Live This Month: September 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: September 2014 (Podcast #345) 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. If you dig back-to-basics noise pop -- the kind of indie rock that's propelled by great hooks, not trends and hype -- you're in luck this month. Scottish trio PAWS just released Youth Culture Forever, and the band's tight songs are matched by a live ferocity. Another trio crafting explosive, 90s-influenced rock is Slothrust; the Brooklyn band's Of Course You Do arrived earlier this year. As [...]

SF bands reuniting: The Aislers Set, Film School, Track Star return with local concerts

Is there something in the air causing long-dormant SF bands to reunite for new shows? Somehow, September offers chances to see three great SF bands from the '90s/'00s all performing locally. In each case, there's no guarantee that any of these bands will ever play again, so don't miss this chance to relive (or newly discover) some Bay Area favorites. Band: The Aislers Set Reductive cheat-sheet bio: After leading the beloved Henry’s Dress, Amy Linton launched The Aislers Set, a band that released three terrific albums of superb, retro-inspired indie pop between 1998 and 2003. The band's international following led [...]

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269)

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269) In February, the Noise Pop Music Festival turns twenty by gathering over one hundred local and touring bands from across the indie spectrum for a week of exciting concerts all over the City. Two decades of championing independent music is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and this mixtape collects twenty bands that have performed at Noise Pop events in years past. As you'll hear, a whole bunch of big names graced Noise Pop bills before achieving fame, as past festivals hosted early performances by bands like Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie and Mates [...]

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