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, [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Sonny & the Sunsets, Red Wood and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) 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 and notified via email. Friday, January 6 Sonny & the Sunsets, Emotional, Froogy's Groovies @ Great American Music Hall 9pm, $16, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, January 6 Wicked Bears, Civil War Rust, Juvi, Red Wood @ Hemlock Tavern 9pm, $10, 21+. Saturday, January 7 The First [...]

Mixtape: The Musical World of Kelley Stoltz

This post first ran on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Kelley_Stoltz_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: The Musical World of Kelley Stoltz (Podcast #389) If one were only to consider his consistently strong solo albums, San Francisco musician Kelley Stoltz would rightly be labeled an impressive talent. Over the past decade and a half, he's released seven LPs of finely-tuned rock-pop for labels that include Castle Face, Third Man, and Sub Pop. Influenced by classic artists like The Kinks and The Beach Boys, Stoltz conveys a unique and ever-evolving interest in pop mixed with elements of psychedelia and garage rock. Even more impressively, his solo albums have [...]

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, [...]

Phono del Sol performers Sonny & The Sunsets contribute to Lil Bub’s LGBT rights in Indiana comp

Sonny Smith (photo: Chloe Aftel) Sonny Smith always seems to have his hands in some new project, and this next one is a doozy. His main gig, Phono del Sol performers Sonny & The Sunsets, recently joined 50 other artists contributing to a compilation supporting LGBT rights groups in Indiana following that state's passing (and then modification) of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allowed businesses to discriminate based on a customer's sexuality. The man (err, pet) behind the comp? None other than celebrity cat, Internet meme, and Indiana resident Lil Bub. 50 Bands & A Cat for Indiana Equality [...]

Sonny & the Sunsets release “Happy Carrot Health Food Store” video

  Sonny, Sonny, Sonny. After so many years in our Bay Area scene, how are you still so good? Veteran local Sonny Smith is back with his band the Sunsets, this time with a new video for "Happy Carrot Health Food Store". Peruse the aisles of the Happy Carrot (San Francisco's Other Avenues serves as a stand-in) with the band, and be ready for a complete, colorful freakout. Watch the seven-and-a-half-minute mini-movie below. It's like a Sesame Street segment for jaded adults. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQZ2CsxVO20 "Happy Carrot" comes from Talent Night at the Ashram, out now on Polyvinyl. The band is currently [...]

Live This Month: February 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_February_2015.mp3 Download: Live This Month: February 2015 (Podcast #356) 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. Two Gallants handily win the award for the hardest-working band in the Bay Area this month. With a new album, We Are Undone, garnering great reviews, the local duo kicks off a ton of touring in North America and Europe over the next four months with three nights of back-to-back local shows. Two Gallants aren't the only locals with a new record, though. This month's podcast [...]

Best of the Rest – January 2015 (Mikal Cronin, Geographer, Sonny & the Sunsets, & more)

  Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we'd love to write about everything that catches our ear, it's impossible – there's just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn't have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for January 2015. Former son of [...]

Best of the Rest, 11/21/2014 (Sonny & the Sunsets, Six Organs of Admittance, and more!)

Sonny & the Sunsets (Photo: Alice Shaw) It’s time for our roundup of all those highlights from the last few weeks that we weren’t able to feature on their own – here’s the best of the rest, as determined by The Bay Bridged editors. Longtime local favs Sonny & the Sunsets announced a new album Talent Night at the Ashram, out February 17 on Polyvinyl. The album was originally a film project about society's fringe characters – several short films that formed a feature-length movie when viewed sequentially. While writing the scripts and even hiring actors and shooting clips, frontman [...]

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