Listen to 'Forever,' the new LP from Painted Palms

San Francisco's Painted Palms are releasing their first full-length LP, Forever, next week on January 14 via Polyvinyl, but you can hear it now streaming over at Pitchfork Advance. Their second release since last March's Carousel 7", Forever was written the same way that the duo of Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme made music when they were living in different states -- piecing together elements composed separately. Despite that approach, Forever shows no signs of disjoint—the 60s psych-pop reverent tracks are smoothly built, and the album's bright sounds seem as cohesive as ever. But while the album sounds as perpetually sunny as its title, the subject [...]

Soft Metals to play Rickshaw Stop on tour in support of new LP

(Photo: Suzy Poling) LA synth-pop duo Soft Metals will be touring the West Coast next month in support of their sophomore LP release, and the tour includes a gig at Rickshaw Stop on July 24. The new album, titled Lenses, is out July 16 on Captured Tracks, and the duo recently shared the second single from the album. "In the Air" is easily one of their most danceable tracks to date, while lead single "Tell Me" is perhaps their finest. According to Pitchfork, "In the Air" features drum programming from Optimo's JD Twitch. Stream both singles below. Striking a balance [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Friday Preview

Date: Friday, February 24th Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 38 bands Already Sold-Out: Despite the fact that Two Gallants are playing two nights at Edinburgh Castle, both are sold out, as is Wye Oak, Bob Mould, and Jolie Holland. The return of Bay Area indie-pop band Imperial Teen this year has been met with lots of excitement, as their Cafe du Nord show will also be out of reach, unless there's a Craigslist miracle. Check These Shows Out: It shocks me to say that the Veronica Falls show at the Rickshaw Stop with Bleached, Brilliant Colors and Lilac [...]

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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