more

Lots of tickets to give away this week, including but not limited to punk torchbearers Andrew Jackson Jihad, our friends Social Studies, and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, who, contrary to my assumption, do not have the longest band name in existence. If none of these are up your alley, fear not: there's tons more. To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners [...]

Interview: Social Studies on the new record, green beer, and being a smart band

Social Studies have developed a reputation as a “smart” band, something they kind of scoff at. Still, when I find them sitting in a coffee shop on 24th St. last Monday evening, singer Natalia Rogovin is lamenting the hooliganism that had erupted in her neighborhood the night before, the night of the Giants’ win (a viewpoint that isn’t limited to “smart” people, but she’s expressing herself pretty eloquently). Jesse Hudson is nestled in a sunny corner with a music theory book by one of the brainiest musicians out there: David Byrne. As the release of their second album, Developer, approaches, [...]

By |November 6, 2012|Tags: |

Live This Month: November 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #291)

Live This Month: November 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #291) 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. Who would have expected November to offer a slew of new releases from Bay Area bands? The month promises long-awaited new records -- and local shows -- from Maus Haus and Social Studies, as well as psychy new offerings from The Love Dimension and Golden Void (a new project that includes Earthless guitarist Isaiah Mitchell). And that list doesn't [...]

Social Studies premiere new single "Away For The Weekend" and video for "Terracur", prepping for record release show at The Independent, 11/9/12

With the release of their new LP Developer fast approaching, Social Studies is keeping busy, premiering a new single "Away For The Weekend" just a week after dropping a video for the record's first single "Terracur". "Away For The Weekend" premiered recently on Vice, which described the band as "like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs only sober." The track is a bruising statement of independence, with Natalia Rogovin's haunting vocals bouncing over the top of an explosion of thunderous guitars, drums, and bass. Rogovin closes the song with the bold proclamation “I’m not coming back.” Listen here on The Bay Bridged [...]

By |October 25, 2012|Tags: |

Social Studies announce new album, 'Developer' (playing the Knockout this Thursday 9/6/12)

Mere days after letting their gorgeous new single, "Terracur," loose on the internet, San Francisco's Social Studies have announced a release date for their second album, Developer. "Overall, the sound is a little more moody," singer Natalia Rogovin says of Developer. "We played a lot more with vocals. I'm singing almost an octave lower." Rogovin says fans can look forward to a more mature sound. "It's a little more dancey, a little more textured. We wanted to play more with textures instead of play with structure." Look for it via Antenna Farm Records November 13th, 2012. Until then, give their [...]

By |September 4, 2012|Tags: |

Broke-Ass Stuart celebrates ten years in SF with a party

Broke-Ass Stuart has been living in SF for a decade now, dispensing top-notch advice for the budget-conscious. Stuart's celebrating ten years with a party on Thursday night at Public Works that, naturally, features a bunch of great entertainment, and, also naturally, won't break the bank. Judgement Day, Birds & Batteries, and Social Studies, all for just three bucks? Happy anniversary, Broke-Ass. More details & RSVP here. Peacocks / Pink Monsters by Judgement Day Wind Up Wooden Heart by Social Studies

Social Studies wants you to help them make their next album

Back when I reviewed Social Studies' set at Noise Pop 2012, I specifically mentioned a new song, "Terracur," as a standout track. Social Studies singer Natalia told me it would appear on their new album, so I'm pretty stoked that the album is almost ready. But first, there's a small matter of mixing and mastering the thing... and that's where you come in. The band has recorded 12 new songs to 2" tape at New, Improved Recording with Eli Crews, a local producer with records by Why?, Deerhoof, and tUnE-yArDs on his resume. They're real stoked about how the album [...]

By |May 4, 2012|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2012: Wye Oak, Sea of Bees, Social Studies, The 21st Century @ The Independent 2/24/12

Photos by Nicole L. Browner There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe how incredible Wye Oak was on Friday night at the Independent. If you're a fan of the band's gothic country indie rock (or whatever the hell it is) on record, then you must see them live. No matter how much you like the recordings, you will gain new insight into the band's sound once you hear their songs with extreme quiet-to-loud dynamics — like "Holy Holy" or "Plains" from their 2011 album Civilian, or "For Prayer" from 2009's The Knot — played live. It's a [...]

Mixtape: Twenty More Bands at Noise Pop 20 (Podcast #272)

Mixtape: Twenty More Bands at Noise Pop 20 (Podcast #272) Noise Pop 20 is just weeks away. From February 21st through the 26th, over one hundred bands will take over SF's venues for six days celebrating independent music. Here's the second of two mixtapes showcasing music from artists performing at Noise Pop this year. You can listen to the first mixtape here. To find out when all of these acts are performing, check out the complete schedule of Noise Pop events. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast! Tracklisting: 1. Bare Wires - "Wanna Fight" (Start Time: 0:00) 2. FIDLAR - [...]

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