Best Of 2018: Travis Hayes shares a playlist of Bay Area faves

As part of our year-end wrap-up, we asked local movers, shakers, and music-makers from our community to contribute their favorite songs, moments, and memories from 2018. Today, musician Travis Hayes shares with us a playlist of the songs that made the biggest impression on him this year, featuring King Willow, Lords of Sealand, Jay Stone, and more. Track Listing: 1. "Would It Kill You?" by Dead To Me 2. "In on the Joke" by Lauren O'Connell 3. "Little Meter Red" by Lords of Sealand 4. "Fiction" by Youngest of Elders 5. "Picture of You" by Television Spies 6. "First World [...]

By |December 26, 2018|Tags: |

NYE Happening, Across The Bridges: Brothers Comatose, Lucero + more

Not in San Francisco, or wanna get out of town for the night? Here are some of the shows on our radar across the bridges. These events all have tickets as of writing. BERKELEY: Brothers Comatose + The Sam Chase @ Cornerstone Berkeley This is a new venue in downtown Berkeley, sized only slightly smaller than the Independent. Great location, pretty good sound, and a rowdy acoustic bluegrass-ish band promise a fun New Year's Eve. More info & tickets. OAKLAND: Lisa Light + Purple Heart @ Starline Social Club Lisa Light (the Lovemakers) covers Madonna and Purple Heart covers Prince [...]

Travis Hayes featured on ACLU benefit compilation

In these trying times, many politically-minded artists have been harnessing their talents to further causes that are under threat from the highest levels of power. John Nolan, guitarist and vocalist of beloved pop-punk outfit Taking Back Sunday, has brought together a wide array of talents and genres for a new compilation entitled Music For Everyone. Released on March 30 via Collective Confusion Records and Sub City (the charity wing of Hopeless Records), all proceeds will benefit the ACLU. Quoted on Brooklyn Vegan, Nolan said, “During these next four years, I feel it’s going to be extremely important to support organizations [...]

By |April 10, 2017|Tags: |

Giveaway: Travis Hayes will show some love for SF at The Independent tomorrow

Travis Hayes (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) The thought of freshly-made cookies and concert tickets hand-delivered by a musician you paid to see sounds like a project you wouldn’t picture most artists tackling, but Travis Hayes has made it part of his pre-show routine. The indie-rocker says the idea was inspired by a New York musician, and he first tested it out on fans who pre-purchased tickets to his concert at The Great American Music Hall back in May. “I like doing something that's fun for everyone regardless of whether they like your band or your music in the first place,” Hayes said. “If [...]

By |September 14, 2016|Tags: |

Travis Hayes will perform at our pre-Phono del Sol brunch!

There will be a ton of great food trucks at the 2016 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival on July 9, but since the festival doors open at noon, you'll want to get some breakfast before arriving to enjoy the sounds of Chairlift, Alvvays, and a whole slew of excellent bands all afternoon long. More specifically, though, you'll want to kick off your Phono del Sol day with our awesome music-inspired brunch. On Saturday, July 9, from 10am to noon before Phono del Sol, we're hosting brunch at Cease and Desist in the Mission District. "Brunch + Festival" tickets [...]

Noise Pop: John Moreland shuts up a rowdy Friday night crowd

photo by Victor Valle Shows that are meant to break your soul and patch it back together are tough for a crowd on a Friday night. You want to joke with your friends and unwind after a week of presumably hard work, the bar in the back boasts drink specials, and Saturday morning wouldn't be Saturday morning if you didn't sleep through the farmer's market yet again. But the last Friday night of Noise Pop at Inner Richmond's Neck of the Woods was an acoustic singer / songwriter affair with chairs set out for the lucky early birds. It was meant [...]

In The Studio: Travis Hayes

Photo Credit: Jared Swanson In The Studio is a series dedicated to detailing the creative processes of Bay Area artists, a behind-the-scenes look at the myriad personalities that make up our music community. This entry features Travis Hayes recording three new tracks at Nu-Tone Studios. Travis Hayes is a lot louder than I remember. The first time I saw the singer-songwriter perform was a rather low-key set at Amnesia which featured no more than an acoustic guitar, cello, and backup vocals for support. Now he has the Bay Area’s version of the E Street Band pushing his sound [...]

The Uneasy Truth: Financials of local bands

The Berkeley Haas School of Business is probably an unlikely place to find an aspiring musician, but that’s exactly where Zach Briefer found himself, staring down 9-to-5 mundanity and the white-collar purgatory of banking or accounting. “I knew two things,” he tells me, musing about his undergraduate days. “I didn’t want to work in an office, and I wanted to do something with music.” Briefer didn’t go into banking or accounting. He went into rock n’ roll, and it’s probably no surprise that he and his bandmates in Pistachio treat the band like a full-time job — a business with [...]

Nicholas Schneider’s best musical moments of 2015

Where the hell did this year go? I’m sure we all say this by the time Christmas rolls around, rearing its pimply, red-and-green-splotched face, reminding us to stimulate the economy by buying stuff that’s just gonna end up in a trash can or forgotten on some already over-cluttered shelf by this time next year. But, all ranting aside, this year did zip by particularly fast for me. Entering my first year of grad school, there were many late-night seminars that found me physically exhausted from a weekend of shows, struggling to dissect the deeper themes inherent in Melville’s short stories [...]

Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival returns this weekend for its second edition

Perhaps because it sits on the edge of city limits and has a reputation for being perennially fog-ridden, Ocean Beach seldom gets noticed by the San Francisco masses who live closer to the Bay. Hopefully, this weekend's Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival will help change that perception and give a little more street cred to the neighborhoods that abut the Pacific Ocean. Returning for the second consecutive year to Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset, the free event will feature 20 diverse musical acts performing on Saturday. The lineup consists almost exclusively of local San Francisco acts, including Down [...]

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