A new favorite: Glass Mountain Rodeo’s “Favorite Dudes”

After 2017’s mellow folk rock album Kerguelen, we’re pleased to see that Glass Mountain Rodeo just released “Favorite Dudes,” the first single off forthcoming Pond King. The album is twinged with Neil Young and Roy Orbison influences but with a gentler touch and the occasional pleasing sound effect. Song “Favorite Dudes” — and its accompanying, hilarious video — is a stand-out tune that has more of a Talking Heads meets Elvis Costello feel than the rest of the collection. Stay tuned for the second single, “Autocorrect,” with touches of country and dreamy sad clarinet touches (thanks, Carly Bond). Pond King [...]

Sour Widows release “Tommy” video, single

We’re stoked to present the latest from Sour Widows, the Oakland-based shoegaze dreamboats. “Tommy” hit the waves on January 31, ahead of the band's forthcoming self-titled EP (out February 28). The video features a few of Oakland’s iconic spots and some pretty adorable shots of the band members doing things like eating doughnuts, petting kitties and playing gigs. Shout out to that Weezer-reminiscent guitar melodies and that solo. The band has a lot more in the works this spring. They’ll be starting up their West Coast tour with LA-based Cryogeyser then heading to SXSW to play the Phluff unofficial showcase, [...]

The Painted Horses’ sophomore record has a familiar richness

This month, Santa Cruz-based the Painted Horses released their second, self-titled album and it is a collection of folk rock songs we are delighted to have found. Following the release of their debut album Ponderosa Pines, The Painted Horses has pushed the band into a new level of musical mastery with songs that are a little more upbeat but sticking to their roots. Like a more country version of M. Ward and Elvis Perkins with a touch of the Wallflowers (especially opening track “Spokane”) Horses at times feels more folk, at times more country and all the times: pretty good. [...]

Palma Violets prep for show at the Independent, release YoursTruly Video

It would be hard for me to lie and hide my excitement about Palma Violets. Their first single "Best of Friends" off of 180 came out of nowhere late last year -- a stomping, energetic party of a song from four London 20-year-olds. I couldn't help but be completely taken with their earnest sound and freshness. Palma Violets are filling that post-Libertines void in Brit rock, morphing 1960's garage rock into a very British sound. The band formed in 2011 and thanks to house shows that were spread by word-of-mouth, and a wild energy that overtook their short but punchy [...]

Introducing The Bay Bridged Video Podcast: Low Red Land — Live on a Roof, 5/18/08

Over the past two and a half years, we've prided ourselves on bringing you the best music in the Bay Area via our weekly audio podcast and our daily blog. Today, we begin a new chapter for The Bay Bridged, expanding into the world of video with the launch of a new video podcast series showcasing exclusive performances in unique Bay Area locations by some of the best bands around. Last month, a select crowd of friends and music fans were invited to an exclusive performance by Low Red Land and The Botticellis on the roof of The Bay Bridged [...]

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