Ticket Giveaway: 20 Sided Records Compilation Release Parties presented by The Bay Bridged

As we told you earlier this month, 20 Sided Records is dropping a compilation entitled "These Strange Days" on September 3, and the San Francisco-based label is teaming up with The Bay Bridged to fête the new record with four release parties at four separate SF venues on consecutive nights from September 4–7. In anticipation of these celebratory gigs (which benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation), we have a pair of tickets for each night to give away to four lucky readers. The compilation – 20 Sided's fourth such collection – includes 21 tracks from bands on the label's roster, including Ash Reiter, [...]

20 Sided Records dropping new comp, celebrating with four shows presented by The Bay Bridged

San Francisco's 20 Sided Records will release its fourth compilation on September 3, and the label is celebrating the new album with four – yes, FOUR – release parties in early September, all proudly presented by The Bay Bridged. The compilation – entitled These Strange Days – will features 21 tracks from bands on 20 Sided's roster, with an eclectic arrangement of artists from both the Bay Area and around the Western U.S. Included are Ash Reiter, The Blank Tapes, Cannons and Clouds, Li Xi, and Couches (a newcomer trio led by the man behind 20 Sided, David Mitchell). Following [...]

Video Premiere: The Tambo Rays – "Night Feel"

San Francisco chill-pop outfit The Tambo Rays just released a new single that comes with a video already in tow, and we're premiering the Thomas McGovern-directed short right here on The Bay Bridged. "Night Feel" – the band's first release since their debut EP, July 2012's kaleidoscope – is an entrancing blast of mellowed out, lo-fi rock, the head-turning next step in the four-piece's catalog. The video matches the track's vibe, with a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic (sound familiar?) journey to a tripped-out campfire dance party in the middle of the forest. It's a stunning visual crafted by McGovern, who is [...]

Mixtape: The New Wave of Bay Area Shoegazers (Podcast #253)

Mixtape: The New Wave of Bay Area Shoegazers (Podcast #253) Amidst its various other micro-scenes, San Francisco has long fostered bands incorporating the dreamy and noisy sounds of shoegaze. Over the years, groups like Film School, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Stratford 4, and others emerged from the Bay Area, employing dense, melodic distortion to much acclaim. Recently, it seems, a new crop of shoegaze-influenced bands has begun to emerge, led by breakout acts like Weekend, Young Prisms, and The Soft Moon. You'll recognize some common threads among these bands, but there's a diversity of influences and approaches here that [...]

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