The Best of the Rest, 10/03/2014 (Quaaludes, Cocktails, & more)

Quaaludes (source) It's time for our roundup of all those highlights from the last couple 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. City-based quartet Quaaludes dropped their Nothing New EP on September 18, and it's yet another 12 minutes of furiously-paced, rage-driven, soul-baring punk rock: Nothing New by Quaaludes The creators of The Bay Bridged's Featured Album for September, Cocktails, surprised everyone with a previously unreleased nugget entitled "Tonic Nights". The track was recorded during the sessions for their excellent LP Adult Life [...]

Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322) Download: Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322) As usual, our year-end wrap-up podcast comes leaden with hemming, hawing and caveats aplenty. How can another wide-ranging year full of impressive Bay Area releases be distilled down to a coherent list of "best" works? The obvious answer is that it can't. Ultimately, this podcast collects thirteen bands that had impressive 2013s, including a number of groups that won't be a surprise to attendees of Bay Bridged events or close followers of the blog. 2013 was once again banner year for local garage rock, with another stellar album from [...]

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.

Record Store Day 2013 is tomorrow (pick up vinyl from locals Ty Segall, Golden Void, Moon Duo and more)

Lovers of vinyl will go to bed tonight with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, as Record Store Day – the high holiday for audiophiles around the world – returns tomorrow, and more than 25 Bay Area independent record shops are participating in the madness. This year's event (the seventh official RSD) features not only its usual array of special releases from high profile musicians, but a handful of local acts are jumping into the fray, dropping limited edition wax that will no doubt delight many scenesters from the Bay and beyond. Included on that list of local denizens [...]

Rock/See: A Concert for the Roxie! tonight at Verdi Club, 4/5/13 (Thee Oh Sees, Sonny & the Sunsets, & more)

Poster Design: Philip Pascuzzo The Roxie Theater, the Mission's last remaining independent movie theater, is putting on a benefit concert at Verdi Club tonight, with all proceeds going to support the theater's campaign to renovate and upgrade their smaller sister theater, the Little Roxie. The neighborhood cinematic institution recruited "four of San Francisco’s finest lo-fi/garage bands" for the event: headlining are the seemingly ubiquitous Thee Oh Sees, with fellow locals Sonny & the Sunsets, Future Twin, and Assateague opening. In 2003, the Roxie opened the 49-seat Little Roxie, a "mini theater" just two doors over from the main theater on [...]

Live This Month: April 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #303)

Live This Month: April 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #303) 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. We're due for an onslaught of anticipated new albums from Bay Area bands, and that outpouring begins this month with a number of the local artists we've included in this mix. Both Life Coach and Tartufi have gained members since their last records -- Life Coach recently became a duo with the addition of The Mars Volta's Jon Theodore [...]

Review & Photos: Sonny & the Sunsets, Magic Trick, Cool Ghouls, and Dune Rats @ BOTH 3/2/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Noise Pop 2013 - Sonny & the Sunsets @ Bottom of the Hill 3/2/13 - photo by Jackie Andrews I was excited to check out Dune Rats, who came all the way out here from Australia to melt ears with their slacker rock, but a single-tracking BART train from the East Bay made me late. Luckily I was able to catch the last half of their set. Self-described as a “budstep” band, they do a pretty good job of channeling the early 90s aesthetic of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Nirvana, Wayne’s World, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for starters. In other [...]

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