Mixtape: The Musical World of Kelley Stoltz

This post first ran on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Kelley_Stoltz_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: The Musical World of Kelley Stoltz (Podcast #389) If one were only to consider his consistently strong solo albums, San Francisco musician Kelley Stoltz would rightly be labeled an impressive talent. Over the past decade and a half, he's released seven LPs of finely-tuned rock-pop for labels that include Castle Face, Third Man, and Sub Pop. Influenced by classic artists like The Kinks and The Beach Boys, Stoltz conveys a unique and ever-evolving interest in pop mixed with elements of psychedelia and garage rock. Even more impressively, his solo albums have [...]

Relive summer nostalgia with The Mantles’ video for “Doorframe”

The Mantles (Photo by David Armstrong) There's something about most jangle-pop that instantly recalls warm summer breezes and waxing nostalgic. Today, you deserve a bit of a summer throwback, and that comes in the form of San Francisco-based The Mantles' new video for their single "Doorframe." The song itself is a perfect specimen of shimmering guitar hooks and wistful moods, grounded by singer/guitarist Michael Olivares' lightly ragged vocals. The video, directed by drummer Virginia Weatherby, wonderfully highlights these juxtapositions while simply having a ton of fun. We see shots of the band playing together by the water, dressed in black, with the [...]

By |October 23, 2015|Tags: |

The Mantles release new song “Police My Love”, album release party in October

In my downtime I tend to listen to a lot of slow, sad, and lyrical music about emotions that you wish you could ignore. When I'm done ignoring all my problems, I go toward music that may still talk about these very human emotions, but somehow make them a lot more vivid and fun. Instead of making me not want to move from my bed, music like this makes me want to get up and live. Makes me realize that being human doesn't have to be so miserable. Local band The Mantles make this kind of music. Their newly-released song "Police My Love" does the [...]

By |September 22, 2015|Tags: |

Death Records to hold inaugural DEATHSTOCK, a three-day festival in Guerneville this June

If the name didn't already hint at it, DEATHSTOCK isn't a festival for the weak-hearted. To celebrate the first year anniversary of San Francisco-based Death Records' existence, DEATHSTOCK brings together more than 25 bands (on three stages) north of San Francisco in Guerneville, CA, from June 26 to June 28. Featuring a lineup of scuzzy punk acts like Terry Malts and CCR Headcleaner, lo-fi rockers like The Mantles and more dreamier, pop numbers like Death Records' own Tiaras, the festival will play host to a slew of eclectic local acts over a three-day music binge. And although it's in its first year, it's already a [...]

The Mantles’ Michael O. releases debut record

Michael O. of Oakland's The Mantles is getting ready for the release of his first solo LP, Really?, on April 28. Carrying some significant hallmarks of '80s college-radio rock (deep, slightly-disaffected vocals contrasted against jingle-jangle guitars), Really? is a surprisingly upbeat, windows down kind of album, perfect for the coming spring that in some corners of the Bay is already here. Check out some sneak-peek tracks from his Bandcamp below. Really? by Michael O. The Mantles themselves are currently recording a new LP themselves. No word yet on when you can expect it, but Really? already feels like a fine [...]

By |February 25, 2015|Tags: , |

Video: The Mantles – “Memory”

The Mantles have a new 7" out on December 2 via Slumberland Records, entitled Memory. The title track from the 7" debuted yesterday in video form via Impose. http://youtu.be/ryxh8S5jORA This new 7" from the Mantles is the latest release since 2013's Long Enough To Leave (produced by fellow local Kelley Stoltz). Currently, the band only has shows scheduled in Europe, but keep an eye out for any forthcoming local shows.

By |October 28, 2014|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Alex G, Ceremony, David Kilgour, and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, August 1st David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights, The Shifting Sands, The Mantles @ Rickshaw Stop 9pm, $14, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, August 2nd Ceremony, Nothing, Dangers, Flesh World, King Woman @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $14, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Tuesday, [...]

The Mantles blast off with Rocketship, Boyracer, and The Softies at Rickshaw Stop

The second day of San Francisco Popfest, much like most of the 4-day series of concerts throughout the city, was a '90s indie pop enthusiast's wet dream. As a person who lived out their first two years of college on a steady diet of sad '90s college rock, shoegaze and twee, I (like many others) was thrilled to hear that The Softies, Boyracer, and Rocketship would be joining The Mantles to play a Slumberland Records dominated show at the Rickshaw Stop. The Softies, frazzled from traveling woes, graced the stage first. Only 15 minutes earlier did I see Softies guitarist [...]

Giveaway: The Mantles at Rickshaw Stop

On May 23, different eras of San Francisco's notable independent label, Slumberland Records, will collide to form a lineup of the best twee and garage pop that the label has to offer. Headlining is the Bay Area's tour de force garage pop band, The Mantles. Navigating their way throughout the music scene since 2007, the band released their second full-length album last year on (you guessed it) Slumberland Records, called Long Enough To Leave. Joining in on the fun will also be recently reunited Sacramento-based '90s twee pop band Rocketship. The band made waves in '96 with their sunny yet [...]

By |May 19, 2014|Tags: |
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