Video: Sonny and the Sunsets – "Pretend You Love Me"

Sonny and the Sunsets have put out a video for "Pretend You Love Me," the lead single of June's stellar Longtime Companion. The video, shot and directed by Sonny himself, along with Ryan Browne (who has also worked with The Sandwitches, Wymond Miles, and more), has a dreamy, home-movie quality to it. Various images are strung together, including (but not limited to): - a guy asleep on the street with a cowboy hat - a guy making bacon wrapped hot dogs - Sonny eating a hot dog - creepy dolls - slow-motion cartwheels - a guy wearing a luchador mask [...]

Live This Month: July 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #282)

Live This Month: July 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #282) 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. So our top recommendation this month isn't terribly surprising, but it's a festival we're extremely excited about. On July 21, 2012, we'll be throwing the second annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival in Potrero del Sol Park. We've got seven great bands lined up -- The Fresh & Onlys, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gardens & Villa, Dominant Legs, [...]

Free Sonny & The Sunsets show at Amoeba San Francisco, Friday 6/29/12

Lots of action going on in the world of Sonny & The Sunsets these days. Their new album Longtime Companion - a true country, heartbreak-influenced collection of songs - drops on Tuesday, and an extensive tour beginning in mid-July will follow (including a July 21st stop at The Independent). You can listen to new track "Pretend You Love Me" below, and stream the full album here. Pretend You Love Me by Sonny and the Sunsets Kicking everything off, however, will be a free appearance by the band this Friday at Amoeba SF. A great opportunity to see many Companion tracks [...]

Sonny Smith releases 'One Act Plays' and shares new track from upcoming LP with the Sunsets

That Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets would bridge music and theater is a matter of natural progression. Smith began his musical career at 18 playing Jimmy Yancy covers at mountain town clubs in Colorado before he ended up in Central America writing screenplays whose characters and plots eventually developed into songs. So, it makes sense that in 2005 the Watchword lit-mag would commission Smith to create a CD of plays as songs that would be performed on stage in a production called The Dangerous Stranger. One Act Plays finally saw a proper vinyl release on May 8 on [...]

Saturday: Adobe Books Fundraiser with Sonny and the Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees and The Mallard!

With an "imminent" rent increase threatening Adobe Books' continued existence, there's a fundraiser for the store this Saturday, April 7th at The Lab, featuring performances by Sonny and the Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees and The Mallard, and comedy from George Chen and Anna Seregina. There will also be a silent art auction featuring work by a ton of visual artists. Find out more details here. Sonny and the Sunsets – "She Plays Yo Yo With My Mind" ALL THE CHILDREN SING: The Adobe Books Benefit Variety Show The Lab April 7, 2012 8pm, $10-20, All Ages

2012 Huichica Music Festival: Beachwood Sparks, Poor Moon, Sonny and the Sunsets, Papercuts and more!

Poor Moon - "People In Her Mind" Organizers for the Huichica Music Festival have announced the lineup for the festival's third installment which will take place in Sonoma County over June 1-2 at the Gundlach Bundschu winery. The scenic and intimate festival will include performances by Beachwood Sparks (who have a new album coming out this year), Poor Moon, and Occidental Brothers Dance Band International as well as Bay Area favorites Sonny and the Sunsets and Papercuts, Little Wings, Sea of Bees, and a DJ set by Andy Cabic of Vetiver. Sonny and the Sunsets – "She Plays Yo Yo With [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Wednesday Preview

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd Number of Noise Pop Shows: 7 shows, 24 bands Already Sold-Out: A handful of Craigslist sellers are offering up tickets to see South African electro-rap-weirdo geniuses Die Antwoord, so there are still chances to see the duo perform songs from their new album, Ten$ion, at the Regency Ballroom. Meanwhile, Grimes' new record, Visions, has been racking up tons of accolades, and Claire Boucher is topping a great Rickshaw Stop bill with oOoOO, Born Gold, and Yalls. Grimes – "Oblivion" oOoOO – "NoWayBack (featuring Butterclock)" Check These Shows Out: The Fresh & Onlys are in the middle [...]

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 - [...]

Recommended, 10/3-10/9: Bay Bridged Treasure Island Happy Hour, Frisco Freakout, Girls/Sonny and the Sunsets, Fresh & Onlys/Tamaryn/Wax Idols

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Friday: The Bay Bridged Presents "Buried Treasure," a Treasure Island Music Festival Happy Hour with Melted Toys, ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted, Elephant and Castle (DJ set) Whatever your other plans this week, we hope you'll join us at our free Treasure Island Music Festival-themed "Buried Treasure" happy hour party (RSVP on Facebook) on Friday, October 7th at [...]

Tortured Genies (members of Sonny & the Sunsets) – “Brown Leaves” / Sunsets record Aquarium Drunkard session

Brown Leaves by Tortured Genies While SF's Tortured Genies include Sonny & the Sunsets' Tahlia Harbour, Ryan Browne, and Zack Ehrlich, the psych-pop on "Brown Leaves" feels more than a bit removed from the Sunsets' proto-rock jangle. That said, "Brown Leaves" is a really pretty song, and a good sales pitch for the band's show on Tuesday, August 9th with Sunbeam Rd. and Roommate at the Hemlock Tavern (9pm, $6). By the way, Sonny & the Sunsets recently cut a session for Aquarium Drunkard. The three song set is definitely worth grabbing over at AD's site. Sonny & the Sunsets [...]

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