Review & Photos: DIIV, Wax Idols, SISU, LENZ at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 3/2/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

There was a lot to choose from among Saturday's Noise Pop 2013 festivities. So thank the gods of psych-pop that I ended up in front of DIIV's second consecutive sold -out show at Brick & Mortar. I've been hooked on DIIV's Oshin for the past few weeks, so I had high hopes for the heavily-anticipated Noise Pop '13 act - but I was not expecting to be so thoroughly winded by their gorgeous dreamy gloom and varied paradox of a live show. I'm not sure how they're able to mix floaty shoegaze and echoey grunge so eloquently, but I'm sure [...]

Wax Idols – "AD RE: IAN"

Oakland's post-punk group Wax Idols are back with a new single that throbs and pulsates. "AD RE:IAN" is a driving roller coaster from the band's upcoming sophomore album, Discipline & Desire, out March 26 on Slumberland Records. The new single is raw and fuzzy, and coated with lead singer Heather Future's almost-haunted voice. Where Wax Idols's debut album, No Future, leaned more towards punk and garage rock elements, the new single shows a more rooted post-punk approach. Listen to "AD RE:IAN" below and be sure to catch Wax Idols open for DIIV at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on [...]

By |January 29, 2013|Tags: |

The Men touring, playing SF with Wax Idols and Burnt Ones

Buzzworthy New York post-punk quartet The Men are making their way to San Francisco this summer for a June 24th performance at Bottom of the Hill, with support from Bay Area locals Wax Idols and Burt Ones. Currently signed to Sacred Bones Records, The Men released their third full-length, Open Your Heart, to critical acclaim earlier this year. On this release, the band took a step forward from last year's Leave Home, with more emphasis on melodic accessibility in their bold, heavy songwriting. Listen to their new single "A Minor" below, featured on the label compilation Sacred Bones Presents: Todo [...]

Wax Idols 7-inch release show Friday 5/11/12 at the Make-Out Room

Wax Idols celebrate the release of their new 7" on Suicide Squeeze with Wounded Lion from LA and Big No at Make-Out Room on Friday. Chances are, all of you hip little kitties have heard the anthemic new wave A-side, "Shadenfreude", but you'll most likely get to hear the (according to their Facebook page) mysterious B-Side called "The Last Drop" as well. If you miss Wax Idols on Friday, you can catch them in June with The Mallard, and White Lung from Vancouver. (The show was originally booked at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, but has since been moved. Stay tuned.) If [...]

By |May 9, 2012|Tags: |

Recommended, 11/28-12/4: The Bay Brewed, The SHE’S, Cass McCombs, Wax Idols/Manatee

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Saturday: The Bay Bridged Presents The Bay Brewed Rock and Roll Beer Festival Saturday, December 3rd, from 2-7pm at the Verdi Club, we're pleased to be throwing The Bay Brewed, San Francisco's first ever rock and roll beer festival. Your ticket guarantees you an afternoon of unlimited craft local beer tastings and performances by Weekend, Sleepy Sun, [...]

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261)

Mixtape: Music to Drink Beer to (Podcast #261) Think of our latest mixtape as something of an hour-long indie music/beer pairing, inspired by our upcoming The Bay Brewed rock and roll beer festival. On Saturday, December 3rd, we'll be at The Verdi Club, for performances by Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic, and Terry Malts, and unlimited local craft beer samplings from 21st Amendment, Anchor Steam, Beach Chalet, Drake's Brewing, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Marin Brewing Company, Social Kitchen & Brewery, and Speakeasy. In this mixtape, we've collected music from 21 local indie rock, garage, lo-fi and psych bands whose rocking tunes serve [...]

Wax Idols – “Dead Like You”

Wax Idols - Dead Like You by HOZAC RECORDS In the process of gathering some tunes for an upcoming mixtape, I realized we'd never posted this fuzz-popper from Wax Idols, off the band's debut LP, No Future, out now on Hozac Records. Wax Idols haven't yet had a proper Bay Area release party for the album; that's December 3rd at Vitus in Oakland with Burnt Ones, Manatee and Cruel Summer. Hey, if you're looking for a solid mix to get you through the Friday, check out this sampler of recent Hozac releases below: Fall 2011 by HOZAC RECORDS

By |November 18, 2011|Tags: |

Taking Stock of October: Fourteen of our favorite songs from the blog last month

If you're anything like me, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all of the new music that's constantly floating around the Internet. Here's our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are fourteen new tracks from Bay Area bands that were posted on in October, with links below to download each of them individually. The Bay Bridged - Best of the Blog October 2011 Mixtape Tracklisting: 1. PreTeen - "Left Hand Blues" 2. Wax Idols – "Gold Sneakers" 3. [...]

Wax Idols – “Gold Sneakers”; October/November tour with Terry Malts

The latest from Wax Idols (via Raven Sings the Blues) is a fantastic one-two punch of surf-inspired garage pop. "Gold Sneakers" is the first single from Wax Idols' full-length debut, No Future, out October 25th via Hozac. Wax Idols - "Gold Sneakers" Wax Idols are heading out on a fall tour with Terry Malts (thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign) starting October 20th in Los Angeles - all tour dates can be found on the above poster. Before that, Wax Idols will be playing a doozy of a local show this Friday, October 7th, opening for the Fresh & Onlys [...]

By |October 4, 2011|Tags: |

Recommended, 10/3-10/9: Bay Bridged Treasure Island Happy Hour, Frisco Freakout, Girls/Sonny and the Sunsets, Fresh & Onlys/Tamaryn/Wax Idols

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Friday: The Bay Bridged Presents "Buried Treasure," a Treasure Island Music Festival Happy Hour with Melted Toys, ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted, Elephant and Castle (DJ set) Whatever your other plans this week, we hope you'll join us at our free Treasure Island Music Festival-themed "Buried Treasure" happy hour party (RSVP on Facebook) on Friday, October 7th at [...]

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