Giveaway: Win tickets to Phono del Sol 2014 with Wye Oak and more!

This year's installment of Phono del Sol Music Festival takes place July 12, 2014 in San Francisco's Potrero del Sol Park and features some of the best and brightest local and out-of-town acts from the world of independent music, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Blackbird Blackbird, White Fence, and more. This week, we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader completely free-of-charge! To enter for a chance to win a pair of General Admission tickets to Phono del Sol 2014, RSVP over on the Facebook event page. The contest ends on Tuesday, [...]

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 [...]

Polyvinyl announces 4-track singles series

Polyvinyl Records continues to foster the development and distribution of the best up-and-coming artists from around the world with its new 4-Track Singles Series. Featuring 12 artists, the series is a subscription-only deal that includes a digital download and clear vinyl pressing of twelve 7" inches, each containing two never-before released recordings. Subscribers will receive a 7" every month of 2014, as well as a as custom designed box to store all 12, and for people who subscribe before December 31, an exclusive t-shirt, a slipmat and a chance to win a test pressing along with each month's 7". The 4-Track [...]

Review & Photos: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Before the Brave, Kacey Johansing @ GAMH 3/2/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

Noise Pop 2013 - Thao and the Get Down Stay Down @ GAMH 3/2/13 - photo by Nic Buron San Francisco's semi-soloist, Kacey Johansing was joined by a quartet of jazz minded players. The arrangements had a dreamlike quality that was rooted in the ground by Johansing's confident earthen pipes. The arrangement was jazzy but the songwriting felted rooted in folk music. They created a fresh juxtaposition that felt like a natural sonic marriage. There was no gimmick to be found here. Before the Brave are a relatively new article. With a solid EP under their belt and a strong [...]

New Thao & The Get Down Stay Down album out today; watch hilarious promo video

The new record from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, We The Common, is out today. You can buy it on CD or vinyl through their label, Ribbon Music. You can also listen to a full stream of the album over on NPR. In addition to being a skilled folk rocker, it turns out Thao Nguyen is also pretty damn funny. Check out the We The Common promo video below, in which Thao confronts a 12-year-old critic who wrote a scathing review of her new record for his school's newspaper. Who wouldn't be furious about a line like "Thao's [...]

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – "We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)" / "Holy Roller"

The new record from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, We the Common, comes out on February 5th, 2013 via Ribbon Music, recorded at Tiny Telephone and produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky). Since the initial announcement, two tracks have become available: "We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)" and "Holy Roller," both streaming below. The album also features a duet with Joanna Newsom on the track "Kindness Be Conceived." The first 300 LP pre-orders will receive a special covers 7", featuring Thao & The Get Down Stay [...]

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 [...]

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