Bands In Portrait: Survival Guide

Emily Whitehurst has a long history in the Bay Area music scene. Born and raised in California, she joined the beloved North Bay punk band Tsunami Bomb during the late '90s as Agent M. She was then a member of the Action Design, which formed when Tsunami Bomb disbanded. Her constant need for printing while playing music in the Bay Area lead her to open the Petaluma print shop Loud & Clear, in 2006. Her latest project is Survival Guide — a fun, free-form music project that replaces the punk-rock guitars of her previous bands with a fusion of electronica and [...]

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What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 2 – Dec 4

Magik*Magik plays tonight at Swedish American Music Hall with Frail Ophelias and Rose Droll. Friday, December 2 DonCat, We Arsons, Dogcatcher @ Milk Bar The two-night year-ender-bender in celebration of DonCat's LP release of Easy Cowboy starts tonight! Expect an all local crew of bands for this #EasyCowboy event. Sad13, Vagabon, Lisa Prank @ The Hemlock Tavern Sad13 is Sadie Dupuis' (frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz) entirely solo project. All production and composition is her own, and she lets things get weird (in a very good way) with the guitar effects. Also on the bill and worthy of a shout-out is [...]

Survival Guide to play The Chapel with The John Brothers Piano Company

In what is probably one of the most eclectic line-ups I've seen in a while, electronic/vocal-centric group Survival Guide will join The John Brothers Piano Company at The Chapel this week. But it's not completely unfitting. On one hand, The John Brothers Piano Company quintet have always held a kind-of elegance among grittiness to them. A product of their sound combining roots of New Orleans' dixieland, classic big band and all the romanticism that comes with jazz. Survival Guide, on the other hand, has a electronic-pop feel that is, in its own way, elegant and edgy. The first track of [...]

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Interview: Emily Whitehurst on the dark pop of Survival Guide

“See the world through apathetic eyes / love is useless when I die,” Emily Whitehurst of Survival Guide sings on “January Shock,” the lead single off her debut LP, Way To Go. Sure, such a line seems ripped from the Sylvia Plath playbook but keep listening: as the drums kick into the charging chorus beat her tone becomes resurgent, almost triumphant. “The sun will rise again,” she reassures the listener and, judging by the passion in her voice, you believe it. You have to. This emotional struggle comes to define Whitehurst’s sound on her first full-length album, one simultaneously aching [...]

Mixtape: The North Bay’s Best Indie Bands Download: Mixtape: The North Bay's Best Indie Bands (Podcast #341) There's a reason that Napa and Sonoma are known as "Wine Country," not "Music Country," but recent efforts have endeavored to bring the music festival experience to an area that's understandably known more for great food and drink. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Napa Valley Expo hosted the relaunched BottleRock Napa Valley, which drew tens of thousands to see Outkast, The Cure, and a lineup disproportionately heavy on '90s radio stalwarts. Just a few days ago, the Huichica Music Festival served up an indie-oriented two-day fest at the Gundlach [...]

First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

Side With Us anniversary bash at Thee Parkside, 11/4/12

San Jose's Side With Us Records is turning three with a big ol' bash at Thee Parkside on November 4th. Side With Us bands Not To Reason Why and Survival Guide will be playing, along with opener Sim Castro (from The Albert Square), who will be playing a solo set. The highly eclectic bill also features Portland-based headliner Themes. "They're not officially a Side With Us band, but a friend to the label and a lot of the bands on it," says label founder Leslie Hampton. Here's Themes playing the track "Play Along" from their new album Loveweapons: Themes, Not [...]

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