Women’s Audio Mission announces benefit concert featuring Tune-Yards

Women's Audio Mission, the Bay Area-based organization that advances women, girls, and gender non-conforming individuals in music production and the recording arts, hosts its third annual benefit concert on April 29 at the Independent in San Francisco. The event boasts cocktails, snacks, an auction, and of course music — this time around provided by Oakland's own Tune-Yards. Fresh off the heels of scoring 2018's Sorry To Bother You, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards is an established recording artist and audio engineer herself, with extensive credits that include significant work at the Bay Area's Tiny Telephone and many other studios. (photo: Eliot [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Oct 19 -21

Friday, October 19 Aki Kumar @ The Sound Room The South Bay's (possibly the world's) sole purveyor of Bollywood blues plays Oakland. Voteside Lands feat. CupcakKe and Girlpool @ UC Berkeley Chicago rapper CupcakKe is nothing if not outspoken. Be like her — use your voice and vote. SYML @ The Chapel It means "simple" in Welsh. The Black Madonnna @ August Hall Part mixmaster, part activist, the Black Madonna will blend genres of all kinds at August Hall. Kamasi Washington @ The Warfield Modern jazz's golden boy takes the tenor sax to places you never could have imagined. Saturday, [...]

Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2014_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Musical Highlights (Podcast #353) In 2014, Bay Area artists released a wealth of great records, with highlights coming in an array of genres: garage pop, indie rock, electronic pop, and hip hop. The year brought new acclaim to ascendant locals like tUnE-yArDs and Tycho, the latter of whom just released a deluxe version of his stellar 2014 album, Awake. Also on the rise are The Family Crest, who grabbed well-deserved NPR attention for the band's sophomore LP, Beneath the Brine. It was a year of impressive debuts: Cathedrals built a strong following [...]

tUnE-yArDs & Sylvan Esso play first of two sold-out Fillmore shows

(Photos by Daniel Kielman) The eyes were everywhere Friday at The Fillmore. The stage was decorated with four basic-looking cutouts of them, and the whole backdrop was situated like Andy Warhol redecorated the set of Zenon. That outta this world tone is one Merrill Garbus has mastered, and though the dressing of the stage was an odd fit for openers Sylvan Esso, it perfectly space-suited Garbus and tUnE-yArDs. Sylvan Esso only opened the first of two sold-out nights at the Fillmore, even though they have been riding high following the release of their self-titled album in May. The angel-faced Amelia Meath has a [...]

Live This Month: June 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_June_2014.mp3 Download: Live This Month: June 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #339) 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. It's been a little over three years since tUnE-yArDs garnered universal acclaim for w h o k i l l, but Merrill Garbus hasn't lost any momentum with Nikki Nack. Her band's nationwide tour comes to The Fillmore this month for two sold-out shows. tUnE-yArDs isn't the only local band with a new album -- we're also really [...]

tUnE-yArDs’ return to the stage showcases terrific new songs

tUnE-yArDs played The Chapel last night to a lucky select few who either caught wind of the last minute show announcement in time to grab tickets online or those who were punctual enough to snatch the limited number of tickets held for the door. Either way, everyone who got in was not only lucky to see tUnE-yArDs perform their first show in almost two years, right before the start of their jampacked US and European tours, but to see it for free. Hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks Live, a free concert series supporting emerging and established artists globally, we got [...]

By |April 22, 2014|Tags: |

Giveaway: Win tickets to Tune-Yards’ sold-out show at The Chapel

Merrill Garbus, better known to the music-loving world as Tune-Yards, recently announced that Nikki Nack, the follow-up to her 2011 breakthrough album Whokill, would be released May 6 via British label 4AD. Now, the revered Ms. Garbus is playing a free show at The Chapel as part of Converse's Rubber Tracks series next Monday, April 21, with fellow locals Yalls and The Tambo Rays supporting, and before you could even bat an eye, the show already sold out. But never fear, loyal reader of The Bay Bridged. We've got a pair of tickets to give away, and now's your chance [...]

By |April 17, 2014|Tags: |

New from tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”

tUnE-yArDs' Nikki Nack, the latest from the band since 2011's amazing whokill, is out on May 6th via 4AD. "Water Fountain", the first taste from the new record, is out now, and is everything we've come to expect from Merrill Garbus and crew. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-KulvW2TUQ&app=desktop This album comes complete with a full set of tour dates, including a handful with none other than the Arcade Fire. Tour dates: 04-23 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center @ 04-26 Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre @ 04-27 St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena @ 04-29 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center @ 05-01 Nashville, TN [...]

By |March 18, 2014|Tags: |

tUnE-yArDs makes a mix for Africa In Your Earbuds

tUnE-yArDs' versatile, experimental, undeniably catchy music has always done a good job reflecting a number of influences and themes. From Merril Garbus's vocal acrobatics to the soul-busting, percussive nature of her band, tUnE-yArDs' music has proven to be as impossible to pin down as it is enjoyable. You can get some sense of what moves Ms. Merrill thanks to a 28-minute mix she put together for Africa In Your Earbuds, featuring a number of "vintage finds from East Africa." As she explains, to Okay Africa: No doubt, I have a limited knowledge of African music, because, well, that’s an entire [...]

By |July 23, 2012|Tags: |

tUnE-yArDs bassist debuts side project, covers Janet Jackson

Breakout Bay Area natives tUnE-yArDs have seen huge successes in the last year. Playing sold out festivals and to packed audiences at the Fox, their unique sound and music certainly draws a crowd. But their bass player, Nate Brenner (who also plays in Beep! and is known for his 'genre bending' style) recently peeled off on his own to debut a wild electro solo project Naytronix. Naytronix sounds a little like tUnE-yArDs dipped in The Police, James Blake, Charles Mingus, Stomp, and some electro band from the future we haven't heard yet but we know to be provocative. Weird, creative, [...]

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