Posts by: Anna Gazdowicz
December 11, 2013
Here at the Bay Bridged, we like comedy, a lot – perhaps just as much as we like beer. Every year, the lineup for SF Sketchfest is like no other, bursting at the seams with a wide range of comedy-focused events – from the old to the new and every creative idea in between. I’ll never forget how last year, I had to make the painful/amazing choice between the Party Down panel at Cobb’s and the Doug Benson Movie Interruption featuring Twilight at the Castro – which is just one example of the fantastic events that SF Sketchfest manages to pull together.
The 2014 rendition of SF Sketchfest is shaping up to be just as good, with the added bonus of some great music-related comedy events to round out the bill. Most notably, opening night of the festival will feature Tenacious D, and Maya Rudolph will be in town with Gretchen Lieberum to show off their Prince cover band, Princess. Other music-meets-comedy acts include:
- w00tstock, featuring Adam Savage (Mythbusters), Paul and Storm (Da Vinci’s Notebook), Wil Wheaton, and surprise guests
- Nellie McKay
- Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) in the Watkins Family Hour with special guests Tom Brosseau, Paul F Tompkins, and Loudon Wainwright III
- Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights) as Nancy and Beth, with The Lampshades opening, a.k.a. musical comedy duo Kate Flannery (The Office) and Scot Robinson (Anchorman)
- Alison Brie (Community) with her band The Girls
- Heidecker and Wood (the live band featuring Tim and Eric’s Tim Heidecker and composer and multi-instrumentalist Davin Wood)
- Bring the Rock, a night of stories and music, hosted by Greg Behrendt, his band The Reigning Monarchs, and appearances by singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson, Bobcat Goldthwait, Karen Kilgariff, Bridget Everett and Chris Hardwick
- The Greatest Concert Ever, with comedians covering their favorite songs and impersonating the rock singer of their choice – featuring Matt Besser, Andy Daly, and Dave Hill
And there’s more where that came from. The full schedule will be released this Friday, and tickets go on sale this Sunday at 10:00am. The festival runs from January 23rd – February 9th, 2014.
So bust out a spreadsheet or some kind of show planner, start rallying your comedy and music-inclined friends, and get excited for SF Sketchfest 2014!
November 26, 2013
As previously mentioned, Oakland’s own Quinn DeVeaux has put together two new full-length albums (that’s right, TWO). The first, Late Night Drive, is an easygoing solo endeavor, stripped down to just his soulful voice and simple instrumentation. The record is still evocative of DeVeaux’s early R&B influence, but with an added layer of classic folksy twang. The second album, Originals, features the Blue Beat Review (DeVeaux’s band) on a whole new set of upbeat tunes that will make you wish you had your dancing shoes.
Today, we’re proud to premiere these two new records from Quinn DeVeaux, available as a stream until the official release date of December 3rd:
And listen to ‘Late Night Drive’ directly on Soundcloud.
Quinn DeVeaux has two nearby shows between now and the end of the year: a show in Sacramento, and what should be a really unique New Year’s Eve show at Bimbo’s.
The Torch Club (Sacramento)
December 7, 2013
Gold Star Soul Revue, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Gaucho, Quinn DeVeaux
Bimbo’s 365 Club
December 31, 2013
November 21, 2013
Arcade Fire‘s new album, Reflektor, is an incredible step forward for the Grammy Award-winning band. The band’s albums have always been epic in scope, and you can’t help but wonder how they keep up with such momentum. Reflektor not only maintains that momentum, but builds itself anew as a uniquely scorching blend of influence and style. James Murphy’s seamless production is heard at every turn, and yet it doesn’t overpower what is still truly an Arcade Fire piece from start to finish.
An album like Reflektor will of course be supported by a tour that’s as equally tremendous. The REFLEKTOR TOUR will take place at giant arenas across the country, and the band has (light-heartedly) requested that attendees dress up for the shows. So, you know, don’t take it too seriously, fancy yourself up in some fun clothes that you might not normally wear, and go see Arcade Fire on what’s sure to be their best tour yet.
The REFLEKTOR TOUR includes a stop at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 30, and tickets go on sale November 22 (tomorrow!) at 10:00am via Live Nation. And guess what? We have a pair of tickets to give away!
To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Arcade Fire at Shoreline, email email@example.com with “Arcade Fire” in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Contest closes on December 5.
July 30, 2014
$70.50/$50.50 for reserved seats, $30.50 for general admission lawn
November 14, 2013
The Bay Brewed, San Francisco’s only indie rock beer festival, returns on December 7 at Public Works for a third year of great music and beer! Below, check out Part 1 of our two brewery previews, rounding up the 13 fantastic local breweries curated by the SF Brewers Guild. Get your tickets now!
- Pacific Brewing Laboratory: I’ll admit that the first time I tried Pacific Brewing Laboratory’s Squid Ink Black IPA, it was out of sheer curiosity (it helps that I have an affinity for hoppy beers). I couldn’t resist trying an IPA that looked more like a stout coming out of the tap. It was a worthy experiment, as it’s a great IPA with some after-hints of a darker, toastier flavor. Looking at Pacific Brewing Laboratory’s other offerings (Hibiscus Saison, Chamomile Ale, Lemongrass IPA, Szechwan Peppercorn Red ale), it appears that the brewers enjoy mixing up the traditional flavor profiles of beers and coming up with truly unique combinations.
- Pine Street Brewery: This brewery gets its name from the brewers’ humble beginnings – “small apartment kitchen on Pine St. in San Francisco on a stove that could hardly generate a boil.” The brewers are now looking elsewhere for their headquarters (after a brief stay in the Bourne Mansion in Pacific Heights), but their mantra has remained the same: make beer that they would want to drink, beer that can be appreciated across many different communities. I’m already extremely intrigued by “Atom Splitter” (a pale ale) and “Red Head” (a raspberry blonde), personally.
- Headlands Brewing Co.: I don’t know much yet about Headlands, but damn, do their beers sound good. The list on their website seems small but mighty – anything referred to as “a sabotage of West Coast IPAs” is extremely intriguing. The focus appears to be on quality, something I’m very much looking forward to sampling on December 7th.
- Beach Chalet: At last year’s Bay Brewed, I tried one of Beach Chalet’s offerings, which turned out to be one of the most unique beers I’ve ever tasted. I’m guessing it was the “Virtual Planetoid,” because it was incredibly smoky – so smoky that it reminded me of the smell of bacon cooking on the stove for Sunday morning brunch. So now, of course, I crave beer with brunch. That’s normal, right? Thankfully Beach Chalet will grace us with their presence again at this year’s Bay Brewed.
- Almanac Beer Co.: I was at Rogue Brewery recently, and I spotted Almanac’s Pumpkin Barleywine on the menu. After ordering, I braced myself for any potential annoyance from the waiter for not ordering one of the many in-house Rogue beers – but he was absolutely delighted at my choice. He also noted that he was glad I wasn’t driving home afterwards. I wasn’t surprised by how delicious the heirloom barleywine was, because every beer I’ve tried from Almanac’s offerings has been delicious. Just looking at their list of beers makes me drool.
- Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.: Thirsty Bear never disappoints, both with their great selection of beers and their FiDi-based restaurant. While all of their beers are worth trying (Kozlov Stout and Panda Bear Ale being two I remember enjoying most recently), I think my personal favorite might be the Meyer ESB: light and flavorful, with enough complexity to make it memorable without over-complicating your taste buds.
November 8, 2013
A refreshingly mellow evening is set to take place tonight at Viracocha: locals Cazadero and Big Still will be joined by Portland’s Urban Wildlife. Cazadero will likely showcase their unique blend of “country, folk, and pop from the 70′s“, Urban Wildlife will introduce their dreamy and multilayered folk to SF, and Big Still will open the evening with their low-key and nimble rock and roll.
If you can’t make it to Viracocha tonight, you’re in luck: the show will be streamed live starting at 8:30pm. Win-win!
Cazadero, Urban Wildlife, Big Still
November 8, 2013
November 7, 2013
Brodie Jenkins and David Luning credit their folksy musical style to their roots: before eventually establishing Ghost and Gale as an SF-based musical duo, both grew up in Sonoma County, a rustic escape north of the big city. Today, we’re proud to premiere the lush and enchanting “Beautiful Lie,” from Ghost and Gale’s debut EP. The EP officially comes out on November 14th, and will be celebrated with a release show at Amnesia that same day.
The duo has started releasing a series of video teasers for the EP in addition to “Beautiful Lie” (and “Rosemary”, which was featured on Indie Shuffle yesterday) – the first two are available now, with more to be released between now and the 14th. Keep your eyes peeled for more teasers on their Facebook page.
It’s worth noting that Ghost and Gale appear to have a particular appreciation for the medium of video as a showcase for their music. Earlier this year, the duo’s Kickstarter to make a very cinematic video for “Take Me to the Fire” was successfully funded, resulting in an above-average music video experience – certainly more epic in scale than your average indie music video, and overall a beautiful and engaging piece of art.
Ghost and Gale, Lea Pruett, the Shants
November 14, 2013
November 4, 2013
Pitchfork recently shared the latest from Emily Jane White: a gorgeous, lush, haunting tune featuring Marissa Nadler called “Faster Than the Devil.” This song serves as a proper introduction to White’s new album, Blood/Lines, out on November 19 via Important Records.
This isn’t the first time that Emily Jane White and Marissa Nadler have produced beautiful music together, and it hopefully will not be the last.
November 1, 2013
The recent release of VII was the seventh time that Blitzen Trapper has released a full-length album. If that’s not enough to highlight the band’s creativity and perseverance, we can also make note of the fact that the band’s 2003 self-titled debut was given the reissue treatment back in April, and the band’s own Marty Marquis released an all-synthesizer version of Ty Segall’s Goodbye Bread.
Blitzen Trapper will be at the Regency Ballroom this Tuesday! Lucky for you, we have a pair of tickets to give away.
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November 5, 2013
8:00pm, $20/advance, $25/door