Best Of 2018: Estefany’s five favorite North Bay shows

E-40 plays SOMO Village (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) 1. The New Trust 15-Year Anniversary Show A quick glance at attendees of the New Trust's 15-Year Anniversary show meant spotting dozens of Bay Area musicians amongst the loyal fans watching the beloved Santa Rosa band play classics off its first two albums. It also meant seeing the friendships the band's music has sparked, while witnessing children run around a venue as a new generation experiences music. The lit-up faces and locked arms in the crowd proved it wasn't just the band celebrating the past 15 years worth of milestones, but the North Bay [...]

Behind The Scenes: The Front Bottoms at the Regency

The Front Bottoms (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) The Front Bottoms  played the Recency Ballroom two times — wait no, three times, a fan reminded singer Brian Sella from the audience at the Regency on November 6. The punk-folk outfit consisting of Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich have played countless festivals including Lollapalooza, ACL Music Festival, Panorama, Coachella, and you might have caught them on TV while watching NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Together, the New Jersey duo write honest, heartfelt compositions with wonderfully specific lyrics that share snippets of their lives. Sella's memorable guitar riffs are balanced out by Uychich's high-energy drum beats and [...]

By |November 16, 2017|Tags: |

Sponsored: The Front Bottoms at the Regency Ballroom

Given the difficulty of getting a group of people together and developing a shared musical vision — through all the outside commitments and creative spats and empty shows — most bands are lucky to see their fifth birthday. The Front Bottoms have recently celebrated their 10h. The Front Bottoms got their start as an acoustic punk band from the Eastern seaboard — not an uncommon phenomenon in the mid-aughts. But over time, they've evolved from a couple of New Jersey friends self-releasing EPs on cassette to a contract with Bar/None and, in 2013, a highly regarded album, Talon Of The [...]

By |August 31, 2017|Tags: |

The Wild hit the Bay on 2014 tour

Atlanta’s The Wild will swing through town this week with stops in both Oakland and Santa Cruz. Though the band proudly reps Atlanta as their home turf, The Wild, who are currently releasing records under the South Bay's Asian Man label, can boast two San Francisco residents in their lineup: Witt Wisebram and Diana Settles. The band is touring in support of 2013’s Dreams Are Maps, which was produced by Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace. In keeping with Asian Man conventions, the band displays strong pop-punk roots, bolstered by folk elements like harmonicas and banjos. They’ll be joined by You [...]

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