Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

  Michael Bingham, Spiritual Cramp (photo: Derek Nielsen) "My fondest memory of Slim's had less to do with my experience at the show and more to do with my partner's. In our many years going to shows, she is usually pretty unimpressed (at the hardcore ones I drag her to) with the macho bullshit that a lot of these bands get their rocks off on — understandably so. A lot of the times we were usually going to drink some beers and catch up with friends on tour. This particular time Basement was on tour with Turnstile and we were cruising [...]

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 [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 14 – 16

Friday, December 14 Willie Nelson and Family @ The Fox Theater A second show added by unending popular demand for the country legend, Willie is (don't say it, don't say it...) on the road again and headed for the Bay Area. Extra Classic, Smokin Ziggurats @ Ivy Room Miss Hemlock Tavern? The old booking team is working with the Ivy Room in Albany now. Come on out for the dub of Extra Classic and the psych of Smokin' Ziggurats. Eko Zu @ Neck of the Woods Who are Eko Zu? Meet them and their stage personae in last year's profile, [...]

No one told the New Trust to stop, so they didn’t

The New Trust. L-R: Sara Sanger, Josh Staples, Julia Lancer, Michael K. Richardson. When North Bay indie darlings the New Trust started back in 2003, it was assumed that they would eventually be tapped on the shoulder and reminded they needed to grow up and stop playing music. It's been 15 years now and that hasn't happened yet, so what do you do? Well, if you're the New Trust, you throw a big show at your hometown venue with your friends. This Friday, the core trio — guitarist/vocalist Sara Sanger, bassist/vocalist Josh Staples, and drummer Julia Lancer — will invite [...]

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Celebrate 15 years of the New Trust at the Phoenix Theater

Santa Rosa-grown indie rockers the New Trust will celebrate their 15th anniversary at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma on Friday December 14. Joining them are past members Matthew Izen and Michael Richardson to revive favorite songs from the early 2000s. Friends of the band, Polar Bears, will also emerge from hibernation to rejoin the Sonoma County indie rock scene, encouraging all ages to gather with friends and remedy the holiday blues with some much needed youthful nostalgia. Listen to "Honeymoon" from the New Trust's 2017 release, Upset the Tides here: Upset The Tides by The New Trust The New Trust, [...]

By |December 11, 2018|Tags: |

Mixtape: The North Bay’s Best Indie Bands Download: Mixtape: The North Bay's Best Indie Bands (Podcast #341) There's a reason that Napa and Sonoma are known as "Wine Country," not "Music Country," but recent efforts have endeavored to bring the music festival experience to an area that's understandably known more for great food and drink. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Napa Valley Expo hosted the relaunched BottleRock Napa Valley, which drew tens of thousands to see Outkast, The Cure, and a lineup disproportionately heavy on '90s radio stalwarts. Just a few days ago, the Huichica Music Festival served up an indie-oriented two-day fest at the Gundlach [...]

Video: The New Trust – "Refined (Part 1)"

Santa Rosa's The New Trust make what they call "love songs"—but on first listen, you might not get that impression. The band makes decidedly loud and sludgy indie rock, like what would happen if you combined Shellac with Slint. The trio, which features Josh Staples (known for his work as bassist and vocalist for another Sonoma County-based band, The Velvet Teen), has just released what they think is their "finest material" on an album called Keep Dreaming produced by the legendary Steve Albini (who seems to really like Bay Area music). You can feel a little bit of the love [...]

By |October 25, 2013|Tags: |

American Steel, The New Trust, Nothing Cool @ BotH 8/7

American Steel blew the roof off Bottom of the Hill Friday night with the help of a nearly full house of friends and plenty of beer. Nothing Cool opened the show with their own brand of 90's pop-punk, scorching with fast-paced guitar licks and raunchy vocals. When the band wasn't cranking out the tunes, they were hard at work telling ball jokes. What followed was almost a complete contrast. The New Trust took the stage shortly after the end of the set, setting up quickly and eager to play. Their set presented a well-balanced mix of newer material with a [...]

American Steel, The New Trust, Nothing Cool @ BotH Friday

Oakland's infamous American Steel will be teaming up with Santa Rosa's The New Trust and San Francisco's own Nothing Cool this Friday night at the Bottom of The Hill for a night of pure, sweaty, rock-n-roll fun. The guys in Steel just released a new album in late July on Fat Wreck Chords entitled Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts. The new record is the highly anticipated follow-up album to 2007's Destroy Their Future, which had marked the end of the band's five-year hiatus. Below are two tracks from the new album: American Steel - "Safe and Sound" [...]

CD Releases Friday: The New Trust and Photons

There are interesting CD release parties on both sides of the Bay this Friday night. Over in Berkeley, The New Trust (Feature Podcast) celebrate the release of their third album Get Vulnerable at 924 Gilman. The trio's heavy melodic rock draws from the intensity of 90s indie/emo to create compact anthem-bombs that fit well with Josh Staples' politically-minded narratives. The show starts at 8pm and also features Build Us Airplanes, Cannons And Clouds, Spires and The Americas. The New Trust - "Holy Wars" Friday's also the CD release party for the debut EP from San Francisco's Photons. The [...]

By |October 8, 2008|Tags: , |
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