Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Sonny and the Sunsets, Shannon Shaw and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) Want even more giveaways? Sign up for our newsletter for access to extra contests. 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, May 16 Sonny and the Sunsets, April Magazine, the Gonks, Preschool @ The Chapel 8pm, $18, all ages. Buy advance tickets [...]

Sponsored: 3rd Thursdays Block Party returns to Civic Center with Sonny and the Sunsets and more!

How is it even possible that we're already approaching the 3rd Thursday in August? As summer comes to a close, Civic Center Commons is back with another 3rd Thursdays Block Party event to see it off — this time, featuring local favorites Sonny and the Sunsets, Banzai Cliff, and Golden Gram. We likely don't need to introduce you to local indie-rock legend Sonny Smith, but Golden Gram writes charming lo-fi tunes and Banzai Cliff makes grungy, crunchy power-pop over in Oakland. Running from 5-9pm, 3rd Thursdays at Civic Center Plaza are the perfect happy-hour diversion for the whole fam. With [...]

Video: Sonny Smith and Angel Olsen team up for “Burnin’ Love”

The great Sonny Smith, leader of SF's Sonny & the Sunsets, has a new album, his tenth studio LP, arriving this March. Rod For Your Love was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and it's coming out on Auerbach's new label, Easy Eye Sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0k14x79cq0 Above, check out Sonny Smith's new video for "Burnin' Love," a duet with Angel Olsen. Sonny has a bunch of mostly West Coast dates coming up in the next few months, and you can find those below. January 18 /// Chicago, IL /// Tomorrow Never Knows Festival @ Schuba’s February 2 /// San Francisco, [...]

Is the San Francisco music scene dead? We search for clues.

Hot Flash Heat Wave at the Rickshaw Stop, January 31, 2016 I recently heard the music scene in San Francisco was dead, and being a writer for a website dedicated to covering the music scene in San Francisco, I was obviously a little concerned. To get to the bottom of this, I went out to find some comments from some members on the scene. But man, it was kind of difficult. I thought I'd start with Chuck Prophet, who at this point should be considered one of the deans of the SF scene (if it still exists). Unfortunately, [...]

Thank You, Sonny Smith: A letter from our editor, Russell

A couple days ago, someone asked my why I was into music, and for whatever reason, I hadn't really thought about it before and gave kind of a bland answer that basically amounted to "because I like it." Well, yesterday evening Sonny Smith gave me a better answer, and I want to thank him for it. It was a normal day at work and normal commute home, but right as the BART train I was on was coming out of the tunnel between Lake Merritt and Fruitvale, Sonny's "Pretend You Love Me" came on. It's a song I've heard many [...]

(((FolkYEAH!))) hosts August residency at Cafe Stritch

(((FolkYEAH!))), one of NorCal's most prominent indie concert production companies, is taking the show on the road and heading south. Starting in August, (((FolkYEAH!))) will hold a three-week residency at San Jose's Cafe Stritch, featuring weeknight performances from California favorites like Sonny and the Sunsets, The Fresh & Onlys, and The Entrance Band, with supporting acts to be announced. Though (((FolkYEAH!))) is broadly based in Northern California, it has made main hangs of places like San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and other various off-the-beaten-path holes-in-the-redwoods. San Jose, which is squarely on a beaten path, is unusual terrain for the famed production [...]

Sonny & The Sunsets release new video, "natural acts"

Sonny Smith has never been known to limit himself to just one project, or just one genre, or even just one identity. Antenna to the Afterworld, the latest release from Smith’s band Sonny & the Sunsets and the direct follow up to last year’s country-rooted Longtime Companion, takes yet another route in Smith’s catalog of musical personalities. Of course Antenna to the Afterworld is not without concept, much like the band’s other albums. It carries veins of new wave synths, giving a new psychedelic glow to Smith’s usual folk sound. The third video from the album (all of which depict [...]

Review/Photos: Sonny & the Sunsets, Burnt Ones, Cool Ghouls @ Eagle SF 6/11/13

Thursdays are usually the night for shows at the former Eagle Tavern, now Eagle SF, but last night was a special Tuesday. It was the release date of the new Sonny & the Sunsets LP Antenna to the Afterworld on Polyvinyl and a ton of people came out to celebrate. First up was Cool Ghouls who also opened for Sonny last March at Noise Pop. Their sets tend to start out as tuneful pop in a southern rock revivalist sort of way and then edge deeper into dark and psyched out waters. And it wouldn't be a Cool Ghouls show [...]

Sonny and the Sunsets premiere new song, add tour dates

San Francisco’s Sonny and the Sunsets have premiered another track from their upcoming record, Antenna to the Afterworld, via Stereogum. The new song, “Palmreader,” follows “Dark Corners,” which was dropped back in March. The new album is said to be inspired by the passing of singer Sonny Smith’s friend and will be out in June 2013 on Polyvinyl Records. Sonny and the Sunsets have also announced an updated tour schedule, with dates in New York and a special spoken-word performance at the Roxie this Saturday, 5/25/13. Listen to “Dark Corners,” Antenna to the Afterworld’s first single, below.

Video Playlist: Five great clips from Sonny & The Sunsets

As a playwright, author, solo artist, and the leader of Sonny & The Sunsets and numerous invented bands, Sonny Smith has worn a dizzying array of hats over the years. Even just among his work with The Sunsets, there's a restless creativity at play, so it shouldn't have been all that much of a surprise that this year's Longtime Companion embraced country inflections over jangly garage pop. And while "the country album" is a phrase that rightfully should give music fans chills more often than not, Smith's rich sense of music history -- previously showcased through the cavalcade of invented [...]

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