Download seven Velvet Underground covers from The Fresh & Onlys, Blasted Canyons, Burnt Ones, and more

As we previously reported, Castle Face Records is releasing a tribute album to The Velvet Underground & Nico in conjunction with the 45th anniversary reissue of that classic VU record. The bad news is that the label's already sold out of copies -- just another reason to see any of these bands at shows, I think -- but tracks from the covers record have been steadily leaking around the web in recent weeks. Here's the bulk of the record, most of which can be downloaded for your future listening pleasure. (Download here.)

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Yelawolf, Il Gato, Thee Oh Sees, Joshua Radin and more

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means: time for another ticket giveaway! This week, we've got Sonny Smith, Yelawolf, Joshua Radin and way more. To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Wednesday, October 10th Il Gato, Immanu El, Wolf & Crow @ Rickshaw Stop To win, be the first person to enter. Winner will receive [...]

Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys on 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' tribute

Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and The Fresh & Onlys are among those that recorded cover tracks for an upcoming The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th anniversary tribute. If anyone could do justice to Lou Reed and company's iconic 1967 debut, it would be these guys. White Fence, The Mallard, Burnt Ones, and Warm Soda also contribute to the the album, which will be released in various formats on October 30th via John Dwyer's Castle Face Records label in conjunction with Universal Music Enterprises. The initial release of 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' by Castle Face And Friends will include [...]

Review & Photos: Scream contest — The Mallard, Wimps, Uzi Rash at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 8/17/12

SF's The Mallard opened up a screamy good night on Friday. Singer Greer McGettrick cut her arm halfway through the set and soon wore blood on her cheek like warpaint. The show provided a pleasing clash of both guitars and vocals. McGettrick's unusual guitar effects bring flashbacks of the UK's amazing (but sadly defunct) Kaito. At one point, she taped 5 of her 6 strings down so she could play with one hand and bang tambourine with the other. Soon all the kids'll be doin' it. Don't miss The Mallard on Saturday, September 8th at Oakland's Uptown with Sic Alps [...]

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Mixtape: 2012 Rock Make Street Festival Preview Mix (Podcast #285)

Mixtape: 2012 Rock Make Street Festival Preview Mix (Podcast #285) On Saturday, September 15th, 2012, The Bay Bridged will be joining Tartufi and The Bold Italic to throw the fifth annual Rock Make Street Festival, an all ages, all day celebration of local independent music, arts, crafts, and food at Treat Avenue and 18th Street in the Mission. Rock Make 2012 will feature two stages of local indie bands and 70 arts and crafts vendors, as well as great food and beer for your all day enjoyment. Rock Make is one of the rare opportunities for the Bay Area's DIY [...]

Mixtape: Things You May Have Missed Earlier This Year (Podcast #280)

Mixtape: Things You May Have Missed Earlier This Year (Podcast #280) Words by Ben Van Houten When it was pitched, this episode was known informally as an "underrated bands" mix, a label that seems as unworkable as it feels insulting. In an age of increasing access to an perpetually growing volume of music, and a culture that focuses on always keeping an eye out for the next big thing, the idea that any band could hold any attention long enough to be over-/under-/rated at all seems unlikely. Forget ratings and rankings: just remembering what you like can be a challenge [...]

If you wanna die, then Cosmonauts wanna die with you at Brick & Mortar this Saturday 6/16/12

Touring behind their new album, If You Wanna Die Then I Wanna Die, out now on Burger Records, LA's Cosmonauts are at the top of a psych-filled bill this Saturday at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. If you wanna check out for the night and hitch a ride on a drone ship to the outer regions of consciousness, this is your best bet. Or if you just wanna buy If You Wanna Die on vinyl direct from the band, you can do that too. Can't get a babysitter for the night? Understandable — all the psychedelic warrior moms and dads [...]

Video Premiere: The Mallard – "Mansion" (Directed by Hannah Lew)

Below, we're excited to the premiere of the new video from SF's The Mallard. "Mansion" comes from Yes on Blood, the band's recent Castle Face full length, and the video was directed by Hannah Lew (Grass Widow). The clip is another 16mm winner from Lew, who has also done recent videos for Hunx, Shannon and the Clams, Rat Columns and others. As you'll see, "Mansion" finds The Mallard hanging out and playing on Mare Island, and the song's insistent melody is visually accented by broken glass, broken eggs, and broken windows. It makes me want to spin Yes on Blood [...]

Saturday: Adobe Books Fundraiser with Sonny and the Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees and The Mallard!

With an "imminent" rent increase threatening Adobe Books' continued existence, there's a fundraiser for the store this Saturday, April 7th at The Lab, featuring performances by Sonny and the Sunsets, Thee Oh Sees and The Mallard, and comedy from George Chen and Anna Seregina. There will also be a silent art auction featuring work by a ton of visual artists. Find out more details here. Sonny and the Sunsets – "She Plays Yo Yo With My Mind" ALL THE CHILDREN SING: The Adobe Books Benefit Variety Show The Lab April 7, 2012 8pm, $10-20, All Ages

Live This Month: March 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #274)

Live This Month: March 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #274) 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 annual insanity of South by Southwest means that a ton of artists are touring right now, and plenty of performers will be in SF in March en route to or returning from Austin. But while most of the acts included in this episode will be doing one or a dozen shows in bars and parking lots around the [...]

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