Sonny Smith releases new album, '100 Records Vol. 3'

The word "prolific" gets tossed around with relative ease nowadays, but it does apply in certain cases (I'm looking at you, Ty Segall). A few years ago, Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets fame and a friend of The Bay Bridged) redefined what it meant to be prolific within the modern day indie rock landscape with his 100 Records Project – a musical and artistic endeavor that was impressive in terms of both quantity as well as artistic ingenuity. During a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, Smith took on a mindblowing task – he [...]

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Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293)

Mixtape: Singer-Songwriters of the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #293) With its rich history of folk musicians and lyrical rockers, the Bay Area has long been a source of terrific singer-songwriters. Even today, while much of the buzz around local musicians focuses on some of our weirder (or, perhaps, more "now") rock subgenres, there continue to be numerous talented folks crafting lyrically-rich, deeply personal music. For some reason, 2012 seems like an especially strong year for local songwriters, with well-received new albums this year from beloved veterans like Mark Eitzel and Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon, as well as newer [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Yelawolf, Il Gato, Thee Oh Sees, Joshua Radin and more

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means: time for another ticket giveaway! This week, we've got Sonny Smith, Yelawolf, Joshua Radin and way 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 for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Wednesday, October 10th Il Gato, Immanu El, Wolf & Crow @ Rickshaw Stop To win, be the first person to enter. Winner will receive [...]

The Boulevard Ear; 6/26/12 – The Wee Hours

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings over the course of one evening. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way.

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 [...]

Review: Sonny Smith “Sees All Knows All” with Tim Cohen, Sunfoot

When Tim Cohen took the stage at The Lost Church sans any of his usual suspects on February 4th, he informed us that he’d be playing three songs, which could have left us wanting more — in terms of time, anyway — if they’d been of The Fresh & Onlys' short-garage-pop-song variety. But enough hypothesizing: he didn’t, and they weren’t. Rather, Cohen played each of the tracks off his latest record with the Magic Trick, The Glad Birth of Love. Anyone familiar with the album will know that it’s made up of four songs spanning 45 minutes: “Cherished One,” “Daylight [...]

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Sonny Smith 'Sees All Knows All' this Saturday + 2/4/12 @ The Lost Church

Sonny Smith, the man behind Sonny & the Sunsets, is halfway through a series of performances that are one part music, one part theater, and three parts mystery called "Sees All Knows All: A Thing by Sonny Smith." Taking place at The Lost Church over four consecutive Saturdays that started on January 14th, the series showcases a rotating cast of local openers. The past two installments featured Alexi Glickman and Kelley Stoltz. As for the next two, Kyle Field of Little Wings will open this Saturday, January 28th, and the February 4th iteration will have Tim Cohen opening and Sunfoot [...]

Live This Month: December 2010 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #239)

Live This Month: December 2010 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #239) 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. Although things get a little quiet around Christmas, December's got plenty of concert highlights. For some, like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, this month's show marks the end of a long run, while others, like Sic Alps and Millionyoung, already have big releases planned for early 2011. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows! Subscribe to [...]

Sonny Smith’s new 7-inch with the Sandwitches also a digital download

Sonny + the Sandwitches - "Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die" Sonny Smith has a new 4-song 7" out December 11 on Empty Cellar Records, featuring more of the artwork from his 100 Records project. But there's a story behind the music here, too: Not long ago, Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) survived a near-drowning off the coast of Northern California. The experience affected him profoundly and led to a wealth of output including a play, a novel, and a stack of songs. Sonny's critically acclaimed "100 Records" project is itself a direct product of Sonny's [...]

Fecal Face anniversary show with Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, Ty Segall

Congratulations to Fecal Face, celebrating ten years of championing the arts locally and internationally. Friday, September 10th marks the opening of Fecal Face's 10 Year Anniversary Show at the Luggage Store Gallery, featuring paintings from twenty-five artists. After a reception at the gallery on Friday (6-8pm), the party heads to the Mezzanine (9pm, $8 suggested donation) for a great lineup of Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, Ty Segall, and DJ Ted Shred.

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