Wild Moth announces TWO tours; playing gigs at Thee Parkside and 1-2-3-4 Go!

(Photo Credit: Alexander Young) Wild Moth just announced two tours, one in support of their recently released split with fellow Bay Area post-punk band Creative Adult, and the other presumably in anticipation of a new record. The first is a West Coast tour in late March with Hollow Sunshine, a fuzzy California rock group who will have just released their LP Bring Gold. They'll be performing at Thee Parkside in San Francisco on March 26 as part of this tour. The second tour takes them through the Southwest, where they'll be joining Whirr (self declared best band in the world) for [...]

Whirr and Nothing release joint EP

Whirr (Art: Pascal Hauer) Whirr has a way of creating an atmosphere out of their music. It's a soundscape, dense and ambient, almost like an overwhelming dream. The San Francisco-born band is prolific too, releasing music composed by members who have had a hand in bands like Deafheaven and who moonlight in side projects like Death for Lovers and Camera Shy. However, it's probably their collaborating work with Nothing that seems the most flawlessly orchestrated. Following the bands' joint touring, it seems only natural that they'd release a joint EP—and that's how the split 12" was born. And it works well together, of course. [...]

By |November 10, 2014|Tags: , |

Whirr drops two singles before Rickshaw Stop record release show

(Photo: Ryan McClain) Nick Bassett keeps busy. The founder of Whirr has had a hand in bands from Nothing to Death of Lovers and Deafheaven, not to mention maintaining a bicoastal group. However, the multitude of influences that result from digging roots in both Oakland and Philadelphia serve him and his Whirr bandmates well. The fuzzy prog five-piece churns music deeply infused with elements of dark melodic metal and unfiltered distortion, conjuring a dense, emotion-laden culture of sound. Sway, their upcoming release on Graveface out September 23, features both singles "Mumble" and their most recent "Heavy", which are likely both indicative titles of what we can expect [...]

By |August 12, 2014|Tags: |

Live This Month: August 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_August_2014.mp3 Download: Live This Month: August 2014 (Podcast #343) 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. Any discussion of SF music in August has to begin with Outside Lands 2014. Tickets sold out in the blink of an eye, a well-deserved achievement considering the extremely packed lineup of everything from Kanye to (Mikal) Cronin. It's great to see Outside Lands continue to soar. Now when do we start talking about extending it to a second weekend? OSL is the biggest, but it [...]

Nothing announces SF show and new video for “Bent Nail”

Photo by Shawn Brackbill Philadelphia's Nothing has already released their debut record, Guilty of Everything, via Relapse Records, and now they've premiered the video for single "Bent Nail" via A.V. Club. The shoegaze quartet is embarking on a tour with the likes of Pelican and Superheaven, but will hit San Francisco with local favorites Whirr and Angelenos Youth Code next month. Though band founder Domenic Palermo has already had his share of guilty time during his stint in a band called Horror Show, he has since changed his ways and teamed up with Brandon Setta to achieve the new record's "lush" sounds. Nothing has been [...]

By |April 10, 2014|Tags: , , |

Review & Photos: Whirr, Nothing, Lycus @ Bottom of the Hill, 8/28/13

Nothing (Photo: Nicole L. Browner) Whirr and Nothing's month-long tour of North America swung through town on Wednesday night, bringing a singular, serene shot of shoegaze noise to the hallowed halls of Bottom of the Hill. Despite hailing from Oakland and Philly, respectively, the two acts have apparently become quite chummy since they kicked things off in Phoenix at the end of July -- Nothing frontman Dominic Palermo joined Whirr onstage to provide vocals on one track and, for the night's best trick, the bands actually linked their two sets together with a cloud of feedback and distortion. [...]

By |August 30, 2013|Tags: , , |

Whirr playing last Bay Area show of 2013 at Bottom of the Hill tonight

A few years ago, The Bay Bridged did a survey of local shoegaze bands -- and one of those acts that has been particularly quiet, though making sweeping moves with their latest EP Around, is Whirr. They're playing tonight at Bottom of the Hill with Nothing and Lycus, and we wanted to take a closer look at the mysterious and constantly evolving shoegaze outfit's approach to Around, released in July by Graveface Records. The four-song collection is rich in reverb, massively slow, and despite how heavy the guitars ring out, it's also somewhat delicate to the ear. Guitarist Nick Bassett [...]

By |August 28, 2013|Tags: , , |

Editors’ Picks: What We’ve Been Listening to This Week (Deer Tick, Moderat, Whirr, The Postal Service)

Jason: I wasn't a huge fan of Deer Tick's last album Divine Providence, with its faster pace and hepped up barroom style of rock and roll. Like many of their fans, I missed the more emotionally charged alt-country style of their first three records (War Elephant, Born On Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions). But when frontman John McCauley spoke with Rolling Stone earlier this year about their upcoming album Negativity (out September 24 on Partisan) and said, "I think anybody that thought we lost something with Divine Providence will probably like this one," I found myself once again [...]

Sleep Genius label celebrates launch with Chasms, Bad News, and Some Ember at The Knockout on Thursday, 12/13/12

On Thursday, December 13th, Mashi Mashi Presents is hosting the dual-purpose Chasms Record Release and Sleep Genius Label Launch Party at The Knockout in San Francisco. Chasms, Whirr (UPDATE: Bad News will replace Whirr on the bill) and Some Ember will perform, with DJ sets from Mashi Mashi (aka Masha Pershay) and Scott Moore. The show will mark the debut of San Francisco record label upstart Sleep Genius, founded by Brad DerManouelian and his partner, Marc. The show is celebrating the release of Chasms' "Bad Evolution" 12" single, the first release on Sleep Genius. Chasms is a San Francisco-based shoegaze [...]

By |December 6, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Shoegazing at the Hemlock with Whirr, Moonbeams, Lorelei, and Half String

The Hemlock Tavern is hosting a special shoegaze showcase on Saturday, June 23, featuring Bay Area newcomers Whirr (Tee Pee) and Moonbeams, as well as 90's veterans Lorelei (Slumberland) and Half String (Captured Tracks), with Mike Schulman of Slumberland Records/Black Tambourine spinning records between sets. San Francisco's lo-fi sextet Whirr (formerly known as Whirl) released their debut full-length Pipe Dreams earlier this year, a follow-up to their 2011 Distressor EP. Their live performances have been known to offer a hypnotic blend of intense guitar distortion and calm, whispery vocals. Listen to Distressor via Bandcamp: Distressor by Whirr This show also [...]

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