Violent Change releases debut LP on Catholic Guilt Records

We last heard from SF's Violent Change in October when the band dropped its debut EP Suck On The Gun via city-based label Melters. The excellent 7-inch was moderately successful, initially moving quickly off local record store shelves and garnering attention from a handful of media outlets. At the end of March, Violent Change returned with its first full-length via Catholic Guilt Records. The record is something of a departure from Suck On The Gun, not necessarily in terms of the songwriting (which remains just as choice as on the EP), but more in terms of its overall sonic qualities. [...]

Peaking Lights and Woods co-headline Great American Music Hall, 8/3/12

Those who were unable to get tickets for the sold out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this weekend are in luck. Festival favorites Peaking Lights and Woods are co-headlining a Friday night show at the Great American Music Hall on August 3rd with support from California's Wet Illustrated. Peaking Lights are Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes, a husband and wife duo who met each other while living in San Francisco. Splitting ways with the psychedelic drone group Rahdunes, the duo moved to Madison, Wisconsin where they formed their current lo-fi psych dub project. The band received significant recognition after releasing [...]

Brick & Mortar's free Wood Shoppe series begins 2/7/12

On Tuesday, February 7th, Brick & Mortar Music Hall presents the first installment of their Wood Shoppe series - a free, multi-band showcase that will occur on the first Tuesday of every month going forward. Wet Illustrated, Magic Leaves, Seattle's Noah Gundersen, and a Painted Palms DJ set round out the inaugural line up (8:30pm, free, 18+). According to Wet Illustrated's Facebook page, at midnight the band will engage in a live, interactive game of Words With Friends. We recommend hoarding vowels and getting those triple word scores ready now.

Recommended, 11/14-11/20: Wet Illustrated/Devon Williams, MINOT (ex-FMTM)/Tartufi, Kimya Dawson, The Stone Foxes/Steve Taylor

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. Wet Illustrated kicks off tour with Devon Williams Fresh off the release of 1x1x1, SF's Wet Illustrated bring their exuberant art-pop to Amnesia on Thursday (9pm, $7-10), kicking off a series of West Coast dates with Devon Williams. Tim Cohen's Magic Trick headlines the evening. Wet Illustrated - "Gypsy Town" Magic Trick (Tim Cohen) - "Daylight Moon" [...]

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. [...]

Live This Month: November 2011 – an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #260)

Live This Month: November 2011 (Podcast #260) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. The November concert schedule offers a chance to check out the artists behind some big recent releases, as bands like M83, Wild Flag, and Real Estate arrive in support of well-received new albums. Locally, a diverse assortment of acts are launching new releases of their own, including the classic-leaning rock and roll of Zodiac Death Valley, The Northern Key's singer-songwriter pop, and the raucous art-rock of Wet Illustrated. [...]

Wet Illustrated – “Gypsy Town”

Wet Illustrated - "Gypsy Town" Here's another winning weird-pop gem from SF's Wet Illustrated. The band's first LP, 1x1x1, comes out on Tuesday, October 25th on True Panther. In November, Wet Illustrated will be playing a bunch of West Coast dates with Devon Williams, including a show at Amnesia on November 17th. That SF date also includes Magic Trick, making it one hell of a bill top to bottom.

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Saturday: free YesYesYes Magazine show with Terry Malts and Wet Illustrated

Terry Malts - Distracted by Slumberland Records Wet Illustrated - "Born Stoked" YesYesYes is a new SF arts & culture magazine aiming to become an annual mag with its second issue coming out this summer. In addition to a Kickstarter page, YesYesYes is holding a fundraising show on Saturday, May 21st at Afterlife Boutique (988 Valencia, 8pm). Bay Bridged favorites Terry Malts and Wet Illustrated are both playing and the show is free, with drink sales helping to fund the magazine.

Wet Illustrated – “Gypsy Town”

[wpaudio url="" text="Wet Illustrated - Gypsy Town" dl="0"] Our first take of Wet Illustrated was when they kickstarted our 2011 Noise Pop Happy Hour into high gear with a loud, jocular opening set, driven by drummer Robbie Simon calling out vocals from the back of the stage. They made having fun look like rock'n'roll -- a startling, yet perfectly chosen opener. "Gypsy Town" is one of two songs Wet Illustrated posted to their Facebook page yesterday, to be released on an upcoming LP. We suspect more information will emerge on either their Facebook page or blog, as it becomes available. [...]

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