Video: Slow Motion Cowboys – “Eight Ball”

Slow Motion Cowboys recently shared a video of their new track "Eight Ball", which was shot and recorded live at Shipwreck Studios in Oakland. SMC frontman Pete Frauenfelder employs a non-conventional cadence on the track that gives it a more conversational feel and keeps you on your toes, setting it apart from your typical country or folk songs. Slow Motion Cowboys recently wrapped up another tour of the Southwest, playing "honkytonks and biker bars, punk houses and legit venues," according to Frauenfelder. Pete tells me they're planning on hitting the studio again this summer to release something before their [...]

Virgil Shaw and The Killer Views drop 'New Mid City'

Singer-songwriter Virgil Shaw recently released a new LP entitled New Mid City, with his longtime band The Killer Views again joining him in the studio for what is a moving batch country-infused acoustic rock. Shaw, who lives in Portland but who grew up in Fairfax, played with Brent's T.V. in Arcata, and later fronted SF band Dieselhed, solicited the services of City-denizen (and friend of The Bay Bridged) Kelley Stoltz on engineering and production duties, and The Killer Views share full credit on the album for the first time since Shaw embarked on his solo career more than a decade [...]

Review: 2 shows & 8 bands in 1 night: Kelley Stoltz, UV Race, Total Control, Young Offenders @ Hemlock Tavern; Trainwreck Riders, Pine Box Boys, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Virgil Shaw @ GAMH 8/27

(Note to the reader: This is an epic tale, long in the telling. If you doubt your mettle, please at least scroll down and check out the respective headliners, who were both rad). Sometimes the music options in this town present such a tasty dilemma. Friday night saw The Ferocious Few at Fort Mason, Cap'n Jazz at Bimbo's, and down in Polk Gulch, two shows too good to pass up. I'm set to cover Kelley Stoltz at the Hemlock, while some of my familiars have committed to hanging with their buddies Trainwreck Riders at the Great American Music Hall. Over [...]

Obama Benefit Shows This Week

Sure, there's nothing more disappointing during a presidential race than being in "foregone conclusion" California. But while we won't get the stump speeches or ad barrage that the swing states are getting, that doesn't mean that there aren't ways to get involved. To that end, there are a number of fundraiser shows for Barack Obama this week featuring some great indie music. Check out our rundown after the jump. Tuesday, October 14 OBAMAMANIA, featuring Chuck Prophet, Touched by a Janitor, and Virgil Shaw Hemlock Tavern 9pm, $5-20 sliding scale "All proceeds will be forwarded to the crucial campaign efforts in [...]

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