New SF venue Doc’s Lab opens this weekend in North Beach

Doc's Lab – San Francisco's newest performance venue – opens this weekend at 124 Columbus Avenue in the city's North Beach neighborhood. A joint venture of Christopher Burnett (Darwin Cafe), Charlie Brown, and chef Justin Deering (Cafe des Amis, 15 Romolo, Conduit), Doc's Lab abides by the tagline "Cuisine, Culture, Community," taking inspiration from the neighborhood's rich history in literature, culture, and the arts. In fact, the building that houses Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab (which is in the basement) has already played an important role in supporting the arts. The basement originally housed a dance hall, then the legendary [...]

Watch The Sam Chase’s new video for “Hero To Myself”

The Sam Chase has released a steady stream of both official and unofficial videos so far during 2014, and the next in line is his bare-bones presentation for "Hero To Myself" off last year's Will Never Die. The video features only Chase himself with a guitar and a mic against a white background – an artful posturing yes, but also a (successful) effort to let the simple, yet moving track stand on its own two legs. One of the YouTube comments mentioned the striking similarity of the song's sound to that of The Tallest Man On Earth, and while I [...]

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The Sam Chase shares living room recording of new track

The Sam Chase recently took a break from his usual "kick-ass folk" when he recorded a video of an intimate solo performance of a new track in his San Francisco living room. The song, "I've Got Problems", is an introspective look at his approach to encountering the everyday problems that he shares with the rest of mankind. Without The Functional Alcoholics – his normal backing band – Chase's stripped down playing provides a unique opportunity for Bay Area music fans to hear one of the region's burgeoning talents in a raw, unplugged setting. The only audio effect at play here [...]

Giveaway: The Sam Chase, Bonnie & The BANG BANG, Before The Brave

This Friday, Slim's hosts an entire line-up of San Francisco folk-punk locals: The Sam Chase, Bonnie & The BANG BANG, and Before The Brave. It's a show not to be missed because The Sam Chase will be unveiling a new music video for "A Lucky One". It's animated by Murder Dollhouse, the studio that created videos for Sonny & The Sunsets and Social Studies. Watch the teaser for "A Lucky One" below: Maybe you were lucky enough to catch Bonnie & The BANG BANG during their January residency at Milk Bar, but if you weren't, don't fret. We've got [...]

The Sam Chase release music video for “Glory”

The Sam Chase is back, bringing their gritty sound to their newest music video for the song "Glory." The video is visually a love letter to silhouettes -- taking some of the best profile shots and on-stage footage of the band and putting them against a dark room and a single light. "Glory," on the other hand, is rough and hard in a country-rock way. Fiddling accompanies a stand-up bass, the stand-out vocals fall against the saxophone, and it all adds up to a glorious combination of sounds.

By |February 11, 2014|Tags: |

Art & Technology, Part I: The state of the Bay Area from the musician’s perspective

San Francisco (Photo: Samuel Wantman/Wikimedia Commons) The ongoing technology takeover and subsequent affordability crisis in San Francisco has saturated recent conversation here in the Bay Area. As the social, economical, and cultural landscapes continue to shift with no signs of slowing down, the dialogue has become muddled with brash accusations and blind finger pointing, and the fighting has gotten ugly on both sides. I spoke with 16 Bay Area artists - Pat McDonald, Pat Thomas, and Alex Fleshman of Cool Ghouls; Mark Tester of Burnt Ones; Matthew Melton of Warm Soda, Jeff Lewis and Elliott Kiger of The Spyrals; [...]

The Sam Chase named Best Band in SF Weekly's Best of SF Readers' Poll; record release show 5/31/2013

It's not a bad week to be named Sam Chase. Hours after dropping the new music video for "In A Perfect World," the San Francisco-based folk artist saw his eponymous project The Sam Chase voted Best Band by SF Weekly's Readers Poll, and all within days of the official record release party for his band's sophomore LP, The Sam Chase Will Never Die. A long way from his punk rock days, Sam has found a new home with his backing band, who are affectionately referred to as The Functioning Alcoholics. "Our first studio album, The Sam Chase Will Lead Us To Victory, was after the [...]

By |May 31, 2013|Tags: |
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