Tony Molina announces rarities LP, Chapel show with Culture Abuse

(photo: Samuelito Cruz/Chase Mason) West Bay native Tony Molina has just announced the release of his upcoming rarities collection, Songs From San Mateo County. The record is due July 19 and it is available for pre-order from the Smoking Room label. The vinyl/cassette pre-order bundles are already sold out, but the LP is still availavle indivually for now. A pair of tracks from the collection, "Not The Way To Be" and "Can't Find My Way," are availale for streaming ahead of release. Tony Molina is going on tour with Culture Abuse this summer, kicking things off at the Chapel on [...]

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Live This Month: August 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: August 2018 (Podcast #431) 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. This month's mix kicks off with a song from Shannon & the Clams, one of many great Bay Area bands performing over the three days of the 2018 Outside Lands Festival. Outside Lands isn't the only outdoor fest highlighted here. We've also included a track from The Marias ahead of their appearance at the 20th Street Block Party. This episode also showcases heavy sounds from Drowse and [...]

Tony Molina releases new music from upcoming LP ‘Kill The Lights’

Tony Molina — formerly of Ovens and Caged Animals — recently released three tracks from his upcoming solo album Kill the Lights. And, if the first releases from the album are any indication, it's shaping-up to be quite a departure from his noisy, 2013 project Dissed and Dismissed. The prolific Bay Area songwriter has always worn his influences on his sleeve. But, he's so good at wearing them that we're ok with the idol worshiping. His 2016 EP Confront the Truth is an homage to 60's era pop — especially to the Beatles — and while these new songs continue [...]

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Mixtape: New Releases from Some of the Bay Area’s Best Record Labels Download: Mixtape: New Releases from Some of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #393) Support for this podcast is provided by Goldstar. Visit their web site at The post first ran on A record label may not be a necessity for a musician in 2016, considering the remarkable ease with which anyone can record an album and put it out into the world, and its benefits may not be obvious to some, given the precarious state of the music industry as a whole. Still, amidst the sea of countless new releases every week, there's undeniable value [...]

Cloakroom, Nothing, Tony Molina to play Oakland Metro next week

Next week, the East Bay will be blessed with a rare appearance from Indiana's Cloakroom, a trio whose dense, stony emo turned heads with this year's Further Out. I can't deny it, I seriously love this band. From the baritone, Morrissey-esque vocals to the massive drumming - just listen to the single “Starchild Skull” for a full dose of their fresh slow-core. They'll be making their way out here with Philadelphia's Nothing, who play a brand of shoegaze that hints at its creators hardcore punk pasts; a type of vicious, dreamy grunge, who's bite is occasionally lost in cascades of reverb. Joining the [...]

Pizza Punx celebrate two years at Santa Rosa show with White Fence and more

The North Bay's Pizza Punx started in 2013 as a way to alleviate the boredom of living in Sonoma County with a little injection of rock and roll. “Pizza Punx is about fuckin’ keeping it real and being bored as fuck and maybe giving a fuck about making your area a little more interesting,” Papa Pizza, one of their anonymous leaders, told the Oak Leaf News last year. “It’s really about rock 'n' roll and everything therein, eating too much pizza, and maybe vomiting periodically throughout the night at different people’s houses.” Sounds like a valiant mission, if you ask [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Tony Molina reps the Bay at Rickshaw Stop

Photos by Jon Ching Inhibitions were at an all time low at Rickshaw Stop on Thursday night for Tony Molina's Noise Pop showcase at Rickshaw Stop. Patrons were greeted with Molina asking for the sound guy to add reverb to make his vocals "sound hella tight." He requested more booze to be delivered to the stage. He gave Bay Area shout outs between almost every song. He played his own brand of chunky pop-rock (heavily influenced by Weezer, whether or not that's the intention) without ever looking like he cared what anyone thought. And then at the end of the [...]

Noise Pop Festival announces first bands for 2015, badges and tickets on sale this week

Our friends at Noise Pop announced the first batch of bands playing the 2015 edition of their iconic San Francisco indie music festival, and they're off to a great start. The lineup so far features a host of local Bay Bridged favorites (Giraffage, Cathedrals, Six Organs of Admittance, Tony Molina) as well as artists from far-and-wide (Caribou, Dan Deacon, Slow Magic, Surfer Blood). Early Bird festival badges are $125 and go on sale for TODAY at 11am PST – once those are gone, Regular Badges will go on sale for $150. Badges give you access to all general admission shows. [...]

Phono del Sol: The LAST ticket giveaway before the show!

John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees at Phono del Sol 2013 Phono del Sol is so close, we can taste it. In ten days, Potrero del Sol Park will be the epicenter of all that is right with the Bay Area independent music scene with a lineup featuring both locals (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Blackbird Blackbird, Yalls, Tony Molina, A Million Billion Dying Suns, The Tambo Rays, and Bill Baird) as well as a dash of out-of-town talent (Baltimore's Wye Oak and San Franciscans-turned-Angelenos Nick Waterhouse and White Fence). We could not be more excited to open [...]

Win tickets to see Wye Oak, Tony Molina, and more at Phono del Sol!

Phono del Sol is one month from today, and we're gearing up for the home stretch by giving away yet another pair of tickets to San Francisco's best summer festival. Taking place July 12, 2014 in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park and featuring ten of the best local and out-of-town indie acts, including Wye Oak, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Tony Molina, and more, Phono del Sol Music Festival is slowly becoming one of the City's hottest summer shows, entering its fourth year in 2014. Find out how to win tickets below, and then check out [...]

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