20 Sided Records dropping new comp, celebrating with four shows presented by The Bay Bridged

San Francisco's 20 Sided Records will release its fourth compilation on September 3, and the label is celebrating the new album with four – yes, FOUR – release parties in early September, all proudly presented by The Bay Bridged. The compilation – entitled These Strange Days – will features 21 tracks from bands on 20 Sided's roster, with an eclectic arrangement of artists from both the Bay Area and around the Western U.S. Included are Ash Reiter, The Blank Tapes, Cannons and Clouds, Li Xi, and Couches (a newcomer trio led by the man behind 20 Sided, David Mitchell). Following [...]

Q&A: Maxwell Borkenhagen, Cafe Stritch – San Jose's newest home for live music

As the guitarist for Ugly Winner by night and General Manager for Cafe Stritch by day, Maxwell Borkenhagen seems like he’d probably be a pretty busy guy. When I met with him on a Thursday evening last week to talk a little bit about Café Stritch and its already-impressive trajectory, I’m reminded of that. When I find him, he’s just getting started on a cigarette on the street outside the café – just barely in compliance with San Jose’s outdoor smoking ordinance. I apologize for being late. "It's a good thing you were," he says. "We just had a huge [...]

Live This Month: September 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #286)

Live This Month: September 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #286) 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. September is overflowing with compelling live music choices -- so many so, in fact, that a bunch of significant concerts didn't make the podcast. Of the picks that did make the cut, however, our top pick is our fifth annual Rock Make Street Festival, which brings 70 arts and crafts vendors and twelve local bands to 18th Street and [...]

Song Premiere: San Jose's Ugly Winner discuss the making of 'Inside Your Wave'

Against a backdrop of Christmas lights and surrounded by a carefully curetted collection of vintage threads, San Jose indie rockers Ugly Winner took to the stage around 11 p.m., June 21, at Black and Brown to celebrate the release of their second full-length record, Inside Your Wave. In between sets by supporting acts — Dinners, Hazel's Wart and Breathing Patterns — about 200 fans sipped beer and perused racks of second hand jeans, shirts, bags and shoes at the used clothing shop, located at 850 The Alameda, just down the street from the Shark Tank. Shortly before the band was [...]

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Think and Die Thinking Festival returns to San Jose

For the second year in a row, San Jose will be home to the Think and Die Thinking Festival, a celebration of punk rock, alternative culture and the DIY philosophy that comes along with it. From Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26, Think and Die Thinking will take over the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, located on The Alameda in San Jose. All orders of bands — from punk to indie to electronic to experimental — from all over the Bay Area are scheduled to perform; vegan food will be served, art will be exhibited, crafts sold and zines [...]

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