Live This Month: August 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: August 2015 (Podcast #368) 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. The Outside Lands Festival is without a doubt the biggest local music event this month, and with good reason, given a well-curated mix of big names and bands-on-the-rise appearing over three days in Golden Gate Park. Whether you're Outside Lands-bound or not, however, there are plenty of other compelling concerts this month, including a slew of shows celebrating new releases from local bands. Dirty Ghosts' new [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Check out all of our festival coverage!

Jessica Pratt at The Chapel (Photo Credit: Jon Ching)   Got any plans for the weekend? If you're like us, you're still recovering from the week that was Noise Pop 2015, and you're not quite ready to wrap your brain another show-filled weekend. Well, if you'd rather stay in this weekend, wear your pajamas around the clock (don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts Saturday night), drink some herbal tea, and go on a Netflix binge, we don't blame you. But, at the very least, you can relive some of the best moments from Noise Pop with this wrap-up of all [...]

Noise Pop 2015: The Black Ryder, masters of the hard/soft dichotomy

Photos by Jon Ching Last night at Rickshaw Stop, The Black Ryder proved themselves to be masters of the hard/soft dichotomy. In celebration of their new LP, The Door Behind the Door, the duo harnessed soft and hard, quiet and loud, gentle and erratic, warm then instantly cool elements to build imperfect walls of sound. Instead of the making impenetrable barriers of noise, The Black Ryder constructed their walls with doors and windows to let light in and to allow new ideas to wander in and out. Though the duo played more songs off of their first record, the most powerful moments of [...]

The Black Ryder to release sophomore LP at Noise Pop

Australian-born and LA-based outfit The Black Ryder is coming to San Francisco to release its sophomore LP, The Door Behind the Door, at this year's Noise Pop festival. The band rose to attention for the gothic and surprisingly sparse shoegaze compositions of its debut album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, and with this forthcoming offering, the duo proves that slow burning flames last the longest. From the dual vocals of "Santaria" to the ethereal "Seventh Moon," the sprawling tapestries of each track rush for no one, and during their most powerful moments, they are lifted by proclamations of survival. The latest single "Let Me Be [...]

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Noise Pop Festival announces first bands for 2015, badges and tickets on sale this week

Our friends at Noise Pop announced the first batch of bands playing the 2015 edition of their iconic San Francisco indie music festival, and they're off to a great start. The lineup so far features a host of local Bay Bridged favorites (Giraffage, Cathedrals, Six Organs of Admittance, Tony Molina) as well as artists from far-and-wide (Caribou, Dan Deacon, Slow Magic, Surfer Blood). Early Bird festival badges are $125 and go on sale for TODAY at 11am PST – once those are gone, Regular Badges will go on sale for $150. Badges give you access to all general admission shows. [...]

SF Popfest 2011: The Black Ryder, Blackbird Blackbird, White Arrows, Wolf Feet @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/25/11

SF Popfest kicked off last Wednesday with a diverse night of winning acts. After Wolf Feet started the evening with a set of sunglasses-equipped party rock (including a "Blister in the Sun" cover), White Arrows delivered a performance that marked the LA group as one to watch. The six piece's more tropical moments called to mind the layered melodies of The Ruby Suns, while its more straightforward synth-assisted psych pop was equally welcome. A cover of "I'm on Fire" -- by the way, has that become one of the go-to songs to rework? -- mixed it up, displaying a deft [...]

Noise Pop Review: Tamaryn, The Black Ryder, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols

Each club has its own personality. Some are prompt and efficient. Others take it easy late into the night. Some have out of the box light show programs, while others put up a few desk lamps. Cafe Du Nord has made good for years now on their formula of getting multiple bands on and off on schedule and refusing to light the entire right half of the stage. But it is a flagship Noise Pop venue, long on ambiance, good beer and good cheer, which this representative of the press appreciates. Friday night's bill could be lumped into the shopworn [...]

Latest Noise Pop additions: Admiral Radley, Tamaryn, No Age and more

Silje Nes – "The Grass Harp" The Black Ryder - "Gone Without Feeling" A B & The Sea - "Care Of Cell 44" (Zombies Cover) Since our first Noise Pop lineup announcement, a bunch of additional names have been added to the festival schedule, including the following: AB & The Sea Admiral Radley Angel Island Dave Smallen Dominant Legs No Age Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam Funk spinning 45s Silje Nes Tamaryn The Black Ryder The Ferocious Few Always good to see more locals added to the mix, and the turning-into-Mexican-Summer-shoegaze-night show featuring Tamaryn and The Black Ryder is an [...]

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