Live This Month: May 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #278)

Live This Month: May 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #278) 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. It seems we're in a "when it rains, it pours" sort of place for significant new local albums, and this mix only scratches the surface of the latest in Bay Area records, with songs from Ty Segall & White Fence, Sleepy Sun, Whirr, and Blasted Canyons. On the touring front, Herman Dune and Royal Headache crossed different oceans to [...]

Local shoegaze band Whirr releases debut LP, Pipe Dreams

Local post-millenial shoegaze sextet Whirr released their debut LP, Pipe Dreams, in March on Tee Pee Records. The band, which features Nick Bassett (also of Deafheaven) and Joseph Bautista on guitar, Alexandra Morte on keys and vocals, Sergio Miranda on drums, Loren Rivera on guitar and vocals, and Eddie Salgado on bass, also just returned from SXSW. The album's first single, "Home Is Where My Head Is," premiered on Pitchfork, and you can also listen to another track, "Hide," above. Until the band's next local show, check out what Nick had to tell The Bay Bridged about safety in (guitar) [...]

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Mixtape: The New Wave of Bay Area Shoegazers (Podcast #253)

Mixtape: The New Wave of Bay Area Shoegazers (Podcast #253) Amidst its various other micro-scenes, San Francisco has long fostered bands incorporating the dreamy and noisy sounds of shoegaze. Over the years, groups like Film School, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Stratford 4, and others emerged from the Bay Area, employing dense, melodic distortion to much acclaim. Recently, it seems, a new crop of shoegaze-influenced bands has begun to emerge, led by breakout acts like Weekend, Young Prisms, and The Soft Moon. You'll recognize some common threads among these bands, but there's a diversity of influences and approaches here that [...]

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