Noise Pop: Friday Night Preview!

There's no excuse to stay in this weekend, not even the weather - Noise Pop's weekend forecast is more great music, rain or shine. On Friday the exceptional pop arrangements of St. Vincent can be heard at the Great American. "Now now," before she charms your socks off will be That Ghost (Santa Rosa), the quirky sound scientist Rafter (San Diego), and Cryptacize (out of the East Bay - think Camera Obscura with a splash of Deerhoof). Here’s a preview of what’s to be of their sophomore Asthmatic Kitty release, Mythomania: Cryptacize - "Mini-Mythomania" Carrying on with the [...]

The Morning Benders release Grain of Salt EP Tuesday, play Noise Pop Friday

As anyone who has been reading the site for the last few weeks knows, tomorrow, Noise Pop 2009 begins. And yes, we're excited. However, there is another reason to celebrate -- tomorrow is also the official release date of The Morning Benders' latest EP, Grain of Salt. Featuring the title track (a personal favorite of mine), the EP also contains three previously unreleased B-sides which showcase another side of the band not heard on their full-length -- one of which you can check out below! The Morning Benders - "your dark side" If somehow you've managed to not [...]

Review: 20 Min Loop with Tartufi and the Mumlers at Bottom of the Hill

In the interest of full disclosure I must confess that I honestly believe the Mumlers are one of the best bands out of the Bay Area right now. They've got a style (and swagger) they can call all their own. When a night starts off with the Mumlers, I am undoubtedly one of the most stoked guys around. The show was at Bottom of the Hill. Paraphrased from their instructions for bands the have posted on their website: Don't show up expecting to get a draw from foot traffic. This venue is only for bands who've established themselves a bit [...]

Review: The Porchsteps, The Mumlers, and Or, the Whale – Friday Sep 26, 2008, at the Starry Plough

Are you ready for Round 2 of Jake Butler checking out a show at the Starry Plough on behalf of The Bay Bridged? I sure as hell was last Friday and this train is leaving town, so jump on board! The night was very promising for the sheer fact that Or, the Whale was coming off a great set at Treasure Island Music Festival (note: for those of you who couldn’t make it, the festival was like Outside Lands minus all the bad parts). Toss in one part The Mumlers, and a generous spoonful of The Porchsteps and badabing badaboom [...]

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