Freak out with Twin Steps, White Cloud and Wild Wild Wets for FREE

The lovely folks of Commune are hosting the May edition of their monthly show series tonight, and they've invited some Commune alumni, Twin Steps and San Diego's Wild Wild Wets, as well as San Francisco's White Cloud to play Elbo Room for your listening pleasure. Anyone who's seen Twin Steps knows the Oakland-based outfit puts on a wild show, usually focused on vocalist Drew Pearson's strained performances, the centerpiece of the group's garage R&B, so if you're looking for some manic energy to color your Wednesday, these guys have plenty to go around. Plague Songs by Twin Steps Holding down the soundscape before the main event, White Cloud will be adding their Krautrock-flavored [...]

An Oakland invasion brought to you by Twin Steps, Meat Market, MOM, Ssun Prairie

The day has come. Oakland is (kind of) taking over San Francisco. On April 9, a mostly Oakland-comprised lineup of "difficult" punks Twin Steps, surf pop group Meat Market, experimental solo act MOM, and Ssun Prairie will be playing at Bottom of the Hill. Twin Steps is a band off Oakland-based label and store, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. The sample-driven act bounces between being soulful and zany, with the perfect amount of angst thrown in for good measure. Also boasting an Oakland pedigree is Meat Market - a band that blends surf, punk and pop to create breezy tunes sometimes filled [...]

First ever Bay Area Record Label Fair (B.A.R.F.) hits Thee Parkside

Don't let anyone tell you any differently - the San Francisco Bay Area has some amazing record labels. That's why the coming first annual Bay Area Record Label Fair (humorously referred to by its respective acronym - B.A.R.F.) is a big deal. Bringing together some of the bigger names in Bay Area record labels - from Polyvinyl to Alternative Tentacles - as well as many smaller ones, B.A.R.F. will feature merchandise from each of these labels and a raffle ($5 to enter) with some great prizes. Plague Songs by Twin Steps Additionally, there will be music -- courtesy of Dog [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325) Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325) It's conventional wisdom nowadays that bands no longer need record labels to release music into the world. Still, it would be foolish to think that labels no longer matter. A label association can be a critical stamp of approval for potential new fans; the best labels build audiences' trust to the point that they'll support new artists even before hearing them. All of this is to say nothing, of course, of the distribution services labels can offer, and any financial or booking support they might also provide. In recent [...]

Listen to Twin Steps' new 'Plague Songs' 7"

Sample-driven pop band Twin Steps has teamed up with the similarly Oakland-based 1-2-3-4 Go! Records for two upcoming releases: the new Plague Songs 7", and a cassette called Double Feature that collects the songs from the 7" along with the band's Serial Parade EP. Listen to the new 7" in its entirety below, then catch the group on its U.S. tour, which, appropriately enough, begins and ends in the East Bay. Twin Steps "Plague Songs" by Twin Steps Upcoming Twin Steps Live Dates: WED 7/24 - Oakland, CA @ The Uptown w/ Creepers + B. Hamilton + Coldtergeist THUR 7/25 [...]

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Not content to merely party on Halloween? Go to Hallorager at Thee Parkside!

If you'd rather RAGE than merely party on Halloween, this one's for you: Hallorager at Thee Parkside. It should be a pretty cool night. For starters, four Bay Area bands will be masquerading as some of their favorite punk pioneers for the night and playing all covers. Glitter Wizard will go back to their roots as The Seeds, Twin Steps will be spasming as The Cramps, Meat Market will hopefully not defecate on the stage as they interpret their favorite G.G. & The Jabbers tunes, and The Parmesans will be working out The Kinks. But that's not all! No, for [...]

Mixtape: 2012 Rock Make Street Festival Preview Mix (Podcast #285)

Mixtape: 2012 Rock Make Street Festival Preview Mix (Podcast #285) On Saturday, September 15th, 2012, The Bay Bridged will be joining Tartufi and The Bold Italic to throw the fifth annual Rock Make Street Festival, an all ages, all day celebration of local independent music, arts, crafts, and food at Treat Avenue and 18th Street in the Mission. Rock Make 2012 will feature two stages of local indie bands and 70 arts and crafts vendors, as well as great food and beer for your all day enjoyment. Rock Make is one of the rare opportunities for the Bay Area's DIY [...]

Davis music festival Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom returns for twelfth installment

As a UC Davis alumnus, I'm always proud to promote the vibrant underground music scene in Davis, CA. Run primarily by the local college radio station KDVS 90.3FM, the city lights up every week with house shows by bands playing diverse versions of strange, noisy, alt-everything. Often very few of the students present have even heard the band — but it's still worth it to go to the show, grab a 40 oz of Miller Lite and join the ear-splitting, sweaty, living room mosh pit and then waltz outside and have a cigarette with your friends. What San Franciscans gain [...]

Saturday: 'The City is Ours' party in Oakland

Casy & Brian by Casy & Brian Just got a heads-up about the rad-looking "The City is Ours" party going down in Oakland this Saturday night with a crazy long bill of local musicians, including acts-we've-written-about Twin Steps, Casy & Brian, and SAFE, as well as a bunch of artists we'll be covering more in the future, like San Jose rapper Antwon and Oakland production duo Friendzone. The full list of announced acts and more music can be found below. The location is currently unknown, but it looks like it will be announced by Hoodstock's Twitter account. ONeOFfS by SAFE [...]

March’s Best: Our favorite Bay Area songs from the blog last month

Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. So much good stuff came our way in March that we've actually got a two-part mix of blog songs this time. As always, we've included links below to download each of these songs individually. Mixtape: Best of the Blog March 2012 (Part 1) Mixtape: Best of the Blog March 2012 (Part 2) Tracklisting: Mix 1 1. Grass Widow - "Goldilocks Zone" 2. Ty Segall & White Fence - "I Am Not A Game" 3. Twin Steps - "Pinkie Promise" 4. [...]

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