Photos: The Y Axes at 924 Gilman

The Y Axes (photo: Ian Young) Local band the Y Axes gave a colorful and energetic performance at 924 Gilman in Berkeley last Monday, September 3, 2017. Our photographer Ian Young was on site to capture the gallery below of the night.

By |September 8, 2017|Tags: |

Live This Month: November 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: November 2016 (Podcast #396) 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. Touring tends to slow down as winter approaches, but don't mistake that for a shortage of great local concerts. There are plenty of excellent bands performing in SF this month, including a sizable number of Bay Area acts celebrating new albums with shows close to home. In this mix alone, we've included new music from locals Trails and Ways, Great Apes, The Y Axes, The New [...]

Photos: Bay area bands The Y Axes, Mosaics, Be Calm Honcho at Slim’s

The Y Axes (photo: Robert Alleyne) It was a celebration of Bay Area music as all four bands on the bill last Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Slim's had some base in and around the area. It also was a night of celebrating an early release for The Y Axes new album, Umbra, due early November. Be Calm Honcho started off the night strong. Following that was The Y Axes with an energetic set of songs, including a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" and throwing out what were dubbed "lightsabers" (they may have been neon light tubes) to the [...]

By |October 19, 2016|Tags: |

The Y Axes release their new single “Meteorite”

The Y Axes are the poster space-babes, with a cosmic sound that is dancey and fun. The first of their four singles to be released this year, "Meteorite", was recorded by Aaron Hellam (Finish Ticket, Rin Tin Tiger, Black Map) at Hellam Sound in Oakland, CA. It is a melody-focused tune featuring minimal and tasteful synths, some great guitar shredding, a tight-but-driven rhythm section, and the memorable vocals of front-woman Alexi Belchere. The chorus of the song, where Belchere rips into the lyrics "Leaving town tonight / Out to where the light can't reach us," is undeniably catchy and evokes a vaguely nostalgic and [...]

By |January 28, 2016|Tags: |

Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills [Part Two]

In this round of interviews with your favorite local musicians, I talked to two musicians who are equally passionate about what they do on and off the stage. They also share the name Devin which means one who recites poetry with harp or lyre — a name that couldn't be more fitting for the lives they live. Read on to get behind the poetry and sound of Grow and Twine and the Y Axes. Enjoy round two of this ongoing series. Ryan Devens: Grow & Twine // Owner of Tailors' Keep 1. In what way does your job inspire your music? Music, in my mind, [...]

By |December 3, 2015|Tags: , |

Premiere: Listen to The Y Axes’ new song “Monsters”

The Y Axes, the self-proclaimed "space pop" band, are back with a new song called "Monsters," and you can listen to it here. The track is a catchy pop-indie-rock single that showcases the vocal abilities of lead singer Alexi Belchere and Devin Nelson, memorable melodies from Nelson and Jon Lanthier, and a stirring rhythm arrangement courtesy of Aaron Larson and Nick Schneider (who is also another writer here at The Bay Bridged!). The song is about losing your sense of self over time -- a pervasive phenomenon -- and the process of how we interpret fear, love, and every other facet of [...]

By |April 3, 2015|Tags: |

The Forbin Project, Debbie Neigher play Art Boutiki’s ’80s night

Will '80s nostalgia ever get old? Not if the Art Boutiki has anything to say about it. However, on the venue's upcoming '80s night, which happens this Saturday, "nostalgia" won't be synonymous with "novelty": get ready for a solid lineup of Bay Area up-and-comers, including Piranha Party!, The Y Axes, Debbie Neigher, and The Forbin Project, which features Daniel Martinez of San Jose's Picture Atlantic. Also expect guest DJ sets from Nik and Ryan of Picture Atlantic, as well as work from featured artist (the visual kind) Michael Montoya. There will also be a costume contest for your entertainment, so [...]

The Y Axes release “Neon Streets” video

The Y Axes have made a new video. It's silly. A vehicle for their May release, Sunglasses and Solar Flares, the video stars the band members as teenage Republican vampires trying to convert a resistant population of San Franciscans. Spoiler alert: It's hard to be a Republican in San Francisco, vampire or not. The Y Axes are making a few appearances for San Francisco's ULUV Music Day tomorrow, at Trouble Coffee at 2 and The Mill at 3 pm. They'll also be playing next month's Big Rock Show in San Jose with A Yawn Worth Yelling, Six Steps North, [...]

By |June 20, 2014|Tags: |

The Y Axes release ‘Sunglasses and Solar Flares’ at Hotel Utah tomorrow

After months of preparation, The Y Axes' first full-length is on its way: Sunglasses and Solar Flares, which officially drops tomorrow. To celebrate, they're throwing a party at Hotel Utah and want you to be there. Sunglasses and Solar Flares is a shimmering work of pop with notes of free-for-all punk, a danceable romp that still knows how to rock. Sunglasses contains several previous releases and brand new ones, meticulously produced at Hyde Street Studios but still very much handcrafted by the band themselves. You can pre-order it at the band's Bandcamp. Check out "Rivers," a swaying, soothing torch song, [...]

By |May 16, 2014|Tags: |
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