May 17, 2013
The members of Austin’s The Black Angels have been cranking out reliably rich psych rock over the past decade, with Indigo Meadow arriving earlier this year. Tonight, the band performs with Hanni El Khatib and Wall of Death at The Fillmore, and we’ve got tickets to give away!
To win a pair of tickets to tonight’s show, email contest[at]thebaybridged.com with the subject line “The Black Angels” and include your full name for a chance to win.
The Black Angels, Hanni El Khatib, Wall of Death
May 17, 2013
May 16, 2013
For Bay Area folks, the name ‘Sea Wolf’ might call to mind a Jack London classic, a rugged high-seas adventure that takes place off the shores of San Francisco at the turn of the century. That’s why it’s strangely appropriate that Sea Wolf, the LA indie band that got their start around the turn of this century, is appearing at Great American Music Hall, a crimson-walled remnant of the Barbary Coast days during which London thrived. If you’d like a shot at a pair of tickets, follow the directions below.
To enter this contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged.com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted.
May 15, 2013
May 14, 2013
Stardate 1993, planet ‘aLaBaMa’, Man or Astro-man? are born. 2013, flying via rental ship (their rocket ship broke down somewhere about 1/2 way to LA), they land 60 Earth minutes late at Bimbos 365. In decent English they report great losses of equipment in the aftermath, yet it didn’t stop them from lighting a theremin on fire.
May 14, 2013
On Sunday night, May 12, Jim James floated onto the Fillmore stage looking like he had just been electrocuted. His mess of hair and beard frizzed wildly in every direction and his crazy-eyed stare poured into each fan in the front row, one by one, as he reached out to touch their fingertips – and then bowed to the crowd in Namaste. His humble entrance was endearing, and kind of hilarious. His wide-eyed stare got comically creepy after piercing my soul for a few seconds too long and about two feet away from my face, but it was obvious he appreciated the audience contact as he sauntered back and forth across the stage and sang into the crowd.
After penning six respectable studio albums with his claim to fame My Morning Jacket, a one-LP stint with stellar supergroup Monsters of Folk, and two cover albums (of George Harrison and Woody Guthrie, respectively) under the pseudonym Yim Yames, James released a solo album of original tracks, Regions of Light and Sound of God, in February of this year. Incorporating his saxophone skills and a four-piece live band to back him up, the new album is much more jazz-influenced and ostentatious than his folky past, though his Louisville southern twang remains.
James opened Sunday’s set with the first track from said LP, “State of the Art (A. E. I. O. U.)”, and staggered through the majority of the album with a somewhat manic rock star swagger. The bluesy “Actress” and “All is Forgiven” stood out while the artist flailed around stage, and the sentimentally cosmic lyrics of “A New Life” (“there’s more stardust when you’re near”) made the track one of my favorites. Throughout the two-hour set, the artist traded off between his Flying V (which otherwise sat locked onto a stand), an acoustic guitar, a brassy saxophone, and he went hands-free to belt in his notorious falsetto. He’d take breaks between songs to acknowledge the golden bear statue enshrined on the amp behind him and did an spirited praise dance (or something) with it. This, combined with the Namaste greeting, made his set seem like some ritualistic offering to the gods of rock and roll. Strange, but I can dig it.
May 13, 2013
The first annual BottleRock Napa Valley Festival brought over 50 bands to the Napa Valley Expo for four days of music over the weekend, and our Roman Gokhman was on the scene for all four days.
Below, check out his live-tweeting from the festivities, which included standout performances from The Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, and Grouplove.
Phono del Sol 2013: Thee Oh Sees, YACHT, Bleached, K.Flay top our third-annual music and food festival!
May 13, 2013
The Bay Bridged is proud to announce the lineup of performers at the 2013 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival! The all day, all ages music and food festival — taking place on Saturday, July 13th at Potrero del Sol Park — will be headlined by SF’s unstoppable garage titans Thee Oh Sees and LA electro-pop virtuosos YACHT.
They’ll be joined on two stages by some of indie music’s most exciting bands, including LA’s garage pop duo Bleached, NYC-via-SF rapper K.Flay, guitar shredder Marnie Stern, and SF synth-pop duo Painted Palms, as well as Blouse, Social Studies, Cool Ghouls, Surf Club and B. Hamilton. In addition to all that great music, some of San Francisco’s finest food trucks will be selling their tasty creations all day long.
Tickets are on sale right now, with a limited number of discount six-packs available (save $5 per ticket by grabbing six for you and your friends). VIP tickets are also available, which include access to a shaded viewing area for the main stage, drink tickets, VIP bathrooms, and a tour of Tiny Telephone Recording led by John Vanderslice.
More information about the festival, including all of the bands and food trucks, can be found at the newly-relaunched PhonoDelSol.com. To keep on top of all of the latest festival developments, be sure to like the Phono del Sol Facebook page and RSVP to our Facebook event.
May 13, 2013
Enjoy this Rdio mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they’re all playing! For a full list of upcoming concerts in the SF Bay Area, check our Local Concert Calendar.