Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Half Waif, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the listed show and notified via email. Want even more giveaways? Sign up for our newsletter for access to extra contests. Wednesday, May 9 Collapsing Scenery, Silence in the Snow, Anthony (of Ceremony) @ Hemlock Tavern 8pm, $10, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. [...]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra bringing ‘Sex & Food’ tour to the Fox

(photo: Neil Krug) Unknown Mortal Orchestra's fourth studio LP Sex & Food is out now on Jagjaguwar, and finds Ruban Nielson expanding his songwriting range even further beyond the fuzz-funk psych-rock of the band's self-titled 2011 debut, 2013's II, and 2015's Multi-Love. I was a bit put off by the album title at first, but Sex & Food delivers the goods. Although his latest effort explores some heavy themes, Ruban Neilson chooses to keep the tone relatively light. With modernist lyrical quips like "Freud auto-correction" and "My thinking is done by your machine," Nielson cleverly hones in on the glaring [...]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra playing two nights at The Independent, including NYE show

The first time I saw Unknown Mortal Orchestra was in 2011, when the New Zealand-via-Portland group opened up for (then) buzz-band Yuck at The Independent. As soon as UMO took the stage, the lights went completely dark — you could barely see in front of your face, let alone catch a glimpse of the performing act. It was a disconcerting experience — I kept bumping into people, and almost felt seasick at one point. (Funny aside — earlier this year, I interviewed Julien Ehrlich of Whitney, the former drummer for UMO. He told me that current bandmate Max Kakacek attended [...]

The Bay Abridged: Sept 30 – Oct 6

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Empress Of, Abra at The Rickshaw Stop (SF) Sept. 29 People simply aren't talking enough about how great Empress Of's Me is, but the Rickshaw Stop was packed last Tuesday with fans more than willing to dance to Lorely Rodriguez's immaculately crafted electronic-pop. The artist hit the [...]

First City Festival announces 2014 lineup featuring Beck and The National

As we told you a little while ago, the second iteration of the First City Festival will take place August 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Now the folks behind NorCal's newest summer music fest have announced this year's lineup, and it's nothing short of spectacular, featuring indie legends Beck and The National as headliners, along with the likes of Best Coast, Dawes, Tokyo Police Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Speedy Ortiz, as well as local faves Geographer, Sleepy Sun, The Family Crest, Doe Eye, Cool Ghouls, and Survival Guide. In addition to performers on [...]

Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The Fillmore 9/26/2013

Photo c/o Instagram user bee_dee_em When Unknown Mortal Orchestra co-headlined Phono del Sol (along with SF's The Fresh & Onlys) in 2012, their set was pre-II, and thus pre-best of UMO. The band released II on Jagjaguwar early this year -- their sophomore LP to 2011's self-titled -- so I quickly spun the hazy, psychedelic album into constant rotation and critics generally fawned over the thing. The Portland-based (though 1/3 New Zealand-born) trio finds a delicate balance between lo-fi minimalism and swirly, disoriented pop songs heavy on themes of isolation with II, which they translate gracefully into a live show. The ability for [...]

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Ticket Giveaway: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at The Fillmore

In the midst of a North American tour, Phono del Sol alums Unknown Mortal Orchestra are coming through San Francisco for one night only at The Fillmore as part of the venue's Fall at the Fillmore series, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to what should be an evening of psychedelic glory, as the Portland- and Auckland-based band will be joined by Jackson Scott. Following on the heels of their magnificant sophomore effort II, UMO will release a new EP, an acoustic adventure entitled Blue Record, out October 29 via Jagjaguwar. The album includes three unplugged [...]

Fall at The Fillmore starts tonight with Superchunk & Mikal Cronin; The Bay Bridged giving away tickets to 8 shows!

San Francisco's The Fillmore is bringing back its annual Fall at The Fillmore series for 2013, and things will kick off tonight with sets from Superchunk and the City's own Mikal Cronin. Superchunk is celebrating the release of its tenth studio album, I Hate Music, out August 20 on Merge, the label founded in 1989 by the North Carolina punk act's Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan and which released Cronin's latest and greatest album MCII back in May. This year, The Bay Bridged is teaming up with the legendary venue at the corner of Geary and Fillmore for a series [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: The Vaccines, EELS, K. Flay, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more

To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners for will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted. Wednesday, February 13th Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Wampire @ Great American Music Hall The show starts at 8pm, $17, all ages. Click here to purchase advance tickets. CONTEST CLOSED Thursday, February 14th Red Baraat, Sun Hop Fat @ Slim’s The show starts at [...]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra announce new album and tour (playing SF on 2/13/13)

Half from New Zealand and half from America, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's self-titled debut album of lo-fi surf rock was a hit with its fun and fuzzy sound. The Portland-based group have announced the details for the upcoming release of their second album, aptly-titled II. The anticipated new album will be released on Jagjaguwar on February 5th. The band is known to shy away from press, perhaps living up to the "unknown" aspect of their moniker, but they have released a new single as well as a audio from their live set at Pygmalion Music Festival in September 2012. Unknown Mortal [...]

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