Sonny Smith’s “100 Records” Project Debuts April 9th

Sonny and the Sunsets - "Too Young To Burn" When we interviewed Sonny and the Sunsets earlier this year, Sonny Smith explained repeatedly that he was a guy who had difficulty getting things done, a claim belied by his prolific musical career, including 2009's excellent Tomorrow is Alright and another Sunsets album that's on its way. As the interview was wrapping up, Kelley Stoltz suggested to us that we ask Sonny about the "100 Records" project he was working on. And so, he casually explained, he was in the process of completing a new art project called 100 Records, which [...]

Bay Area Takeover Mix (Podcast #205)

[podcast][/podcast] In celebration of our third annual Bay Area Takeover party this Thursday, March 18th at Austin's Beauty Bar, we're dedicating this week's podcast to music from all 15 bands that will be performing at the show. Whether you will be in Austin or not, these are all bands that play around the Bay regularly, and they're all well worth checking out. Also, Nicole and Anna took over hosting duties for this episode, so enjoy that change-up before our dour monotones return next week. The editors are all heading down to Austin this week for South by Southwest, although we'll [...]

Noise Pop 2010: The Mumlers, The Growlers, Sonny and the Sunsets, The Ferocious Few @ Cafe du Nord

Written by Todd Wanerman Noise Pop’s Friday night roster posed some maddeningly appealing choices. Some members of our usual research team opted to check out Atlas Sound etc. at the Great American, arguing that it offered the promising new talent that the festival excels in. I and several of my familiars could not resist The Mumlers, The Growlers, Sonny and the Sunsets and The Ferocious Few at Café du Nord. True, I have seen the three local acts on the bill many times. But the prospect of all three of them together, with a fourth act fresh off of touring [...]

Bay Area Takeover 2010 @ SxSW: Full Lineup Announced!

San Francisco's premier indie music source The Bay Bridged is proud to announce the details for the 2010 Bay Area Takeover, our third annual free day party during the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival. The party's happening on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 from 11:30am to 6pm at Austin's Beauty Bar. Following in the tradition of two years of acclaimed events, BATO 2010 features our best lineup yet, with performances by fifteen of the San Francisco Bay Area's hottest artists, who represent a broad cross-section of the Bay's fertile indie music scene. Highlights include psych-rockers Sleepy Sun (ATP Recordings), the [...]

Sonny and the Sunsets (Podcast #196)

[podcast][/podcast] Our first band-profiling podcast of 2010 features San Francisco's Sonny and the Sunsets, led by longtime local musician Sonny Smith. The band's first full length, Tomorrow is Alright, came out last year on LP on Soft Abuse/Secret Seven Records; in February, Soft Abuse will release it on CD as well. Inspired as much by early rock and roll as by anything that's been released since, Tomorrow is Alright's lean, catchy songs provide plenty of space for Sonny's clever lyrics and goofy wit. Smith's long been championed by some of the Bay Area's best musicians; one hopes that the Sunsets [...]

Thirty-Two Great San Francisco Bay Area Albums from 2009 (Part 1)

The Bay Area may not have a single unified scene, but its diverse musical communities produced a ton of acclaimed records in 2009. The following list collects thirty-two of the highlights that made this another banner year for Bay Area indie music. It's a collection that showcases the depth of Bay Area indie in 2009, and one suspects that few other regions have offered this volume of quality releases this year. A couple of qualifiers: This isn't a comprehensive list of excellent local records from 2009 or intended as any sort of official Bay Bridged "Best of" set. Plenty of [...]

Sonny and the Sunsets release Tomorrow is Alright

Sonny and the Sunsets - "Too Young To Burn" With their first full length Tomorrow is Alright, Sonny and the Sunsets have created a simply wonderful West Coast pop album, led by the whimsical songwriting of Sonny Smith. Smith's been a cult hero around the Bay for a while: Chuck Prophet formed a record label in order to release his 2006 solo album Fruitvale and John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin (The Fresh and Onlys) were among the contributors to the new album. Sonny and the Sunsets - "Stranded" (Live at The Knockout, Mission [...]

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