10 albums from local bands that you can buy right now

You probably don't need us to tell you that musicians have taken a major financial hit in the last few weeks as Coronavirus fears close music venues across the country. It's been well documented that, over the last decade or so, concerts have overtaken album sales in terms of literal payoff for musicians. The sudden cancellation of not just major festivals, but smaller public gatherings, has left artists, venue owners, and the entire artistic community that we cover daily reeling from surprise and worried about the financial future. The (relatively) good news? There's been a flood of quality releases from [...]

Whiskerman lift the veil on ‘Kingdom Illusion’

Whiskerman have returned with Kingdom Illusion, their most visceral, jarring, incensed, and immediate set of music to date. For the last several years, Whiskerman has been one of the absolute best live bands in the Bay Area — weaving between psych/glam dance floor spectacle and haunting balladry like it was no big deal. Their latest incarnation is all of these things too — but intensified with razor-sharp clarity. Kingdom Illusion manages to find the band simultaneously more volatile and yet pinpointed than ever. It's an enthralling combination. Kingdom Illusion by Whiskerman "Rattlesnake," opens the album with an airy, delicate touch [...]

By |March 6, 2020|Tags: |

Giveaway: You’re Going To Die’s 10-year anniversary with Rainbow Girls + Whiskerman

A couple local favorites are playing the Independent on January 18 and we're pleased to offer you a set of freebies. Special shout-out to those harmonizing hunnies, Rainbow Girls, who are bringing their good vibes, lovely voices, and killer horns and keys. They're sharing the bill with Whiskerman, the Feelings Parade, Chelsea Coleman for You're Going to Die's 10-year anniversary. YG2D has been a fixture on the local music scene for the last 10 years, presenting programs of local performers (and, at their open mics, everyday people) confronting mortality through art. Check out Chelsea Coleman's installment of our 2017 series [...]

Video Premiere: Whiskerman, “Belly of the Beast”

It's been a while since we've heard from Whiskerman — our records indicate the last time we brought you any update on the East Bay band was almost exactly three years ago. Never fear: They're still going strong. Spearheaded by long-time East Bay musician Graham Patzner, Whiskerman is just as experimental, just as edgy, and just as, well, kinda weird as they've always been. And recently, they appeared on Cornerstone's stage. We're proud to premiere this moody live video from their performance of "Belly of the Beast" in January at the Berkeley venue. If you missed this particular show, you [...]

By |March 27, 2019|Tags: |

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Jan 26 -28

Boy Harsher will make your feet move and your head think. Friday, January 26 Whiskerman, Marty O'Reilly, Madeline Tasquin @ The Independent (SF) Continuing their month of local showcases, the Indy are welcoming one last local lineup. Naima Shalhoub @ The Sound Room (Oakland) Read our 'Bands In Portrait' on her from a few months back. Younger Lovers @ The Ivy Room (Albany) It's been a while since we've heard from our favorite young punks. Sleeptalk, Groves, First in Flight @ Neck of the Woods (SF) Emerging bands invade your Neck of the Woods. Saturday, January 27 Slow Bloom, Sciatic [...]

By |January 26, 2018|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Dead Heavens, Whiskerman and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, February 2 Lilys, Dead Heavens, Holy Shit @ The Chapel 9pm, $20, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, February 3 Hibbity Dibbity, Whiskerman, Big Sticky Mess @ The Chapel 9pm, $18, all ages. Buy advance tickets here.

By |February 1, 2017|Tags: , |

Live This Month: June 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_June_2016.mp3 Download: Live This Month: June 2016 (Podcast #387) 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. Festival season has begun! In this mix, we've included songs from artists performing at an eclectic set of fests around Northern California, including the Huichica Music Festival, Deathstock II, Burger Boogaloo, and Asian Man Records' 20th anniversary celebration. June is also a big month for new albums from local bands, and we've got some great new songs in this mix from Night School, Whiskerman, Young Moon, [...]

Whiskerman releases single “Waking Up In Providence”

Oakland-based Whiskerman has a new single out from their upcoming album Champions scheduled to drop May 20th. Entitled "Waking Up In Providence," the track takes a decidedly edgier, angrier tone than any of the tunes featured on last year's full-length Nomad. While that LP tackled themes of impending disaster and mankind's self-destructive tendencies with gorgeous ballads and orchestral arrangements, the new single arrests your attention with a hard-driving drumbeat, swooning organs and a scorcher of a guitar solo that catches fire at the 2:45 minute mark. Check it out below. Champions by Whiskerman

By |March 29, 2016|Tags: |

Interview: The sound of things falling apart on Whiskerman’s new LP “Nomad”

I really hope the apocalypse sounds like Whiskerman’s latest album, Nomad, because I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful soundtrack to the end of the world. Set to be released October 9th, the LP is full of gorgeous, soulful ballads, arresting synths and layered harmonic arrangements detailing the downfall of industrialized civilization. Singer-songwriter Graham Patzner croons about the collapse of modern society over the melodic guitar work of Charles Lloyd and steady grooves provided by drummer Nick Cobbett and bassist Will Lawrence, kind of like if The Band was fronted by a Baptist preacher or conspiracy theorist. But Patzner is neither [...]

By |October 2, 2015|Tags: |

Whiskerman releases “Cardinal City”

Oakland-based Whiskerman has announced a full-length LP set to be released early October, and the first single "Cardinal City" is out now. It's a slice of low-key psychedelic soul and, though it's not the strangest offering I've heard from the genre-melting four-piece, still contains an understated eccentric quality. Singer Graham Patzner croons the silky ballad a bit like Jim James while the arresting synth line weaves around the bittersweet melody. Memories of the first time you heard Wilco's Sky Blue Sky come rushing back, but then you realize Whiskerman is one of a kind - that even though they have [...]

By |August 31, 2015|Tags: |
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