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 [...]

Trails and Ways squeeze in one more bite of summer with new song “Happiness”

Trails and Ways have such a mythical backstory that it's easy to forget they only have an EP and one full-length record under their belt. From college roommate-ing to living in Brazil to lineup shifts, even having their last record Pathology released on a Brazilian label (Balaclava) in addition to Barsuk, the Oakland band is truly living out each musical moment their path has afforded, with great fanfare. Solo artist Kendra McKinley has even joined the ranks on guitar in the current live lineup. This week, to add the growing momentum, the band has released new song "Happiness." Think summer, [...]

By |August 26, 2016|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Trails and Ways, Speedy Ortiz and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, June 2 The Good Life, Speedy Ortiz, Tancred @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $15, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, June 3 Eric Bachmann, John Meeks @ The Chapel 9pm, $15, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, June 3 SF Popfest: The Cannanes, Blooper, Lunchbox, The [...]

Get To Know: Tanukichan

Tanukichan is the new solo venture of Hannah van Loon, who recently left Trails and Ways after a four year stint with the band. Just yesterday she released "Bitter Medicine," her first recording as Tanukichan. It's a lovely introduction to her new project, with an (almost) never-ending bassline leading the way and constant harmonies that flowing from melodic to eerie and back again as they move. You can tell van Loon had a strong influence on the sound of Trails and Ways (and vice versa), but it's clearly a new direction. Give a listen to "Bitter Medicine" below. For [...]

Interview: Trails and Ways raise the stakes with ‘Pathology’

Oakland-based Trails and Ways will be performing at The Independent tonight to celebrate the release of their debut full-length album, Pathology, and you should be losing your mind. Initially formed in Berkeley, the band is influenced by sounds from around the world, and they sculpted the foundation of a growing fan base with 2013's Trilingual. On Pathology, their songs are varied, yet they remain consistent in character. Perhaps it’s precisely how they bring their collective interests together that allows their music to speak to listeners on a deeper level. One thing is for sure: we ravenously look forward to the [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Trails and Ways @ The Independent 6/5/15

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, June 5th Trails and Ways, Bells Atlas, Perhapsy @ The Independent 9pm, $15, 21+. Buy advance tickets here.

New electro-pop from Trails and Ways – “Skeletons”

At long last, Oakland quartet Trails and Ways is going to release the band's debut album, Pathology, on Barsuk Records, joining the likes of Death Cab, Mates of State, and many other top indie-pop bands. The band recorded the album in drummer Ian Quirk's bedroom, but the big, synth-heavy sound of "Skeletons" doesn't betray a bedroom project. As Ian explained in an email: On this one we went for a sound with lithe guitar lines & dungeony synth bass twisting over a heavy club groove. We wanted to make a dance banger that leaves nobody on the floor feeling alone, [...]

By |April 17, 2015|Tags: |

SONG-FREUD: Trails and Ways’ “Nunca”

Welcome back to SONG-FREUD, the only music column that doubles as a deep cavity search of your favorite Bay Area music. A pro bono psychotherapy session available for public consumption,  SONG-FREUD is also a public service. It is good karma to write, and good karma to read. *** “Nunca” means “never” in Spanish, a fact I know because I’m a polyglot and a professional. Yet for Oakland four-piece Trails and Ways, the word has special meaning. In their song of the same name, the narrator sings Never never never, but in his heart, as you will soon learn, he may actually be subconsciously striving to [...]

By |February 4, 2015|Tags: |

Wood Shoppe founder talks Astronauts, etc., staging free shows, and their third anniversary party

These days, San Francisco isn't really known for its free events. Ticket prices have swelled, festival costs are up, and you can't buy a pint at a show for less than $5. The music industry in the city is stressed, and a night out will set you back more than it ever has before. Free concerts—let alone ones that feature professionally curated local acts—are almost mythical. And yet, Wood Shoppe, a nonprofit production collective and free monthly music series, has been able to stage a free monthly show for the last three years. Formed by local industry vets from High [...]

Outside Lands a homecoming for performers with Bay Area ties

Outside Lands is just one of dozens of summer music festivals that spring up out of nowhere in America’s parks, dustbowls, parking lots and beaches. Nationwide, it’s still at the end of conversations about large festivals like Coachella or Lollapalooza. But for those who’ve made the trek into San Francisco’s Outer Lands the first weekend of August for the last six years, this festival is more than just about the music, wine and food. And for performers who are raised or based in the Bay Area, Outside Lands is a unique opportunity. “It's not just playing another gig for me [...]

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