Review + Photos: The Blank Tapes, Killer Whale at the Independent

The Blank Tapes (photo: Ria Burman) One of my favorite locals bands played the Independent Friday night. If you love groovy, funky, chill beats and have yet to hear Killer Whale, check them out! Their 2017 album, Casual Crush, is triumphant. The song "Keep in Easy" is rich in guitar riffs, which echoes eighties excellence and sweet nostalgic somethings. Add to the mix, the funky fun feels of "Pink Pacific" & the groovy beats and lyrical sentiment of "Daydreams," the album shines with a sunset-summer sound. The Blank Tapes, on their Super Bloom tour, followed with their laid-back psychedelic rock [...]

The Blank Tapes ring in a decade and a half at Amnesia this weekend

The Blank Tapes have graced our pages several times over our 12-year existence. Now an LA-based project, Blank Tapes mastermind Matt Adams spent some time in the Bay Area in the mid-aughts. Which is, presumably, why they're hosting their 15-year anniversary bash at their favorite SF bar, Amnesia. Joining them will be a handful of artists touched by Matt Adams and the Blank Tapes over the years: Will Halsey from Sugar Candy Mountain, Ash Reiter, Sean Olmstead of FpodBpod, and a bunch more. Come out and celebrate one of SF's prodigal psych-surf sons. The Blank Tapes 15-Year Anniversary Party with [...]

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Exclusive: Watch Matt Adams (The Blank Tapes) perform “Candy” live for a Rhinefarm Session at Huichica

As we told you last week, this year's Huichica lineup features some of the best independent acts from around the Bay Area and beyond, as well as a bunch of delectable food and drink options to keep your belly full and your thirst quenched in the hot Sonoma sun. One of the coolest things the folks behind Huichica do during the festival is recording what they call the “Rhinefarm Sessions,” performances by visiting musicians playing in different unique spots around the ranch. Today, we have an exclusive on one of these special performances on The Bay Bridged. Matt Adams of [...]

Live This Month: March 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2015 (Podcast #358) 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. Many San Francisco Bay Area bands are heading down to Austin to take part in South by Southwest madness this month. While that may mean that more locals are away, it also means more opportunities to see emerging artists on pre- and post-SXSW tours, including international buzz bands like Madrid's Hinds and London's Happyness. Both of those bands are younger than London-based 2:54, but that group [...]

Best of the Rest – January 2015 (Mikal Cronin, Geographer, Sonny & the Sunsets, & more)

  Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we'd love to write about everything that catches our ear, it's impossible – there's just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn't have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for January 2015. Former son of [...]

Get To Know: Royal Oakie Records and Tapes

Oakland's Royal Oakie Records and Tapes has been around since 2011, but they are poised for an especially busy 2015. Founded by David Glassebrook of Deep Ellum and Yasamine June, Royal Oakie has released albums from Deep Ellum, Cave Clove, and others over the last 4 years, and recently announced a fine pair of additions to their catalog: Sugar Candy Mountain's Mystic Hits, which is out now, and The Blank Tapes' Geodesic Dome Piece, set for a January 13 release. Royal Oakie is also planning releases in 2015 from Trans Van Santos, Deep Ellum, Fine Points, and more, while planning [...]

The Best of the Rest, 10/17/2014 (Cool Ghouls, Seatraffic, & more)

Cool Ghouls It’s time for our roundup of all those highlights from the last couple weeks that we weren’t able to feature on their own – here’s the best of the rest, as determined by The Bay Bridged editors. San Francisco's Cool Ghouls are gearing up for the release of their sophomore album A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye on November 11 via Empty Cellar, and they just dropped the third new track off that upcoming effort, the whirling, twirling, ethereal psychedelic ditty called "What A Dream I Had": Seatraffic released a cool mini-documentary about the making of their [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325) Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325) It's conventional wisdom nowadays that bands no longer need record labels to release music into the world. Still, it would be foolish to think that labels no longer matter. A label association can be a critical stamp of approval for potential new fans; the best labels build audiences' trust to the point that they'll support new artists even before hearing them. All of this is to say nothing, of course, of the distribution services labels can offer, and any financial or booking support they might also provide. In recent [...]

Mixtape: 12 Original Holiday Songs from Local Artists (Podcast #323)

Mixtape and accompanying text by Russell Jelinek Download: Mixtape: 12 Original Holiday Songs from Local Artists (Podcast #323) Last week, Slate lamented the lack of modern Christmas classics available, claiming Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." While mainstream music may lack holiday classics, our local indie scene is always cranking out a wide variety of Christmas hits every year. In this mixtape, we have twelve ALL ORIGINAL holiday hits from local acts, ranging from the tender perfection of Ash Reiter's "Christmas in California" to Jingle Boyz (aka Adam Healton) laying down some, uh, irreverent rhymes on [...]

Spend the Holidaze with The Blank Tapes

The Blank Tapes from Southern California are returning to the city on Wednesday, December 18, as part of a short series of Holidaze shows that kicked off on the 14th at The Echo in Los Angeles. The three-piece outfit has been keeping busy all year--spending a total of about six months on the road in promotion of Vacation, and making its late night television debut on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly just last month--and they plan to finish 2013 off strong with one final visit to The Chapel. The band will be warming up the Valencia Street music house with their summery garage [...]

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