TV Mike & the Scarecrowes take over Legionnaire Saloon

Oakland's Legionnaire Saloon deserves major props for being what I'm pretty sure is the only venue in town with regularly scheduled live hip hop and heavy metal events. Monday's in April, they're turning their stage over to the twangy sounds of TV Mike and the Scarecrowes. Mike and crew are bringing along a great collection of Bay Area artists, both as opening acts and guests for TV Mike sets. Openers include M. Lockwood Porter and Luke Sweeney, while guests performing with the Scarecrowes will be Andy Cabic of Vetiver, Matt Adams of the The Blank Tapes, Mark Matos, and many [...]

Otto Mobile and The Moaners join TV Mike and The Scarecrowes for dual album release at Amnesia, 1/24/13

Otto Mobile and the Moaners Otto Mobile and The Moaners and TV Mike and The Scarecrowes – two Bay Area bands composed mostly of Indiana transplants – are both releasing LPs, so they're celebrating with an all-Indiana native show at Amnesia January 24th. Restless Sun is the second LP for Otto Mobile, which is led by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Matt Lundquist. Lundquist splits his time between San Francisco and his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. He tells me he spends time in Indiana for "lots of space and a slower pace" and "lazy front porch picking," while the Bay Area [...]

Toby Oler, formerly of TV Mike and the Scarecrowes, releases "OVTOV"

Oakland's Toby Oler may have played banjo for Bay Area country band TV Mike and the Scarecrowes and written traditional bluegrass for The Nashville Knives, but his brilliant new solo release, OVTOV, is far from traditional. Oler wrote all eight songs on OVTOV, but brought in musicians from a variety of Bay Area bands to help record them, including Elliott Peck and Connor O'Sullivan of Dem Suite, Michael James Tapscott of Odawas, and Matt Nelson of tUnE-yArDs. He described the process as a musical version of "Stone Soup," where Oler brought the songs (the pot) and let his fellow musicians [...]

Weekend Mix: 3/11-14

Thursday: B and Not B, Mist and Mast, The Thingers @ Cafe du Nord (9pm, $10) Mist and Mast - "X-Ray" Friday: TV Mike and the Scarecrowes, Odawas, Donovan Quinn and the 13th Month, Dameon Lee @ Hotel Utah (9pm) TV Mike and the Scarecrowes - "Paint the Town" Saturday: The Titan Ups, Sonny & the Sunsets, Beaches, Kelley Stoltz @ Amnesia (9pm, $8) Kelley Stoltz - "Pinecone" (from In a Cloud) Sunday: Scrabbel, Surf City, The Art Museums @ The Rickshaw Stop (8pm, $10) The Art Museums - "Sculpture Gardens" [...]

White Cloud, Ash Reiter, and TV Mike and the Scarecrowes @ Rickshaw Stop 2/17

Review by Todd Wanerman Photos by: Charlie Homo A modest but dedicated crowd turned up at the Rickshaw Stop Wednesday night to hear a solid set by some very fresh East Bay talent. First up were TV Mike and the Scarecrowes, coming off of several days on the road supporting their CD Spitting in Cursive. Originally out of Bloomington, Indiana but based in Oakland of late, The Scarecrowes traffic in straight-ahead country-tinged pop. They work up a nice head of steam with Toby Oler’s propulsive banjo and guitarist Matt Lundquist’s pedal steel leads adding flavor. The last half the set, [...]

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