Video: The Heavenly States – “Berlin Wall,” featuring Britt Daniel from Spoon

The mutual respect between the Heavenly States and indie rock heavy-hitters Spoon is not a new development. The Heavenly States opened for the band during Spoon's 3-night residency at the Fillmore back in 2008, when Britt Daniel made sure to inform the Fillmore audiences how much he enjoyed the Heavenly States' Delayer. In fact, I distinctly recall Britt saying during one of the shows that Spoon hand-picked the local band to open because Delayer was "one of the best albums we've heard all year." In our recent interview with the Heavenly States, the band elaborates on the connection with Spoon [...]

Mixtape: Only the East Bay (Podcast #247)

Mixtape: Only the East Bay (Podcast #247) This podcast episode is part mixtape and part mea culpa. Even though our name is The Bay Bridged, we periodically get people calling us out on our SF-centric coverage of Bay Area indie music. In recognition of all of the great music coming from the other side of the Bay, this mix features only East Bay artists--15 of them--spanning a wide variety of styles and sounds. The collection shows that, just like in SF, there's a diverse batch of talent in Oakland and beyond that's well worth checking out. Subscribe to The Bay [...]

Interview: The Heavenly States talk about Record Store Day, their new EP, and the conflict in Libya

Editor's Note: We recently spoke with The Heavenly States' singer/multi-instrumentalist Genevieve Gagon, who offered thoughts on the current conflict in Libya (in 2005, the band was the first to tour Libya after the travel ban was lifted), and showed that the band's political awareness and passion ring true in their music-making philosophies. To celebrate the release of their new Oui Camera Oui EP, out 4/19/11, The Heavenly States play Saturday at the Red Devil Lounge in celebration of Record Store Day, with Kill Moi, Farewell Typewriter, and DJ Bagel Ted (8pm, $15). The Heavenly States - "Model Son" Your upcoming [...]

New EP from The Heavenly States – ‘Oui Camera Oui’

The latest release from The Heavenly States (since 2008's much-loved Delayer) comes to us in the form of the Oui Camera Oui EP, out on April 19th via Hippies Are Dead Records (a fairly new indie label). The Heavenly States - "Model Son" "Model Son" is an admirable expansion of the Heavenly States' traditional sound - where 90s-inspired indie rock and hard riffs are replaced with smoother melodies and folksy edges. For fans of the stomp-clap-stomp-clap pattern, this song is a worthy contribution. The Heavenly States will be making a special live appearance for Record Store Day 2011, performing at [...]

Grand Lake celebrate the release of ‘Blood Sea Dream’ on 8/24/10 @ Du Nord

As previously reported, Grand Lake's debut full-length is out on Hippies Are Dead Records, and it's now seeing release on vinyl as well. For the vinyl release show, Grand Lake has lined up It's for Free Grace (Ted Nesseth of the Heavenly States), Sean Smith & the Present Moment, and DJs James and Evander to join in the celebration. Grand Lake - "Louise" Grand Lake - "Spark" The bands will take the stage at Cafe Du Nord on Tuesday, August 24th (9:00 pm, $10, 21+). Grand Lake - Louise (I Live In A Fantasy) from Ryan Pierce on Vimeo.

April 2010 Monthly Mix (Podcast #211)

[podcast][/podcast] Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast includes music from nine Bay Area bands, including a number of submissions and some recently blogged-about artists. Enjoy! Subscribe to the The Bay Bridged weekly podcast to get each new episode downloaded free to your iTunes the moment it's published! About this week's bands: The Heavenly States ("A Man For Our Times") recently contributed a song to the Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence compilation. They also have a new EP coming out this summer. The Blank Tapes ("Driving Out Of My Mind") have a new album, Home Away From Home, [...]

The Heavenly States and Kill Moi @ Bottom of the Hill Friday

Bottom of the Hill will host quite the eclectic evening this Friday, March 26th - and in this case, "eclectic" refers to a mixture of Canadian dance music and local garage-influenced indie rock. Hailing from Montreal, Think About Life are set to headline with some dance crazy jams, with locals the Heavenly States and Kill Moi scheduled to open. The Heavenly States (listen to their Bay Bridged podcast) are still riding the buzz from their 2008 album, Delayer, a multi-layered rock record full of Spoon-approved jams. Kill Moi , who have been playing on and off around the Bay since around [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Deerhoof, Dorkfest, Bowerbirds

It's time for another Ticket Giveaway Wednesday! In addition to these great shows, you can win a pair of tickets to our own fundraiser, Regional Bias, in giveaways being held by our friends Broke-Ass Stuart and Mission Mission. Sunday, August 2nd - Deerhoof @ Great American Music Hall Deerhoof are back home headlining this Sunday at Great American Music Hall. If you haven't seen these Bay Area staples yet - you are missing out! We were also very fortunate to have them perform at our inaugural New, Improved, LIVE studio sessions in May. Deerhoof - "Giga Dance" To [...]

Weekend Mix: 7/2-7/5

Thursday: Moondoggies, Harbours, Sarah Bethe Nelson @ The Rickshaw Stop Harbours - "Situation" Thursday: Double Dagger, Awesome Tapes From Africa (DJ), Mi Ami, Beast Of Thought, Psychic Reality @ The Knockout Mi Ami - "New Guitar" Friday: The Heavenly States, Boatclub, The West Of, The Dashing Suns @ The Uptown in Oakland The Heavenly States - "The Race" Saturday: Birdmonster, Two Sheds, Low Red Land, Finn Riggins, D Numbers, Birds & Batteries, Writer, Murray The Thief @ El Rio Writer - "Try and Stop Me" Sunday: Weather Pending @ Mojito's in North [...]

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