Live This Month: June 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: June 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #339) 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's been a little over three years since tUnE-yArDs garnered universal acclaim for w h o k i l l, but Merrill Garbus hasn't lost any momentum with Nikki Nack. Her band's nationwide tour comes to The Fillmore this month for two sold-out shows. tUnE-yArDs isn't the only local band with a new album -- we're also really [...]

Oakland punk band Yi releases first full-length, ‘Crying’

Yi is a punk band emerging from the Oakland DIY scene. With muffled, fuzzed out vocals, Yi embraces punk with lo-fi qualities. Abound with aggressive guitar riffs, bouncy up-tempo bass lines, and a penchant for incorporating melody into their abrasive sound (sometimes), the band rips through their first full length album, Crying, released this month. The seven-song release covers issues of public transit, self worth, and probably crying - as the album's title may or may not denote. And if that doesn't sweeten the pot for you, the band also enjoys a good mailing list (Yi somewhat recently denounced Facebook). [...]

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The Younger Lovers, Yi join all-local Hemlock Tavern bill

Hailing from Oakland, The Younger Lovers is the solo act of Brontez Purnell. A fast-paced snotty garage rock project, the music is deeply rooted in elements that are equal parts soul and punk. The Younger Lovers will descend on San Francisco for a special performance at the Hemlock Tavern. They'll be joined by a slew of Bay Area bands -- San Francisco’s Quaaludes, East Bay’s Bad Daddies, and Oakland’s Yi -- to create a cosmic super force of local music. Yi’s Crying LP, slated for release on May 22nd, is fast, abrasive punk music that borders ugly pop. Take the [...]

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Cold Beat & Tony Molina playing free show at The Uptown

Cold Beat and Tony Molina, the acts behind some of 2013's best releases, are teaming up on the first Friday of 2014 to give their fans a great gift for holidays – a free show at The Uptown. Oakland's Yi and Washington native Cairo Pythian round out the bill, opening the evening at the Oakland venue. Cold Beat, the solo moniker of Grass Widow’s bassist and co-songwriter Hannah Lew, dropped its debut EP Worms/Year 5772 earlier this year. The record, which we described as a "whirlwind of weird synthesizers, electronic remixes, and heavy post-punk bass lines," can be streamed in [...]

Mixtape: Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #290)

Mixtape: Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Punk, Post-Punk and Hardcore (Podcast #290) The Bay Area has held a prominent place in punk music since punk first became a thing, with groups like Crime, Avengers, Flipper, and Dead Kennedys among the genre's most important '70s and '80s bands. As punk artists began to achieve mainstream success in the '90s, Bay Area bands were again at the forefront, while a wide variety of acts continued to operate independently on local labels like Lookout! and Fat Wreck Chords. Given that history, it shouldn't be surprising to find that there's still a wealth [...]

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