The Bay Abridged: Nov 18 – Dec 1

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. Blessed Feathers at The Octopus Literary Salon (Oak) Nov. 18  Almost three years ago, Jacquelyn Beaupré and Donivan Berube quit their jobs, put their apartment in storage, and traveled the continent with a van and a tent. During their adventures they recorded and released There Will Be [...]

Giveaway: We Were Promised Jetpacks at Great American Music Hall

We Were Promised Jetpacks could have been the poster-children for a brand of cathartic sad-rock that shoots for the sky by aiming at the gut. The Scottish band’s first two albums held a healthy mix of unnerving guitar drones, soothing lead licks, and propelling power chords, all of which regularly gave way into massive explosions of combative drumming and lead singer Adam Thompson’s soaring wail by the second chorus. The band earned a reputation for translating these massive songs live, where at their best they could launch their audience into the stratosphere and then right back into the pit of [...]

Noise Pop 2010: We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands, Tempo No Tempo @ Slim’s

Some Noise Pop shows are a sum of their parts: openers with enough reputation to draw a substantial portion of attendees, rounding out an evening that features a particular headliner, creating a true showcase of bands. Other shows, however, start out being almost entirely about the headliner, and the crowd will reflect as such. Saturday's show at Slim's seemed to fall into the latter category. The venue was absolutely packed to the gills with enthusiastic fans of the Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks. There was the giant push to the stage as the headliner trickled on; there were outrageous [...]

Noise Pop 2010 Preview Mix – Part 2 (Podcast #202)

[podcast]http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Noise_Pop_2010_2.mp3[/podcast] This week's podcast offers up songs from eleven of the great bands performing during the 2010 Noise Pop Music Festival, which kicks off on today, February 23rd. If you missed last week's preview mix, check it out here, and stay tuned all week for comprehensive coverage of Noise Pop 2010. Subscribe to The Bay Bridged Podcast to get each week's new episode downloaded free to your iTunes! About the bands: Grass Widow ("To Where") recently signed to Kill Rock Stars, with an album forthcoming in August. See them with P.E.E., True Widow, and Ovens on February 27th at Cafe [...]

Brace yourself for Noise Pop 2010: partial lineup announced; badges now on sale

The preliminary lineup for the annual Noise Pop Festival is official, with big names Atlas Sound, The Magnetic Fields, and Four Tet. The festival will span the week of February 23 to March 1, and will continue the tradition of hosting arts and music industry related events to supplement the seven nights of live music including Industry Noise and film showing. Local acts booked thus far include John Vanderslice, Rogue Wave, Wallpaper, Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek, and The Limousines, the last of whom opened Treasure Island Day 2 this year, and are featured in the second round of footage [...]

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