A Bye Bye Blackbirds benefit show kicks off at 3pm Sunday

I first met Lenny Gill at a Bye Bye Blackbirds show at the Ivy Room a few years ago. Compared to his bandmates, Lenny was quiet — almost coming off as shy. Before he told me, I could have guessed that he was an educator. His disarming smile projected feelings of encouragement and an infinite well of patience. In an ever-increasingly frustrating and busy world, Lenny created a gentle ambience around him. I could imagine him being great with would-be Ritchie Blackmores and Joan Jetts. "Lenny was one of the founding members of the Blackbirds. He had played guitar in [...]

Review + Photos: The Bye Bye Blackbirds at the Ivy Room

The Bye Bye Blackbirds (photo: Patric Carver) Bradley Skaught, frontman for The Bye Bye Blackbirds stepped up to the mic and asked the crowd: “Does it feel like Saturday night?” The response was a mash of indifference and mumbles with a few tepid claps. The singer stepped aside the mic and sighed, “OK, well, I guess not...yet.” It certainly didn’t feel like Saturday night for me. As a native Floridian, I was frantically checking my phone every few minutes for updates from friends and family in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s landfall. Did they have enough water? Boards for windows? Did they [...]

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Mixtape: New Music from Longtime Bay Area Artists

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Veteran_Artists_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: New Music from Longtime Bay Area Artists (Podcast #413) Between streaming music services and social media, it feels easier than ever to find and consume an endless supply of new bands. But all of that access can also make it more challenging to find the time to keep up with previous favorites. There are plenty of good reasons to get excited about young bands, debut albums, and the prospect of discovering emerging artists, but there's also something uniquely rewarding to watching a great musician's career evolve over time. This mixtape collects new and recent music from twelve [...]

Premiere + Interview: The Bye Bye Blackbirds, “Duet”

Bradley Skaught photo: Patric Carver) The Bye Bye Blackbirds are one of the tightest bands in the Bay Area. Around for more than a decade, the Blackbirds play each set with the enthusiasm of teenagers but the musical acumen of a veteran band. Only two members of the band, Bradley Skaught and Lenny Gill, have been consistent throughout the years, but the Blackbirds sound has been solid since the beginning – power-pop with sophisticated but accessible arrangements cloaked in honey-sweet melodies. I’ve seen the Blackbirds live several times, and they never disappoint. Take Out the Poison is set to be [...]

Review + Photos: The Bye Bye Blackbirds take flight at The Ivy Room

The Bye Bye Blackbirds (photo: Patric Carver) I recently read about a growing trend to buy vinyl records and never play them, keeping the record forever in its cellophane prison as a kitchy relic of bygone times. Personally, I can’t think of anything more tragic and totally foreign to my relationship with vinyl. A few years ago, I found an original pressing of The Replacements' Let it Be — still in its shrink wrap. Before my receipt had printed, I had torn through the plastic covering and was asking to hear it on the record store’s sound system. Records are meant [...]

Tonight: Moheak Radio happy hour at the Noise Pop Up Shop features The Bye Bye Blackbirds and The Trophy Fire

The 2012 Noise Pop Up Shop calendar rolls right along with Moheak Radio's happy hour soiree this Thursday (7pm, $5, 18+). The four hour event will feature live sets from local groups The Bye Bye Blackbirds (8pm) and The Trophy Fire (9:30pm), as well as a DJ set by Moheak's own Mo Herms. A full bar and snacks will be available throughout the night, along with Pop Up Shop mainstays Soul Groove slinging their chicken and waffle sandwich goodness. Grab your tix here and listen to songs from both bands below.

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