Live This Month: June 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: June 2016 (Podcast #387) 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. Festival season has begun! In this mix, we've included songs from artists performing at an eclectic set of fests around Northern California, including the Huichica Music Festival, Deathstock II, Burger Boogaloo, and Asian Man Records' 20th anniversary celebration. June is also a big month for new albums from local bands, and we've got some great new songs in this mix from Night School, Whiskerman, Young Moon, [...]

Interview: Bilinda Butchers on their upcoming tour of Asia

Last week I sat down with Michael Palmer and Adam Honingford of The Bilinda Butchers, middle school friends turned songwriting duo, to discuss their upcoming tour of Asia, which also happens to celebrate the band's eighth year. In 2008, just prior to their high school graduation, Adam returned from schooling in Pennsylvania and the two found that they had independently discovered My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, and immediately agreed they should start a band. Sitting in Adam's San Francisco apartment, we listened to the reissue and vinyl release of their first EP "regret, love, guilt, dreams," and talked about their first tour abroad, the role of the internet in building the bands [...]

Mixtape: Hidden Gems from San Francisco Music in 2014 Download: Mixtape: Catching Up With Some Former Locals (Podcast #350) 2014 was another great year for releases from Bay Area bands, but some of the year's most impressive releases may not have initially received the attention they deserved. Those sorts of oversights are understandable given the volume of new albums coming out year-round. Still, as we approach the time of year when people naturally begin assembling their "Best of 2014" lists, it seemed like the right point to look back at ten of the year's most interesting local releases that may not have gotten their due when they arrived. [...]

Live This Month: August 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: August 2014 (Podcast #343) 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. Any discussion of SF music in August has to begin with Outside Lands 2014. Tickets sold out in the blink of an eye, a well-deserved achievement considering the extremely packed lineup of everything from Kanye to (Mikal) Cronin. It's great to see Outside Lands continue to soar. Now when do we start talking about extending it to a second weekend? OSL is the biggest, but it [...]

Craft Spells and The Bilinda Butchers sell-out The Chapel

The Bilinda Butchers (Photo: Nic Pope) Justin Paul Vallesteros has a knack for creating woozy bedroom-pop that clenches deep in the pit of your stomach. Melding wistful incantations for the cerebral, Craft Spells recently released their sophomore effort Nausea, a follow-up to Idle Labor, which was about romantic false starts when young. Now they're back with Nausea, an album about the stomach-churning effects of constantly being plugged into social media, and how that affects intimacy and blurs reality. While the sound is completely different, Nauseau's progression toward pensive maturity reminds me of Mac DeMarco's Salad Days: more spacious, introspective, and carefully presented while remaining self-effacing. The Chapel, a still-new venue in the Mission that consistently [...]

Interview: The Bilinda Butchers discuss debut LP ‘Heaven’ and release show at The Chapel

This Thursday night The Bilinda Butchers will be throwing a record release show for Heaven at The Chapel, with Craft Spells headlining. Their ambitious debut full-length is a historical concept album set in 19th century Japan with themes concentrating on loyalty, the afterlife, and suicide. Michal Palmer, Adam Honingford, and Ryan Wansley comprise what most should catch as the My Bloody Valentine reference, and have recently been signed to Orchid Tapes (Elvis Depressedly, Alex G). After two successful EPs that were well-received and labeled nostalgia/dream pop, this new album is a synthy and upbeat progression rife with atmospheric pulls and contextual density. Check out the band's description [...]

America's Cup Sounds of San Francisco series wraps with four final shows

With the America's Cup Finals just around the corner, the world's greatest yachting spectacle is about to conclude its first ever residency in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean the show is over – no, not by a longshot. In addition to the remaining races, there are still plenty of events to enjoy, including the remaining four Dockers: Sounds of San Francisco shows at the America's Cup Pavilion on Piers 27/29. Following earlier shows by The Trims and Breakaway Patriot, the Cup and Dockers have lined up four more local acts – The Trophy Fire, Mister Loveless, Nexus Rock, and [...]

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