Mac DeMarco to release debut full length (coming to Rickshaw Stop with Melted Toys & Surf Club, 9/14/12)

The up and coming Montreal pop crooner Mac DeMarco will bring one of his reportedly "wildly unhinged live performances" to San Francisco this summer. He will be performing on Friday, September 14th at the Rickshaw Stop, with support from local indie rock favorites Surf Club and Melted Toys. Formerly the frontman of Makeout Videotape, DeMarco released his debut Rock and Roll Night Club EP earlier this year on Captured Tracks. Described by DeMarco as "jizz jazz," his style recalls 50s rockabilly and 80s new wave with an original flair of contemporary glam and accomplished songwriting. He will follow up the [...]

Looking back at SF Popfest 2012: a collection of photos, videos and highlights, including Seapony, BOAT, Manatee, Surf Club and more

Video by Claude Cardenas SF Popfest returned for a fourth year and packed 13 bands and 10 DJs into two venues for a memorable Memorial Day Weekend. Below, check out a ton of videos, photos and highlights from one of our favorite annual events. I arrived late to the first night at their website, they will be returning to the Hemlock in July, but it hasn't been confirmed on the venue's calendar. Keep an eye out for them. Seattle’s BOAT channeled Pavement and rightly so love The Clean. Here they are playing an original number followed by a cover of [...]

Interview: Surf Club to bring their landlocked surf rock to SF for Popfest

Surf Club may be from Stockton, but that doesn't mean they've got the Land Locked Blues. On the contrary, their sound is pretty light and breezy summer pop, with — as you might have guessed — plenty of surf rock sounds mixed in. And as it turns out, their sound is still very much shaped by their hometown, even though it's miles and miles from the coast. Young Love EP by Surf Club I talked with Surf Club singer/guitarist Frankie Soto about wanting to escape Stockton, his favorite SF venues, and how 60s girl groups helped shape his sound. Check [...]

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January's Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are over a dozen new tracks that were posted on in January, with links below to download each of them individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog January 2012 Tracklisting: 1. Surf Club - "Lonely Days" 2. Terry Malts - "Nauseous" 3. SorryEverAfter - "Honey Girl" 4. Future Twin - "Yuka" 5. Magic Bullets - "What Took You So Long?" 6. Young Prisms - "Floating in Blue" 7. James & Evander - "Unthinkable" 8. Donovan Quinn [...]

Noise Pop 20: Flaming Lips, Class Actress, Bob Mould, more great additions

The show calendar for Noise Pop 20 has fleshed out nicely. Recent additions include a pre-party with Class Actress at the Academy of Sciences, The Flaming Lips playing The Soft Bulletin at Bimbo's, two performances by Two Gallants at The Edinburgh Castle (!?), Bob Mould performing Sugar's Copper Blue at Bottom of the Hill, Mac McCaughan from Superchunk playing solo at the Swedish American Hall, and Sleigh Bells at the Regency. Class Actress - "Weekend" Born To Lose by Sleigh Bells Those are the headliners, but plenty of supporting names have been added to existing bills as well. Chief among [...]

Song Premiere: Surf Club – "Lonely Days"

Back in August 2011, we deemed Craft Spells as "one that got away," as the band relocated to Seattle with the charms of Idle Labor still fresh on our minds. As Craft Spells developed into the band we know today, one of its original members stayed behind in Stockton - and thus, Frankie Soto joined with new bandmates Eddie Zepeda, Alfonso Robles, and Jose Medina, and Surf Club was born. Lonely Days by SurfClubCa "Lonely Days" is the new single from Surf Club's debut EP, entitled Young Love, which comes out on February 14th (Valentine's Day). Without a doubt, "Lonely [...]

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